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Wet season in Phuket - Great time to visit!

As May turns to June, people in Europe, North America and more northerly parts of Asia are thinking of the summer, with sunny skies, warm balmy days and BBQ's in the garden. It's summertime and the livin' is easy... Here in Phuket, the weather doesn't have the same 4 seasons as "back home". We don't get cold weather, I have no use for warm clothes save for the occasional early morning ride on the bike, you can wear polo shirts and shorts every day. We don't have a spring with the bluebells flowering in the woods, we don't have an autumn with golden leaves. But - we do have weather!

19th September 2006. Patong Beach. Very nice. Low season is great.

Now, there are many reasons why people choose to take a vacation in Thailand. Could be for scuba diving, could be for the culture, could be for the great food, for the nightlife, for the beaches, for the chance to sample Asia in small easy to manage pieces or because it's cheap... but the weather is also an important factor. Bob from England wants to go home with a tan, so does the Eriksson family from Sweden. They all want sunshine. So, for the convenience of Mr and Mrs A Tourist, we can divide the year into two parts: HIGH season and LOW season. Read on...

High season is when (on average) you get the best weather - meaning more sun and less rain. This is approximately November to April. It can rain anytime, but the prevailing winds at this time are from the North East, bringing little in the way of storms and rain. Also it means that the west facing beaches in Phuket are sheltered and calm. So, this is when most of the tourists come. It's also when all the hotels are more expensive!

Low season .... From May to October we enter the South West monsoon season, meaning prevailing winds are from the South West, coming across the Indian Ocean bringing (on average) more rain than the high season. The winds also mean that the beaches are sometimes too rough for swimming. Many guidebooks and travel agents will tell you the weather is always bad at this time of year and many people believe it. Of course, that's nonsense.

Low Season Hotel Prices are Great! Book Online Here :)

14th October 2006. View over Kathu from Patong hill. Not wet.

Low season rocks. Low season is a great time to visit Phuket and the rest of Thailand. That is, so long as you don't mind occasional rain and don't want to sit on a beach for 2 weeks. You'll get sun most of the time, most days are hot and you start to wish it WOULD rain just to cool things off! The rain that does fall mostly comes right at the start and end of the season. For example we had a wet start to June this year, but most of the rest of the month was great weather. Now you might be unlucky and get a few days of wet weather but there's plenty you can do here on a wet day.

Things to Do in Phuket on a Rainy Day

26th May 2007. Get the picture?

The "low season monsoon rains every day" myth is why I started a weather page on the Sunrise Divers website a few years ago. To record the weather and show what it's really like, rather than relying on averages and forecasts that always say "chance of a thunderstorm". My parents have visited from the UK a couple of times in July and I guess we had 80% good weather and the little rain that fell never stopped us doing anything. Last year they came in April and there was more rain than the low season! Ah, Pacha Mama playing tricks on us.

Last year I started my personal Phuket Weather Blog, which now nicely complements the Sunrise Divers Weather page. If you take a look at the archives you'll see what the weather was really like. As for what it will be like - it's anyone's guess, though you can find a whole load of weather related links on my weather blog that may help.

9th June 2006 - view of Radar Hill. Not wet, is it?

You can do anything in low season that you can in high season. And there are advantages. Main advantage? HOTEL PRICES - a bargain can be had in the summer as hotels compete for limited numbers of guests. Big resorts drop prices dramatically, while cheap guesthouse rooms can be down to a few hundred Baht. Another plus - the colour Green - many locals call this time of year the Green season, as the rain that does fall is lapped up by the tropical plants that cover Phuket. Another plus - less crowds. Yep, this is not package tourist season, so you have more space to move, more room on the beach, less crowds at the main sights, less divers in the water, more breathing space in the restaurants.

Sure it rains sometimes, sure you will have wet and windy days now and then, but you get way more sun than rain. Check out my weather pages for the reports and I hope to see you in Phuket this summer! Bring your umbrella and factor 30.

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Blogger Eveliina said

Yep, so true. We are coming to Phuket on next Tuesday. Can't wait to get there. :0)

12:12 PM  
Blogger The Lost Boy said

Hi there,
I'm a Bangkok blogger but have just moved to Phuket. Though I'd drop a line and say hi, and also see if perhaps you might be up for swapping links? Mine is http://whatismatt.com/ if you have time to check it out.

Much obliged,

Matt

3:26 PM  
Blogger aSstHa said

i'll be goin down to phuket dis fri and was worried bout the weather.

it's me n my mom's very first trip to a place both of us are not familiar with.

hopefully the weather will be kind to us but reading ur site really help ease the worry a tad.

thanks a lot. :)

3:40 PM  
Blogger ng said

Hi i'm flying in to Phuket in mid of sept..try to do some tan there..but m bit worried about the weather..Will i get hot sunny day?

8:51 AM  
Blogger Jamie Monk said

Hi Ng,

I am sure you will get some sun in September - it IS the rainy season, but you normally get more sun than rain.

Enjoy Phuket!

Jamie

Jamie's Phuket

Phuket Weather Blog

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

We came to Phuket last October (2006) Glorius weather. Back again next month- Hoping for the same sunny days!!!! Its been wet and wild here in Western Australia- so much for sunny spring weather. I heard that a part of the Horizon Beach Hotel in Patong was damaged quite badly in a recent fire- ?????
Cant wait to return to that land of smiles.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

Thanks for the real scoop on rainy season !

I'll be making my first visit to Thailand ( Phuket ) on August 21st and staying 6 nights in the Bang Tao Beach area . Psyched !

8:59 AM  
Blogger Earnpin said

I love the part that says most guidebook tell you how bad is bad season. It is simply not true. I stayed in Malaysia. You can visit here anytime in a year, same goes to Phuket.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

Loving rain I am allways in Phuket in September - see my web:
http://web.telia.com/~u26400624/Eindex.html

3:10 PM  
Blogger Mandar said

Hello jamie,

Thats a lot for providing such valuable information.I am planning to visit phuket in either (AUG/SEPT/OCT),would like to take your opinion on the same.

Thanks in advance.

3:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

But, what to wear when the temperature is high and it's raining now and then?

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said

With the recent earthquake in Sumatra, does it affect the weather and waves/wind in Phuket?

9:49 PM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Earthquakes do not affect weather. For the latest weather in Phuket, have a look at the Phuket Weather Blog.

7:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

I'm heading to phuket mid Oct first time for me and my boyfriend, reading these comments have eased my mind about the wheather! thanks

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

this is very true.. i'm coming to thailand (and the rest of south east asia) in may till august. we did this on purpose cause of the cheap hotel prices and the beautiful colors of the plants. last year we went to bali in july and the dry season is in july over there. yet it rained quite a lot but it just doesnt matter when it does.. it just rains so hard that its actually amusing to see. als also it can be very cosy when there is a massive thunderstorm sometimes.. we also want to go rafting a lot so wet season all the way!!

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

Hi We are going to phuket on the 11/06/2010 - 27/06/2010 please can you advice me on the whether
Kind Regards
MARCO

11:56 AM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Hi MARCO - well, I cannot tell you exactly what the weather will be like in June. I am sure you will get some sun, some rain, some nice days, some not-so-nice days..

Have a look at June in previous years

Phuket Weather, June 2009
Phuket Weather, June 2008
Phuket Weather, June 2007

Happy Holidays!

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

Real valuable information you have given. I plan to take family by mid June to Patong. Any hints for the tides and waves if I plan to go to Phi Phi and james bond. Should I opt for a speedboat or a ferry. By the way, non of us are swimmers!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Phi Phi, there is a ferry twice a day, you can buy tickets at any tour or travel agent. James Bond Island there is no ferry, only tours, mostly by longtail boat, again, can book at any tour or travel agent. Phang Nga Bay is pretty calm any time. Ferry to Phi Phi can be bouncy sometimes. You do not have to swim.

8:08 PM  
Anonymous Diva said

Thanks so much, ur blog made me feel good. We planning to visit phuket first week of oct (from india) and everyone was mentioning about how wrong a time it was to go to thailand!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Hi Diva,

Well, I am happy to hear you are feeling good, so won't spoil your day by showing you the Phuket Rainfall Averages :)

Latest weather updates can be found on my Phuket Weather Blog.

If you want to book any trips or tours, some friends of mine have a very good service - contact Easy Day Thailand for all kinds of trips, tours and ideas for things to do in Phuket.

Cheers!
Jamie

9:03 PM  
Anonymous JM Smit said

Hi Jamie,

Very nice blog indeed!!

Apart from rainfall, what is the wind like in the last part of october?
I am planning a sailing trip to Andaman sea and can have a good deal for the 3rd week of october.

Thunderstorms is all i read about. I suspect a change from southwest to northeast monsoon in this period.
Is there any weather/wind prediction possible?
How quickly does the weather change?

Hope you can help me!

4:41 PM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Hi JM Smit,

End of October.. winds have normally switched to NE by then, can be very calm time of year, hard to predict, the seasons don't change on any particular date. You can get an idea by using the archives on Windguru - Phuket Wind History on Windguru. That will give you some clue, but every year is different and when the seasons are changing, winds are hard to predict...

Hope that helps!
Jamie

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Kia said

hi,

we are planning to go to phuket in the last week of october 2010 , and we are very worried about the weather because we would really like some sun and warm weather beach type (coming from UK)

can anyone put our minds at rest ??

(P.s my mum says she wont come if its bad weather and i REALLY want to go!)

thanks

6:37 AM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Hi Kia,

End of October should be OK, will be plenty of sun, but you can also expect some rain. Best to look at the weather archives on my Phuket Weather Blog.

Have a good trip!
Jamie

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Guan said

I'll be coming on 11/06. : )

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

Hi Jamie,
Me and my Family going to Phuket during 30th of august this year. I heard that during the time that I planed to go is a rain season. I was quite worry about this because we planed to visit few island. I scared it will be rain and part of my activities will be outdoor. How do you see this ? should i go or don't ? (hope u can give me some recommend) Thanks alot ..

8:46 PM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Sure you will get some rain, of course, but you will also have nice weather and you should not worry at all - that I think was the point of writing this page - the low season is not that bad! it's a myth! You get a mix of wet, dry, sunny, cloudy and it should really not stop you from doing anything. We have warm rain in Phuket!

11:28 AM  
Blogger A Pirate lost in the abyss of nothingness said

Hi Jamie!

So happy to come across your blog! Was worried about the vacay i'll be having there on late August as others commented and moped about the weather! So August will be just fine right?! Thats great! :)

One more thing i just wanna ask you is 4D/3N enough already to explore the beauty of phuket? Or should we extend a couple more days? Im too excited its still 2 more months but i wanna make an itinerary for our activities already! :D

2:51 PM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Hi Pirate -

Well, it IS low season, but the point of this blog post is to say - the weather in low season is often very nice. Some weather information is totally wrong - often I see "Phuket in low season is raining" - wrong! Hey,you might get some rain, you can be lucky or unlucky... and maybe extend to 33 nights! 3 nights is not much time really -

Things to do - start here:

Things to Do in Phuket

Hotels - check:

Phuket Hotel Recommendations

Enjoy your stay!

3:39 PM  
Blogger A Pirate lost in the abyss of nothingness said

Thanks a bunch Jamie! Really appreciate your reply! :) We'll reconsider extending a couple more days!

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

Hi Jamie, I am living in hk. I know what is moonsoon season like.. However, this summer around end July, I will my family (12 person aged 8 to 73) to Phuket for a few days . They all wanted to do some island hopping. Just wonder in that period of time, would there be any difference in going to islands on the west side of Phuket and those in east side of Phuket? Any recommendation? (as some of them may not be able to stand the waves on the sea surface)

A million thanks in advance.

Tony

9:10 PM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Hi Tony,

The weather / waves are quite variable, can be calm, can be rough. There are really no islands on the west side, unless you mean the Similan Islands, but they are closed in low season anyway. On the east side, you should have no issue visiting Koh Yao Noi, Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay, Racha Yai etc... for island trips contact my friends at Easy Day Thailand :)

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

Hi jamie, Thanks so much!

8:48 PM  
Blogger Josh O'Brien said

hows the weather looking September 2012, im heading there on the 3rd to the 13th, your help would most be appreciated

2:44 PM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Contrary to popular belief, I cannot predict the future. September is low season and on average is one of the wettest months, so .. don't get your hopes up, but at the same time don't worry too much. Keep up with the latest weather on the Phuket Weather Blog :) Happy Holidays!

6:05 PM  
Blogger joey said

Im going to phuket last week of october and staying in amari beach resort on patong beach does anyone know what the hotel is like and what weather we can expect thanks.

3:53 AM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Hi Joey,

The Amari Coral Beach Resort is very nice, one of the best in Patong. End of October is normally good weather. Early October can be very wet. No guarantees, especially this year, the weather seems to be a little bit random! :)

6:53 AM  
Anonymous Tina said

Hi Jamie!

I'm happy I came across this blog. So much information that I don't need to research much further. I'll be visiting Phuket on the last week of May. So yeah, it's low season. Hopefully, we'll get more sunshine because I want to take good pictures of the beach with clear waters and blue skies :)

It's just a 4D3N trip. We will be staying Kathatani Beach Resort because the looks really lovely there (and private). I wanted to visit Khai Island and Similan Islands too - but I've read somewhere that it's closed on May? Do you have suggestions on where to go on this short trip?

10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

Hi Jamie,

My friends and I are leaving for Phuket tmr and are deeply concerned about the weather, especially when we have outdoor activities all planned out. Weather forecast is looking v alarming all through our stay until 27 May. *sigh*

I was wondering - how do you compare the water conditions in Monkey Bay on Phi Phi Don versus Patok Bay on Racha ?

Is it true that the latter is more "west-facing" than former therefore likely to be more exposed in low season? We are planning to join a day tour to either of the Islands this Sun.

Need your advice/comment urgently.


B

12:53 AM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Weather today is still sunny and not really windy, but of the 2 locations, Racha Yai would be more calm. You can book tours with my friends at Easy Day Thailand :)

Latest weather - check the Webcam on my weather blog :)

10:17 AM  
Blogger Redback63 said

was there last aug/sept weather was awesome hardly rain,mostly rained very late at night.i will be in Phukett/Phi Phi/Krabi from 6th Feb yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh can't wait,miss sooooo muchhhhhhhhh!!!

3:02 PM  
Blogger Yousef Noweder said

Hi Jamie,

am planning to go to Phuket for honeymoon, on june mid. am looking for few days of some isolated experience across the beach and then an exposure on the City diverse activities and night life entertainment. Can Phuket offer us all that? what other island do you also recommend

6:32 PM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Yes Phuket has quiet places, and nightlife too. Quiet beach you might want to consider Mai Khao Beach in the north of the island - see Mai Khao Beach Hotels and then hit Patong for a busy time with nightlife and shops - see Patong Beach Hotels - happy travels!

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

hii im going to phuket tomorrow but the weather forecast said its rainy for several days. does it rain all day? does the sun show up ? is it cold? I have a 2 years baby do I take heavy cloths?

4:07 PM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

I think it will be sunny tomorrow. Rained last night, was grey today and you do not EVER need heavy clothes here :)

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Fjo said

Hi jamie,
We will be heading to Phuket in early july. We are looking to spend some time on a white beach with clear water. Is it possible in july? We were thinking Nai harn but then reD about the red flags and lake run off...
Thanks for any advice!
Fjo

10:22 AM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

If your main plan is "beach time" then you might not be in luck. Low season the weather can be great much of the time, but there is normally some wind from the west and all the main beaches are on the west. Naiharn can get some big waves. I'd suggest looking at Cape Panwa - try the Cape Panwa Hotel for example ... :)

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said

Hi there,

Planning to visit Phuket (Patong) in August 2014. Just wondering, since it is wet season, is it still business as usual, in particular markets/shopping, etc.?

Thanks.

Chelsea.

7:41 AM  
Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket said

Yes, everything is open as normal.

10:13 AM