The best time to visit Mae Hong Son

Last Updated on June 16, 2021 by Handy Man

The secret of success is being in the right place at the right time

Let see the short brief to know when is the best time travel to Mae Hong Son, Thailand and infomormation about the weather. There’s no good way to waste your time. Let’s go!

When to visit

Our suggestion is between November and February.

Travel to Mae Hong Son between November and February for the most pleasant weather. This is the most popular time because the weather is nice and breezy. It is not cold too much for local people and it is good for the foreigners.

mae hong son from the plane

November to the next February is good time for mountain climbing here. However, it would be great if one can make at the end of February when flowers and wild orchid on the mountain blossom in northern highlands.

the hottest 40 degree

What is the temperature

November is the month just begining the cool weather and the mist starting cover the town until 10 am. From mid-November to mid-February, temperatures about 18°C in the morning and 32°C in the afternoon.

December is cold more a bit around 14°C – 25°C during the day and as cold as at night. January is a very cold for us, it is drop to 10°C. Febuary is a very sunlight and warmer, it will become to summer too early in sometime.

see doi inthanon

When not to go

March and April is nothing to do more.

Not recommend to visit here in March and April until May. It’s too hot and dry the temperature rise up to 38°C and heat up at 3 – 4 pm. The smoke cover the town from they start burning over the farm and mountain. But you can disappear somewhere in the jungle nearby the creek or river if you know a local trekking guide to take you hidden there. If the weather without smoky, it is suitable for a sun vacation.

take a boat on pai river

By the way, the mojor festival and one of the most interesting at this time of the year is “Poy Sang Long”. This ceremony is a novice Buddhist monk ordination ceremony and very important for Shan people a part of the population here.

The festival will be held from nearly the end of March until April before Songkran Festival [Thai New Year]. You would see the original culture, it would be nice.

jeep trek team at san fah viewpoint

Notes; Between March and May things start to heat up, with temperatures hitting 40 °C (104 °F). If you travel during these months, carry light cottons, sunglasses, and hats. Drinking water a little bit all the time or in each hour.

a beautiful landscape

How about May to October

Starting rain poor in the mid-May and back to the green season. But the temperatures still hot between 25°C and 35°C. And then June will be cooler, the temperature starts to drop and rainy weather becomes the normal.
Torrential downpours in bursts of 1 to 2 hours are common, as are mosquitos. Bring umbrellas, raincoats, bug repellant, and proper footwear.

jeep trek off road

I love the rainy season, the farmer will start the growing of crops and the rearing of animals to provide food, and other products. September has heavy rain and October has a hunder strom to changing season and become back to cool seasonagain.

Hope you will enjoy during stay here which the weather you prefer in each months even the highest average temperature in Mae Hong Son is nearly 40°C in April and the lowest is 10°C in January. But the climate it’s not all the time and it’s not the same everyday. This is based on various factors and the chance of precipitation or weather experiences of others.

Have a good time.

sunrise over jong kham lake
"What is activities in each season" while traveling to Mae Hong Son as soon as possible.

Notes; Notable events are Christmas and New Year between on Dec 25th til Jan 3nd. And Songkran Festival on April 13th. Please remember that these times will be the busiest. If you want a quieter vacation, you’ll have to travel during off-peak months, or when the weather is cooler.

close to sky at chinese village

If you want to know what the average temperature is in Mae Hong Son or when most precipitation (rain) falls, you can find an overview by the link below. This way, you are well prepared. The average monthly climate data is based on data from the past 30 years.


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