When to go to Phuket
Phuket by seasons
While there are three seasons in Thailand, down in Phuket the seasons merge together more, leaving just two, Wet Season and Dry Season. Dry Season is the clear favourite, but as it’s warm all year round and rains rarely last longer than an hour or two, it’s possible to travel at any time. It just depends on what you are looking for. To help you choose, we’ve split the year in half:
November to May
The Dry Season is the most popular time to visit Phuket, mainly because this is when the city’s climate is at its most appealing. Days are warm and dry, and can get pretty hot, with temperatures well into the thirties, especially in April and May. Sea breezes and gently lapping waves coupled with blue skies make this the idea beach lazing, island-hopping or scuba diving time.
Phuket King’s Cup Regatta: join sailors from all over the continent in Southeast Asia’s largest baoting festival, held on December 5th in Nai Harn Bay near Kata Beach.
Seafood Festival: celebrate all things fishy at this yearly festival, held in April or May. Taste the local seafood, watch the parade and enjoy the cultural shows.
June to October
If they haven’t already, the rains arrive in June, bringing showers and humidity to Phuket. The seas are a little rougher too, which can affect island-hopping ferries and scuba diving visibility. That said, the sea temperature is near 30°C so swimming is delightful, if you find a calm spot. Prices are much lower in the wet season, so if you’re looking for a bargain, now’s the time to come to Phuket.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival: in September or October, Phuket’s Chinese residents go vegetarian for 10 days to cleanse themselves, while some perform dangerous stunts such as walking on hot coals.
Hungry Ghost Festival: in August or September, Phuket’s Chinese residents honour their ancestors with offerings of food, flowers and candles. Watch the festivities at Phuket’s Seng Bek Shrine.