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

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

When to go to Chiang Mai, Thailand

Based on the climate and weather in Chiang Mai, the best time to go is January. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Chiang Mai, Thailand by month

January

If you go to Chiang Mai in January, you will notice that it is hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you visit Chiang Mai during February, you are likely to find that it is consistently hot and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you visit Chiang Mai during March, you are likely to find that it can be blisteringly hot and very dry. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you visit Chiang Mai during April, you are likely to find that it is sweltering. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May in this region can be sweltering and somewhat stormy. 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:

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

June

June in Chiang Mai is constantly hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you visit Chiang Mai during July, you are likely to find that it is consistently hot. 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 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you are traveling to Chiang Mai in August, you will notice that it is constantly hot. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in Chiang Mai can be sweltering and somewhat stormy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) to high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you vacation in Chiang Mai during October, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot. 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 around 60 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Chiang Mai is extremely warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) to 80s F (high 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

Traveling to Chiang Mai in December, you will notice that it is pretty consistently hot and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Chiang Mai, Thailand

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Chiang Mai, 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 Chiang Mai
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • 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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