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

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

When to go to Chiang Rai, Thailand

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

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

January

January in Chiang Rai is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

If you visit Chiang Rai during February, you are likely to find that it is really hot.

Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

If you visit Chiang Rai during March, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot.

Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

If you visit Chiang Rai during April, you are likely to find that it is unbearably hot.

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).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

If you go to Chiang Rai in May, you will notice that it can be very hot. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

If you visit Chiang Rai during June, you are likely to find that it is extremely 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).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in Chiang Rai is extremely hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in Chiang Rai can be sweltering. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) to 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September here is consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you visit Chiang Rai during October, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot.

Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Chiang Rai is hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

Traveling to Chiang Rai in December, you will notice that it is warm. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Chiang Rai, 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 Rai
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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