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When is the best time to visit Phuket?

Deciding what is the best month to visit Phuket depends a lot on the weather, as well as what you like to do during your holiday. For some, suntanning and photos with blue sky over a blue sea are the main motivation, for others, a peaceful island, and a lower cost are more important.

In any case, Thailand has a warm tropical climate with two seasons, and the water is warm all year round, in the sea and swimming pools. The weather is always a stressful topic, especially during the rainy season between June and November. Every day we receive questions such as, ‘will it rain every day in the rainy season?’.


1. Phuket Weather Live Webcam



2. What is the best time to visit Phuket? December to March

December to March are the coolest and supposedly the best months to visit Phuket. The weather is usually perfect with clear blue skies, calm seas, and a pleasant breeze that keeps the temperature just right. This period is when you should come if you care about the blue sky, and suntan and plan to spend a lot of time on the beach or taking those amazing Instagram photos and selfies that will grow your fanbase.

What is the best time to visit Phuket

However, with such beautiful weather, December and January are also the peak months of the high season, so expect to pay more for your hotel, especially during New Year time. Expect the south of the island to be very busy, so if you worry about the crowds, you should consider staying in the island’s northern part. Please have a look at our list of quiet and hidden beaches in Phuket.


3. When is the Rainy Season in Phuket? June to November

June to August is a mix of rain and sun, usually delightful. Some months are considered wetter than others: September, October, and November are the months with the most rainfalls, but some years, it can drag to December. No one can tell what the weather will be.

Rainy Season in Phuket

When it comes to the weather, the rainy season is a tricky subject. It’s supposed to occur roughly at the same time each year but has become unpredictable. Despite some unlucky series of stormy days, there is still plenty of sun with occasional showers. On the bright side, everything is much cheaper! However, keep in mind that even if the sky is blue, the sea is frequently rough, so we recommend booking a hotel with a swimming pool.

If you plan to Phuket during this time of the year, you might want to read: ‘17 Things to Do in Phuket when it Rains‘. Read more about the rainy season.

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4. What is the hottest month in Phuket? April and May

April and May are the hottest months in Phuket. At least we are sure of that, and it never fails. The sky is usually blue, and the sea is very calm.

Phuket weather in May

Temperature can reach 40˙C, and everyone in Thailand is celebrating the end of the warm season by throwing water at each other. That’s the famous Songkran Festival, and it can last three days or more, depending on the weather and which part of Thailand you are in. Remember to protect your skin and not spend too much time directly in the sun on the first day, a classic beginner’s mistake.

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5. Weather Forecast for Phuket

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Note that online weather forecasts are always pessimistic! If it rains for 1 hour in a day, they will display the big scary ‘thunderstorm’ icon, to be on the safe side.


6. Phuket Weather Month by Month

Every day someone will write and ask ‘How is the Weather in Phuket in June?’ or in August? or in October? Of course, Phuket being a resort destination, people have the right to be worried. When you travel that far, wait that long and invest that much, you want to have some sun to get that suntan and blue sea to swim and bring some fantastic photos!

Phuket weather Month by Month

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Yes, there are two seasons, and you can expect more sun during the high season and some rain during the rainy season, but each year, the weather is very different. There is absolutely no way to predict if it will not rain in January, and you could have an amazingly sunny October (which used to be known for being one the wettest month of the year). Read more

See the weather each month

7. Phuket Yearly Rain Chart

All these are common indications. We all know each year is different; even my grandmother knew that!

Phuket rain chart and weather


8. Average Temperatures and Occupancy

 Av. Temp.Temp FeelChances of RainDays with RainCrowd
January27°CWarmLow5Peak
February28°CHotLow3High
March29°CHotLow5High
April29°C Very HotLow11Med
May29°CVery HotMed21Med
June29°CHotHigh19Low
July28°CWarmHigh20Low
August28°CWarmHigh19Low
September28°CWarmHigh23Low
October28°CWarmHigh22Low
November27°CWarmMed16Med
December27°CCoolLow8Peak

9. What should I pack for Phuket?

December to March is the best time to visit Phuket when the sky is clear and the sea quiet and blue. The high season starts in November and ends in April. With a tropical island climate, the sky is clear, and the sea is calm and turquoise blue. During those months, the island is rather busy, and hotel prices are higher.

What to pack for Phuket

The temperature is warm all year round, so you should always pack light. You won’t need more than t-shirts, shorts, light pants or light skirts, and eventually a light jacket (that you may never use). Adding a light raincoat and an umbrella may be a good idea. Anyway, all these items are straightforward to find everywhere at low prices, so pack light and save some space in your suitcase to buy some souvenirs. Ironically, locals will consider the weather to be ‘cold’ if the temperature gets close to 20˙C! Anyway, no matter which month you visit Phuket, it is always warm, and the sea still feels like entering a warm bath. Read more

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More about Phuket Weather

Phuket Webcam – Live Cameras on Phuket Island

▷ Phuket Weather Month by Month ☀️

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

17 Best Things to Do in Phuket When it RAINS! ☔


FAQs about Phuket Weather

Q. When is the best time to come to Phuket?

a. There are mostly two seasons in Phuket
The high season is from November to May
low season is from June to October
Peak season is December and January

Q. Is the weather in Phuket as bad as the online weather forecast predicts?

a. No, online weather forecasts tend always to be pessimistic. They will display a dramatic thunderstorm icon even for short tropical rain.

Q. What can I do in Phuket when it rains?

a. There are dozens of great things to do in Phuket if it rains. The spa is the most popular and affordable activity but also fun shopping and indoor activities.

Q. Does it rain all day and every day during the rainy season?

a. The rainy season has a lot of sunny days. Yes, there are some bad days, but it is often a mix of sunny days with short rains.

Q. Does it ever get cold in the low season? Should I bring warm cloth?

a. Phuket climate is always warm, the temperature rarely goes below 25C, and the sea is still as warm as a bath!

Willy Thuan
https://www.phuket101.net/
Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early and never stopped until I settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 27 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run Phuket101.net and manage large international online travel guides.
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