Phuket, Thailand: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Phuket, Thailand? If you're planning to go to Phuket, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Phuket, Thailand

Based on the climate and weather in Phuket, the best time to go is February. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Phuket, Thailand by month

January

January here is constantly hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion

February

If you vacation in Phuket during February, you are likely to find that it is constantly hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Dresses

March

If you go to Phuket in March, you will notice that it can be very hot. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts

April

In April, Phuket is consistently hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Phuket, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses

May

If you go to Phuket in May, you will notice that it is consistently hot and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Skirts

June

In June, Phuket is extremely hot. Temperatures routinely are in the 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Phuket, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Sandals

July

Traveling to Phuket in July, you will notice that it is extremely hot. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage

August

If you visit Phuket during August, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage

September

If you visit Phuket during September, you are likely to find that it is hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion

October

If you are traveling to Phuket in October, you will notice that it is really hot. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts

November

November in Phuket is consistently hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat

December

If you vacation in Phuket during December, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Phuket, Thailand

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Phuket, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, B, C and O
  • A SIM card that works in Phuket
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch

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