The summer months in Thailand bring extremely hot temperatures, which makes packing a breeze since you basically only need a swimsuit and a cover-up! However, during the winter months, the weather changes slightly and depending on where you are, you will need a few warmer clothes.

What to Pack for a Fabulous Winter Trip to Thailand

Northern Thailand

Northern Thailand
Beautiful view of sunrise sky on top mountain at DoiInthanon National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand

You will definitely want to bring a light jacket with you to areas in Northern Thailand. Pants will also be helpful, and sneakers, or hiking boots, are a must if you plan on doing any hiking or wandering around.

Southern Thailand

Southern Thailand
Traditional long tail boat on the way to famous Maya Bay beach in Koh Phi Phi Island, Krabi, Southern Thailand

Down in the southern parts of this country, you can still wear shorts and flip flops, but you may want to take long sleeves and pants for those nights when you are still out on the town.

If you plan on seeing both southern and northern parts of the islands during your winter getaway, you will want to pack a little of everything. Don’t worry, you won’t need any winter gear, just enough to keep you from feeling chilled, especially when you are up in the mountains!

Sights to See During a Fabulous Winter Trip to Thailand

Father’s Day

Father’s Day
Thai people sit outside to celebrate for the birthday of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej on every year of December 5

Father’s Day in Thailand is different than the Father’s Day that is celebrated in the United States. This celebration is held on December 5th every year and it is a day to honor the late King Bhumibol.

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year
Dragon dance show under firework in the festival of Lunar New Year in the night at San Jao Pu Ya Udonthani ,Thailand

While many festivals in Thailand are held in the spring and the fall, this is the one that you must attend during the winter months. It will be more expensive to travel to Thailand when this festival is being held, but it will be worth it to see all the parades, lion dances, and stage shows.

The Grand Palace

The Grand palace
The Grand palace and Wat phra keaw at sunset at Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace is an excellent attraction to see at any time of the year, but it turns more magical during the winter months. There will still be crowds at The Grand Palace, but the massive square footage of this attraction will leave you plenty of space to wander around.

Any of the Markets

Floating markets
A traditional popular method of buying and selling still practiced in Amphawa canals of Thailand

Shopping can be fun all year round, but it is definitely better when you are not roasting from the heat! Wander around the markets on the streets or choose to experience shopping in a new way at one of the floating markets.

Thailand can be a lot of fun to explore during the winter months, as long as you pack accordingly and have a plan. So, create your plan now and then have a wonderful time exploring the different islands of this country!