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The Best Thai Islands in November

Thailand’s islands are known for their stunning natural beauty, white-sand beaches, and beautiful cultural experiences. Whether you’re looking to party or just kick back and relax, Thailand’s tropical islands are the place to go.

November is a great month to escape the sweltering heat of summer. But, to plan the perfect trip, there are some things you should know. Here’s a list of the best Thai islands to visit in November, as well as everything you need to know before you go.

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Visiting Thailand in November: everything you need to know

Expect some rain

November is a transitional month for weather in Thailand. While the southern part of the country is finishing their monsoon season, the rains are just starting to pick up in the northeastern areas. Of course, since we’re talking about a tropical country, don’t forget that rain is a possibility no matter what time of year you visit.

a rainy night in Bangkok, Thailand
Expect some rain during a November visit to Thailand! | © Florian Wehde/Unsplash

Temperatures are warm, but not sweltering

If you’re not a fan of the heat, November is the perfect month to visit Thailand. Temperatures will range from the mid-20s Celsius to the low 30s (around 77 to 86 Fahrenheit and slightly above). That means you’ll get perfect beach weather without the overwhelming heat that the tropics are known for – which also can mean having to contend with fewer crowds.

Thailand’s Festival of Lights usually falls in November

Celebrated in on the twelfth full moon of the year, Loi Kathrong is a traditional festival that you don’t want to miss. Traditionally, the locals build baskets out of banana leaves and wood, and at nightfall use them to float candles down rivers. The reverent, mysterious effect that’s created from the lights is truly unforgettable.

The biggest Loi Kathrong celebrations are held in the northern town of Chiang Mai, where the locals will also light paper lanterns and release them into the air.

Avoid the Gulf Islands in November

Since monsoon season is just starting in the northern part of Thailand, November is not the best month to travel to the islands that fall in Thailand’s gulf area. While the islands in the gulf get more rain in November, those in the Andaman Sea to the west will be much calmer.

Wondering which are the best Thai islands in November? Here’s our ultimate list.

Best Thai Islands to Visit in November


This large island was once an undiscovered paradise, but has been transformed into a metropolitan destination. If you’re looking for an island with 5-star hotels and luxurious beachside experiences while still being a stone’s throw away from deserted jungle trails, Phuket is the island for you.

The island has been largely developed for tourism, which means that visitors who enjoy the VIP treatment and can’t live without their morning dose of Starbucks will be very happy here!

Phuket Island, Thailand
Phuket at sunset | © Mikk Tõnissoo/Unsplash

Ko Lanta

The old Malay name of this island is Pulao Satak, which means “Long Beach Island.” With over 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) of pure white-sand beach, that moniker pretty much sums up this place.

Chilling out in beachside bars and hanging in a hammock with a drink in your hand is the idyllic picture that many people have of Ko Lanta. Today, the island has built up a decent nightlife, but it still retains its own charm and cultural flair.

If you’re looking to get away from the main strip, visit the protected mangrove forest or Mu Ko Lanta National Park. Hike to the top of the national park’s cliffs and you’ll find a lighthouse that overlooks the Ao Tanod beach, along with some truly Instagram-worthy views.

Ko Lanta, Thailand
Ko Lanta, Thailand | © Yannick Armspach/Unsplash

Ko Chang

When traveling in group, Ko Chang is an excellent destination, as it offers a little bit of something for every traveller’s unique taste. The island has been developed, although not to the same degree as Phuket. In fact, while the main beaches have been overtaken by large hotels, there are still more than a hundred square miles of pure, untouched jungle charm.

That means you have all the conveniences you could ask for, while still being able to wander a largely undeveloped island. If you’re looking to get away from the regularly traversed beaches of Haad Sai Khao and Khlong Prao, travel southwards to hit Lonely Beach and Bang Bao.

Ko Chang is actually part of an archipelago made up of 52 different islands, which means you can take day trips to rural (or even deserted) islands such as Ko Kut and Ko Maak.

Kai Bae View Point, Ko Chang, Thailand
The Kai Bae viewpoint on Ko Chang | © Ragnar Vorel/Unsplash

Similan Islands

This archipelago consists of nine islands that are officially protected as a national park. That means there is much less development, although the islands have become more popular with tourists in recent years.

If you enjoy watching wildlife in the sea or in the sky, the Similan islands will be your perfect paradise. This is one of the best places in Thailand to explore under the waves, so get on your snorkel gear and see moray eels, whale sharks, and sea turtles. In the air, watch for rare and endangered birds such as sea eagles, kingfishers, or the nicobar pigeon. If you’re looking for a truly rural experience, stay overnight in a bungalow on Ko Miang.

Plan Your Perfect Trip to the Best Thai Islands in November

Thailand is a gem that was once undiscovered. While it has picked up more fame over the years, this beautiful area still has many hidden treasures to be found.

Start planning your perfect trip and discover for yourself why so many people have fallen in love with Thailand’s islands!

Amy Copadis is a freelance writer and blogger currently living in Spain. She writes to fund her addiction to travel and coffee.

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