WEATHER IN BANGKOK
known as the City of Angels, Bangkok is the capital of Thailand. It is also the largest and the primary city in Thailand. With a tropical monsoon climate, Bangkok sits on the same latitude as Khartoum and Guatemala. Being hot and humid in equal measure, Bangkok is also known as the hottest city in the world.
Bangkok has mainly three seasons: the cool season, hot season, and rainy season. December to March is known as the cool season though for most westerners this season is also relatively hot with temperature averaging about 26º Celsius. However, the nights are cooler as the temperature may drop to below 20º Celsius. The season experiences lower humidity and it does not rain during this time. The cool season is the best time to visit Bangkok and tourist inflow is the highest in Bangkok during this period. While Bangkok has many hotels that fall in the high-end segment to the budget sector, most of the Bangkok hotels get booked during this period.
March marks the beginning of summer all the way up to May. This is the hottest months in Bangkok when the temperature can rise to a scorching 40º Celsius. With only unseasonal showers once in a while, these months can be a real energy drainer for the locals and those visiting Bangkok in summer. Boat cruises, lounging by the pool or spending time in rooftop bars are not recommended during this season.
Starting May to November, the monsoon season brings in frequent torrential rains and results in floods in many streets and areas close to the river. Though it rains frequently and mostly in the afternoon, the rains are a welcome relief to the hot and humid climate. However, the temperature still remains around 30º Celsius and is worsened by the high humidity levels. July and September are usually the wettest months when there are prolonged rains. Bangkok hotels slash their rate during this period and those who are not looking for a beach holiday can find very good travel and accommodation during this time because of the many Bangkok hotels deals offering special packages.
The rainy season in Bangkok coincide with the European and North American summers and is not be a bad time to visit Bangkok, especially if tourists are able to plan their sightseeing activities in the morning and then engage in indoor activities in the afternoon including shopping at complexes, visiting aquariums, temples or getting pampered in a spa. An umbrella is a must-have accessory for locals and tourists during this season. The typical feature of the monsoon season include torrential rains for about 30 minutes, night rain, occasional clear skies and overcast days with little or no rain.
Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok is spread across an area of 1,568.737 sq. km. With no mountains, Bangkok has many canals and passages that divide the area into separate patches of land. This feature has given Bangkok the title of being the ‘Venice of the East’.
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