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Dry Season or Wet Season?

Every year I see visitors to Phuket who are surprised that there's rain falling in high season. Surely November is the dry season? Why is it raining? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? Firstly, don't panic, especially not with rain like we're having this week. It's mostly light rain, with some heavy, short showers thrown in, but the sea is calm, there's no wind, as William Wallace said in Braveheart "It's good Scottish weather, the rain is falling straight down". But in Phuket, the rain is warm, the air is warm and really all you need is a small umbrella to get out and enjoy life. Sure you can't sunbathe, but guess what? There's more to Phuket than beaches! My Jamie's Phuket blog was started back in 2006 to show the many sides of Phuket. Rainy day? Please don't sit in your hotel and stare at the rain! Go and do something interesting like visit a museum (Phuket has several good ones), take a little walk (with umbrella) in old Phuket Town, go for a massage, visit the aquarium, go eat some seafood, visit a temple, hey even a tour in Phang Nga Bay will be fine in this weather since the sea is calm, just you might get a little wet, but don't worry, you won't melt.

Clouded Hills, Phuket 24th November 2012

(above) view from Rang Hill, Phuket Town on Saturday 24th November looking towards the western hills and the Big Buddha. See? Rainy day, great view! Take a drive, get out and explore... wasn't raining on us at Rang Hill.

And then later, at Cape Panwa, we sat in the sun watching clouds over the water ...

Phuket Weather 24th November 2012

Again, we did not get wet, dodged the rain, though it must have been pretty heavy "over there" ...

Weather at Cape Panwa, Phuket 24th November 2012

Actually, if you check the Phuket rain monthly averages, you can see that November is on average the wettest of the high season months (November - April). So no great surprise to get some rain now. The first half of November was very dry and hot, now we get some life-giving rain :)

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This Phuket Weather blog entry was first published on November 27, 2012


  Please do add a comment or ask a question ...

Anonymous Anonymous :

I can see from your commentary that June is in the wet season and to expect some rain at least daily but briefly. But what would you advise about travelling on water - Im planning to stay at Paradise Koh Yao in Phang Nga Bay? If its a windy time of year that will make boating uncomfortable and limit swimming etc perhaps I should rethink?
Advice greatly appreciated!

January 31, 2013  

Blogger Jamie Monk in Phuket :

Phang Nga Bay is very sheltered, no problem getting to Koh Yao Noi, and the Paradise Koh Yao is on the east side and sheltered totally from west winds. Last day trip we did to Koh Yao Noi was July 2012, and weather was great!

February 03, 2013  

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