Thailand weather in November

Wondering about the weather in Thailand in November? Read on for a run-down of everything you need to know. Here we cover everything from average air and sea temperatures, to what to expect in terms of costs and crowds, and what to wear. In addition, we share inspired itinerary suggestions that’ll help you make the most of your trip.

Is November a good time to visit Thailand?

Thailand is a diverse and popular destination with much to offer throughout the year. As for November, this month is generally a favourable time to visit. The country is gradually emerging from the rainy season, providing more comfortable and dry conditions, especially in the northern and central regions.

November also coincides with the enchanting Loy Krathong festival during which tourists can enjoy a stunning cultural spectacle by joining in the tradition of launching decorated boats.

Thinking of visiting Thailand in November? Embark on your dream trip hassle-free with the help of our Thailand travel experts.

View over Cheow Lan Lake, Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand © Shutterstock

View over Cheow Lan Lake, Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand © Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Thailand in November

In November, air and sea temperatures in Thailand vary by region.

November temperatures in Northern Thailand

In November, daytime temperatures in northern Thailand are pleasant, ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F - 86°F). Nights can be cooler, with temperatures dropping to 15°C - 20°C (59°F - 68°F).

November temperatures in Central Thailand

In central Thailand, including Bangkok, temperatures in November are about the same. Daytime temperatures range from 30°C to 35°C (86°F - 95°F), while nights are milder at 22°C to 25°C (72°F - 77°F).

Water temperatures in the Gulf of Thailand in November are usually around 28°C to 30°C (82°F - 86°F), making it suitable for swimming and water activities.

November temperatures in Southern Thailand

November is warmer in southern Thailand, with daytime temperatures ranging from 28°C to 32°C (82°F - 90°F). Night temperatures stay between 23°C and 25°C (73°F - 77°F).

The water temperature in the Andaman Sea, where popular resorts such as Phuket and Krabi are located, is similar to that of the Gulf of Thailand and reaches 28°C to 30°C (82°F - 86°F).

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The Great Holy Relics Pagoda Nabhapolbhumisiri, Chiang Mai, Thailand © Shutterstock

The Great Holy Relics Pagoda Nabhapolbhumisiri, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Can it rain in Thailand in November?

In Thailand, November usually marks the end of the rainy season in most regions. However, depending on the specific region of the country, the amount of rainfall can vary.

November is a relatively dry and pleasant month in the northern and central regions of Thailand. Rainfall is minimal and you can expect clear skies and comfortable weather.

In the southern regions, especially on the west and east coasts, rainfall is still possible in November. Although it is not as wet as in previous months, there may be occasional showers, but these tend to be short-lived. The Andaman Sea side tends to be wetter than the Gulf of Thailand side at this time.

For more detail on the weather in Thailand around the year, read up on best time to go to Thailand.

Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai, Thailand. © Shutterstock

Chiang Mai @ Shuttestock

What about the crowd & cost?

November marks the start of the high tourist season in Thailand, with both more tourists and relatively higher prices. Popular destinations such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the coastal areas see increased numbers of visitors. 

Additional excitement is caused by Thailand's famous Loy Kratong festival, which attracts tourists from all over the world. To secure accommodation, flights and selected entertainment, it is best to book in advance. 

Although prices increase during this period, they remain competitive compared to many Western countries, allowing you to plan a budget trip by exploring less touristy areas and choosing local restaurants and public transport.

Set on taking an autumn break? For further inspo, discover more of the best places to visit in November.

Old town road in Bangrak, Charoenkrung road, Thailand © Shutterstock

Old Town, Bangrak, Charoenkrung Road, Thailand © Shutterstock

What to wear in Thailand in November?

When visiting Thailand in November, it is important to dress for the weather and cultural sensitivities. The weather in Thailand in November is generally favourable so the best choice is light, breathable cotton and linen clothing. T-shirts, shorts and sundresses are ideal for most parts of the country. Don't forget swimwear if you plan to visit the beach or pool.

However, be mindful of local customs and modesty. In Thailand, covering up is a sign of respect, especially when visiting temples or more conservative places. Bring scarves, sarongs, lightweight shirts and trousers to put on when necessary.

Footwear should be comfortable and breathable. Sandals, flip-flops and walking shoes are ideal for casual outings, but for activities such as hiking, you should choose more durable footwear. Sunglasses, high SPF sunscreen, and a wide-brimmed hat or cap are also essential for sun protection.

Although the rainy season is usually over, it's also a good idea to carry a light mackintosh or compact umbrella in case of occasional downpours, especially in southern regions.

The gate to chinatown in Yaowarat at night, Bangkok © Shutterstock

The gate to Chinatown in Yaowarat at night, Bangkok © Shutterstock

Unforgettable, fully customisable Thailand itineraries

Our tailor-made trip service allows you to fully enjoy the journey without the planning or hassle. All of our Thailand itineraries are created by local Thailand travel experts and can be tailored to meet your specific needs.

  • Thai Sojourn (13 days): This ultimate luxury multi-centre tour of Thailand combines cosmopolitan Bangkok with the lush valleys, mountains and national parks of Chiang Mai before venturing south to the amazing beach bliss to be found at stunning Khao Lak.
  • Krabi Beach Escape (5 days): Stretching along Thailand’s spectacular Andaman Coastline, bordered by striking limestone karsts and providing visitors with a relaxing getaway in Krabi.
  • Off the beaten track in Thailand (9 days): From busy Bangkok to relaxing Chiang Mai, along the way, you will explore off-the-beaten-path cities, where temples, rivers, mountains and local markets are waiting to be discovered!

Or discover more of our Thailand itineraries.

Thailand, Bangkok, Wat Pho temple

Thailand, Bangkok, Wat Pho Temple  © Shutterstock

What to do in Thailand in November

While going on a trip, one must consider the weather in Thailand in November and the nuances that this month brings. To not miss any highlights, read our list of the best things to do in Thailand at any time of year.

Witness the Loy Krathong Festival

The Loy Krathong Festival, a mesmerising Thai tradition, invites you to launch decorated lanterns or krathongs onto the water, symbolising the release of negative energy and honouring the spirits of the water.

The spectacular spectacle of thousands of lanterns lighting up the night sky is the highlight of this festival, fostering a deep connection to Thailand's rich culture and spirituality.

Enjoy a beach holiday

Thailand beach destinations in the south, such as Phuket and Krabi are becoming increasingly attractive. Chiang Mai, in the north, enjoys pleasant weather and the exciting Yi Peng Lantern Festival, further emphasising Thailand's November appeal.

Soak up the sun, swim in the azure sea and indulge in exciting water sports for an unforgettable beach holiday in this tropical paradise.

Explore Bangkok

Explore Bangkok, the dynamic heart of Thailand. Start at the Grand Palace, a masterpiece of Thai architecture. Stop by Wat Pho to admire the iconic reclining Buddha, then cross the river to Wat Arun, a mesmerising temple with intricate details.

Get adventurous in Northern Thailand

Embark on an adventure in Northern Thailand, a nature lover's paradise. Cross lush mountainous terrain, trek through dense jungle and immerse yourself in the region's enchanting natural beauty.

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Chaweng Beach on Koh Samui, Thailand @ Shutterstock

Planning your November trip to Thailand

For more inspiration, read about Thailand's beaches and islands and start planning your trip with The Rough Guide to Thailand

Daunted by the prospect of planning? No problem! Browse our customisable Thailand itineraries, and talk to our local Thailand travel experts.

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Olga Sitnitsa

written by Olga Sitnitsa

updated 29.12.2023

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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