What is the best time to go to Phuket? In this article we will tell you about the climate, rainy season, prices.
There are only two seasons in Phuket – it is the high season (from October to May) and the low season (from May to October). If you hear about rainy tropical summer (low season), you will immediately imagine a gloomy scene. In fact, the low rainy season is also the green season rich in fruits and vegetables and climate is suitable for tourists. Even during the coldest period in Phuket the temperature doesn’t go under 25 degrees. As for rains, mostly it rains at nights. Morning air after the rain is fresh and nature is full of bright colors – green trees and colorful blooms.
Calm sea in the low season is not unusual as well as sunny weather. More than that, Phuket infrastructure is developing and you can easily find some entertainment on the island suitable for you: visiting viewpoints, restaurants with sea view, traditional and exotic shows for any audience, kids park, zoo, waterpark, dolphinarium, entertainment shopping centers with aquariums and gardens, markets with wide choice, old town with Portuguese architecture and many attractive cafes. When there’s a will there’s a way, no need to concentrate only on the beach.
As for the high season, it needs no introduction. From the end of December till the end of March the weather is great in Phuket. Beaches look picture-perfect, there is hardly a cloud in the sky during the whole season. However, this attracts many tourists, beaches and shopping centers are crowded, there are traffic jams on the roads, prices are high almost for all tourist services including accommodation.
Low Price Season
Let’s consider three months that are, in our opinion, the most attractive for vacation – period from October to December (inter-season). It is the time right before the high tourist season. Because of little tourist flow these months hotels, owners of apartments for rent, private cafes, restaurants, massage and spa parlours and other tourist facilities significantly reduce prices. This way they try to attract that little amount of tourists coming to Phuket in this period of time. And, perhaps, such tourists are the most crafty.
One more advantage of this period is comfortable climate what is in priority when traveling with kids or elderly people. Moderate temperature, partly cloudy, refreshing night rains. Sea is getting calm and warning flags restricting areas for swimming are put away under the palms to wait for the next season. In general, a family trip to Phuket in this period can be 2-3 times cheaper than a trip to Phuket for the New Year.
We will give you some more details about the prices for hotels and resorts. Pricing economy depends on demand. In fact, in October and November discounts, promotions and sales start. Black Friday promotion is usually launched in November so this time you can book an accommodation with 50% discount. Then up to the middle of December prices for hotel and villa accommodation are crucially rising.
The highest price for accommodation is for the New Year night (peak season) and after that slowly going down until the end of March. The difference in price for accommodation between inter-season and peak season is about 50%.
The peculiar feature of vacation in Phuket is a variety of accommodation. During the last years, there appeared some competitors to hotels – villa communities and condominiums. Now villa rental in Phuket includes extra services such as cleaning, bed linen change, transfers. Some villa communities have cafes that provide breakfasts for guests. And the main thing is that the price per person for a comfortable villa with a private swimming-pool is lower than hotel accommodation. For example, let’s compare two accommodation variants:
- 4-star hotel;
- Villa community Rawai VIP Villas.
For more convenience let’s consider the main points of both variants:
You save USD 790.
Besides the economy, there are some more advantages of staying in a villa such as private swimming pool, fully-equipped kitchen, extensive resort infrastructure. Villa with a private swimming pool is quite a new type of resort. The money saved from renting this kind of accommodation can be spent on car rental. Renting a car you can visit any sightseeing and beaches of the island.
To compare the prices between the hotel and villa you may choose the dates of arrival and departure, check villa availability and prices on our website and get extra bonuses with direct reservation.