Photo by Greg Rodgers
The busy seasons between monsoons were once fairly defined for many countries in Southeast Asia, however, that is no longer the case.
From tour agencies and dive shops to rice farmers, many people in Southeast Asia base their livelihoods on clearly defined seasons.
Sure, the monsoon would vary by a week or two from year to year, but the drastic changes to the world's weather have long since put a stop to the predictability of seasons.
Now, your guess is as good as any for the best time to come to Thailand. I've seen monsoon rains in the middle of the dry season, and have enjoyed weeks of no rain on the Thai islands during the wet season. I found out how out of control the weather is firsthand during the record flooding in Thailand last year.
You know things are out of control when crocodiles are found in the streets of Bangkok!
Generally, November is a great time to visit Thailand and its neighbors as the rains are more intermittent, temperatures are still under control, and less tourists have come pouring in. The Thailand busy season really takes off around Christmas and New Year when people come to party, then tapers off around the end of April when temperatures are scorching and the haze from wildfires fills the air in Northern Thailand.
No matter the weather, the popularity of Thailand has even created new high season months in June and July when many families and students come to relax, party, or both.
If you're thinking of getting to Thailand this year, don't wait too long: The crowds, temperature, and prices will begin their inevitable climb soon!