Bangkok Weather May Averages, Thailand
What's the Weather like in Bangkok in May
The weather in Bangkok during May starts to feel extremely humid, though the temperatures are slightly cooler than April. The sun normally shines for around 8 hours per day, which helps to raise the temperature to 34°C. However, the lowest temperature you can expect is usually around 26°C, which is still extremely warm. Those visiting the resort in May should pack some beachwear, shorts and t-shirts, and leave warm clothes for the cold resorts such as Edmonton, where temperatures can reach as low as 4 degrees.
The daily average temperature for Bangkok in May is usually around 30°C and it's a pretty wet month. The average rainfall for the month is around 180mm, with a 60% chance of rain. The highest ever recorded temperature in May for Bangkok is a sweltering 39°C with the lowest being 23°C. However, temperatures are usually within the average range for each month.
The average sea temperature in May is around 30°C, which means that most will enjoy a refreshing swim in the ocean. The average humidity for the city is around 73%, and due to the heat, it can feel very uncomfortable for tourists at this time of year. Avoid staying in the direct sunlight for too long, drink lots of water to stay hydrated and take regular breaks from the stifling outdoor temperatures.
Bangkok Hotels in May
The Peninsula Bangkok offers stunning views of the city skyline and the Chao Phraya River. The hotel aims to cater for every type of guest, whether its business, leisure or a family holiday that brings people to its doors. The hotel is W shaped, so each room overlooks the river. It also boasts some of the most spacious accommodation to be found anywhere in Bangkok, and its luxury amenities includes outdoor Jacuzzis. There are only ten rooms and two suites on each floor, so guests are assured peace and quiet while relaxing in their rooms.
The Landmark Bangkok
For five star accommodation, reside at The Landmark Bangkok. With 395 hotel rooms and on the doorstep of the Nana BTS Skytrain station, this establishment features a four level shopping centre, nine dining options, a fitness centre and outdoor pool. Each hotel room boasts air conditioning, Wi-Fi, minibar and television. While this hotel is an expensive option, it's one of the finest hotels in the city, with spacious, modern suites and remarkable restaurants. For those without a budget, it's definitely an accommodation option to consider.
Bars and Restaurants
The Roof Top Bar
Those looking to experience one of the many sky bars in Bangkok should definitely visit The Roof Top Bar at Baiyoke Sky Hotel. Located on the 83rd floor, this is the highest bar in the city and is the best place to discover iconic views of Bangkok. The bar itself is on the 82nd floor so grab a few drinks and relax while taking in some incredible views of a lifetime!
Zoom Sky Bar
Alternatively, visit the Zoom Sky Bar at Anantara Sathorn. Located on the 40th floor of the hotel, this restaurant and bar takes over the roof of the establishment, offering 360 degree views of the city as well as a chilled atmosphere. French cuisine with Asian influences is a highlight of the restaurant menu, as well as light snacks. For drinks, happy hour cocktails are on offer before eight in the evening. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail or two while listening to mellow sounds for an all-round great night.
Things to do in Bangkok in May
Bangkok has many activities to offer those visiting the area. As the weather is very humid, it's an ideal time to explore the indoor attractions. Bangkok museum is a popular tourist destination and it's the perfect place to discover Thai history and art. There are many museums in Bangkok, but this is the main one, with plenty to offer every visitor. One of the largest museums in Asia, you will probably need at least a few hours to experience Thailand's history via this attraction. Many exhibits showcase the local culture of both the city of Bangkok and the country as a whole.
Khao San Road
If you want to shop local wares then head to Khao San Road. A well-known area, this part of the city is best for back-packers, with a welcoming and fun atmosphere. You can purchase local crafts and produce and visit the many restaurants and cafes on this road.
Dates to note
An unusual event for tourists this month is the Royal Ploughing Ceremony. It's the official start to the rice-planting season, and buffaloes lead old-fashioned ploughs at Sanam Luang Park. There is also Visakha Puja Day, a Buddhist holiday that celebrates Lord Buddha's life.