Thailand in February: A Guide to Weather & Events

Have you considered visiting Thailand in February? Ideal weather conditions, slightly fewer travellers and fascinating cultural events make this month an optimal time to visit. However, it’s crucial to understand the pros and cons of choosing this season for your trip. Come with us as we look at why February can be the perfect time for your Thai adventure, and uncover the top cities, islands, and happenings that await your discovery.

Embracing February in Thailand: what to expect

February in Thailand is the last month of the cool season, Thailand’s version of winter. The weather typically dry, with an average temperature range of 22°C to 32°C (71.6°F to 89.6°F), which makes it a very pleasant time to travel around the country.

Want tropical beaches, dazzling temples, thrilling jungle explorations, or vivacious city life? Thailand has got you covered! Not to mention the colourful festivals that add a tinge of Thai-ness to your February escapades.

Thailand in February offers:

  • Consistently pleasant weather: The temperature stays relatively cool during February, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities.
  • Less crowded sights: As it’s not the peak of high season, several places, especially the beaches, aren’t as crowded as December and January, which give you a more peaceful experience.
  • Colourful events and festivals: In February, you can catch some of Thailand’s most colourful festivals, ideal for learning more about Thai culture.

February is the driest month of the year in Thailand. With average temperatures ranging from 22°C to 32°C, it provides a warm and pleasant environment.

Temperature & rainfall in February

LocationAverage High (°C)Average Low (°C)Days of Rainfall
Ko Samui31265
Chiang Mai32152
Hua Hin31223
Check the official Thai Department of Meteorology for current advice.

There are on average nine hours of sunshine a day and only 30mm of rain in February, making this a fantastic time to explore Thailand. 

Planning your journey to Thailand in February is a fantastic idea. However, just like any other destination, February in Thailand has its advantages and drawbacks. Let’s go over the pros and cons of exploring Thailand at this time of year to better equip you for what to expect. 

Why visiting Thailand in February is a good idea

Travelling to Thailand in February offers many delightful experiences, not least of which is the fantastic weather. This month falls within the country’s cool season, combating the sweltering heat often associated with Southeast Asia. You’ll find cooler temperatures, particularly in the northern and central regions, making your time here significantly more comfortable. 

The pleasant weather is also ideal for outdoor activities. Whether you’re exploring the ruins of Ayutthaya, hiking in the lush jungles of Chiang Mai, or sunbathing on the stunning beaches, you won’t be hampered by excessive heat or unexpected rainfall.

The clear skies and calm waters also offer the perfect conditions for water-based activities like scuba-diving and snorkelling, especially in the southern islands

Another interesting reason to visit Thailand in February is the opportunity to witness and take part in diverse cultural celebrations. From Chinese New Year festivities to the spiritually significant Makha Bucha Day, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in the rich Thai culture. 

What do you need to consider before you book a trip to Thailand in February?

Despite its many advantages, there are a few challenges you might encounter while travelling in Thailand in February. As it’s the tail end of the tourist high season, the popular tourist hotspots can still be quite busy with international tourists.

Be aware that prices for accommodation and flights may remain high compared to other months, despite dropping tourist numbers. If you see a good deal, grab it nice and early!

In the southern islands, February weather is usually sunny and dry, meaning the environment is less lush than during or just after the rainy season. Some travellers may miss the green vibrancy of the landscapes seen in other months.

How crowded is Thailand in February?

While February is still high season in Thailand, compared to the tourist-flocked months of December and January, it’s less crowded. That being said, the most popular destinations such as Phuket, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai will still see an influx of visitors. However, the surge in the crowd is nothing that should deter you. We think it’s the perfect mix if you are looking for a more vibrant atmosphere. 

Accommodations, in popular spots, are likely to be booked out, so it’s recommended you plan your stay well in advance. Booking earlier allows you to secure your ideal stay without having to compromise on location or comfort. 

If you prefer to sidestep the hustle and bustle of tourist hotspots, less visited places like Hua Hin and Koh Lanta can offer a more serene holiday experience. These places also see fewer tourists in February and might just be the perfect getaway for you. 

Thai Public Holidays in FEBruary

Magha Puja is the only national public holiday in Thailand in February. While alcohol is for sale on many public holidays, it is prohibited on Buddhist holidays except in international airport duty-free shops.

Although there are really no terrible choices in Thailand at this time of year. Here are some of our favourites.

Central Thailand in February

Central Thailand, including Bangkok, Kanchanaburi and Ayutthaya, experiences a warmer climate with temperatures averaging around 28-30°C. The weather is mostly dry, making it comfortable for sightseeing and exploring the bustling city life.


Bangkok exudes a lively atmosphere at this time of year with the temperatures drawing people outside earlier in the day. This is perfect if you are seeking a vibrant city experience.

The dry, pleasant climate sees more exciting outdoor events and makes exploring the city’s mesmerising heritage sites, such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun more comfortable.

Wat Arun viewed from a bar across the river

The month also offers you an opportunity to partake in the city’s colourful festivals. The Chinese New Year is observed with much fanfare, while the Makha Bucha Day’s serene ceremonies deliver a captivating glimpse into Thai Buddhism.

The decrease in visitors from previous months provides a more relaxed and authentic city-life experience, especially if you delve into the less visited neighbourhoods. Accommodation and travel expenses tend to be lower, presenting a cost-effective time for your Bangkok escapade.


In Ayutthaya, this is your last chance to enjoy the cooler weather while wandering the ancient sites of the UNESCO listed ancient capital. 

One of my favourite temples in Ayutthaya is Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon

You’ll find you can enjoy your time at the temples a lot more without the stifling heat or torrential rain, which can affect other months.


Visiting Kanchanaburi in February is a treat for travellers who love culture and history. The cool and relatively dry weather makes it an ideal time to explore the town’s World War II era landmarks like the Death Railway and the Bridge on the River Kwai.

Besides, the river scenery is particularly beautiful in February, offering up serene views dotted with colourful native bird species and vibrant foliage. Spending a few days at a riverside resort is a wonderful contrast to the bustling streets of Bangkok.

Bed in Lux cabin Cross River Kwai Resort
Lux cabin Cross River Kwai Resort

Enjoy a ride on the old Burma Railway, which ambles through the town, past the illustrious River Kwai Bridge and other historic monuments. It’s a journey that mixes stunning natural scenery with potent history, making Kanchanaburi a top destination during February. 

Exploring the Cultural Haven of Northern Thailand

The Northern Thailand cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai offer some of the coolest weather in the country at this time of year with temperatures averaging around 22°C. The region also experiences minimal rainfall in February, making it perfect for outdoor activities such as trekking and exploring mountain top temples and tea plantations. 

Towards the end of this month, burning season ramps up, so this is your last chance for a smog free visit for several months. 

Chiang Mai

Visiting Chiang Mai in February affords you the unique opportunity to partake in local festivals, like the enchanting Chiang Mai Flower Festival. Across this month, the city bursts into vibrant hues of flowers, making it even more beautiful. The pleasant climate in February also provides a break from the much warmer southern temperatures.

This is the perfect for those seeking cultural enlightenment, the city’s temples, historic architecture, and local markets are more accessible and enjoyable in the comfortable weather.

The city’s wildlife sanctuaries, particularly the Elephant Nature Park, offer memorable day trips, making February an opportune time for a complete Chiang Mai experience.

Chiang Rai

During this month, there is also a Chiang Rai Flower Festival. Taking place from late January through February, this vibrant event showcases stunning displays of blooms throughout the city. Sculpted gardens, floral floats, parades, beauty pageants and, of course, countless stalls selling plants and gardening accessories make Chiang Rai a colourful paradise. 

Flowers everywhere you look in February

As for the Golden Triangle, the weather in February is temperate and dry, ideal for exploring the enchanting landscapes, rich history, and opium-trade legacy of this region where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet.

In the South, both the Andaman Sea side (Phuket, Krabi) and the Gulf of Thailand side (Koh Samui, Koh Phangan) experience good weather. The temperatures average around 28°C with minimal rainfall, making it perfect for beach holidays and island hopping.

The average sea temperature in Thailand in February is 28°C

For the idyllic island conditions, Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lipe both offer brilliant sunshine and mild climate, perfect for outdoor explorers. For breathtaking landscapes and stunning sunsets, Koh Tao and Koh Chang are perfect choices – affording gorgeous vistas and a bountiful of water activities thanks to the clear weather and calm waters.

Phuket’s pristine beaches

February is an ideal time to visit Phuket for several reasons. First, the weather is sheer perfection – with pleasant temperatures averaging between 23-33°C, unruffled seas and minimal rainfall, making it perfect for sunbathing, beach activities and water sports.

Secondly, the seas are crystal clear, creating the perfect conditions for diving and snorkelling. It’s also the best time to explore Phuket’s surrounding islands such as Phi Phi and James Bond Island. 

Kamala Beach on Phuket Island

While it’s high season, crowd sizes tend to reduce significantly by the end of the month, as family travellers head back to school. This results in a slightly quieter atmosphere without totally losing the lively holiday vibe. Prices, while not at their lowest, are considerably less than that of the peak December-January period.

Lastly, February marks the month of the Old Phuket Town Festival. Old Town is my favourite part of the island and should be at the top f your list. The festival displays Phuket’s rich cultural and architectural heritage, with street parades, traditional food and folk performances stealing the show. This is an event that shouldn’t be missed if cultural exploration fascinates you.

Koh Samui: The island of blissful escape

February is one of the best times to visit Koh Samui. The weather is wonderful with the rainy season well and truly over, creating a paradise where clear blue skies, gentle sea breezes, and temperatures of around 27 degrees Celsius reign. You can relish in uninterrupted beach days and glorious sunsets. 

Thongson Beach, Koh Samui

Like on Phuket, February tends to be less crowded than the peak season months of December and January, meaning a more relaxed experience. You can explore the island’s natural attractions, such as the iconic Big Buddha and the enchanting Na Mueang Waterfalls, without having to contend with heavy tourist traffic. 

The relatively lower visitor numbers during February also mean that prices for accommodation, dining, and even booking adventure activities can be slightly more economical. So, if you’re seeking an idyllic beach holiday coupled with a quieter, potentially more budget-friendly experience, Koh Samui in February could be just the ticket. 

Eastern Thailand

Eastern Thailand presents itself as an excellent choice for a February visit. During this month, the eastern provinces experience moderate temperatures, ranging from 23°C to 31°C. 

From the magical waters of Khao Laem Ya–Mu Ko Samet marine national park, to the party town Pattaya or the island paradise of Ko Chang, Eastern Thailand offers an abundance of adventures and cultural experiences in February.

Ko Mak Island Trat Province

Eastern Thailand enjoys a warm and dry climate in February. The average temperature is around 27°C, ideal for beach activities and water sports.

Falling in the cooler months, February in Thailand offers diverse festivals that deeply reflect the heart of Thai culture. 

  • Valentine’s Day: Following western traditions, Thailand hosts a unique celebration of Valentine’s Day. Especially in larger cities like Bangkok, hotels, restaurants, and shopping centres brim with love-themed decor and offer special promotions for couples.
  • Chinese New Year: Chinese New Year is a major event in Thailand, especially in areas with a significant Chinese population like Bangkok and Phuket. The festival is marked by dragon dances, fireworks, and delicious food. It’s a colourful and lively celebration that offers a glimpse into the country’s Chinese heritage.
  • The Makha Bucha Day: a significant event in February, Makha Bucha Day is a Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by Buddha. Temples across the country host ceremonies and the most spectacular celebrations can be seen at Wat Phra Dhammakaya near Bangkok, where thousands of monks gather for a candlelit procession.
  • Chiang Mai Flower Festival: One of the major events in Thailand in February is the Chiang Mai Flower Festival. This three-day event is held in the northern city of Chiang Mai and is a celebration of the region’s floral beauty. Expect to see a vibrant parade featuring floats adorned with a variety of flowers, a beauty pageant, and a flower market where you can purchase a range of local blooms.

From romantic offerings for lovebirds to historical fairs filled with nostalgic charm, there’s no doubt that the magic of Thai celebrations in February is irresistible.

So what are you waiting for? February presents a unique opportunity to explore the diverse spectacles Thailand offers, from its bustling cities and untouched islands, to its rich cultural celebrations. With the right planning, it’s the perfect time to witness pleasant weather, fabulous festivities, and lesser crowds. So, why not make your next trip in February and delve into the myriad experiences that the enchanting Thailand has in store for you?