Bangkok, Thailand: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Bangkok, Thailand? If you're planning to go to Bangkok, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Bangkok, Thailand

Based on the climate and weather in Bangkok, the best time to go is December. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Bangkok, Thailand by month

January

If you visit Bangkok during January, you are likely to find that it can be very hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts

February

Traveling to Bangkok in February, you will notice that it is constantly hot and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses

March

If you are traveling to Bangkok in March, you will notice that it is constantly hot. Expect it to rain occasionally. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals

April

If you visit Bangkok during April, you are likely to find that it can be excruciatingly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 80s F (high 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light shorts
  • Tank tops
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Thin short sleeve shirts

May

In May, Bangkok is really hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 90s F (low 30s C) and 5-10 days this month jump into the 90s F (mid 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Bangkok, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts

June

June for Bangkok is constantly hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear

July

If you go to Bangkok in July, you will notice that it is really hot and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella

August

August here is extremely hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses

September

If you vacation in Bangkok during September, you are likely to find that it can be very hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

October

October for Bangkok is really hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals

November

If you vacation in Bangkok during November, you are likely to find that it can be very hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

December

If you are traveling to Bangkok in December, you will notice that it is consistently hot and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Bangkok, Thailand

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Bangkok, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, B, C and O
  • A SIM card that works in Bangkok
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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