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Things to Do in Thailand in May

1. Watersports in Koh Samui
2. Take a cruise through the Mu Koh Angthong National Park
3. Visit the Wat Pho Temple
4. Enjoy the Nightlife in Bangkok
5. Learn about Thai history at the Grand Palace 
6. Visit Khao Sok National Park
7. Stroll around Chatuchak Weekend Market
8. Explore the Gulf of Thailand
9. Attend the Full Moon Party
10. Visit the famous Bangkok National Museum

Experience a serene escape away from the noise and crowds of cities in Thailand in May. Gear up for some fun-filled activities in Thailand packages that will make you go speechless. With the onset of monsoons in May, Thailand has become a paradise for travellers. During this time, the crowds disappear and many budget deals roll in for backpackers. If you want to enjoy an exhilarating vacation without burning a hole in your pockets, this is the time to be in Thailand. Or visit the most famed places in Bangkok like Wat Arun and Grand Palace in peace. Discover some art and archaeology at the Bangkok National Museum. 

There are tons of things to do if you want to witness the picturesque beauty of the beaches of Thailand during May. With the rains, these islands are covered in magical shades of green while the beaches glisten with azure waters. Discover marine life with adventurous scuba diving in Koh Samui. If you want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience, then head to Ko Pha Ngan for a full-moon party. For nature lovers, there is also the Gulf of Thailand which offers a refreshing escape in its tranquil environs.
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Essential Information About Thailand in May

01

Weather Conditions of Thailand in May

May is a great time to visit Thailand if you don’t like your tourist spots filled with crowds. May in Thailand is the time when monsoon pays a visit. The frequent monsoon showers increase the temperature and humidity. However, if you can enjoy yourself without being concerned by the humidity, this time is wonderful to explore natural landscapes. 

The temperature in Thailand in May ranges between 29 to 35 degrees Celsius. With the onset of monsoon showers, Thailand gets a respite from the summer heat. You will love the cold showers during the afternoon and evenings. The mornings are dry which makes them the best time to enjoy outdoor activities.
02

What to Pack for Thailand Trip

A trip to Thailand in May promises a serene escape if you are packed and prepared well. 
  • Some of the summer essentials that you must pack for your vacation are flip-flops, sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen as there will be a lot of walking in the sun.
  • If you are planning some adventure activities, don’t forget to pack a good pair of shoes for trekking, gloves and a first aid kit. 
  • For water babies, we suggest carrying towels and your swimming wear. 
  • To enjoy other activities like sightseeing and dinner cruises, you should also pack a pair of smart casual like linen shirts, pants and dresses.

Things to Do in Thailand in May

03

Enjoy Watersports in Koh Samui

  • Koh Samu is heaven for water babies looking forward to a fun-filled day if you are in Thailand in May. 
  • Book a snorkelling day tour and explore the rich marine life in Crystal Bay and Coral Cove. 
  • Dive with the dolphins and get a PADI scuba diving course certification.
  • If you are looking for some exercise away from the gym, try kayaking and surfing in the clear blue waters of Koh Samui.

Location: Choeng Mon Beach, Bangrak Beach and Chaweng Beach

Timings:
10 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fees: INR 3000 to INR 9000
04

Take a Cruise through the Mu Koh Angthong National Park

  • Experience a thrilling getaway at Mu Ko Ang Thong Park as you cruise on a speed boat ride to explore the islands of Wua Ta Lap and Koh Mae Ko.
  • Kayaking and snorkelling are some of the best adventure activities to be enjoyed at this national park in Thailand in May for a memorable day
  • Nature lovers will adore the hiking trails here which give a mesmerising view of the islands. You will also get to explore hidden gems like the lake called The Blue Lagoon at Ko Mae Ko. 

Location:  Ko Samui

Timings:  All day

Entry Fee: INR 2500
05

Visit the Wat Pho Temple

  • Promising to take your breath away with its exquisite architecture, Wat Pho Temple is a must addition to your itinerary for things to do in Thailand in May. 
  • Renowned for its majestic statue of Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho Temple is an unmissable attraction. 
  • This temple has the highest number of Buddha images in the world and is covered with beautiful murals. 
  • Make sure you donate some coins in a series of metal bowls which are kept in a row to the rear of the Reclining Buddha statue.

Location: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Timings: 8:00 AM to 7:30 PM

Entry Fee: INR 460
06

Enjoy the Nightlife in Bangkok

  • Bangkok dazzles with an exciting nightlife scene and promises many happening things to do in Thailand in May as it is a haven for all party lovers where you can dance the night away. 
  • With many vibrant bars and clubs, you can immerse yourself in a lively night with your folks. 
  • Some of the best areas to enjoy the nightlife scene in Bangkok are Khao San Road, Sukhumvit Road and Silom. 
  • Visit the popular bars like 1826 Mixology & Rooftop Bar, Octave and Above Eleven to enjoy some delicious cocktails.

Location: Khao San Road, Sukhumvit Road and Silom in Bangkok City 

Timings: After 7:00 PM 

Entry Fee: The entry fee for most clubs range between INR 600 to INR 1000
07

Learn about Thai history at the Grand Palace

  • One of the most beautiful places to see in Thailand in May, Grand Palace was a former residence of King Rama I. 
  • Currently used to host royal ceremonies, the beauty and architecture of this palace are eye-catching. 
  • Some of the popular attractions at the Grand Palace are the Pavilion of Regalia and the Temple of Emerald Buddha. 
  • Also, ensure you spare time to look at the Royal Decorations and Coins section where Thai coins and other heritage artefacts are on display.

Location: Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Timings: 8:30?am–3:30?pm

Entry Fees: INR 1150
08

Visit Khao Sok National Park

  • If you are a nature enthusiast, visiting Khao Sok National Park is a worthy addition to your list of things to do in Thailand in May. 
  • It is home to a rainforest area which is a hotspot for biodiversity where you can spot wildlife like elephants, sun bears, Asian black bears, Malaysian crested fireback and crested partridge. 
  • The picturesque landscape here comprises of breathtaking limestone hills and sparkling rivers amidst lush greenery. 
  • You can also satisfy your thirst for adventure by walking one of the picturesque forest trails for a hike,  bamboo rafting, canoeing and swimming.

Location: Phanom District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Timings: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry Fee: INR 600
09

Stroll around Chatuchak Weekend Market

  • Also called JJ Market, Chatuchak Weekend Market is a must-visit for all tourists to shop for many varieties of merchandise which are sold here. 
  • Go on a shopping spree and explore this market which has more than 8000 stalls which have a stunning selection from clothing to home décor items. 
  • You can also enjoy shopping for antique items in handicrafts, ceramics and art stalls.
  • If you are looking to spend a night shopping for some souvenirs for your friends, visiting Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the best things to do in Thailand in May.

Location: 587, 10 Kamphaeng Phet 2 Rd, Khwaeng Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand

Timings: 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM on Fridays

Entry Fee: Free 
10

Explore the Gulf of Thailand

  • Spend a day in the sunny shores and glittering sands with a beach getaway in the Gulf of Thailand. 
  • Comprising of various beaches, it is considered one of the most enjoyable places for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts to see in Thailand in May. 
  • Apart from being the largest coastal waterway in Thailand, it is home to prominent beaches like Ko Samui, Ko Tao, Ko Samet and Phú Qu?c. 
  • Unleash your adventurous spirit and enjoy swimming, diving and snorkelling in the turquoise blue waters of the Gulf of Thailand. 
  • The gulf is home to some incredible coral reefs where you can spot a variety of colourful fish.

Location: Gulf of Thailand 

Timings: All day

Entrance Fee: Free
11

Attend the Full Moon Party

  • A delight for all backpackers, the Full Moon Party is one of the unmissable attractions for party lovers. 
  • With more than thirty thousand people flocking to the white sands beach, a full moon party is an enjoyable retreat. 
  • With foot-tapping music, the full moon party at Ko Pha Ngan is a superb addition to your list of things to do in Thailand in May. 
  • When the sun sets and the colourful neon lights create a dazzling display, you will be enchanted like never else in your life. 

Location: Ko Pha Ngan Beach

Timings: It starts at 7:00 PM

Entrance Fee: INR 460
12

Visit the famous Bangkok National Museum

  • Showcasing the history and culture of Thailand, this is the first museum built in Bangkok.
  • Discover the glorious past of Thailand at their main exhibition Gallery of Thai History. 
  • You will be enchanted by exploring the royal life in centuries past as the museum was once the residence of Thai monarchs. 
  • The museum has a stunning collection at their History Wing and Archaeology Wing. 
  • In addition to this, find time to see the funeral chariots kept here which are still being used to bury Thai rulers.

Location: 4 Soi Na Phra That, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand

Timings: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Entrance Fee: INR 460

People Also Ask About Thailand

  1. What are some of the best places to visit in Thailand in May?

    Some best places to visit in Thailand in May are: 

    1. Big Buddha Temple: Go here to admire the beautiful architecture and the gorgeous statues of Buddha. The serene vibes of the temple makes it an ideal getaway for solitude lovers. 

    2. Hua Hin Beach: This is a beautiful beach in Gulf of Thailand. You can try water sports like jet skiing, banana boat and parasailing here. 

    3. The Grand Palace: Also known as the erstwhile residence of rulers of Siam dynasty, Grand Palace is a must visit for all art lovers and history buffs.
  2. Is it a good time to visit Thailand in May?

    May is a wonderful time to visit Thailand if you are planning a budget vacation. During this time, Thailand experiences the early onset of monsoon. Even though it is sunny throughout the day, you can explore the popular tourist attractions without the madness of the crowded tourist season. In addition to this, you can also bag some amazing offers and discounts on flights to Thailand this time.
  3. Is it better to go to Thailand in May or June?

    You can visit Thailand in May if you want to avoid heavier rains which are seen in June. This is the time when you will see lesser crowds in Thailand. Since the rains are usually witnessed in the afternoon and evenings, you can also enjoy water sports in the mornings in May. The month of May is a good time to visit the Gulf of Thailand and Koh Samui.
  4. Is Thailand too rainy in May?

    May is the time when the monsoon season begins in Thailand. Hence, it is usually rainy during the afternoon and early evenings. You will experience rainfall for at least half a month if you are in Thailand during May. Places like Bangkok see a heavy downpour during May. However, the mornings are usually dry which allows visitors to partake in many outdoor activities.
  5. Which part of Thailand to go in May?

    You should visit Southern Thailand in May to enjoy a spectacular vacation. You can visit islands of Koh Samui  and Koh Pha Ngan in the Gulf of Thailand  to enjoy pleasant temperatures and dry weather during May. Nature lovers will love snorkelling and scuba diving on the beaches of Koh Samui. Further, you can also visit the capital city Bangkok  to explore major attractions like Wat Arun and Grand Palace.
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It should be a must in Bangkok visit, specially with kids. Hotel pickup service was fantastic, in time. Children enjoyed most the orangutan and dolphin shows. Better to skip the river cruise which I felt like wastage of money. The last part of coming out through the open zoo was fantastic- all openly moving animals including lions and tigers were roaming near the bus.
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The best experience of sea life till date. It overseeded my previous experience at underwater world pattaya. Getting tickets was hassle free - just show the QR code and get your ticket from Information Desk. Best feeding shows observed here. The sea otter feeding show was specially enjoyable with the otters asking for more food by shaking their hands above their chests. Next the penguin show, diver show, sea life 3D show, shark feeding show, etc. were awesome. You can chill around as it is cool inside with cafeteria everywhere. Those sharks in giant aquariums really amazed me and they are living in harmony with other fishes for the past 10 years (as learnt). The ambience was great with dim lights everywhere. A great place for kids to enjoy. There were numerous fishes as well, including the famous Giant of Siam - an Amazon fish.
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