Rainy season in Phuket can be great!

“How does the rainy season really look like in Phuket” is the topic of endless discussions and apparently a very stressful decision factor too, so let’s look at what we know.

Let’s start by clearing 1 important fact: Online weather forecasts can’t really predict anything, they will display a big fat thunderstorm icon even if it rains for just an hour

1. Phuket has mostly 2 seasons

Rainy Season in Phuket

Phuket has mostly 2 seasons: the rainy season and the high season and everyone seems to already be aware of that. Good. The Tourism Authority of Thailand gently tried to rename it ‘The Green Season’ because it sounded less scary, but that didn’t seem to really take off: it’s still the rainy season (or low season for some). Rainy season usually is to be from May to November and the high season from November to May. Unfortunately it’s not always this simple but that’s how it mostly is.

2. Online weather forecast can’t really predict anything

Online weather forecasts are all tuned to ‘Permanent Pessimistic Mode’ and will predict non-stop thunderstorms during every single day of the entire low season. They like to play safe: if it rains once during the day, even short, it will display thunderstorm icon. It’s really like this and you could basically ignore it.

3. It doesn’t rain everyday

Tri Trang Beach

At the contrary of what most people think, it doesn’t rain everyday during rainy season, and when it does, it often rains during short periods of time. HOWEVER, there are those ‘Unlucky Weeks’. Here, locals say those weeks come by 3, 6 or 9 days of non-stop rains. No one can say when those will weeks will occur, but they will happen so just pray it’s not during your week! Whatever we tell you, whatever anyone tells you, it can be sunny during rainy season and rain heavily during high season. If you want to be relatively sure that sky will be blue and rain will be at its lowest: try to come between January to May.

4. Pick a hotel with a nice pool as sea is likely to be rough.

Le Meridien Phuket

It will not rain everyday but the sea can rough most of the time, so pick a hotel with a good swimming-pool and you’ll have a great holiday.  Respect the warning flags on the beach! Swim only when the flags are not red but you can swim between the yellow and red flags. Please take this very seriously and never over-estimate you swimming abilities: rip tide will always be stronger than you think you are.

5. Make sure your hotel has a nice spa

Spas in Phuket

Fortunately, most hotels in Phuket come with a spa, but some are obviously better than others. Since you might need it more than once pick a nice resort with both a nice pool and a great spa. Most famous is of course Banyan Tree Phuket. If the rain starts in the morning and it looks like it will last for a while, book your spa treatment early as everyone in your hotel will sooner or later think have the same idea!

6. Select a hotel on one of the 5 main beaches

Layan Beach

Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala and Bangtao are known to super busy in high season, but a lot more quiet in rainy season and you won’t feel too isolated. Other lesser known beaches will most likely feel very lonely during low season. In addition, small beaches are often neglected during these months and you might be surprised how much trash is brought in by the ocean.

7. Tours are still running!

Phi Phi Viewpoint
Phi Phi Viewpoint

Unless the weather turns to rainstorm, which fortunately is not often, all tours are operating normally. Some tours like Phang Nga Bay are actually nicer with heavy clouds. Remote islands like Similan are closed during six months but Phi Phi Islands are always open. Just remember that sea can be a little rough and taking a motion sickness prevention pill can be a good idea.

8. Hotels are cheap!

Hotel prices are much cheaper and you will get a lot more attention from the staff since they are more relax. Take advantage of it, get yourself a 5 star resort with a massive pool  and a great spa, because that is where you will go as soon as it starts raining. Bargaining is a lot easier as shops and markets find it harder to get customers.

MOST OF ALL: You can have a great time in Phuket during the ‘green season’! (here, I said it! Green season!)

9. Sunsets are fantastic

When the sun set on a cloudy sky, you get some amazing colors you will never get during high season when the skies are clear.

10. You can have an amazing holiday in rainy season!

Now that you read all the stuff above, you know that rainy season is not that bad! You’ll have plenty of beautiful days, the island is more peaceful, the vegetation is more green, the traffic on the roads is a lot smoother and less congested. Overall, people are less stressed and more smiling and everything is cheaper too! So many reasons to give it a try!

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