The Phuket area of Thailand is on an island that features a tropical monsoon climate. Regardless of precipitation, the temperature will always be warm (the average high temperature is 90°F/32°C, and the average low only falls to 77°F/25°C) – making Phuket a perfect place to escape the cold.
During the months of September and October, it will be especially hot and rainy as monsoons typically arrive around this time of the year. If you do not mind the rain, this time attracts fewer tourists to compete with which means more space on the beach for you. Just don’t forget your umbrella.
November/December through March will be the most comfortable time to plan your vacation if you want to avoid rain and the more extreme heat. These months are cooler and have more of a gentle breeze to aid with the humidity than the rest of the year – and less rain! For visitors from wintery countries, Phuket during this time of year provides a summer-esque escape! Of course, that means that beaches and landmarks will be more crowded – and that prices will be higher.
The warmest time of the year ranges from March to May, and the humidity sticks around all year long. Throughout May to October, you can count on daily thunderstorms in the late afternoon and into the early evening. Carry an umbrella, and catch the sun in between showers; it is still a very pleasant time to visit. While there will be rain all year around, you can count on less heat and less rain from November/December to March (when most visitors flock to Phuket). If you are a fan of the heat, April and May are the hottest months of the year in Phuket. In April, you can celebrate the Thai New Year festival of Songkran where participants hurl water at each other – it’s a great cultural experience and a way to beat the heat.
No matter what time of year best fits your vacation schedule, there will always be plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to make your Phuket vacation unforgettable.