Best time to visit Phuket

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Best time of year to visit Phuket

Phuket is one of the best beach getaways in Asia that offers mellow weather and warm temperature all year round. The best time to visit the Phuket island is from November to April when the famous Freedom Beach, Banana Beach, Kata Beach, and Kamala Beach are at their best. However, do keep in mind that the rainy season runs from May to October, which is the least crowded time on the island. October is an excellent time to see baby gibbons and celebrations dedicated to the end of Buddist Lent—Wan Ok Phansa. Meanwhile, May is the high season for many tropical fruits, like lychee, mango, longan, and famous durian. It's also time to celebrate the major events in the life of Buddha during Visakha Bucha Day.

13 THINGS TO DO IN PHUKET (APRIL 12 - APRIL 21)

Songkran

Songkran

April 13–April 15 • event

Thai New Year lasts for at least three days, depending on the region, and is one of the most joyful celebrations of the new year worldwide

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding

April–October | November–March • activity

Phuket is Thailand's Mecca for kiteboarders with two major seasons

Elephant Sanctuaries

Elephant Sanctuaries

all year round • nature

An ethical and harmless way to interact with elephants

Beach Season

Beach Season

November–May • activity

Enjoy swimming and sunbathing on the most famous beaches of Thailand

Monkey Hill

Monkey Hill

all year round • nature

One of the tallest hills of Phuket Town is inhibited by herds of macaques

Oysters Harvest in Phuket

Oysters Harvest in Phuket

November–April • food

If you fancy oysters, have a taste of them in Phuket province!

Sailing

Sailing

all year round • activity

An excellent way to enjoy nature, stunning island landscapes and to take in some quality time with your friends

Surfing

Surfing

April–October • activity

The low season in Phuket is a great time for surfers

Mango Season

Mango Season

March–May • food

In Thai cuisine mango is a major ingredient, both ripe and unripe. Therefore, aim for its season to get the best taste!

Lychee or Litchi Season

Lychee or Litchi Season

April–May  • food

Transplanted from South China, lychee used to be a fruit of the emperors

Big Buddha

Big Buddha

all year round • activity

The huge white marble statue is visible from everywhere in the south of Phuket

Jackfruit Season

Jackfruit Season

October–May • food

Try one of the largest fruits in the world

Phuket Bike Week

Phuket Bike Week

April 11–13, 2020 | April 17–18, 2020 • activity

A week of wild motorbikes roaring all around Phuket

23 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Loi Krathong

Loi Krathong

November 13, 2019 • event

A beautiful festival to make a wish that will come true

Makha Bucha Day

Makha Bucha Day

February 09, 2020 • event

One of the holiest days for Buddhists, celebrates the day when 1250 disciples of Buddha gathered for his preaching. The holiday includes one of the most spectacular ceremonies in Buddhism

Watching Baby Gibbons

Watching Baby Gibbons

October • nature

Gibbons were once major population in Thailand, but due to illegal hunting and capturing, the amounts of these cute guys have been falling rapidly

Wan Ok Phansa

Wan Ok Phansa

October 01, 2020 • event

The festival that marks the end of the Buddhist lent is full of celebrations and interesting authentic activities

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

September 28–October 07, 2019 • event

One of the most notorious festivals in Thailand that does not have that much common with vegetarianism

Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival

September 02, 2020 • event

The generally Chinese festival Por Tor that is very important to the ethnic Chinese in Thai features plenty of activities and special food

Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay

Kayaking in Phang Nga Bay

December–March • activity

Discover a unique hidden world while visiting Phang Nga Bay

Patong Carnival

Patong Carnival

November 01–03, 2019 • event

A huge celebration that opens Phuket's peak season

Visakha Bucha Day

Visakha Bucha Day

May 07, 2020 • event

The day that marks three most important events in Buddha's life with beautiful ceremonies

Tamarind Season

Tamarind Season

November–February • food

Winter is harvest time for this delicious Thai fruit

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 25, 2020 • event

Chinese community is quite big in Thailand, and the holidays associated with the Chinese New Year are widely celebrated

Yongchak or Stink Bean Season

Yongchak or Stink Bean Season

May  • food

Also known as yongchak, the long twisted bean is smelly in a unique way due to its gas containment

Phuket Pride

Phuket Pride

April 27–30, 2019 • event

One of the best LGBT festivals in Southeast Asia

Rose Apple Season

Rose Apple Season

May–June  • food

Looking nothing like an apple, the fruit smells like rose when a first bite is taken

Mangosteen Season

Mangosteen Season

May–July • food

Known as a queen of fruit, mangosteen or mangkhut has a delicate texture

Phuket Raceweek

Phuket Raceweek

July 15–19, 2020 • event

The yacht racing event that is both huge and international while being cosy and friendly gathering

Longan Season

Longan Season

May–July • food

The fruit that was once transported from China has flourished and become one of the most popular in Thailand

Red Turtle Sweet for Hungry Ghost

Red Turtle Sweet for Hungry Ghost

September 02, 2020 • food

The festival of Hungry Ghost aims to feed all the hungry ancestors as a way to show them how strong they are respected. Typical gift and taste of the holiday is a red turtle cake

Jujube Season

Jujube Season

October–February  • food

Pear-shaped and not too big in size, the fruit resembles a yellowish apple with hard skin

Custard Apple Season

Custard Apple Season

June–August • food

With hard skin that is easy to break with a squeeze and soft flesh inside, the fruit is a total summer delight

Durian Season

Durian Season

May–June • food

Durian may be not the most loved fruit but it is definitely the king of all fruit!

Pomelo Season

Pomelo Season

August–October • food

Thai pomelo is very famous, especially among the ethnic Chinese

Rambutan Season

Rambutan Season

May–June • food

One of the most beautiful fruits, rambutan has fluffy skin and juicy flesh