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Thailand places to see in May

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Thailand is a beautiful country, whatever month of the year you visit! There is an abundance of exciting things to do, exquisite colourful temples to see and cool blue water beaches to dig your toes into the hot sand & kick back and relax!

You are in for a travelling treat!

Where to start?!

The easiest way to look at Thailand is in four major sections.

  1. North
  2. Central
  3. North East
  4. South

They all have so much to offer and it really depends on how much you want to see and do!

Four major sections of Thailand on the map

When traveling to Thailand in May it is recommended to go North to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rail and Mae Hong Son or right down to the Southern Islands to Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan for the best weather.

We all love sunshine and Thailand has plenty of it but as May is going into Monsoon Season expect to see some, if not a lot of rain and when it rains in Thailand it RAINS! However, this may just be for an hour a day so don’t be disheartened.

Weather in May


Location Average temp (Min-Max) °C Average Rainfall (mm)
North — Chiang Mai 24-34 156
Central — Bangkok 26-34 220
NorthEast — Khon Kaen 25-35 172
South — Phuket 25-33 291


Top places to see

North — Chiang Mai

This is Thailand’s Northern Capital and is the 2nd most visited city in Thailand! It has SO much to offer for tourists and makes you want to stay to see it ALL!

Vacation in Chiang Mai for tourists and travellers is so popular because there is so much to do and see! From glowing Wats, phenomenal food and an abundance of shopping markets, it’s safe to say you won’t be bored!

Landscape of Doi Inthanon National Park

Doi Inthanon National Park © by Asiawebdirect

Top Attractions:

  • Wat Phra Doi Suthep – Gleaming Golden Temple
  • Chiang Mai Zoo – Over 400 Species of Animals
  • Chiang Mai Night Safari – Hand-feeding wild animals is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
  • Doi Inthanon National Park – Highest Peak In Thailand reaching 2565 metres!
  • Handcraft Village — Beautiful hand painted umbrella’s, parasols and many other handmade products

The Southern Islands – Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Pha Ngan

These three islands see significantly less rainfall and are a perfect spot to go sightseeing and get your PADI Scuba Diving licence at Koh Tao, visit great Temples and the Big Buddha at Koh Samui, or relax on the beach in the day and party the night away at the Koh Pha Ngan Full Moon party!

Koh Samui
Big Buddha figure

Big Buddha by Amanda Molander

Top Tourist Attractions:

  • Big Buddha Temple
  • Hin Yai and Hin Ta Rocks
  • Waterfalls — Hin Lat, Na Mueang and Sivatara
  • Wat Plai Laem

Koh Tao

Koh Tao means ‘Turtle Island’ and it lives up to this name by being a well-known, popular tourist scuba diving destination. It has beautiful white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters perfect for seeing the breath-taking coral reefs, and many a gliding turtle!

Viewpoint Koh Tao

Viewpoint Koh Tao by © KohTaoDivers

Top Activities to do:

  • Scuba Diving – Plunge deep into the crystal-clear waters to explore the exquisite coral reefs
  • View Points: Mango, Skyview and John Suwan – These are great locations to take some phenomenal photos you will never forget!
  • Take a Kayak or Canoe around the island –Pure Bliss!

Koh Pha Ngan

Koh Pha Ngan is best known for its monthly outrageous beach parties – The Full Moon Party which go on from sunset to sunrise, but there is a lot more to this beautiful little island than just this!

Full Moon Beach Party

FullMoon Beach Party Photo by © Pintrest

Top Things to do and see:

  • Full, Half and Dark Moon Parties – Spread out throughout the month!
  • Small Bay Secret Beaches around the West coast are beautiful hidden gems!
  • Famous Had Rin Beach
  • Cooking Class at C&M Study Centre
  • Thong Sala Night Market

These three islands are all a ferry ride away from each other, so why not visit them all! Jump on a ferry from Koh Samui and it will only take an hour all the way to Koh Tao!

Map of Thailand Southern Islands

Map of three Thailand Southern Islands

This is only a snippet of ideas that you can do in May, Thailand has so much to offer, these areas are selected for the least amount of monsoon rain! If you don’t mind the rain feel free to explore Thailand more just be aware that some areas close during May and the monsoon season will differ every year so always do a little research and at least take your waterproofs and an umbrella!

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