The intermittent tropical cloudbursts mark the official start of the “green season” in Thailand. Although the rainfall usually arrives in May, it is Thailand in June that we can see more greenery in the countryside. It’s a shame that the term “rainy season” drives away many visitors since June is an ideal month to explore Thailand’s marvelous scenery. June also an ideal time to sample a heavenly array of fresh tropical fruits only found in this region.
For those who are planning for a vacation in Thailand in June, we’re here to help. Let’s have a look at what to expect in Thailand in June in our handy mini-guide!
June is a drier month than May, which makes it a better time to visit. In the month of June, Thailand has good enough weather for a relaxing tropical vacation. While the rain hardly lasts for two hours, everything dries quickly, making Thailand in June rather nice and ideal for sightseeing.
Eastern Thailand is the only part of the country where the rainy season is at its full swing. The best weather conditions are in Thailand’s southeastern Gulf, such as Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao.
Where to Go?
Keeping your newly-acquired knowledge about the weather in mind, let’s look at the hotspots that you shouldn’t miss!
Southern Gulf Coast
Perhaps the ideal area to visit, the Gulf Coast of Thailand sees less rainfall compared to the Andaman Coast. For the best islands to visit, Koh Pha Ngan, Koh Samui, and Koh Tao, in particular, are exceptional choices if you plan to island hop. If you’re not about the island hopping life, the beaches of Hua Hin, Cha Am, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Pranburi, Chumphon, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat can certainly prove to be attractive choices in the Mainland.
Southern Andaman Coast
The Southern Andaman Coast sees more rain in June compared to the Gulf Coast due to the annual south-west monsoon. Phuket and Krabi, in particular, can give you more alternatives for things to do away from the beach on rainy days. Smaller islands such as Koh Lanta can still be beautiful in June, but there will be fewer things to do compared to more established touristy areas such as Phuket or Koh Phi Phi.
It is known among us locals that the further you head east along Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard, the more rain you’ll most likely encounter. However, Pattaya and Koh Samet have more pleasant conditions if you’re looking to spend a weekend away from Bangkok on the beach.
Festivals You Can’t Miss
Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival
In June, crowds of people wearing masks flood the streets of Dansai, Loei (in northeastern Thailand). This festival has roots from local folklores which signifies the rebirth of Prince Vessantara. Locals believe that the Prince went for a long journey and made his followers think that he is dead. However, he came back alive one day. Since then, the locals celebrate this occasion as the “Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival”.
Sunthorn Phu Day
Wake up the poet inside of you! Celebrated annually on June 26 in Rayong, this festival commemorates the birthday of Sunthorn Phu, who is known throughout the country as the best Thai poet to have ever lived. This is when Sunthorn Phu enthusiasts recite and enact his most famous poems.
Local Fruit Festivals
The eastern provinces of Thailand, particularly Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat are sometimes fondly called the “Orchard of Thailand”. The agricultural heritage of the region is celebrated with a number of local fruit festivals in June. This is where you can enjoy tasting sumptuous, exotic tropical fruits such as Rambutan, Mangosteen, Durian, and Longan.
Hua Hin International Jazz Festival 2019
Heads up, jazz enthusiasts! On June 7th-8th, you can head south to the resort city of Hua Hin and enjoy smooth sounds at Hua Hin Beach from both Thai and International artists. This year, there will be two stages, with the main stage in front of Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas, and the Thai Art Stage that will bring Thai artists together. Above all, the entrance fee will be free of charge!
TakeMeTour’s Top Tips
-Avoid visiting the Eastern part of Thailand altogether if you don’t want to encounter heavy rainfall.
-Look for hotels and guesthouses with low-season discount rates, especially later in the summer where there will be fewer tourists.
-Look for cheap domestic airfares, as they will be cheaper during the low season
-The mosquito population increases as rain cause stagnant water to collect in flower pots and other containers. Do bring along some mosquito repellant with you to avoid mosquito bites, particularly at dusk.
-Make sure to carry a rain jacket and an umbrella in case of sudden rain.
-If you plan to sunbathe, don’t forget to apply sunscreen to protect yourself since the scorching Thai sun can be unforgiving!