August can be an excellent time to visit Phuket, Thailand’s largest island located in the Andaman Sea.
While it is still very much in “rainy season“, visitors can still enjoy plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures throughout the month, with a fair degree of humidity thrown in.
As tourism activity is in low season, visitors can expect to enjoy fewer crowds, lower prices, and a more relaxed atmosphere. August is a great time to experience Phuket’s natural beauty, with the lush green landscapes and crystal-clear waters making for an idyllic tropical setting.
Whether you’re looking to explore the island’s stunning beaches, indulge in the local cuisine and culture, or try your hand at some water sports, there’s something for everyone in Phuket in August.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at why August is a great time to visit Phuket and highlight some of the top activities and attractions to check out while you’re there.
Average Climate in Phuket in August
August is one of the wettest months in Phuket, with an average rainfall of 270mm. The temperature during the day can still reach up to 31°C, with an average high of 29°C. The nights are slightly cooler with an average low of 25°C.
The humidity is high, averaging around 80%, making it feel quite sticky and uncomfortable at times. The sea temperature remains warm, around 28-29°C, making it ideal for swimming and water activities.
Despite the rain, August can be a good time to visit Phuket for those who prefer less crowded beaches and lower accommodation prices.
Phuket Festivals and Events in August
Here are some interesting festivals and events that happen in Phuket in August:
- Queen’s Birthday: August 12th is the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the queen consort of Thailand. This day is a national holiday in Thailand, and there are celebrations throughout Phuket, including parades, fireworks, and cultural performances.
- Asarnha Bucha and Buddhist Lent Day: This religious holiday takes place in July or early August and marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent. It is celebrated with candlelit processions and other rituals at temples throughout Phuket. (1 & 2 August 2023)
- Phuket Pride Festival: Held annually in August, the Phuket Gay Festival is a celebration of the LGBT community in Phuket. It includes a range of events, such as dance parties, beach parties, and cultural performances. (2023 dates TBC)
What to do in Phuket in August
It’s important to note whatever plans you make for August in Phuket, be prepared with a plan B!
Whilst you can definitely still arrange day excursions and outdoor activities, you may want to play it by ear on the weekly weather forecast to plan the perfect day for an outing and when an indoor activity may be preferred. Why not try:
- A day trip around the cultural side of Phuket. Start with a guided tour of Phuket Old Town, then tour Wat Chalong and finish with a visit to Big Buddha.
- Take a splash at the thrilling new water park Andamanda.
- Hire a private driver and choose up to seven activities from a list of 30 options with this great one-day package deal (available on Get Your Guide).
- Plan an educational visit to one of Phuket’s ethical elephant sanctuaries.
- Rainy Day? Head to Central and the new Aquaria Phuket underwater experience
- Capture the sunset at one of the island’s beautiful view points.
A Note On Swimming At The Beach In Phuket During Wet Season
Swimming on Phuket’s beaches during the wet season (May-October) is generally not recommended due to the strong waves, currents, and occasional rough weather. Pay attention to the red warning flags posted at beaches and follow lifeguards’ instructions.
Some beaches may be closed to swimming during certain times due to safety concerns. However, some beaches in Phuket are still protected from rougher waters and may be safe to swim in during the wet season, such as Kata Noi Beach and Kamala Beach.
It is always best to exercise caution and stay informed about the local conditions when swimming at the beach in Phuket in August.
What To Wear In Phuket In August
Being prepared for the likelihood of frequent rain showers and occasional thunderstorms, you will want to think about adding these items to your packing list for August travel to Phuket:
- Waterproof footwear: Choose waterproof shoes that can handle wet and slippery surfaces. Flip-flops and sandals can be slippery and uncomfortable during heavy rain.
- Light layers: Wear light layers that can be easily removed or added depending on the weather. Consider packing a lightweight rain jacket or poncho to keep you dry during unexpected downpours.
- Quick-drying clothing: Choose clothing made from quick-drying fabrics, such as polyester or nylon. This will allow you to stay comfortable even if you get caught in the rain.
- Mosquito-repellent clothing: During the rainy season, mosquito activity is higher, and it’s important to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Consider wearing clothing treated with mosquito repellent, such as permethrin, or spray mosquito repellent on your clothing and skin.
- Umbrella: Carry a compact and lightweight umbrella with you at all times to protect yourself from the rain.
- Waterproof bag: Use a waterproof bag or backpack to protect your belongings from the rain.
Remember that during the rainy season, the humidity level can be high, and temperatures can still be warm. Choose lightweight and breathable clothing that can keep you cool and comfortable in the heat and humidity.
We still wouldn’t scrimp on packing your beach vacation essentials too, including sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and sun protective swimwear. Although the UV index is lower in the rainy season, you can still burn after exposure to the sun’s rays in August.
© Mama Loves Phuket 2023