Things to Do in Thailand in June

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Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is teh focal point of the Inthakin Festival, an important festival in Thailand in June. Photo Credit: Jeff McNeill

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Thailand in June: a good time to visit ? There’s a sacred festival, a royal holiday, symphonies, a marathon, a jazz festival, and more. When does the monthly Full Moon Party fall in Koh Phangan? And how is the Weather? Is it sunnier in Phuket or Koh Samui?

Inthakin – City Pillar Festival, Chiang Mai – 2 to 10 June

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Inthakin City Pillar Festival inside the Chedi Luang Temple in Chiangmai, Thailand. Photo Credit: Takeaway

The Inthakin City Pillar Festival is held in Chiang Mai to celebrate city’s grand pillar.

The annual festival starts on the 12th day of the waning moon of the sixth lunar month. It continues for eight days. The festivities usually begin each morning at 8 am.

Offerings are made, increase is burned, and candles are lit on the first day of the festival.

Other activities include dancing, musical performances, and games, There is also lots of yummy Thai dishes to feast on.

Monks pray at the temple in the morning. Processions around the city’s moat follow. Celebrations continue after dark.

The festival is also known as the Lak Mueang Festival, Sai Khan Dok, or Bucha Sao Inthakhin. It is the most important festival in Thailand in June.

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Chedi Luang Temple

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Chedi Luan Temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is the centre of attention during the Inthakhin City Pillar Festival. Photo Credit: Panupong Roopyai.

Most of the festivities take place in and around Chedi Luang Temple. It is known as Wat Chedi Luang in Thai. Wat is Thai for temple.

The temple dates back to the 14th century. It was relocated to its present location in 1800. It was reconstructed in the 1990s. The temple is one of the many Buddhist temples in Chiang Mai.

Chedi Luang Temple – 103 Prapokkloa Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang , Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Chiang Mai is 364 miles (586 kilometres) north-northwest of Bangkok. The drive takes close to nine hours. The flight takes roughly 70 minutes.

Nok Air flies from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport  to Chiang Mai International Airport seven times daily. The airline flies to the city from Udon Thani three times daily.

Queen Suthida’s Birthday – 3 June

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His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn (right) and Queen  Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya. Photo Credit:

His Majesty Maha Vajiralongkorn married his royal consort, General Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya, in Bangkok on 1 May.

The king’s wife has received the title of Queen Suthida. Her birthday is 3 June. It has been declared a national holiday in Thailand.

Hua Hin Jazz Festival – 7 to 8 June

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Hua Hin Jazz Festival Press Conference. Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Local and international musicians will perform on two stages at the 15th annual Hua Hin Jazz Festival. It is the most important musical event in Thailand in June.

The main stage is located on the beach near the Centara Grand Beach Resort. And this is where the headlining acts will perform.

The open stage is located on the same street as the Hua Hin Night Bazaar. And this is where newcomers will perform.

Most of the hotels located along the beach will serve food and drink during musical performances.

Performances will begin at 5 pm and continue until 11 pm both nights. There is no admission charge.

Hua Hin is about 120 miles (190 kilometres) south-southwest of Bangkok. The drive takes about two and one-half to three hours.

Modern Melodists – 7 to 8 June

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British Violinist, Jack Liebeck.

The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the Nordic melodies of Sibelius in a lyrically-inspired concert called Modern Melodists.

The programme will include music by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, violin concerto in D minor by Jean Sibelius, and Symphony No. 3 in A minor (op. 44) by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Chinese Maestro Daye Lin will be the conductor. British violinist Jack Liebeck will play the violin.

Prince Mahidol Hall – 999 Phuttamonthon 4 Road, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

There will be Salaya Link shuttle buses from the BTS Bang Wa Station.

Laguna Phuket Marathon – 8 to 9 June

More than 13,000 sports enthusiasts are expected to compete in the 14th annual Laguna Phuket Marathon. It is the Southern Thai island’s largest participatory event.

There will be a two kilometre kids run as well as a five kilometre and a 10.5 kilometre run on Saturday 8 June in the afternoon.

There will be a Half Marathon (21.0975 km), Marathon (42.195 km), and Marathon Relay (42.195 km) on Sunday 9 June in the morning.

Phuket is about about 425 miles (685 kilometres) south-southwest of Bangkok. Because the drive takes about 10 and one-half hours, other forms of transportation are recommended. 

Nok Air flies from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to Phuket International Airport (HKT) seven times daily.  The flight takes about about 80 minutes.

Full Moon Party – 17 June

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Full Moon Party at Haad Rin Sunris Beach on Koh Phangan, an island near Koh Samui. Photo Credit: Per Meistrup.

The Full Moon Party is held on the beach of Haad Rin every month on the night of the full moon.

DJs play a variety of musical styles including trance, dubstep, reggae, and techno. Jugglers, fire-eaters, and fireworks add drama to the all-night event.

Haad Rin is crescent shaped beach located on the island of Ko Pha Ngan. It can be reached by boat from Koh Samui, an island off the coast of Southern Thailand.

Koh Samui is 293 miles (471 kilometres) south of Bangkok. Because the drive takes nearly 10 hours, air travel is recommended,. The flight takes just over one hour.

Symphonic Anime – 21 to 22 June

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Symphonic Anime, a sequel to Legends and Fantasies.

Symphonic Anime focuses on music from Japanese animation. The concert will feature music from various genres of anime, from Mecha to fantasy adventure.

There will be various musical styles. Included will be choral pieces, classical music, Japanese music, orchestral jazz, and rap.

Thanapol Setabrahmana will be the conductor. In addition, the Choirs of Mahidol University will perform.

Prince Mahidol Hall – 999 Phuttamonthon 4 Road, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

There will be Salaya Link shuttle buses from the BTS Bang Wa Station.

Tristan and Zarathustra – 28 to 29 June

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Russian Cellist Alexey Stadler. Photo Credit: Marie Staggat

The Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Tristan and Zarathustra.

The programme will also include traditional Thai music, a prelude by Richard Wagner, and a piece by Richard Strauss.

Alexey Stadler of Russia will play the cello. Ligia Amadito of Brazil will be the conductor.

Prince Mahidol Hall – 999 Phuttamonthon 4 Road, Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

There will be Salaya Link shuttle buses from the BTS Bang Wa Station.

Weather in Thailand in June

What is the weather like in Thailand in June? Because of high humidity, overcast skies, and lots of rain, June is considered wet season in Thailand. The Southwestern monsoon blows in from the Indian Ocean.

As a result, the weather tends to be hot, humid, and cloudy. It rains most days during this period. However, it is not as hot as during March, April, and May.

There are, of course, some regional differences in the weather. The Southern Thai islands of Phuket and Koh Samui, for example, experience very different types of weather in June.

Phuket is a bit cooler but much more humid. And it has  less sunshine and considerably more rain. Koh Samui, meanwhile, is hotter, sunnier, and less humid. Moreover, the island also has much less rain than its neighbour to the East.

A look at the weather in the cities featured into this travel follows.

Bangkok Weather in June

Bangkok is the nation’s capital. It is located in the Central region of the country.

Bangkok has  an average high of 33 degrees Celsius, or 91 degrees Fahrenheit, in June. The average low drops to 26 degrees Celsius, or 79 degrees Fahrenheit. June is slightly cooler than May.

Bangkok has a daily average of six hours of sunshine a day in June. There are about 17 rainy days and an average of 180 millimetres of rain during the month. But the average humidity is relatively mild 73%.

Chiang Mai Weather in June

Chiang Mai is located in the mountains of Northern Thailand.

Chiang Mai has an average high of 33 degrees Celsius, or 91 degrees Fahrenheit, in June. The average low drops to 24 degrees Celsius, or 75 degrees Fahrenheit. June is slightly cooler than May.

Chiang Mai has a daily average of six hours of sunshine in June. There are about 18 rainy days and an average of 130 millimetres of rain during the month. Although it is a rainy month, it gets less rainfall than May, July, August, or September. The average humidity is 75%.

Hua Hin Weather in June

Hua Hin is a popular beach resort in Central Thailand. It overlooks the Gulf of Thailand. Because it is a three hours’ drive from Bangkok, it is particularly popular with Bangkokians.

Hua Hin has an average high of 33 degrees Celsius, or 91 degrees Fahrenheit, in June. The average low drops to 26 degrees Celsius, or 79 degrees Fahrenheit. June is slightly cooler than May.

Hua Hin has a daily average of seven hours of sunshine in June. There are about 10 rainy days and an average of 80 millimetres of rain during the month. And the average humidity is a stuffy 80%.

Koh Samui Weather in June

Koh Samui is a popular beach resort in Southern Thailand. It is located off the coast of the mainland in the Gulf of Thailand.

Koh Samui has an average high of 34 degrees Celsius, or 93 degrees Fahrenheit, in June. The average low drops to 25 degrees Celsius, or 77 degrees Fahrenheit. June is slightly cooler than May.

Koh Samui enjoys a daily average of nine hours of sunshine in March. There are about five rainy days and an average of 50 millimetres of rain during the month. The average humidity is a mild 70%.

Because of mostly sunny skies and little rainfall, Koh Samui is a popular destination for beach-goers in June.

Phuket Weather in June

Phuket is Thailand largest island. It is also the country’s most popular beach resort. It is located off the shore of the mainland in the Andaman Sea.

Phuket has an average high of 32 degrees Celsius, or 90 degrees Fahrenheit, in June. The average low drops to 25 degrees Celsius, or 77 degrees Fahrenheit. June is slightly cooler than May.

Phuket has a daily average of seven hours of sunshine in June. There are about 18 rainy days. An average of 240 millimetres of rain falls in the month. The average humidity is 85%.

Because of the frequent rain, many beach-goers avoid Phuket in June. However, hotels often offer discounts this month, making the island a good choice for bargain-hunters.

Things to Do in Thailand is a monthly feature in the Accidental Travel Writer.

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