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November sees the wet season finally shut down across most of Thailand. Temperatures are moderate (by Thai standards) across the board and there are a good selection of islands to choose from that will be seeing a lot of sunshine.
Where are the best places in Thailand in November? Consider:
Cool and not-too-rainy November ushers in large-scale Loy Krathong festivities at Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Tak, among others. In Bangkok, Ayutthaya and other places in Central Thailand, frequent rainstorms can continue into the early part of the month but usually subside by the latter half. The same goes for the Andaman coast at places like Khao Lak, Trang and related islands, and the eastern Gulf at Chanthaburi and Trat. November is rice harvest time throughout Northeast Thailand; swing through places like Surin, Ubon Ratchathani and Chaiyaphum to catch a glimpse. The one region that’s best avoided is the lower Gulf, including the eastern half of Surat Thani province and related islands.
With the lower Gulf islands of Ko Samui, Ko Tao and Ko Pha Ngan facing frequent storms, November is a fine time to hit the Andaman Sea islands. It’s shoulder season for popular islands like Ko Phi Phi, Ko Lanta, Phuket and Ko Lipe, making it possible to score affordable rooms without booking in advance while also taking advantage of several island-hopping ferry routes. It’s the same story for the eastern Gulf islands, including Ko Chang, Ko Maak and Ko Kut.
November is when you'll start seeing locals rugging up to deal with the "cold" temperatures. It's moderate, low to high 20s Celsius with very little — almost no — rain to speak of. Kanchanaburi is lovely in November.
In November, Ko Chang and the islands that surround it really start to come into their own. There's a little rain — nothing to worry about though — and the temperature is still warm enough that you'll be needing to swim at least a couple of times a day to keep cool. November marks the beginning of Ko Chang's "season" and by the end of the month it starts to get quite busy.
November in Chiang Mai sees lovely daytime weather and cool evenings. If you're trekking, make sure the trek is supplying sleeping bags as it does get cold at night, especially higher up. The wilderness is lovely this time of year.
Northeast Thailand in November sees very little rain and lots of sunshine, without the heat and dust that you'll see before the start of wet season. This is an excellent time to visit.
November sees more rain on Thailand's Gulf coast — especially on the islands. The western Andaman Coast is generally a better option this time of year. Temperatures sit in the mid to high 20s Celsius range.
While you will still get rain on the Andaman Coast of Thailand in November, you'll get less than on the Gulf Coast, so if you're umming and ahhing between East and West, go with the latter. Krabi is often good in November, but you will still get some rain.