Koh Tao Weather December Averages, Thailand
What's the weather like in Koh Tao in December?
Koh Tao is an island located in the Gulf of Thailand that's often called "Turtle Island" because of its shape. At just 21 km², the island is small but is a popular tourist destination thanks to its paradise-like surroundings and renowned diving spots, which are some of the best in the world.
The sub-tropical climate is another big draw to the island. Koh Tao is hot and sunny all year round, with seasons dictated by the monsoon winds which bring rain.
December ushers in the festive holiday season and, together with cooler and drier weather, brings in a deluge of visitors to Koh Tao. The months sees the end of the wet season and the arrival of the dry season, one of the best times to visit the island. Rainfall drops considerably from 463mm in November to 188mm in December. There's an average of 15 wet days and a 29% chance of rain.
Temperatures are still at their coolest at this time of the year and humidity levels are also relatively low, which makes December much more comfortable than the hotter months. The average temperature at this time of year is 26°C with highs of 29°C. Sea breezes keep night times cooler, at 22°C.
Across the year, there is very little seasonal difference in sea temperature, though it does drop slightly in December. Average sea temperatures are around 28°C and will stay that way until February. This is more than warm enough for swimming and diving.
Sunshine levels increase from November and the island is bathed in 7 hours of sun every day. There is some cloud cover, with a 50% chance of a cloudy day, but holiday makers will still be able to hit the beach or soak up the rays by the pool.
With hot and sunny weather, Koh Tao is an ideal winter holiday destination if you want to escape the British weather. For more up-to-date weather information before you travel, check Koh Tao's weather forecast.
Hotels in Koh Tao in December
December's climate makes it one of the most popular times to visit Koh Tao, so travellers should make sure to book accommodation well in advance.
Thipwimarn Resort is located in Haad Sai Ree and offers fantastic views of Sairee Beach and Nang Yuan Island. The resort has a luxurious and romantic vibe, with exclusive bungalow-style rooms nestled within the trees. Each of the 11 bungalows are furnished in traditional Thai style and have air-conditioning, satellite TV, a refrigerator and private bathrooms with hot showers. There is a spa with different therapies and a restaurant atop a cliff that serves Thai cuisine including fresh seafood.
Simple Life Resort
Simple Life Resort on Sairee Beach is not as simple as its name suggests since this resort has spacious and luxurious rooms that are decorated in traditional Thai style. Rooms feature private balconies that provides a wonderful place to sit and soak in the sun while enjoying the mountain or pool view. On site there is a restaurant, a bar, a swimming pool, games room and a dive school for guests to make use of.
Sai Thong Resort
Sai Thong Resort & Spa is another recommended choice for those visiting Koh Tao. Located in a quiet spot next to the beach, the resort offers a relaxing holiday in stunning surroundings. Made up of traditional bungalows with porch hammocks, the resort features a spa and a restaurant serving local Thai cuisine.
Beaches in Koh Tao in December
With warm sea temperatures, sunshine and a decrease in rainfall, December is a perfect time to hit the beach. The only problem will be deciding which one to visit, as the island is blessed with many beautiful bays and beaches.
Hin Wong Bay
Hin Wong Bay is a great choice no matter what your preferred beach activity. The beach is quite secluded and isolated, so sunbathers can enjoy a peaceful ambience and plenty of space, while the clear and shallow waters are perfect for snorkelling. There isn't much on the way of facilities here, but a couple of small bungalow resorts will be able to provide you with drinks and snacks.
Bars and Restaurants
Whether you're visiting Thailand for the first time or you're a regular, don't go home without tasting some traditional Thai cuisine. Blue Heaven serves some of the island's best Thai food in an amazing setting. Set high up on a hillside, the rooftop terrace overlooks the ocean for spectacular views. The food here is just as impressive as the location, with a selection of high quality and delicious southern Thai dishes.
If you're craving a good burger while you're in Koh Tao, look no further than Bang Burgers. This highly-rated eatery is renowned for its deliciously juicy American-style burgers and fries which will certainly satisfy your appetite. Bang Burgers is easy to find, located on the main road in Sairee village.
Last but not least, vegan travellers will be delighted by Babaloo Restaurant which offers many vegan menu options. That's not all though; the restaurant serves everything from traditional Asian and Thai cuisine to European favourites. The restaurant is set on the beach with a beautiful outdoor terrace and a chilled out ambience.
Things to Do in Koh Tao in December
Top-One Souvenir Shop
If you're visiting Koh Tao just before Christmas, why not take home some unique gifts for your friends and family? The island has many gift shops selling locally-crafted wares and souvenirs. Head to Top-One Souvenir Shop, located in the Lotus Resort where you will find treasures such as Thai silk scarves, handmade jewellery, handbags, ornate boxes, carvings and more.
The Gallery Spa
No trip to Thailand would be complete without experiencing the traditional Thai massage. It's the perfect way to unwind and relax on holiday. The Gallery Spa offers pampering packages by highly trained experts in a spacious and luxurious spa.