The best time to visit Phuket depends on a few factors
The most popular time to visit Phuket is definitely around new years. From December to the end of January the place is packed. The climate is modest, hot, an average of 32°C but not much rain and the lowest humidity of the year. Millions of tourists flood the rather small area of Phuket Island and the parties in places like Patong Beach are endless.
December till January
So if the most important factor for you is the weather and the public holidays, you will find the best time to visit Phuket at the end of the year.
For me and for many others, from September till the end of October is a great time to plan a stay in Phuket. It is the rainy season, everything is clean and blooming. It is about the coldest time to be in Phuket but it is very humid. The main reason to go this time of year is, there are not a lot of tourists, the prices are still low and we, the visitors are much appreciated.
September till Oktober
So if you not only want to enjoy the beach life but see the beauty of this great nature and save a lot of money, have a little privacy and like to sing in the warm rain, you choose this time of year.
Now my total favorite time is between February and March. The weather is great and the crowds have left. Everything is possible during this time of year. The sea is warm and there is almost no rain. The places are getting empty and with that, the prices fall to and you can choose where you want to stay. All the attractions are available but the businessmen are not as hungry anymore as before the winter holidays.
February until March
So if you are like me, I like to swim a lot and do not like too many people, also I appreciate the lower price level and can choose the time of my vacations, this is the perfect time to visit Phuket.
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What is there to see in Phuket Province
Most people that visit Phuket come for the beaches and nightlife in Patong. There are several attractions to see though.
First and most famous, because it can be seen from far away is the Big Buddha of Phuket. It is near Phuket town on a hill and gives and once on top of the hill you have a great view over the island to the beaches and small islands to all sides.
The 45 meters high sitting Buddha is a wonderful photo object, covered with white Burmese marble. Lots of stalls sell souvenirs and food and drink.
Thao Thep Kasattri Thao Sri Sunthon Monument and the Thalang National Museum are just a few hundred meters apart. The monument shows the two sisters who heroicly saved the island from Burmese invaders by dressing all women in man’s fighter uniforms. The small Thalang Museum shows artifacts of the old life and history of the region.
In the Chalong Quater of Phuket town, you find the big temple site of Chaithararam Temple. It is the biggest temple on Phuket Island and is well worth seeing. A big market around the temple invites to see Thai boxing events and listen to Thai pop music.
The old Phuket town invites to a street life within old Portuguese architecture. Around Yaowarat road the old buildings look like they break down any moment but give a nice lively atmosphere.
The Phuket Aquarium at the south-east end of the island, Cape Panwa, between beautiful bays and small islands is quite famous and the only aquarium in the region. It is also a monitoring and research center of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.
Promthep Cape, the most southern point of the island is greatly appreciated for the wonderful view, especially during the sunset. It can be part of a round trip around the south end of Phuket which is a great drive with many nice places for an eating or cafe break.
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