Best Time and Season to Visit Chiang Rai in 2023
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October until February is the best time to visit Chiang Rai and indulge in sightseeing and adventure sports. During these months the weather is very pleasant with low temperatures and humidity. It’s a great time to indulge in outdoor activities and visiting attractions like the pristine beaches for watersports, magnificent ancient temples, tropical rainforests for jungle treks and wildlife safaris and adventure sports, night bazaars, cave explorations, etc.

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The summers of March until May and the rainy season stretching from June till September see a scorching heat and excessive humidity making outdoor activities and sightseeing uncomfortable. However, you can visit museums and restaurants during this time. Amongst outdoor activities, one should not miss seeing the waterfalls that are in their full splendour during the rainy season. 

Best Time to Visit Chiang Rai

Best Time for Sightseeing in Chiang Rai

The best time to visit Chiang Rai during the winter months of October till February. The temperatures range between 21degrees in the daytime and drop to between 10-15 degrees at night. The weather is extremely pleasant and cool during these months. Chiang Rai rarely receives rains during these months so the humidity is low, making them perfect for sightseeing and activities like trekking.

Nature enthusiasts can visit the Tiger Kingdom, Elephant Conservation Centre, and Doi Inthanon National Park to see animals roaming in their natural habitat amidst lush greenery. You can explore the spectacular Chiang Dao Caves and visit the pristine beaches to indulge in boat tours and watersports like snorkelling and scuba diving. The great weather during these months is also perfect for exploring the night bazaars. The most popular ones are Snag Khon Noil, Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar, and Kaad Luang. 

Best Time for Honeymoon in Chiang Rai

Couples love to travel to Chiang Rai to spend quality time with each other amidst the pristine beaches, lush tropical forests, magnificent temples, and for indulging in exciting activities like cave exploration and watersports. 
The best time to visit Chiang Rai for honeymoon is from October till February. Being the winter months, they offer the most pleasant weather for romantic outings. The temperatures and humidity are at their lowest, perfect for exploring the beautiful outdoors. You can plan a Jungle Trek and visit the charming Karen village to see the bamboo forests, plantations, and swim in the natural hot springs. Visit the beautiful Chiang Rai beach to spend the day in a secluded bamboo hut, trying local food and indulging in watersports.
Winter months are also perfect for strolling down the bustling streets and night markets. Other outdoor attractions that must not be missed are the Wat Rong Khun Temple and the Chiang Rai Temple Wat Klang Wiang. 

Best Season to Visit Chiang Rai

Peak Season (October to February) 

1. Average Max temperature: The average maximum temperature during October to February is 28.7°C (83.3°F). The weather is cooler making the daytime pleasant and perfect for outdoor activities like visiting the beach, watersports, jungle treks, etc. 
2. Average Precipitation: The average precipitation during these months is 40.6 mm. The rainfall at this time of the year is less leading to low humidity and clear skies making it the best time to visit Chiang Rai.
3. Temperature Range: The temperatures range from 26.8°C (80.24° F) to 30.6°C (87.08° F)

Shoulder Season (June to September)

1. Average Max temperature: The average maximum temperature hovers around 23°C (73.4°F). While the weather is pleasant and cooler as compared to the summer months, there is excessive humidity, which makes it uncomfortable to be outdoors. One can indulge in indoor activities during these months. 
2. Average Precipitation: These are the wettest months in Chiang Rai. The average precipitation during these months is 307.2 mm, the highest in the year. August is the wettest month receiving the maximum rainfall of around 250 mm.
3. Temperature Range: The temperatures range from 26.2°C (79.1° F) to 27.2°C (80.9° F)

Off-Season (March to May) 

1. Average Max temperature: The average maximum temperature during these months is 34°C (93.2°F). Due to the excessive heat and humidity, this is not the best time to visit Chiang Rai. You can indulge in indoor activities during if visiting during this time. 
2. Average Precipitation: The average precipitation is very high during these months at around is 101.6 mm making the weather pleasant and cooler. 
3. Temperature Range: There isn’t a huge difference in the temperatures during these months, which range from 33.2°C (91.7° F) to 34.9°C (94.8° F)

Best Time to Visit Chiang Rai for Events and Festivals  

1. Akha Hill Tribe Performance

This cultural presentation is one of the most important events for the people of the Akha tribesmen. The Akha people belong to an ancient Chinese civilisation and have been living in Thailand for hundreds of years.

They showcase their way of living, culture, handicrafts, children’s games, and dances through a beautiful sound and light presentation held one every month. It is a lovely sight to see the tribe’s people in their colourful traditional dresses and jewellery mingling with the tourists and sharing their stories and crafts. 
This is held at Chiang Rai Social Development Centre 12, Doi Mae Salong Road, Pa Sang, Mae Chan.

Festive Month
: Second Saturday of every month.

2. Dok Sieo festival 

Taking its name from the beautiful pink and white flowers known as Dok Sieo (Bauhinia), the Phu Chi Fah Dok Sieo Festival is one of the most major attractions in Chiang Rai. This flower blossoms around Valentine’s Day, thereby making this festival popular with couples.

Ancient Thai tribes like Akha and Hmong participate in this three-day event and one can see their traditional top spinning shows, ball games, archery shows, and even a beauty pageant. You can pick up beautiful local products as souvenirs. This festival is held in the winter months, which is the best time to visit Chiang Rai. 
This festival is held at Ban Rom Fah That, Thueng.

Festive Month
: Every year 13th-15thFebruary.

3. Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival is one of the most important Thai festivals. Often referred to as the biggest water fight in the world, it marks the beginning of the traditional Buddhist New Year. It is celebrated by splashing fragrant water on idols of Buddha, monks, and on each other.

This signifies washing away of bad luck and cleansing of the soul to bring in prosperity and good health. People also release fish and birds, build pagodas of sand, visit temples. 
Tourists love to be a part of this refreshing carnival-like atmosphere, which includes parades, fashion events, indulging in Thai food, etc.

Festive Month
: Every year 13th-18thApril

4. Chiang Rai Lychee and Souvenir Fair

Lychee fruits and the delicious bounties of nature are celebrated in this popular agricultural thanksgiving festival. Farmers from all over the place bring their fruits to display and even compete with each other.

Other interesting competitions that are held include pineapple peeling contest, papaya salad competition, dancing-cooking contest, and Miss Lychee Orchard Contest. You can pick up this lovely fruit and various condiments like jams and pickles, etc. at reasonable prices. 
This festival is held next to Highway Office, by the bridge near Kok River, Mueang. 

Festive Month
: May

5. Pang Sida Butterfly Watching Festival 

These are the perfect months to see hundreds of varieties of colourful butterflies flutter in their natural habitat. Nature-lovers should not miss this three-month-long festival in which they can attend special sessions conducted by Pang Sida National Park officials on how to identify different species of butterflies.

You are taken on guided nature trails within the lush environs of the park to see around 400 species housed here. It is a beautiful sight to watch butterflies bunched in hundreds around ponds and streams. 
The festival is held at Pang Sida National Park, Sa Kaew. 

Festive Month: May until July.

6. Pomelo Festival

In Thailand, Pomelo fruit is considered to be the king of the citrus fruits due to its huge size. Pomelo festival is an agricultural thanksgiving festival during which the farmers celebrate the harvest of this natural bounty. Here, you can see and buy different varieties of this fragrant fruit at reasonable prices.

The farmer’s display products made from pomelo like jams, vinegar, and jellies. You can also see interesting uses of this fruit in incense sticks and shower gels, etc. Enjoy fashion shows, tribal cultural shows, local games, music & dance, giant swing, spinning shows, etc. held over the entire month.
The festival is held at Wiang Gean District Office. 
Festive Month: September

7. Winter Dance Festival

Coinciding with the popular Christmas and New Year festivities, the Winter Dance Festival is held to celebrate life through the power of dance. In Thailand, people feel that the reverberating music and rhythmic body movements are a great way to get in touch with your inner self and ensure their well-being.

This celebration is held during the winter months which is the best time to visit Chiang Rai.The Winter Dance Festival is held at 49 Moo 1, Ban Samanmit, Don Sila, Wiang Chai, Chiang Rai. 

Festive Month: 21stand 22nd December

8. Blooming Bua Tong Festival

Every year tourists travel from all over to see thousands of Mexican sunflowers (Bua Tong) blooming over the hills of Chiang Rai. People love to see these sunshine yellow expanses of this flower that blooms only for a month.

The festival features ornaments, condiments, and wellness products made from Bua Tong. One can also see various ethnic tribes of Thailand participate in activities like hill tribe performances and tribal sports performances during the festival. 
This festival is held at Hua Mae Kham Village, Mae Fah Luang, 
Festive Month: November
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