The Best Time to Go to Phuket

Visiting the tropical island of Phuket is a dream come true for many adventurers. That’s why we've put together a travel guide for Phuket aimed at first-time visitors who want to make every moment count. We'll share the best time to visit Phuket, places to go, and things you must see and experience.

We’ll also talk about some of the practical considerations. We’ll explore the transport options, share some Thailand travel tips to help your trip run smoothly, and tell you all about our hotel.

The Best Time to Visit Phuket

Choosing the best time to go to Phuket is essential. The island has three main seasons: a dry and balmy season, a hot season, and a monsoon season. The dry and balmy season is also referred to as the high season in Phuket. It runs from the beginning of November to around the end of February or the beginning of March. The hot season follows the high season and runs from the beginning of March to around the beginning of June. The monsoon season arrives around the beginning of June and lasts until late October or early November.

The best time to visit Phuket for many travelers is in the high season when the weather is clear and the seas are calm. However, this is also the most crowded time as people living in the colder northern climes seek the warmth of Phuket's sunshine. So, if you plan to visit during the high season, book your hotel early!

Must-See Places in Phuket

For first-time visitors to the island, there are some iconic sights and places you simply have to experience. If you enjoy nightlife, Bangla Road has to be the first destination on your list. This road in Patong Beach is lined with bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, offering the best nightlife in Phuket.

Visitors who enjoy stunning scenery should make a point of visiting the Big Buddha, Karon Viewpoint, and Promthep Cape. Samet Nangshe Viewpoint is about a half-hour drive from the mainland but provides a spectacular view of the islands in Phang Nga Bay.

Phuket’s Old Town is also a must-see. This is an enchanting area of conserved Sino-Portuguese shophouses and buildings in Phuket Town. You can also visit the night market while you stroll around the beautiful buildings.

Fun Activities in Phuket

Watersports like parasailing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, banana boat riding, and surfing are always more fun in the warm, turquoise waters around Phuket. Patong Beach, Kamala Beach, Karon Beach and Kata Beach are the best places to find watersports.

For a day of adventure, rent a speedboat and tour the spectacular islands of Phang Nga Bay. You can also arrange for boats to take you snorkeling and SCUBA diving. There are some fantastic water parks in Phuket that will appeal to the younger family members.

There are also bargains to be had in Phuket. Patong Beach and Phuket Town are packed with colorful shops selling souvenirs, authentic Thai handicrafts, electronic goods, silks, t-shirts and more. Browsing a night market is a fun way to end the day.

A good tip is to ask your hotel to point you in the direction of these activities or to book a tour or boat trip for you.

Getting Around in Phuket

A modern regular bus service connects the larger towns along the west coast and the airport. It's called the Phuket Smart Bus, and you can buy 1, 3, 7, 10 or 30-day passes to save money. There’s also an older bus service that runs between Phuket Town and Patong Beach. 

You’ll also find taxis, tuk-tuks, and motorbikes that provide transportation anywhere on the island. You have to negotiate your fare, but they offer a quick solution to getting where you want to go. There are also reliable car rental agencies at the airport, Patong Beach, and Phuket Town.

One important tip for car and motorbike rental in Thailand is that you must have a valid driver's license from your home country and an international driving permit to be insured in case of an accident.

A Perfect Place to Stay

Thavorn Beach Village Resort is a 5-star resort in Kamala, Phuket. We’re located on Nakalay Beach in Patong Bay, and we are the perfect resort to enjoy all that Phuket has to offer. We'll satisfy all your needs with our own private beach, three dining outlets, an award-winning spa, and an assortment of fun activities and classes.

Our accommodations include beachfront private cottages, hillside one and two-bedroom suites with bathtubs on the terraces, and luxury rooms beside our expansive lagoon-style swimming pool.

Ensure you’re at the heart of all the action and beauty of Phuket. Book your Phuket vacation to Thavorn Beach Village Resort today.