When is the best time to visit Phuket?
Discover the ideal times to visit the idyllic island of Phuket and enjoy excellent weather.
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Weather, price and overcrowding can make or break a holiday, so getting it right is key. We’ve researched all the important details so you get it right on your upcoming trip to Phuket.
Best time to visit Phuket
January to April.
January to April brings out the best in Phuket with bright days, little rainfall and holidaymakers on the decline. This is still peak as Chinese New Year and Songkran Water Festival parties will be rife, but visit in March and April and you’ll miss the most of it - although you might feel the heat as the temperature begins to climb.
May is the beginning of the wet season so be sure to hightail it out of there before it dampens your day.
Phuket has wet and dry seasons. The wet season begins in May and continues into December, so you have a limited opportunity between January and April to soak in the clear warm weather.
Phuket is a popular holiday destination for travellers worldwide seeking an affordable island paradise. To escape the worst of it, join the post-Christmas crowds in March and April when the season begins to wind down and accommodation prices begin to fall.
Weather and prices
Best time to visit Phuket, weather wise. January to April offer sunny days with little rainfall and temperature highs of 31-33℃.
Cheapest time to visit Phuket. May is the cheapest month but it’s also one of the hottest and wettest, so don’t be fooled by the bargain prices! Instead, look for cheaper flights and hotels at the end of the season in April or book early to avoid inflated prices.
Cheapest time to visit Phuket for Christmas. Looking for that seasonal break? The skies does start to clear up in December but prices do skyrocket from 22 December - 5 January according to HotelsCombined with rooms costing $218.76 on averaging during these dates across 3-5 star hotels. If you can wait until February you'll not only get clearer weather but cheaper rooms that average $120 per night instead when booked between 16 February and 2 March. Prices are based on rooms booked for 2018-2019 dates.
Best time to visit Phuket for...
- A honeymoon. Ensure the wet season doesn’t dampen your honeymoon and book your trip between March and April when the partygoers have disappeared and the weather is comfortably hot. If you’re searching for quieter months, late-October to November are still in wet season but can offer some clear days with plenty of activities, such as diving, available.
- Surfing. Phuket is one of Thailand’s most accessible islands and is a popular surfing spot. Ride the waves between April and September before monsoon season.
- Snorkelling. Beachside snorkelling is best between November and April as outside of this the surf is up and visibility is low. The nearby Similan and Surin Islands national parks also close from mid-May to mid-October.
- Diving. Similar to snorkelling, diving is best between November to April due to better visibility and the national parks being open. Dive boats do not operate outside these months because May to September can bring dangerous, heavy thunderstorms.
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