If you’re looking for winter sunshine, February is an excellent month to visit Thailand. Warm and sunny weather across the country during February makes this an ideal month for a Thailand holiday. And with the Christmas and New Year peak season over, air fares to Thailand in February usually offer good value for money.
Wherever you head to in Thailand during February you can expect to be welcomed by plenty of sunshine and blue skies. And with Thailand still in the cool season, humidity levels are low and temperatures are more comfortable for sightseeing.
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Where to go in February
February is the perfect month for a beach holiday in Thailand with settled weather across the country. Calm seas and clear skies make it an ideal time to indulge in some island hopping. On the East Coast, head to Trat province and travel around the gorgeous islands in the Ko Chang archipelago. Over on the Gulf Coast, enjoy the tropical delights of Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao. Or stay on the mainland and explore the gloriously laid-back beaches of Khanom and Chumphon. Travel over to the Andaman Coast and discover another side to Phuket or head further south to the wonderful Trang Islands and Tarutao National Marine Park.
In central Thailand, the lower humidity makes it a good month for sightseeing in Bangkok and for exploring the ancient temples in Ayutthaya or the historic wartime sites in Kanchanaburi. Travel north to take in the wonderful Sukhothai Historical Park and enjoy the quiet countryside and atmospheric ruins at Si Satchanalai.
If you are in North Thailand in early February, you have the chance to witness one of Thailand’s most colourful events, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival. Head out from Chiang Mai to explore the rugged beauty of Mae Hong Son or the delights of Chiang Rai. And if time allows on your itinerary, you’ll find a warm welcome waiting for you in the quiet northern provinces of Nan, Phrae and Phayao.
If you are heading to the north or north-east of Thailand during February, be aware that evening temperatures can cool off quickly and packing a shawl or light top can be handy. Please also note that farmers in north Thailand and neighbouring countries burn stubble and waste at this time of the year. This can sometimes cause issues with regional haze and smog in late February and into March. The amount of haze varies from year to year depending on climatic conditions and it isn’t always a problem. However, some years it does temporarily result in poor air quality (as it did in 2019) in North Thailand.
February events and festivals
The wonderful Chiang Mai Flower Festival fills the northern city with colour at the start of February. Look out too for the dates of the Chinese New Year which is enthusiastically celebrated in a number of Thai provinces. The exact date varies depending on the lunar calendar, but usually falls in January or February.
Spending February in Thailand is ideal for couples or honeymooners with special events laid on by hotels and restaurants in the lead up to Valentine’s Day. Wine and dine with your loved one at any of Thailand’s romantic restaurants and enjoy the many reasons to fall in love with Thailand.
If you’re visiting the Thai capital, look out for the dates of Concert in the Park, a wonderful family-friendly evening of free entertainment hosted by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. The concerts are held at Chulalongkorn University Centenary Park, starting in mid-December and continuing on most Sundays through until the end of February.
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