Visiting Bangkok in April (Weather, Things to do, Where to stay)

Did you know: In April, Thailand celebrates the Thai New Year (Songkran) with large water games and national celebrations.

This is a guide to help you plan your trip to Bangkok in April, covering weather, attractions, festivals, and practical tips.

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Is April a good time to visit?

April is a great month to visit Bangkok, with warm and sunny weather averaging around 30°C (87°F).

Despite the heat during the “hot season,” it’s still a great month to explore the city because of limited rainfall.

Don’t miss the cultural highlights in April, including the Songkran festival (Thai New Year) and EDM music events.

Seasons in Bangkok

Cool season: November to February
Hot Season: March to June
Rainy Season: July to October

Interested in other months? Check out my guide on the best months to visit Bangkok.

How is the weather in April?

Prepare yourself for warm, sunny days in Bangkok during April, with temperatures ranging from 26°C to 35°C (79°F to 95°F) as Bangkok experiences its “hot season.”

It can get very hot in April, so remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and take air-conditioned breaks when needed.

April has minimal rainfall, with only eight rainy days on average, making it ideal for exploring the city’s temples, outdoor markets, and city parks.

Air quality in April

April in Bangkok is typically a month with low to moderate air quality, but it’s important to be mindful of potential fluctuations.

If you’re sensitive to air pollution, check the air quality before heading outdoors, especially during the first few weeks of the month.

Here are some tips for enjoying Bangkok while minimizing your exposure to air pollution:

Monitor: Use air quality monitoring apps like AirVisual to track PM levels before heading outdoors.

Plan: Prioritize outdoor activities during periods of improved air quality and minimize exposure when pollution levels are high.

Things to do in April

ancient city temple bangkok

We have compiled a list of suggestions for things to do in April to help you plan your trip.

Visit a night market

Bangkok’s night markets, bustling with culture and local flavors, are not to be missed.

Jodd FairsAsiatique The Riverfront, and JJ Green are some of the most popular markets in Bangkok.

Indulge in the tantalizing aromas of street food stalls, haggle for unique souvenirs, and enjoy the live music events.

Mahanakhon Skywalk – Panoramic City Views

Enjoy skyline city views of Bangkok at the Mahanakhon Skywalk, an observation deck atop the Mahanakhon SkyBuilding. (one of the tallest buildings in Bangkok)

Ascend 74 floors above the city and indulge in awe-inspiring 360-degree panoramic views of Bangkok’s skyline.

Ticket prices range from 880 THB to 1,080 THB for adults, giving you access to the Skywalk, rooftop bar, and sitting area.

Website: kingpowermahanakhon.co.th/skywalk

Insider tip:

  • Book a sunset slot around 5-6 pm to get the best sunset views of the city!

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World Aquarium

Delve into the depths of the marine world at SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World, located within the Siam Paragon shopping mall.

The aquarium has over 40,000 marine creatures, including sharks, rays, penguins, and sea turtles.

Website: visitsealife.com/bangkok/en/

Insider tip:

  • Visit during the week to avoid weekend crowds.

First time visiting Bangkok? Check our suggested list of places to visit for first-timers.

Festivals and events in April

Songkran – Thai New Year

Dates: 13-15 April

April marks the perfect time for a trip to Thailand, as the country comes alive with the celebrations of Songkran, the Thai New Year.

The highlight of Songkran is the water splashing, a symbol of purification and renewal.

Tourists are encouraged to participate in water fights in every corner of the country to celebrate the new year.

Beyond the water battles, immerse yourself in the culture of parades, merit-making ceremonies, and traditional New Year blessings.

Insider tips:

  • If traveling around the city during this period, wear something you don’t mind getting wet. (the water flights are everywhere!)

EDM Festivals

While some celebrate Songkran traditionally, others prefer to celebrate with electronic dance music (EDM) festivals.

These festivals attract locals and tourists who love EDM music with the additional element of water!

The festivals have large water cannons spraying the crowd, so expect to get wet.

If you’re a fan of electronic music, you won’t want to miss out on these festivals. Their lineup selection is on par with international festivals like Tomorrowland or Ultra.

Insider tips:

  • When attending these festivals, make sure to keep your valuables in a waterproof bag, as water tends to flow everywhere!

Main EDM festivals:

Where to stay

Sukhumvit road

Here are some neighborhoods we recommend for first-time tourists staying in Bangkok.

Compare hotel prices for these areas using Agoda:

Asoke

Area: Sukhumvit
Transport: BTS Asoke, MRT Sukhumvit
Attractions: Benjakitti, Terminal 21 Mall

Benjakitti Park – Asoke
Benjakitti Park – Asoke

Asoke is a popular choice for tourists and expatriates.

It has two major transport hubs (MRT and BTS), a large park (Benjakitti), multiple restaurants, and many hotel options.

It’s a great choice to stay if you’re seeking the convenience of modern amenities and easy access to other parts of the city via the train system.

Popular hotels in Asoke:

Want to learn more about Asoke? Check out our in-depth guide.

Phrom Phong

Area: Sukhumvit
Transport: BTS Phrom Phong
Attractions: Benchasiri Park, EM District Malls

Benchasiri Park – Phrom Phong
Benchasiri Park – Phrom Phong

Phrom Phong, situated along Sukhumvit Road, is an upscale area boasting multiple shopping malls, bars, restaurants, and a charming park.

It’s a perfect spot to stay if you want to experience Bangkok’s modern side while still having convenient access to the rest of the city via the train system.

Popular hotels in Phrom Phong:

Want to learn more about Phrom Phong? Check out our in-depth guide.

Thonglor

Area: Sukhumvit
Transport: BTS Thonglor
Attractions: Nightlife, The Commons

Thonglor is considered an upscale area just off Sukhumvit.

The area is renowned by locals for its nightlife and drinking scene, with many clubs, bars, and speakeasies.

During the day, the area is lively, with many brunch cafes, places to chill from the heat, and massage parlors.

It’s a great spot to stay if you want to be in the heart of Bangkok next to the local party scene but still have great access to the rest of the city via the BTS Skytrain.

Ekkamai

Area: Sukhumvit
Transport: BTS Ekkamai

Ekkamai harmoniously blends residential tranquility with commercial vibrancy.

Shopping malls like Gateway Ekamai and The Mall Ramkhamhaeng cater to diverse shopping needs, while the neighborhood’s overall ambiance offers a sense of serenity.

Phloen Chit

Area: Sukhumvit
Transport: BTS Phloen Chit

Phloen Chit exudes an air of sophistication, housing several embassies and consulates alongside the Central Chidlom shopping mall.

The neighborhood’s refined atmosphere appeals to discerning travelers seeking a touch of elegance.

Chit Lom

Area: Sukhumvit
Transport: BTS Chit Lom

Chit Lom epitomizes luxury, boasting an array of high-end hotels and shopping malls, including Siam Paragon and Gaysorn Village.

The neighborhood’s opulence caters to those seeking an elevated Bangkok experience.

On Nut

Area: Sukhumvit
Transport: BTS On Nut

On Nut seamlessly blends residential tranquility with commercial convenience.

Shopping malls like Tesco Lotus On Nut and Big C On Nut offer diverse shopping options, while the neighborhood’s overall ambiance provides a sense of tranquility.

Phra Khanong

Area: Sukhumvit
Transport: BTS Phra Khanong

Phra Khanong tantalizes the taste buds with its vibrant markets and delectable street food.

The Seacon Square shopping mall further enhances the neighborhood’s appeal, offering a comprehensive shopping experience.

Nana

Area: Sukhumvit
Transport: BTS Nana

Nana pulsates with energy, renowned for its nightlife and red-light district.

Shopping malls like Nana Square and Nana Plaza cater to diverse shopping needs, while the neighborhood’s vibrant atmosphere appeals to those seeking a taste of Bangkok’s nightlife.

Siam

siam paragon

Area: Sukhumvit
Transport: BTS Siam

Siam, a popular tourist destination, offers a captivating blend of shopping malls, restaurants, and attractions.

Siam Paragon and CentralWorld shopping malls stand as testaments to Bangkok’s retail prowess, while the neighborhood’s diverse attractions cater to a wide range of interests.

Looking for more suggestions? Check our hotel guides or find out where to stay in Sukhumvit.

Compare hotel prices for these areas using Agoda:

What to wear in April

With this warmer weather in mind, packing the right attire is essential for maximizing your enjoyment in Bangkok.

Here’s a guide to ensure your wardrobe aligns perfectly with the city’s April climate and cultural norms, or check out my in-depth packing guide.

Wear Lightweight and Breathable Fabrics

Opt for light, loose-fitting clothing from natural cotton or linen fabrics to allow airflow and cool you in the heat and humidity.

Cotton t-shirts, tank tops, and shorts are great choices outdoors during the day.

Wear suitable footwear such as flip flops/sandals for the beach and comfortable trainers or boots for walking.

Protect Yourself from the Sun

Bangkok’s sun can be intense, especially during the hot season, so pack a hat and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun’s rays.

It’s also important to pack some sunscreen and apply it if you’re outdoors exploring the city.

Respect Temple Dress Codes

When visiting temples, it’s important to dress respectfully. This means covering your shoulders and knees. 

Temples often post dress codes at the entrance; some may provide rental clothing.

Tips for visiting in April

Consider these essential tips for maximizing your Bangkok trip in April:

Plan and Secure Accommodations

Bangkok’s allure attracts a steady stream of visitors, particularly during the festive months.

Book your flights and accommodations well in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during peak holidays.

Stay Hydrated

With its combination of heat and humidity, Bangkok’s climate can lead to dehydration, especially when engaging in activities like walking or sightseeing.

Carry a reusable water bottle and replenish fluids regularly throughout the day to maintain hydration and prevent fatigue.

Learn Basic Thai Phrases

A few basic Thai phrases can enhance your interactions with locals and help you navigate the city effortlessly.

Simple greetings like “sawadee krap” (hello for men) or “sawadee ka” (hello for women), “khob khun krap/ka” (thank you), and “khrap/ka” (excuse me) can demonstrate your respect and make communication more pleasant.

Learn more Thai language tips in our language survival guide.

Public Transportation

Bangkok boasts a well-connected public transportation system, providing convenient and affordable means of exploring the city.

The BTS Skytrain and MRT Underground Railway offer easy access to major attractions and city districts.

Either buy a ticket at the train station ticket booths or purchase a pre-paid Rabbit card, which can be picked up upon arrival at Bangkok Airport.

Before you go…

Are you interested in visiting Bangkok in other months? Check out my detailed guide on the best months to visit the city!

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