Monday, October 26, 2009

The best time to visit Thailand - Phuket and Southern Thailand (Part 4)

The climate of southern Thailand is greatly influenced by two monsoons, one from India and the other from China and as a result, southern Thailand receives the most rain in the country (2.4 meters per year compared to 1.4 meters in other regions). The rainy season begins in May and lasts until October and, as in other parts of the country, the rain when it comes, arrives in thunderstorms and infrequent bursts of heavy rain. The rest of the time during the rainy season the weather is warm and sunny with some cloudy days.

The beautiful beaches and islands of southern Thailand are the most popular for tourists as outside of the rainy season the weather is hot (averaging 30°C) and sunny with plenty of cooling onshore breezes. Throughout the year the sea temperature is a warm 29°C and swimming and kayaking is popular, however during the rainy season (May to October) the seas can get rough and the currents strong and treacherous, so pay attention to any warning flags, and seek advice before entering the water.

Phuket

Hottest time is March to April – (average maximum temperature 34°C).
Wettest months May to October – (average minimum temperature 25°C).

The best time to visit Phuket and southern Thailand is from November to February.

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