The Pattaya climate is tropical, as it is in all of Thailand. Pattaya is located
almost exactly half-way between the equator and the tropic of cancer. It never gets cold, not even chilly, and overall the weather is difficult to beat. There are three distinct weather seasons in Thailand; 'warm and dry', 'hot and humid', and 'hot and rainy'. Happily,
the climate in Pattaya is less extreme than in other parts of Thailand
partly because it is based on the coast and benefits from a cooling sea
November until mid March; this is the best time of the year. The heat
during this time is just about perfect for relaxation. On average, the
daily maximum temperature over this time period is around 30.6 degrees
Celsius, and it drops below 30 degrees in December. Temperatures during
the night fall to very comfortable levels; you can go out wearing shorts
and a t-shirt without feeling at all hot or cold.
The temperature is only half the story though; the other half is the Pattaya humidity level which is also at it's lowest during these months. The lower humidity makes the temperature feel much more comfortable.
If your home country is located in a cold northern hemisphere climate, you can make extra use of this season in Thailand by visiting Pattaya. This is because the best season in Pattaya falls during the coldest, harshest season back home! This season is the vacation 'high season'; there are more tourists at this time than at any other and hotel prices are a little higher. That said, Pattaya is still a really cheap place to visit compared with the other main tourist areas in Thailand. You will easily find a decent standard of hotel for around 1,200 baht per night.
Mid March to mid July; when the hot and humid season really gets going the heat is stifling to say the least. You can literally step out the shower, clean and fresh, into an air-conditioned room, put on some clean lightweight shorts and t-shirt, and be wet through within a few minutes of going outside into the sun! The great outdoors is almost like a sauna during the hottest times. On average, each day can reach a temperature of around 32.2 Celsius.
The Pattaya humidity level is also very
high, which makes the heat even more uncomfortable. The climate in
Pattaya during these months is much better than that of, for example,
Bangkok. The inland areas, especially the urban inland areas, become
very difficult to tolerate outdoors during the hot season.
The best way to handle the heat is to sit it out by the pool. Whenever you get hot you can just jump in the water and all is well with the world once again. Even better if you also have a cold drink nearby!
Thai new year festival called 'Songkran' is held at this time (the
middle of April) and, unsurprisingly given the heat, the Thai's like to
celebrate by holding three days of water fights. Be warned, unless you
are holding a baby, you are a target. It doesn't matter if you are
wearing your best clothes and holding a big sign stating your loathing
of water - you are going to get wet.... there is no escaping it if you
venture outdoors during this time.
Mid July to mid November; the hot, rainy season is the low season in Pattaya. During this time there are not many tourists from the West. There are still quite a few tourists from the emerging economies e.g. China, Russia and India, but not so many from Europe and America.
during this time are particularly short of customers so, if you do visit
during this season, you can expect to receive plenty of attention from
Pattaya bar girls
because you'll be a highly sought after commodity!
The rain can be unbelievable during this season of the Pattaya
climate; it can be very heavy and can last for hours. For the most part
though, the rain really isn't that big a deal. It is usually quite
brief, 20 or 30 minutes, after which the skies clear and the sun comes
out again. The rain actually does a good job of cooling things down.
The average daily maximum temperature is not that much higher than during the warm season, coming in at around 30.9 Celsius, but the humidity is quite a bit higher which makes it feel more uncomfortable.
Pattaya Climate; related pages:
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