While it’s true that June is classed as one of the rainy season months in Thailand, that doesn’t tell the whole story. With different weather patterns affecting different coasts, June can still be an excellent time for a beach holiday on Thailand’s Gulf Coast. The summer rains usually arrive in Thailand in May bringing with them welcome respite from the heat. But it is June which sees the countryside transform as Thailand enters the green season in earnest making this a wonderful time to explore the natural beauty of the kingdom.
Although June is one of Thailand’s rainy season months, it’s important to remember that it doesn’t rain all day every day. Wherever you travel to in Thailand during June, you should still encounter plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. From the table below you can see that the Andaman Coast (e.g. Krabi, Phuket) sees higher levels of rainfall during June compared to the opposite Gulf Coast (e.g. Hua Hin, Ko Samui). This is because of the effects of the south-west monsoon over the Andaman Sea.
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Where to go in June
From the table above you can see that the rainfall amounts are lower on the Gulf Coast compared to the Andaman Coast or East Coast. If you are looking for a beach break in June, the islands of Ko Samui, Ko Pha Ngan and Ko Tao are all a good choice. And on the mainland, Chumphon, Hua Hin, and the beaches of Khanom in Nakhon Si Thammarat province are all excellent options.
The weather can be variable on the Andaman Coast in June, but the more persistent and heavier rain usually arrives later in the rainy season around September. This means the low season can still be a good time to visit Krabi and Phuket with plenty to see and do away from the beach if the rain does come down. If you are planning to visit one of the Andaman Sea islands, please note that some boat services are temporarily suspended from mid-May to mid-October.
On the East Coast, Pattaya and Ko Samet benefit from amore sheltered location and with low amounts of rainfall during June are another option for a seaside holiday. At the far end of the East Coast, Trat province and the islands of the Ko Chang archipelago do see high levels of rainfall during June so it’s not the best time to holiday there.
Bangkok and Central Thailand see a mixed bag of weather during June so expect to see heavy showers to go with the sunshine. Lower visitor numbers in the Thai capital make sightseeing more of a pleasure and low season deals are often available on hotels. June is also a fine month to explore North Thailand with the stifling heat and dry conditions of March and April a distant memory. The summer showers bring freshness to the countryside and with lots of sunshine to go with it, this is an enjoyable time to visit Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Sukhothai and Nan.
June events & festivals
The annual Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival usually falls in June. This ancient and boisterous festival takes place in Loei in north-east Thailand and is always a lot of fun.
If you’re in the Hua Hin or Cha Am area, look out for the Hua Hin Jazz Festival which is normally hosted in June.
Fruit lovers travelling in Thailand in June are in for a treat. A variety of delicious tropical fruits are in season and with so many orchards and fruit farms located in the eastern provinces of Chanthaburi, Rayong and Trat, this region of Thailand holds local fruit festivals in June to celebrate the harvest. And also in Rayong, the legacy of one of their most famous sons and Thailand’s most talented poets, Sunthorn Phu, is celebrated with Sunthorn Phu Day on June 26.
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