Thailand is slowly gaining fame as one of the best places to visit for golf in Asia. There are several high-class golf courses scattered across the country that offer a delightful getaway in a beautiful and exotic country. You get to play on some of the best golf courses including some that hold championships, and explore the food and culture. This is what most would call killing two birds with one stone.
With so much on offer, there are many who’re willing to pack up their bags and head for the country. However, it’s a good idea to take a look at the weather before you go.
About the Weather
Thailand weather is tropical and it has three, very distinct seasons. The hot summer season extends from March to May, the green, wet season extends from June to October, and the cool winter season extends from November to February. Most experts have discovered that it’s possible to play golf here in all seasons; you only need to change the time of your game according to the time of the year.
The Hot Season
Characteristic of all South East Asian countries, Thailand also has intensely hot summers. Not to say that they’re unbearable, but most tourists tend to avoid this season. During this season, you can easily expect the temperatures to reach 40°C during the daytime. However, you might not notice it as much because the change in temperature throughout the day is pretty mild and won’t be as noticeable.
Seasoned golf professionals know that the golf course can get baking hot during the summer months. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t play golf here. You can comfortably play in the early morning hours, when it would be pleasantly cool.
The months of April and May are the hottest when even the comparatively cooler days would touch 30°C. However, these months are actually favoured by the tourists on a budget because the rates drop. The hot months aren’t the peak season to the prices across the board drop and the entire trip can become more affordable. Moreover, this is also the season you can expect the popular tourist spots to be less packed and easy to navigate.
The Green Season
Most tourists are under the impression that the wet months between June and October would receive the same amount of rainfall as other countries in South East Asia would receive. That’s not true. While there might be some short bursts of rainfall and thunderstorms, you don’t need to expect 24/7 rainfall. Thailand happens to be the driest country of the region in this particular season.
So you don’t need to worry about rainfall frequently interrupting your game. You might experience a few light showers that last for a small period of time and fields that dry up pretty quickly. This is a good time to visit as well. The weather is generally pleasant, though it can get muggy during the hotter days. It’s worth visiting this place during the green season because of the green. The country is lush and the natural beauty is shown to its best advantage.
As this isn’t peak season either, you can expect the prices to be very reasonable and the tourist sports to be less crowded. If you want to play golf in some of the best courses in South East Asia and enjoy Thailand’s natural beauty at its best, this is perhaps the best time to visit.
The Cool Season
This is the peak season for travelling to Thailand. It stretches from November to February and the weather is nearly perfect. The average temperatures range from 20°C to 25°C. Some golf courses experience cool and mild oceanic breeze during this season. The climate also remains dry and there is very little rainfall in this season. In all, this is the ideal weather for visiting Thailand and playing golf.
Naturally, because of this ideal weather, the prices are less than ideal. You’ll find Thailand remarkably expensive during this time of the year. Most tourists whether they want to play golf or not, tend to flock towards Thailand between November and February. Its best you come prepared for high rates, crowded tourist attractions, and some competition on the turf.
Nevertheless, this time is excellent for golfing and if you are willing to shell out a little extra cash, you’re in for an experience of the lifetime. You can play at any time without the weather interfering with your game.
You won’t feel this price variation much in Bangkok. The city tends to attract tourists at all times during the year. However, the difference between peak-season and off-season rates is pretty significant in places like Pattaya, Phuket, and Hua Hin. If you do plan to visit during the winter, it’s highly recommended that you book your reservations well in advance. The peak season, the favourable weather conditions, and the excellent championship golf courses tend to attract people from all over the world.
The Golf Regions
- The best months – November to March with average temperatures ranging from minimum 22°C to maximum 31°C and a rainfall of 48mm.
- The wet season – June to October with average temperatures ranging from minimum 24°C to maximum 32°C and a rainfall of 280mm.
- The summer months – April to May with average temperatures ranging from minimum 25°C to maximum 35°C and a rainfall of 100mm.
- The best months – Same as Bangkok
- The wet season – June to October with average temperatures ranging from minimum 24°C to maximum 32°C and a rainfall of 200mm.
- The summer months – Same as Bangkok
Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai
- The best months – November to March with average temperatures ranging from minimum 19°C to maximum 28°C and a rainfall of 30mm.
- The wet season – June to October with average temperatures ranging from minimum 23°C to maximum 32°C and a rainfall of 220mm.
- The summer months – Same as Bangkok.
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