Seasons and Weather in Thai Posted by sasha on Mar 8, 2017 in Beginner
No matter where you are, people love talking (and complaining) about the weather. This is true in Thailand, where people often complain about it being too hot or too rainy. Why not join them and complain in Thai as well? Let’s learn about the seasons and weather in Thai in this post.
Some like to joke that Thailand only has three seasons – hot, hotter, and hottest. While there is some truth to that, here’s how Thailand actually breaks down its seasons:
cold season: ฤดูหนาว réu-doo năao
hot season: ฤดูร้อน réu-doo rón
rainy season: ฤดูฝนตก réu-doo fŏn dtòk
While it’s true that it never really gets cold in Thailand, there is actually a “cold season” there. If you’re like me and are from a freezing place like Michigan, you probably laugh at the notion that 60-65F is cold. This season generally lasts from November to February, and it is probably the most pleasant time to travel in Thailand.
The hot (or dry) season lasts from February to May. There are lots of hot, sunny days during this time. In the northern part of the country there’s very little rain, and even droughts, while in the south on the islands there’s already quite a bit of rain.
The rainy season in Thailand lasts from May to October. Usually it will rain once a day for a few hours, so it’s really not that bad. Keep in mind, though, that some places may experience flooding during the rainy season.
Now let’s learn some useful Thai vocabulary for talking about the weather:
lom pát raeng
paa-yú hay a-rí kayn
อากาศดี aa-gàat dee
The weather is nice.
ฝนตกอยู่ fŏn dtòk yòo
มันร้อนมาก man rón mâak
It’s very hot!
ข้างนอกปลอดโปร่ง kâang nôk bplòt bpròhng
It’s sunny outside.
ดูเหมือนฝนจะตก doo mĕuan fŏn jà dtòk
It looks like it will rain.
Now you’re all set to talk and complain about the weather along with the Thai people! But let’s be honest, the weather in Thailand is pretty awesome. For more practice, check out this video from My Thai Language School in Bangkok: