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Phuket

Phuket has it all—romance, beauty, adventure, tourist attractions, and some of the most delicious food you'll ever eat! Talk about a dream beach destination. The largest of Thailand's islands, Phuket is also one of its most highly visited. You can thank the luxurious sugar white sand, tree-fringed beaches, and unbeatably crystal-clear jade waters of the Andaman Sea for the island's popularity.

Thailand is a land of luxury tropical escapes, a place where sea and land are both stunning and part of every beach lover's bucket list. There's much to see and do in Thailand at any time of the year, as places like Bangkok are always vibrant no matter the weather.

Before you book, remember that you'll have the best beach experience in Phuket while visiting between November and May. The monsoon rains and rough sea hit hard after that. 

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Best Time to Visit Phuket

Phuket is unique in that it doesn't really have a hot season, as temperatures stay between 30 and 34 degrees Celsius year-round. Instead, the seasons here are divided into dry and wet.

Dry season lasts from November to April and attracts the bulk of the tourists. Prices are high, hotels are often full, and you'll bump elbows with many other visitors once you step on the sand. But you'll also get the most sun, very little rain, no clouded skies, and calm seas–perfect for snorkeling, diving, swimming and island hopping.

During the wet season, the opposite is true–prices go down, and in the early mornings, chances are you'll have the beach all to yourself. Rainy season in Phuket is really unpredictable. You could have a long string of days where you'll get a heavy rain shower every afternoon and then nice weather the rest of the time, or experience true Monsoon weather, including heavy non-stop rain, strong winds, and waters that are too dangerous for swimming or kayaking.

It's hard to predict what you'll get and when, so if you plan on traveling during these months, it's best to have a "plan B" in place in case you have to spend time indoors or at least out of the water. Between September and December, you might be able to catch sight of whales off the coast of Phuket.

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