Compared to other tourists who hail from colder climates, Singaporeans are already quite used to the tropical weather. However, it would be unwise to underestimate the heat in Thailand. Over there, temperatures can hit highs of up to 40 degrees Celsius, which is almost unheard of even in Singapore! In Bangkok, summer runs from March to June, and is the hottest in April. The average temperature is 34 degrees Celsius.
Many of the popular tourist spots in Thailand—be it shopping districts, cultural temples, or floating markets—are outdoors and/or involve a fair bit of walking, so it is important that you prepare yourself for and know what to expect of the weather. Here are some tips to help you beat the heat.
#1: Stay hydrated
You’re definitely going to be perspiring, which means you need to replenish the fluids in your body! The tap water in Bangkok is treated to be safe for drinking, but some tourists have encountered “dirty” water too. This is usually due to damaged or contaminated pipes. If you notice any strange colours or smells in your water, please do not drink it. Bottled water is affordable, and can be found at the many roadside stalls for just a few baht. You may also choose to pick up some delicious fresh fruit like watermelon or coconut!
#2: Choose cotton or linen
Cotton is widely known as one of the most comfortable materials—it is light, breathable, and doesn’t cling onto your skin. For long days out, some travellers like to pack an extra change of clothes in their bags so they can freshen up in the afternoon. If you’re prone to rashes, have some wet wipes and powder with you.
#3: Cover up
Just because it is hot does not mean you should wear as little as you can! Not only do you risk getting sunburnt, you may also get disapproving looks from passers-by as Thailand is still quite conservative. Plus, if you’re visiting religious sites, you will need to dress modestly. We suggest opting for loose-fitting clothes like T-shirts and baggy pants.
#4: Do it in the morning or evening
When planning your itinerary, try to keep your outdoor activities to timings when it is cooler. You can plan your market shopping and walking tours in the morning and evening, and slot in your mall shopping and indoor plans in the afternoon. As a general rule of thumb, it starts to get hot from 10am onwards, all the way until 6pm.
#5: Bring a brolly
Take a leaf from the books of the local Thai women! Use an umbrella to shield you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Be sure to pick one with UVA and UVB protection, they’re usually opaque and have a silver layer on its underside.
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