As a general rule the high and low seasons in Pattaya are determined by the seasonal weather. The high season begins in November which is the start of the cooler dry season. The low season starts in May, which is usually the beginning of the rainy season.
This also means high season hotel prices in Pattaya usually begin on November 1st, although some hotels start charging high season rates in mid October.
Many hotels in Pattaya start offering slightly discounted rates as early as February and March when the peak tourist season has finished. Usually by the first of May, the vast majority of hotels are charging low season rates.
Pattaya High Season Weather.
Quite often the worst of the monsoon season weather arrives in Pattaya during early October, this is frequently the month when Pattaya receives its highest monthly rainfall. Although Pattaya may see occasional rain in early November, by now the weather has usually broken, and drier, cooler weather has arrived on the north-east winds.
Between November and February the weather will be mainly dry, humidity will be at it’s lowest annual levels. Expect an average of 8 hours sunshine per day, and 12 hours of daylight. March will see a slow rise in temperature, but will remain dry apart from occasional showers. April also is mainly a dry month but the temperatures can often reach annual highs.
Pattaya Low Season Weather.
After the extremely hot months of April and May the weather starts cool a little. Following the usual Pattaya weather patterns, the southwest monsoon winds bring ever more frequent showers and rising humidity levels. September and October see the heaviest periods of rainfall, and high humidity levels.
Pattaya Monsoon Weather
Think of monsoon weather and you probably picture dark skies, howling wind and persistent heavy rain, day in day out. Compared to other parts of Thailand, Pattaya does not suffer too badly during the monsoon season, sure there are dark skies, fantastic thunder and lightning storms and torrential rain.
But the reality is it soon passes. The rain is often heavy enough to cause severe flash floods, but within a few hours often gives way to sunny and dry weather, before returning tomorrow, maybe.
Pattaya High Season Events.
- The Loy Krathong Festival in November.
- Pattaya International Fireworks Competition, November.
- The Late King’s Birthday, December 5th.
- Christmas Day 25th December.
- New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display, January 31st.
- Chinese New Year, January/February.
- Pattaya Music Festival, March.
- Songkran Festival, April.
Pattaya High Season Advantages.
The most obvious advantage of visiting Pattaya during the high season is the pleasant weather. Temperatures are still warm at between 26 – 30 Celsius but humidity is lower that any other time of year. For those that like to party, this is the time when Pattaya is in full swing. High season is a time of high employment and high profit for tourism related businesses in Pattaya, which in turn creates a contagious feel good factor.
Pattaya Low Season Advantages.
The biggest advantage of visiting Pattaya during the low season is the big drop in hotel prices, during this period prices at most hotels in Pattaya will often be reduced by 50 percent or more.
Bars, restaurants, tourist attractions and beaches are much less crowded, but it’s business as usual.