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

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

When to go to Northern Thailand, Thailand

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

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

January

If you are traveling to Northern Thailand in January, you will notice that it is pretty consistently 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:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts

February

Traveling to Northern Thailand in February, you will notice that it is really hot and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts

March

March in Northern Thailand can be excruciatingly hot and very dry. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Light dresses
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Tank tops
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Light shorts

April

If you go to Northern Thailand in April, you will notice that it is unbearably hot. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. Daytime temperatures are in the high 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Tank tops
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Light dresses
  • Light shorts
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis

May

If you are traveling to Northern Thailand in May, you will notice that it is consistently hot and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Shorts

June

June in Northern Thailand 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:

  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts

July

July here is consistently hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses

August

August in Northern Thailand is constantly hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals

September

September in Northern Thailand 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:

  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts

October

If you visit Northern Thailand during October, 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 low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally around 60 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage

November

If you go to Northern Thailand in November, you will notice that it is extremely warm. Expect it to rain once in a while. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

December

If you visit Northern Thailand during December, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Northern Thailand, 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 Northern Thailand
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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