When Is the Best Time to Visit Phuket?

Phuket is a paradise for beach bums. There are quality beaches, beautiful islands with limestone karsts, and fresh seafood to expect. When is the best time to visit Phuket? The weather plays a key role to choose the best time to go. Besides, your tour focus is an important factor.

The followings are the explanation of Phuket weather and the best time to visit Phuket for beach, surfing, snorkeling, diving, honeymoon, or money saving.

Phuket Weather

Basically, Phuket sees three seasons in a year, winter from December to March, summer between April and May, and rainy season from June till November.

The winter season between December and March experiences dry and cool weather, with bright blue skies, calm seas and gentle breezes.

The summer season from April to May is the hottest period in Phuket, with the highest temperatures up to 40°C. The skies are usually blue and the seas are calm.

June to November is the rainy season and the months of September, October, and November experience most rainfalls. However, it doesn’t rain every day. There is plenty of sun with scattered showers except some unlucky stormy days. The seas can be rough, so you’d better stay in a hotel with a swimming pool.

Best Time to Visit Phuket for Beach and Sun

As mentioned earlier, Phuket in winter season from December to March sees a cool and dry weather. Blue skies, calm seas and gentle breezes make this period the best time to visit Phuket for a good weather.

The peak season is to be January and February. Breezes blow to keep the temperatures pleasant. There is the least amount of rainfall and the most sun, perfect for you to lie on the beaches for a sunbath and to do nothing.

Phuket Beach FunPhuket offers quality beaches among the world's best.

The best weather brings the most tourists. If you don’t mind the crowds, travel to Phuket at this time to enjoy the beach and sun. Patong, Kata, Karon, Kamala and Bangtao are the most popular beaches for convenience. There are a ton of restaurants, shops and night bars.

With up to 40 beaches in Phuket, you can rent a bike or car to explore further to find some quiet beaches, for example, the Freedom beach, Haad Sai Kaew, etc. This should help to avoid the crowds.

Best Time to Visit Phuket for Surfing

Phuket has the most surfing opportunity in Thailand. And due to the soft sandy shores, surfing in Phuket suffers less chance of injury. The best time to visit Phuket for surfing is from June to October when the wind and waves are most consistent and waves can rise up to 3 meters high.

Surfing in PhuketPhuket has the most surfing opportunity in Thailand.

During this time, Thailand is in its low season of tourism. There is a small number of tourists coming to Phuket compared with that in the peak season. Most beaches and islands are empty, almost impossible to collide with people in the water. This also means that the cost of travel to Thailand for surfers can be lower.

Best Time to Visit Phuket for Snorkeling

Unlike surfing, snorkeling and diving require a calm and clear sea. Phuket sees the best snorkeling time in drier months between November and April. This is also the best time to visit Thailand's other popular places like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, and Pai. The main beaches of Phuket can be busy.

You can head further to the nearby islands for a better snorkeling experience. For example, the Similan Islands are the premier underwater destination from November to April. You'll be glad to know that Koh Phi Phi and Khao Lak are good for year-round snorkeling.

Best Time to Visit Phuket for Diving

Both shore diving and boat diving are available in Phuket. The best diving season is between November and April when the sea is clear and warm. Clear waters ensure up to 3 meters of visibility to see the underwater world and warm waters guarantee a pleasant diving experience. The period between May and October is not a good time, because there are frequent rainfalls to reduce the visibility of the sea.

Diving in PhuketDive to discover the amazing underwater world of Phuket.

December and January are the peak months. You'd better avoid these two months as accommodation is usually full and the price is at its highest. What's more, the main diving sites can be crowded with tourists.

A boat diving to a bit further off-coast islands is more recommended. Two diving sites you shouldn’t miss are Hin Daeng, known as the Red Rock, and Hin Muang, commonly called the Purple Rock. Other places good for diving are the Similan and Surin Islands.

Best Time to Visit Phuket for Honeymoon

Phuket is definitely a great destination for a honeymoon. With all the ingredients of romance like candlelight dinner on beautiful beaches, gorgeous sunset, luxurious stay experience and wonderful nightlife, a honeymoon in Phuket is definitely a perfect choice for couples.

Honeymoon in PhuketPhuket has all the ingredients of romance for your honeymoon.

The best time to visit Phuket for a honeymoon is between December and April. White sands, blue skies, turquoise waters, and gentle breezes are the basis of a romantic atmosphere. By mid-December, the nightlife is in full swing, and couples can enjoy a party scene.

Best Time to Visit Phuket for Money-Saving

The truth is that Phuket is the most expensive part of Thailand. To make a budget-friendly trip to Phuket, November is a good time. It marks the end of rainy season and falls before peak season. You can expect not bad weather with smaller crowds. And flights and accommodations are cheaper.

With hot weather but blue sky and calm sea, April and May are also good months to visit Phuket for money-saving. After the high season, the crowds begin to thin. From the second half of May, rainfalls increase. But there are often good periods of sunshine occurring between the typically short showers.


Phuket is such a hotspot for all Thailand tours. Surrounded by fascinating beaches, islands, and deep blue waters, Phuket has so many sights to see and activities to experience.

In general, the best time to visit Phuket is in its dry season from December to March. At this time, the sunny weather and blue sky are perfect for a sunbath on the beaches. The clear and calm sea is perfect for snorkelers and divers to explore its amazing underwater world. It's also a great time for couples to enjoy your honeymoons.

For visitors are planning a money-saving trip, Phuket welcomes you in April, May and November. During these months, you can see smaller crowds and occasional rains.

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