What to do on a rainy day in Phuket?
There are many ways to take advantage of a rainy day in Phuket. These days you start considering activities you would not even think of on a sunny day. You will be surprised how many things we could enjoy around the island. Of course, we know that most of you came to enjoy the beach and the sun. But this is a tropical island, and just like in any tropical country so Phuket weather can be unpredictable, you can expect a mix of rainy and sunny days during the rainy season, but you better be prepared.
Here is our list of things to do when it rains in Phuket. Maybe you should bookmark it and keep it somewhere; hopefully, you might never need it.
A couple of hours at the spa is the thing that may come to mind on a rainy day. For both men and women, Thailand is the perfect place to enjoy all kinds of spas and massage treatments.
Except if you want to experience one of Phuket’s most famous wellness centres, like the Banyan Tree Spa, we advise you not to book this activity in advance: keep it for that occasional rainy day! However, if you are staying in a spa resort and it starts raining seriously, make a booking as early as possible on a rainy day: every single guest at your hotel will have the same idea simultaneously!
The Upside Down House Museum and Attractions is one of the most unique and popular tourist attractions in Phuket. It's a great place to get creative and snap some mind-boggling images and videos. With plenty of crazy things to do, this wacky museum is sure to provide hours of amusement for visitors of all ages. Read more
After extensive renovations, Jungceylon Shopping Center has mostly reopened. Located at the center of Patong Beach, it is Phuket Island’s largest complex, spanning 200,000 square meters, resembling a city within a city. Inside, you’ll discover numerous souvenir shops, restaurants, a department store, cinemas, electronic stores, massage services, a two-story supermarket, and a variety of upper-level attractions catering to both children and adults.
Location: Patong Beach
Address: 181, Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Phuket 83150
Open: 11 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 600 111
Another interesting choice if you have a car: Central has excellent brand shopping and plenty of fun shops to keep you busy. Add to this a six rooms movie theatre with a pleasant VIP room. If you haven’t tried it yet, watch a movie in bed with a blanket and a pillow; you almost wish the film was boring. Many new activities are now available inside the new wing called Central Floresta. Read more
Location: Phuket Town
Address: 74-75 Wichitsongkran Road, Phuket Town
Open: 10.30 am – 10 pm
Phone: 076 291 111
It’s not only for girls, and it’s not as difficult as you think! I tried a few schools in Phuket, and it was fun! OK, they did the shopping in advance and prepared the ingredient nicely, so my only mission was not to mess up too much. I even ate my cooking, and it was good. Some schools take you to the local market, which is a must-see if you want to understand Thai food culture.
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The Selfie Experience is a new photo playground in Phuket, covering 3,000 m2 indoors with more than 40 backgrounds to play with, a fun way for families, friends and selfie lovers to spend a day away from the heat or an occasional rainy day.
Location: Phuket Town (Bypass road)
Address: 99/99 Moo 5 Chalermprakiat Road T, Ratsada, Mueang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Hours: 10 am – 9 pm
Price: 400 baht
Phone: +66 98 895 4796
The upside-down house, or Baan Teelanka, is precisely what the name says. This incredible house standing on its roof on the bypass road outside Phuket Town will challenge your senses and offer plenty of silly photo opportunities. Each of the three floors of Baan Teelanka (meaning upside-down house in Thai) is a replica of a real house but inverted. A living room, kitchen, bedroom and even a Tuk Tuk appear to be hanging from the ceiling until your brain realises that you might be the one at the wrong place! Lots of fun! Read more
Location: Near Phuket Town
Address: 51/11 Chalermprakiet Ratchakan Thi 9 Road (known as By-Pass Road)
Open: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Phone: 076 376 245
Once you’ve exhausted the above list, you can still visit museums. Four or five of them are scattered around the island, and the best one is the recently renovated Thai Hua Museum. You also have the Tin Mining museum in Kathu, the Shell Museum in Rawai and inside Jungceylon, the Chinpracha house museum in Phuket Town near the Blue Elephant restaurant and the quirky Thavorn Museum, also in Phuket town.
You’ll need an umbrella, but it is a great place to enjoy on a (light) rainy day. The temperature is more agreeable than on a sunny day, and the old streets, markets, amazing Sino-Portuguese mansions and temples are close enough to each other to make this a pleasant stroll. And you’ll find enough little cafes and coffee shops on your way to take plenty of selfies and Instagram photos or even sample some real local food.
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Tattoos are incredibly popular in Phuket, and if you want a small tattoo, you can always walk into any of the studios listed on our page and talk to the artists. Based on our research and the suggestions from our readers, here is a list of studios known for their outstanding work quality, whether it’s a new tattoo or a cover-up, your design or one selected from their vast collections.
There’s a growing number of yoga studios on the island that can help heal your body and mind while you’re on holiday. You can find yoga classes at many Phuket resorts, but if you’re searching for a specific style or method of yoga, you’re best to drop by one of the independent yoga studios around the island.
You can’t travel half the globe and not explore these incredible limestone formations, full of holes, caves and mysterious enclosed lagoons. Discovering it in a kayak is the best way to go, silently gliding on the water and through narrow caves and passages to reveal secret places. It looks great in the sun; it looks better in the rain!
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12. Phuket Aquarium
Phuket Aquarium is modest but features a short glass tunnel and a good selection of tropical fishes. And Cape Panwa is quite far, so going there will take you long enough to see a bit of the island. Read more
Location: Cape Panwa
Address: 51 Sakdidet Road, Cape Panwa
Open: Daily from 8.30 am – 4.30 pm
Phone: 076 391 126
You are already wet, so why not add some sensations to it? Located in Mai Khao Beach, not far from the airport, this water park may not compete with those in Bangkok or overseas, but well, it’s raining! The fun has no price on those days! Read more
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14. Try Thai Boxing
Thai Boxing is not for everyone, but if you are the physical type and have travelled to Thailand, you could give a shot at Muay Thai. You can try for an hour or two without signing up for a full course, but at least you will know what this sport is about and might even find yourself a new passion.
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B Cat Cafe is fun for every cat lover to sit with up to 15 furry friends while enjoying cakes and drinks. The location near the old historical street of Phuket Town makes it very convenient for a well-deserved break. Read more
Location: Phuket Town
Address: 33/34 Thepkasattri Road, Mueang, Phuket 83110
Open: 10 am – 8.30 pm, Wednesday closed
Phone: 089 471 7776
16. Scare yourself at Game Space
Open for a few years on Bangla Road in Patong Beach; Game Space has a lot of great games and virtual reality rides to enjoy for an hour or two. And just watching those who dare climb in those spinning contraptions is fun too! It’s very popular at night, but it’s also a fun way to spend an occasional rainy day. Kids will love it too!
Location: Bangla Road, Patong Beach
17. Go Ice Skating
Located behind Villa Market at the Boat Lagoon, not too far from Phuket Town, Ice Arena is an excellent place to spend a few hours of fun. Remember to wear something warm, as, in this tropical weather, we tend to forget that Ice Rinks are cold! Ice Arena offers many classes and training, but you probably will only spend a couple of hours here. The price is 590 baht per hour and per person, including skates. The practice penguin comes with an additional cost of 250 baht per hour, so you better learn fast! Read more
Location: Boat Lagoon Marina
Address: Amphoe Muang Phuket, Phuket, Thailand 83000
Open: 9 am – 10 pm (note that it’s closed for cleaning at 12.00 noon – 12:30 pm, 2.30 pm – 3 pm, 6 pm – 7 pm)
Phone: 094 591 5595
18. Phuket 3D Museum
Phuket 3D Museum is a fun attraction in Phuket Town and a perfect escape for a couple of hours on a rainy day. Located not far from the old Phuket Town, it is easy to reach and can be combined with some nearby museum visits. The price is a bit high, but if you have kids, you will not regret all the fun poses and funny photos you will take back home! Read more
Location: Phuket Town
Address: 130/1 Phang Nga Road, Soi Phang Nga 1, Talad Yai, Phuket 83000
Open: Daily 9 am – 9 pm (last admission 8 pm)
Tel: 076 212 806