Phuket is located 250 kilometers south of Bangkok and is one of Thailand’s biggest islands. This inland province is located on Thailand’s southern peninsula and sits off the east coast in Andaman Sea. It is arguably a world-class destination for holidaying owing to its glorious beaches and great climate. This is a lush and hilly island with tranquil beaches and debaucherous night spots. Apart from that you can always visit the nearby stunning island of Koh Phi Phi. The only thing you should be concerned about is packing, and for that you just need to know what to wear in Phuket and a little knowledge of its climate.
Weather of Phuket
Phuket has tropical monsoon climate with warm temperatures throughout the year. It has three major seasons: rainy, cool, and hot. Rainy season comes during the southwest monsoon from May to October while the cool season comes right after monsoon, i.e., from November to February. From March to May, it is generally hot in Phuket.
Monsoon Season – From May to October, Phuket witnesses monsoons as hot air builds over the Asian continent. This brings rains over Thailand and the rest of South East Asia and Phuket is first in line to experience rains. Temperatures are hot and lie around 28 degrees Celsius on an average and the high humidity also makes it a little uncomfortable, but this is also a good time to take advantage of quieter beaches and cheaper prices. The rains might appear as a nuisance but are immediately followed by sunshine.
Cool Season – After the monsoon has passed, comes cooler weather during November to February. The winds that brought the rains are reversed now and as a result a cooler and drier air arrives from the northeast. The temperatures sit comfortable in lower twenties and the weather turns pleasant as humidity decreases.
Hot Season – From March to May, the heat starts to build up in Phuket and temperatures reach around 35 degrees Celsius on an average. It is dry with plenty of blue skies but as the humidity is high, it gets a little uncomfortable.
What to Wear and How to Pack for Phuket?
What exactly would you pack for a trip to Thailand? Here are some suggestions.
Women – Don’t go big on cotton stuff just because it is hot! It is best to go for fabrics with a blend of wicking or CoolMax features as they will dry very quickly. You can go for tank-tops and a lightweight button-up shirt which can be thrown over tank-tops and sundresses when needed. For bottoms, you can go for long skirt (for visiting the Royal Palace) or a knee-length skirt as all temples will not give you entry in shorts. You can go for sundresses and 3/4-length pants in basic colors like khaki or black. Shorts are, of course, going to be there on your list.
Men – Shorts and t-shirts are sure to be packed in lightweight fabrics. Go for clothes that can dry quickly and don’t make you smell later. A button-down collared shirt and full pants will definitely be required for temples and especially if you intend on visiting the Royal Palace. Stay away from jeans, as the weather is not jeans-friendly. Just go for t-shirts and shirts in both smart and casual styles.
Kids – Kids can go for shorts and skirts along with sleeveless tops or tank-tops. Shorts and t-shirts would be ideal for every weather, and in case it gets cold, you can go for full pants. Jumpsuits or rompers would also be a smart choice for Phuket weather.
Footwear – Flip-flops will work everywhere except at some rooftop bars and nicer hotels. Apart from that, you can manage in flip-flops as they aren’t just comfy but ideal for temple visits, too, where you have to remove your shoes. You can also go sneakers that aren’t too hot. For other purposes like visiting bars and matching shoes with sundresses, you can go for flats and sandals.
Accessories – You will need a lightweight rain jacket or an umbrella along with swimsuit and board shorts. Do carry a small bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, and refillable water bottles. Also, as it is Phuket, do not forget your underwater camera.