Thailand has three distinct seasons: a wet season, cold
season, and hot season, the two latter of which are relatively dry. The wet season
arrives with the monsoon in about June and continue until about October; this time
is hot, humid, and rainy with average temperature lows and highs of 65-100° F (19-38°
C), but generally on the higher end of the spectrum. The cold season begins in November
and moves into February with temperatures on the lower end of that temperature scale.
From March to April or May the hot season regularly brings daily highs of over 100°
F (38° C), although nights are cooler. The most significant alteration from these
weather patterns is in the Malay Peninsula, which has a much shorter hot and cold
dry season as it tends to be hotter, more humid, and rainier than the rest of the
country year round.
Thailand is far from being the largest country in
Asia, but it has one of the continent's most diverse wildlife systems,
particularly in regard to birds. However this diversity includes all animals and
it boasts being home to mammals like the tiger, leopard, elephant, bear, bison,
cattle, antelope, deer, and monkeys. There are also mammals in the waters surrounding
the country as dolphins and whales are present in the nearby sea. In these waters,
as well as in the country's rivers and lakes there are numerous other fish species
such as tuna, mackerel, squid, shrimp, lobster, oysters, and crab.
The bird life is where Thailand really stands tall as it
is home to nearly 10% of the world's bird species. Most of these birds are migratory
and many are water fowls who find foods in the rivers and along the coasts. Among
these birds are kingfishers, herons, pigeons, peacocks, pheasants, doves, eagles,
and quails in addition to thousands more. The reptilian and amphibian life is also
quite impressive as the country is home to turtles, snakes, lizards, and the monitor.
The number of species of insects is more diverse with over 6,000 species in the