01 Mar 2017
The arrival of March in Thailand signals the beginning of the hot summer months. As the heat begins to build throughout the month, it is an ideal time to enjoy the Thailand’s beach resorts or exotique islands. Thailand’s tourist peak season has passed by the time March arrives which means that good deals are often available on accommodation and internal flight tickets. And as an added bonus for tropical fruit lovers, March is mango month with this delicious tropical fruit coming into its own from March-May.
Most of Thailand experiences sunny, settled weather during March and even though rain showers might crop up in some places, they are usually over quickly. Day and night time temperatures are also consistently high. If you’re in Bangkok, try to plan your sightseeing for early in the morning or in the late afternoon, and don’t underestimate the constant high temperatures, so be sure to remain hydrated. In addition, it would be advantageous to seek out the cool confines of Bangkok’s shopping malls for some extra respite during the hottest part of the day. Even if you usually prefer fan rooms to air-conditioning, the arrival of the hot season will make you find a new-found appreciation for air-con.
Evening temperatures in the north of Thailand remain relatively cool, but daytime temperatures in the north and north-east do get hot during March and can take people by surprise when they discover it is as hot (and sometimes hotter) than Bangkok. Unfortunately, March is also a month in which haze and smoke pollution crop up in the north of Thailand. This, coupled with the hot, dry weather makes the Thai countryside not as picturesque as it usually is. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t visit northern Thailand during March, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Thailand celebrates its national animal on March 13 with the day known as National Thai Elephant Day. The country has various elephant sanctuaries and zoos that treat their pachyderms with banquets of fruit and sugar cane to mark the special occasion. Buddhist ceremonies are also held at some locations to wish the elephants and their mahouts good health and good luck.
But the festive season doesn’t end there, as National Muay Thai day comes just a few days after on March 17. The festivities consist of Thai boxing stadiums and gyms around the country which lay on special ceremonies for the day. However, the biggest event for the occasion is held in Ayutthaya with the city hosting the Martial Arts Festival and Wai Khru Ceremony in honour of the legendary boxer from Ayutthaya, Nai Khanom Tom. Many people, foreigners and citizens alike go out of their way to watch this epic performance.
At the end of the day, wherever you are in Thailand during March, it is highly likely that you will stumble upon local kite flying competitions and festivities, with the biggest organised event being celebrated in Hua Hin and Cha Am, which hosts the International Kite Festival with participants from all over the world.
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