October in Phuket is trailing towards the end of the rainy season. It is still, however, considered a relatively wet month following the monsoonal rains in September. The last rains of the season, combined with low season prices make October a great time to visit Phuket. As do the fewer crowds and lower airfares. See you soon?
October in Phuket – What to expect?
October in Phuket continues to enjoy a warm, tropical climate with monsoon winds and short, sometimes heavy, bursts of rain. On average, the rainfall in October is 305 mm, an improvement in September, but still relatively wet. With around 19 days of rain, those lush greens are as vivid as ever. If you love a bit of a surf, it’s also a great time.
In October, you can expect partly rainy days for the first couple of weeks, strong winds may be present and the occasional thunderstorm. However, it’s worth mentioning that a rainy forecast in Phuket often means it may rain at some stage during the day.
So far in my four month stay here, including over September, the wettest month, there have only been a handful of days with constant rain. It’s more likely that a rainy forecast will include some rain and some sunshine on the day. This makes Phuket and Thailand an ideal destination at any time.
The humidity is high in October, as is common in the rainy season, this can make the falling rain and breeze feel like a welcome friend. The southwest monsoon continues to pass by and average rainfall in the month is around 305 mm.
Overnight temperatures can drop to a comfortable 24 degrees C. During the day, it’s usually not far removed from 30 degrees C. On average, 7 hours of sun a day can make for a great holiday.
Water temperatures at around 28 degrees C make for ideal and pleasurable bathing conditions. Kata and Karon beaches can provide hours of fun in the waves during the rainy season for aspiring surfers, as the surf is prevailed by the monsoonal flow. Surfing is done in gusty, onshore conditions. In October, wave size and swells increase, surfing can be messy, but it sure is a whole lot of fun.
Remember, with strong currents at times, always listen to lifeguard instructions when enjoying our Phuket beaches.
October in Phuket – What to pack?
Locals and returning travelers love the ‘green’ or rainy season. If you don’t mind a bit of rain, you will too. In October, you can appreciate the chilled-out vibe of the island as crowds are fewer and hotel prices remain competitive. Despite the rainy days, Phuket provides an abundance of activities both in and out of the water, no matter the weather.
Pack light when traveling to Thailand. With consistently warm weather, think long, flowing, cooling pants, tops or dresses. The only difference is that in October, it might be a good idea to pack a light rain jacket. While the plastic ponchos you can buy very cheap here at 7Eleven and many other shops, it can help to have proper wet weather protection. This is especially helpful if you’re planning to ride a scooter around the island.
A burst of heavy rain can be appear very suddenly in paradise. A hat, sunscreen and a good book wouldn’t go astray either. Although, the shopping is so great in Phuket that you can likely purchase anything you may need or have forgotten.
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See you in paradise!