Is May a good time to visit Phuket?
May is the last month of the high season in Phuket, and the weather sees a shift from April as the monsoon is approaching. Temperatures and humidity remain very high, so it can be a little uncomfortable if you are not used to it. Fortunately, May sees the first tropical rains arriving (if the climate is not too messed up), and those sudden evening showers are a welcome refreshing moment.
The vegetation turns brown, and water storage starts to be a problem for hotels. Even the few Phuket waterfalls are running dry and may not be worth visiting at this time of the year.
It will be hot, but Phuket is a small island so that you can refresh in the ocean often. The sea is usually still calm and clear, but the monsoon will bring the first wave and dangerous tides. To avoid disappointment, you should consider booking a hotel with a great swimming pool. Just remember to protect your skin from the sun and drink water!
Phuket averages in May
Things to do in Phuket in May
There are no special events in Phuket in May. You might find shopping malls unusually attractive with their intense air conditioning or to hide from occasional tropical rains! May is when the Similan Islands close for the low season, so you should check beforehand if you wanted to visit them.
May is the mango season, and this is your chance to enjoy Khao Niaw Ma Muang (mango sticky rice), one of the most loved desserts in Thailand. This cheap but delicious treat is available all year round and easy to find in many restaurants, but April to June is when the fruit is the sweetest and tastiest. Read about Thai deserts here.
Phuket prices in May
While the cost of living doesn’t change much, hotel prices decrease as the low season is approaching.
Rainfalls and temperatures in Phuket in May
|Average Day Temperature||32°C|
|Average Night Temperature||28.7°C|
|Average Sunny Days||12 days|
|Average Rainy Days||15 days|