November – February
The period between November to February is usually known as Phuket’s “high season” and most ideal for vacation. At this time the weather is warm, it is sunny, the sea is calm but the heat is not suffocating. Rain is low during this period but is known to fall at times. Unlike other countries or islands, when it rains during this period it is usually short-lived and can be as little as 10 minutes a day. The rain is usually most welcome, warm and brings a pleasant sensation of freshness and coolness.
In November, Thailand celebrates one of its most beautiful festivals: Loi Kraton, roughly translated as “to float a basket”. This is absolutely extraordinary to experience and highly recommended to tourists. On the night of the full moon, Thai’s launch their krathong (a small leaf container) with small goods or a dessert inside down a river, pond or a canal whilst making a wish. The festival is said to originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to water spirits.
If you wish to experience a little glamour and luxury on your vacation, the Royal Regatta, a one-week event held annually in Phuket is not to be missed. The regatta was initiated in 1987 to celebrate the birthday of the King of Thailand. The event has been held every year since during the first week of December.
January is a great time for shopping lovers as during the period of Christmas there are many discounts and sales. In February, the tourist flow subsides, the weather is however, perfect for a beach holiday and travel through the numerous islands surrounding Phuket. Many guests island hop during this month due to the near perfect weather such as to the Similan Islands, Krabi and Phi Phi Island which await enthusiasts of white beaches, see monkeys and those who wish to snorkel in crystal clear waters.
A tip: high season in Phuket becomes busy with tourists therefore making many accommodations fully booked, it is better to book in advance to avoid any disappointment.