Thailand weather in October

Curious about the weather in Thailand in October? Dive into our guide to find out what's in store for you this month. You'll learn about the average air and sea temperatures, find highlights for your holiday and get valuable tips on how to navigate the crowds.

Is October a good time to visit Thailand?

Visiting Thailand in October has its pros and cons. The weather in Thailand in October is characterised by the transition from the rainy season to the dry season, offering travellers a variety of climatic conditions. In the northern and central parts of the country, the weather usually improves, while in the south, especially on the Gulf Coast, the weather is even more favourable. 

It is a transitional period with occasional rain but also promises clearer skies. The positive side is fewer tourists and the possibility of budget holidays. Although October is not an ideal time for some activities, seasoned travellers can take advantage of lower prices, fewer tourists and improved weather conditions in different parts of the country, making October a strategic time to explore and relax.

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Thong Nai Pan Yai beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand © Smarta/Shutterstock

Thong Nai Pan Yai beach, Koh Phangan, Thailand © Smarta/Shutterstock

Air & sea temperatures in Thailand in October

The weather in Thailand in October is characterised by variations in temperature in different regions.

October temperatures in Northern Thailand

October brings cooler temperatures of 24°C to 32°C (75°F - 89°F) in the northern regions, including Chiang Mai. The air can be cool at times, making for pleasant conditions for cultural sightseeing and outdoor activities. Despite the lack of direct access to the sea, the lush landscapes and mountainous terrain contribute to the region's refreshing atmosphere.

October temperatures in Central Thailand

In central areas such as Bangkok, temperatures are between 26°C and 33°C (79°F - 91°F). This is the end of the rainy season, but occasional showers are still expected.

October temperatures in Southern Thailand

Temperatures in the South range from 24°C to 31°C (75°F - 88°F). The sea has a pleasant temperature of 26-29°C (79-84°F), which is ideal for beach holidays.

Sea Temperatures in Thailand in October

Throughout Thailand, the sea generally remains warm in October, creating perfect conditions for water activities. Water temperatures in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea remain between 26°C - 29°C (79°F - 84°F), making it a favourable period for snorkelling, diving and enjoying Thailand beaches.

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Phimai historical park on blue sky background, An ancient stone castle, World heritage in north east of Thailand © Paahboobkk/Shutterstock

Phimai Historical Park, Thailand © Paahboobkk/Shutterstock

Can it rain in Thailand in October?

Yes, it can rain in Thailand in October. This month marks the transition from the rainy season to drier weather in Thailand and although the overall rainfall has decreased compared to previous months, it can still rain occasionally, especially early in the month. 

These rains are nevertheless usually brief and the second half of October tends to be drier. It is advisable to bring a light mackintosh or umbrella, especially if you plan on sightseeing outdoors. It is also worth bearing in mind that the climate varies from region to region, so some areas may receive more rainfall than others.

To find the ideal season to visit Thailand for you, make sure to read all about the best time to visit Thailand.

What about the crowd & cost?

October in Thailand is considered part of the 'shoulder' season, characterised by fewer tourists and lower prices. The peak tourist season has not yet begun, resulting in fewer crowds at popular attractions and more availability. Prices for hotels and excursions are generally lower than in high season, allowing travellers to choose a budget option. 

However, keep in mind that some businesses and attractions may temporarily close for maintenance during this period. Overall, October can be a beneficial time for those who want to enjoy Thailand with fewer tourists and potentially lower costs.

Ko Nang Yuan on Ko Tao island © Mix and Match Studio / Shutterstock

Ko Nang Yuan on Ko Tao Island © Mix and Match Studio / Shutterstock

What to wear in Thailand in October?

October in Thailand is a transitional period with warm temperatures and occasional rain. When packing for this time of year, opt for lightweight and breathable clothing such as t-shirts and shorts, which are ideal for the lingering warmth. Also, bring a mackintosh and umbrella in case of rain. 

Comfortable sandals or breathable shoes are a must, especially if you plan to go on an excursion. Don't forget a hat or cap for sun protection, sunglasses and sunscreen. If your plans include a beach or pool holiday, bring swimwear. In persistent humid conditions, bring mosquito repellent for protection in the evenings.

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Sichang Island, Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand @ Shutterstock

Unforgettable and fully customisable Thailand itineraries

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

  • Explore Northern Thailand with beach days in Koh Samui (14 days): You'll spend the first part of your trip exploring the cities, national parks and cultural attractions of Northern Thailand before heading to the stunning island of Koh Samui for some relaxation.
  • River Kwai Discovery (3 days): Discover the stunning River Kwai and its surroundings on this unique compact trip, the perfect addition to an already established trip to Thailand.
  • Krabi Discovery (6 days): Krabi and its islands are one of the most charming places in Thailand. It is ideal for beach lovers, sports enthusiasts and those seeking adventure on the Andaman coast.

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Long tail boat on tropical beach with limestone rock, Krabi, Thailand © Shutterstock

Krabi, Thailand @ Shutterstock

What to do in Thailand in October

While going on a trip, one must consider the weather in Thailand in October and the nuances that this month brings. You may also be interested in our list of the best things to do in Thailand at any time of year.

Attend the Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Experience the vibrant atmosphere of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival. Enjoy lively street processions, traditional rituals and delicious vegetarian cuisine. The festival showcases a unique blend of spirituality and culinary delights, making it an exciting and culturally rich experience for visitors in October. Immerse yourself in local traditions and savour the flavours of this special festival in the heart of Thailand.

Witness Nakhon Phanom Illuminated Boat Procession

Visit the Illuminated Boat Procession on the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom, a mesmerising spectacle featuring beautifully decorated boats with lights and candles. This cultural event showcases the rich heritage of the region and creates a magical atmosphere after sunset.

Go scuba diving in Koh Tao

Discover the underwater wonders of Koh Tao Island by scuba diving in October. The Gulf of Thailand side provides favourable conditions to explore the diverse marine life and crystal clear waters surrounding this renowned dive site. Dive into a vibrant and thriving underwater ecosystem to savour the beauty of Koh Tao Island.

Visit Pha Taem National Park in Ubon Ratchathani

Discover the rich history of Pha Them National Park in Ubon Ratchathani, home to ancient rock paintings and breathtaking views of the Mekong River. Immerse yourself in the cultural and natural wonders of this park, where the cliffs tell stories of the past, creating a unique and fascinating place for history buffs and nature lovers alike.

Chonburi Buffalo Racing Festival

Visit the exciting Chonburi Buffalo Race Festival, where locals compete in buffalo races and various traditional games. This unique and exciting event offers a glimpse into Thailand's rural traditions and the special bond between farmers and their buffalo.

Ao Laem Thian, Koh Tao, Thailand © Aleksandr Ozerov/Shutterstock

Ao Laem Thian, Koh Tao, Thailand © Aleksandr Ozerov/Shutterstock

Planning your October 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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