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Thailand's 'cool season' is upon us

When 30 degrees is classed as a cold snap


Ah, Thailand, where we bid a not-so-tearful farewell to the 'hot as heck' season and usher in what we call the 'cool' season. Spoiler alert: if you're expecting snow and icicles, you might want to recalibrate your thermometer!

So, here's the lowdown: imagine the thermostat taking a tiny dip from inferno levels to what we consider 'pleasantly warm'—yeah, that's our version of chilly. Suddenly, everyone's acting like we're preparing for an Arctic expedition!

The locals, bless them, bring out their 'winter gear.' Think flip-flops paired with a light scarf, because when it's under 30°C (86°F), we practically break out the puffer jackets and earmuffs. Oh, the drama!

And let's talk about nature's makeover during this 'cool' time. The trees and flowers decide to get dolled up like it's the school prom. You'd think they've been saving their brightest colors for this moment. Mother Nature's like, "Ta-da! Look at my flashy new wardrobe!"

In the northern regions, where the mountains stand tall, it's prime time for outdoor escapades. Hiking trails become less of a sweat-soaked challenge and more of a leisurely stroll where you might break a gentle sweat—shocking, I know!

In Bangkok, the locals toss their handheld fans aside and take leisurely walks along the riverbank. Street food vendors breathe a sigh of relief because finally, people can eat without feeling like they're auditioning for a wet T-shirt contest.

Down south, where the beaches await, it's like a miracle: you can lounge by the sea without feeling like you're being slow-roasted on a spit. Welcome to beach time, minus the sizzling sensation of being part of a BBQ.

But hey, the pièce de résistance? The celebrations! Loy Krathong, where we release candlelit floats into the water and make wishes, like we're in a Disney movie. And then there's Christmas and New Year's Eve—because, let's be real, we know how to party like Santa's elves on vacation!

So, the 'cool' season in Thailand? It's less about the snowflakes and more about the novelty of not sweating through every layer of clothing you own. From scenic hikes to pretending scarves are a necessity, to festivals that make you question if we even know what 'cold' truly means, Thailand's 'cool' season is an experience worth having—even if we're the only ones in scarves when it's 25°C!




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