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10 Tips for a Great Holiday During the Rainy Season in Phuket

Rainy season in Phuket can be great!

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

Let’s start by clearing one important fact:

Online weather forecasts can’t predict anything, they will display a 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 be already 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 take off: it’s still the rainy season (or low season for some). The 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

Phuket Weather Forecast
This is just a sample of Weather Forecast!

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 a thunderstorm icon. It’s really like this, and you could basically ignore it.


3. It doesn’t rain every day

Tri Trang Beach

At the contrary of what most people think, it doesn’t rain every day during the rainy season, and when it does, it often rains during short periods. 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 the rainy season and rain heavily during high season. If you want to be relatively sure that the 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 the sea is likely to be rough

Le Meridien Phuket

It will not rain every day 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 your swimming abilities: Riptide will always be stronger than you think you are.


5. Make sure your hotel has an excellent spa

Spas in Phuket

Fortunately, most hotels in Phuket come with a spa, but some are 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 to 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 the rainy season and you won’t feel too isolated. Other lesser known beaches will most likely feel very lonely during low season. Also, small beaches often appear 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 into a rainstorm, which fortunately is not often, all tours are operating normally. Some tours like Phang Nga Bay are nicer with heavy clouds. Remote islands like Similan are closed for 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 lower and you will get a lot more attention from the staff since they are more relaxed. 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 ‘low season’!


9. Sunsets are fantastic

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


10. You can have a fantastic holiday in the rainy season!

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

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