A Thailand Packing List for All Three Seasons

Thailand Packing List

The seasons in Thailand have far less extreme changes than many parts of the world, with hot, humid weather year round. The northern and inland regions typically have three seasons: the cool season from November to February, the hot season from March to May, and the rainy season from May to November. In the southern coastal regions and the islands, the weather is hot year round with a rainy and a dry season. On the west coast, the rainy season lasts from April to October, while on the East Coast the rainy season lasts from September through December. Here are our tips for how to pack light and efficiently depending on which season you plan to encounter in Thailand.

Thailand Packing List

The Hot Season

Temperatures can soar into the 90s with high humidity, so you’ll want to bring light, breathable, loose clothing that lets air circulate. Quick dry hemp and linen are great natural fibers that are easy to wash as well. Comfortable sandals for walking are essential to keep your feet cool, and flip flops are great for the Southern beaches and islands. Also for the beaches you’ll want to bring a quick dry hemp cotton sarong or Turkish towel to lay on, dry off with. The sun can be very intense, so remember that high SPF sunscreen.

The Cool Season

Even in the cool season, temperatures are hot throughout the day, however at night it can get chilly. This is particularly true in the higher altitude regions in the mountains like Chiang Mai and Pai. Pack long pants to wear in the evening, long sleeve tops, thin cover ups, and warm sweaters or sweat shirts to wear to bed. The ideal evening attire includes long sleeves and loose long pants or a long dress with a jacket. For trekking in Chiang Mai a wool sweater, fleece or sweatshirt, and thick pants work well. Don’t forget to bring socks since your feet can get cold in the night.

The Rainy Season

During the rainy season you can expect sudden downpours that wash away the heat of the day. Pack a rain resistant jacket and consider picking up an inexpensive thin poncho when you get to Thailand. Opt for quick dry clothing that you can wear on treks without being water logged for the rest of the hike. Water resistance shoes that you can step through puddles are handing to have during this time of year.

All Seasons

No matter what time of year or what regions of Thailand you visit, you will want sturdy, comfortable shoes for walking and trekking. Water resistant shoes with drainage are especially useful for walking in mud and trekking through streams and waterfalls. You’ll also need a bathing suit if you plan to swim in any of the waterfalls and hotsprings, and especially if you’ll be doing an island tour! The amount of mosquitoes in Thailand tend to be consistent throughout the year, so be sure to bring loose long pants and dresses to wear around sunset and consider a natural insect repellent.