Being one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations ensures that information describing Phuket’s virtues can be found on travel websites all over the internet.
However, because there is a tendency to emphasise only the positive aspects finding the answers to simple questions like “Does it ever rain there?” or “Are all places on the island beautiful?” can be quite frustrating.
Yes, it can rain a lot in Phuket and no, not all parts are beautiful but go at the right time of year, choose the right place to stay and you will find yourself in one of the nicest tropical settings imagineable.
Many travellers rely completely on the advice of a travel agent who may or may not have their best interests at heart. The aim of this guide is to provide enough basic information (and some opinion) about Phuket to help first-time visitors make their own holiday decisions .
Choosing the Best Time to Visit Phuket
Choosing the best time to visit depends on personal preferences and budget.
Phuket is an all year round holiday destination but there is a "dry season" where consistently fine weather draws by far the largest number of tourists.
However, good weather is possible at any time of year and Phuket during the less busy months can still provide a wonderful tropical vacation but for a lot less money than going in the high season. Air fares are much lower and, with "discount-wars" occurring among the Phuket resorts, its possible to get even luxury accommodation at less than half the high season price.
Which time of year is best for you to visit Phuket? The following describes some positive and negative aspects of each month along with detailed weather statistics, to help you decide.
What to Do on Phuket Island
Being such a popular holiday destination means there's a wealth of activities on offer designed to attract the tourist dollar though there's still plenty to do for little or no money. The following lists some of the more popular pursuits.