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When is the best time to visit Phuket’s islands?

Phang Nga Bay islands off Phuket
Phang Nga Bay islands off Phuket


From December until April are the ideal times to visit Phuket and its many islands. You will be blessed with mostly blue skies, turquoise waters and powdery, white sand beaches.

Once you’ve explored Phuket’s 32 unique beaches there’s another 30 or so islands to check out, many within an hour’s boat trip of the main island. The adjacent Andaman Sea and Phang Nga Boy is littered with a treasure trove of beautiful spots that have never looked better due to the lack of mass tourism in recent years.

Apart from some of the better know island hops – Phi Phi islands, Hong Islands, Koh Racha group, Similan islands and James Bond Island – there are many, many special beaches and lagoons that are less visited but no less spectacular. For beginners there’s even Coral Island that’s only 15 minutes from Phuket – a great place for families too.

A bit further south, off the Trang coastline, is another trio of beautiful islands – Koh Mook, Koh Ngai and Koh Kradan.

Whilst the December to April ‘high season’ window will offer the calmest weather and the time when there is likely to be little or no rain, there are still many of the islands that are open for a visit throughout the year when air fares and accommodation may be both cheaper and more available.

The annual monsoon, between May and the end of November (approximately) usually brings some rain and higher winds but there are still many, many days of sunshine in amongst the monsoon season weather. The boat tour companies are aware of the weather at this time of the year and will always have a special beach or island to take you to.

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