Bangkok, Thailand – Weather is typically incredibly hot (usually in the 90’s Fahrenheit) and is accompanied by humidity that is often in the upper 90’s. Either humidity or heat by itself can be somewhat bearable but when you combine both together it becomes stifling, steamy and sweaty. It should be noted the following are places are where you can escape this heat and humidity, inside most of the taxis, the major shopping centers, the sky train, the ice arena in the Central World Center, inside some museums, restaurants (not all), hotels (not all) and inside the “godsend” that is available on almost every block called 7-Eleven. (well not quite on every block – but almost every one!) Sometimes you can find a breeze coming off of the Chao Phraya river, but usually it is not a cooling one.
You do want to avoid becoming chilled – this isn’t a big problem but some locations in Bangkok have quite powerful air conditioning units and you might get cold after coming in out of the hot humid weather.
Sometimes during December, January or February, you may catch a few weeks where the nights can actually cool down into the 60’s or even on occasion the mid to high 50’s. This certainly doesn’t happen every year, but we have been in Bangkok during these times when its actually “downright pleasant” during the day and even a bit chilly at night.
Many Thai men wear long pants. This is customary but can be quite warm and irritating for those not used to this weather. However, many of the tourists wear shorts and its perfectly acceptable in the big cities and tourist areas like the Golden Triangle to the north and the southern beaches if you are a foreigner.
Note that entry to the Grand Palace requires individuals to wear long pants. We recommend light weight cotton type pants with several pockets including at least one pocket that can be closed by a zipper.