Chiang Mai in August: Weather & Travel Tips

Is August A Good Time To Visit Chiang Mai?

August in Chiang Mai is a wild ride: monsoon season throws a rain fiesta, with epic downpours that can drench even the most optimistic explorer.

Imagine a lush forest filled with vibrant life and irresistible deals on flights and accommodation. Sounds tempting, doesn't it?

But here's the slightly damp truth: heavy rainfall can seriously hamper outdoor activities, and the high humidity can make you feel like you're walking in a sauna.

So, while August provides a unique opportunity for a verdant adventure, we think it's not a good time to travel to Chiang Mai.

Weather in Chiang Mai in August

Chiang Mai in August -Weather

During the month of August, Chiang Mai has its rainy season, which means there is a high frequency of rainfall and humidity. The temperature typically ranges from 23°C to 31°C (73°F to 88°F). You can expect to see lush green landscapes and occasional thunderstorms, which may impact outdoor activities.

Average Temperature in Chiang Mai in August

  • Average high temperature in Chiang Mai in August: 33°C (92℉)
  • Average low temperature in Chiang Mai in August: 24°C (75 ℉)

(I got the temperature from AccuWeather, but it can be varied time by time, you should double check for the most accuracy number.)

Does It Rain in Chiang Mai in August?

In August, rain is practically a given in Chiang Mai. It's the peak of the monsoon season, so expect frequent downpours.

Is It Hot in Chiang Mai in August?

In August, Chiang Mai can feel hot due to high humidity. Though the temperature ranges from 23°C to 31°C, the dampness in the air makes it feel warmer.

Tips For Traveling To Chiang Mai in August

What To Wear

Same with July and September, August is a rainy month, and you should focus your packing list on the rain gears to fit with the weather.

We suggest:

  • Pack breathable, quick-drying fabrics like nylon or moisture-wicking synthetics. They'll dry fast after you dash through a sudden shower.
  • Opt for lightweight, breathable cotton or linen shirts and pants. Layering allows you to adjust to the humidity and occasional cooler evenings.
  • A lightweight, packable raincoat is a must-have. Choose one that folds up easily and can be stashed in your daypack when not in use.
  • Don't underestimate the power of a sturdy umbrella! Choose one that can withstand strong winds and rain, and consider a quick-drying canopy so you won't be left with a soggy mess.
  • Pack comfortable, closed-toe shoes with good tread. Sandals might not be the best option due to slippery surfaces and the potential for mosquitos after rain.
  • Pack a hat with a brim to shield yourself from the sun during breaks in the rain.
  • Consider convertible pants that zip off into shorts, giving you more flexibility depending on the weather.
  • A microfiber towel dries quickly and is perfect for wiping off after a downpour.

Book Your Accommodation Strategically

August, like all other months of the rainy season in Chiang Mai, is challenging for travel, but it offers us a big advantage to score some really good deals.

Let us give you some suggestions for being strategic when it comes to booking accommodation in Chiang Mai in August.

  • Make The Most Of  Your Money: Flights and accommodation hit rock bottom during the rainy season. Score a luxurious room at a fraction of the usual cost and free up some cash for delicious meals or unique experiences.
  • Location, Location, Location: Since outdoor activities might be limited because of the rain, prioritize a central location! When booking your hotel, be close to must-see cultural sites, vibrant markets, and various restaurants. We suggest Chiang Mai Old City or the Nimmanheamin area.
  • Cancellation Policies: Weather can be unpredictable. Choose hotels with flexible cancellation policies if your plans change due to heavy rain. You might want to book activities closer to your arrival date for a clearer picture of the weather.
  • Embrace The Lushy  Vibe: Consider unique options like charming guesthouses with courtyards or boutique hotels with rooftop terraces. These can offer a more intimate and local experience, perfect for enjoying the city's vibrant atmosphere during breaks in the rain. (Insider tip: we usually use Airbnb to find some unique rental to enjoy the rainy days)

Be Flexible With Your Itinerary

Monsoon season transforms Chiang Mai into a verdant paradise, but frequent downpours can disrupt your plans.

Really, we don't recommend traveling to Chiang Mai in August. But if you do, here's how to craft a flexible itinerary and embrace the rainy season charm (if possible):

  • Early Bird Gets the Adventure: Schedule outdoor activities such as temple visits, bike rides, or short hikes for the morning hours when rain showers are less likely, and the city is bathed in the soft morning light.
  • Leave Room for Buffer Time: Factor in buffer time between morning activities to account for potential rain delays. While waiting for the rain to pass, enjoy a delicious breakfast or browse a local market.
  • Embrace the Indoor Activities: Chiang Mai has so much to offer than beautiful nature and temples. You can embrace rainy days by exploring museums, join a cooking class or treat yourself a relaxing Thai massage.
  • Night Bazaar Delights: Even with rain, the Night Bazaar offers a vibrant atmosphere. Peruse local crafts under covered areas, grab delicious street food, and experience the energy of Chiang Mai's nightlife.
  • Backup Plans Ready: Prepare a list of indoor activities for unexpected downpours. This will allow you to switch gears quickly and maximize your enjoyment.
  • Be Open to Spontaneous Adventures: Embrace the unexpected! Monsoon showers can create a mystical atmosphere for exploring temples. Capture stunning photos of the city after a downpour when the air is fresh and clean.

Best Things To Do in Chiang Mai in August

Honestly, if we are in Chiang Mai in August, we will only be in the hotel room and enjoy the rain outside the windows, lol.

But, if you want to enjoy some of the best things to do in Chiang Mai, here are the list for the rainy days:

  • Temple Trotting: Explore the stunning temples in Chiang Mai, like Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is located on top of Doi Suthep mountain, and the oldest temple in the city, Wat Chiang Man. The rainy season can add a mystical atmosphere to these historic sites, and there are usually fewer crowds. It is important to dress modestly and bring a rain poncho or umbrella along.
  • Museums and Cultural Centers: Escape the rain and delve into Chiang Mai's rich history and culture. Explore museums like the Chiang Mai City Arts & Cultural Centre or learn about ancient Lanna traditions at Lanna Folklife Museum.
  • Cooking Class: Immerse yourself in Thai cuisine by taking a cooking class. Learn to prepare delicious dishes in a comfortable, air-conditioned setting – perfect for escaping the afternoon showers.
  • Thai Massage Bliss: Indulge in a rejuvenating Thai massage – a fantastic way to relax and unwind after a day of exploring, rain or shine.
  • Coffee Hopping: Chiang Mai boasts a vibrant coffee culture, with options such as Brewginning and Graph to brighten up even the rainiest of days.

If Chiang Mai in August isn't for you...

Frequent heavy rains of Chiang Mai in August is not your favorite? Yes, totally get it.

Head over to our month-by-month guide to find the best time to visit Chiang Mai for you. Or just jump to our favorites - November, December and January.

Month-by-month Guide

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