& Phang Nga:
When to Go
You'll hear many
opinions about the best time of year to visit Phuket - and, in fact, it is
probably quite a personal question.
Since weather is the biggest
issue for many people - just for a start - you might want to check our
Weather page for current
weather, weather statistics and history and much more.
During low season (summer and
the rainy season) the island is quieter and traffic is easier - and
accommodation prices are often half of high season fares. Some people may
be put off by the rougher seas and some beaches will have a strong undertow.
It is not always safe to swim as the sea reacts to the weather. Swimming for
children in particular is probably not safe unless you seek protected waters on
the bay side of the island.
October to April
(cold weather season in the northern hemisphere) is high season as people escape
their harsh winters and flock to nicer climates.
Some people suggest November to
February as the high high season - when the island is its very busiest. If you
enjoy the nightlife and crowds, it's a good time to come. If you are a
people watcher - so it is also a fun time to just sip a beer and watch people
walk by. Winter is also the time of year when the sea is calmer and so
perhaps better for scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming in the sea.
In truth, there is no bad time
to visit the Phuket area - do your research and you'll not likely be