Phuket in July: Weather, Events & What to Expect in Rainy Season

by Mama Loves Phuket

Surprisingly, July can be a fantastic time to visit Phuket. While it is considered the rainy season, visitors can still enjoy plenty of sunny days and warm temperatures, with occasional rainfall providing a welcome relief from the heat.

As the island enjoys low season, visitors can also enjoy lower prices, fewer crowds, and a more relaxed atmosphere, making it the perfect time to explore all Phuket offers.

Whether you’re looking to soak up the sun on the stunning beaches or indulge in the vibrant nightlife and local culture, there’s something for everyone in Phuket in July.

In this post, we’ll examine why July is a great time to visit Phuket and highlight some of the top activities and attractions to check out while you’re there.

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Average Climate in Phuket in July

Phuket experiences its wettest and one of the hottest months in July. The average temperature in Phuket in July ranges from 25°C (77°F) to 31°C (88°F). The humidity level is high, with an average of 84%, making it feel hotter than it actually is. The sea temperature is warm and pleasant, averaging around 29°C (84°F), making it perfect for water activities.

July is part of the monsoon season in Phuket, which means it receives high rainfall. The average rainfall in July is around 260mm, with around 19 rainy days. Heavy showers can occur suddenly and frequently but usually do not last all day.

It is essential to pack a raincoat or umbrella when going out, as well as quick-drying clothes and shoes. Despite the rainfall, Phuket remains a popular destination for visitors in July, with its beautiful beaches, lush tropical scenery, and vibrant nightlife.

Phuket Festivals and Events in July

July is a quieter month when it comes to celebrations in Phuket. Here are some interesting festivals and events that happen in Phuket in July:

  • Phuket Surf Contest: Whilst June might not be ideal for swimming in Phuket, it’s perfect for catching the waves in this annual international event, which will be held this year at Surin Beach (3-5 July 2024).
  • H.M. the King’s Birthday – Held annually on July 28 (July 29, 2024 in lieu)
  • 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. (20 July 2024 – Govt Holiday 22 July)

NB Note that over religious holidays, ‘dry days’ can occur with no alcohol sales. This year, we’re advised that this will take effect from midnight on 19 July, ending 11.59 on 20 July 2024.

A Note On Swimming At The Beach In Phuket During Wet Season

Swimming at Phuket’s beaches during the wet season (May-October) is generally not recommended for children due to the strong waves and currents and occasional rough weather. Pay attention to the red warning flags posted at beaches and follow lifeguards’ instructions. Rips can be hard to spot for the untrained eye, so trust local knowledge.

Surin beach phuket in July
Red flags up at Surin Beach, though many do continue to swim despite rough surf conditions in the Andaman Sea

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.

The poisonous Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfish can also be frequently spotted along the Andaman Sea coast during monsoon season – heed signage and local warnings.

It is always best to exercise caution and stay informed about the local conditions when swimming at the beach in Phuket in July.

Things To Do With Kids In Phuket In July

With the rainy season in full swing, yet a popular holiday time for those in the northern hemisphere and Australian school holidays too, July continues to be a busy time for families seeking an escape to tropical Phuket.

As you’ll likely encounter some rainy days, here are some indoor venues to consider adding to your July itinerary:

  • Make a visit to Aquaria Phuket (Central Phuket Floresta) for a fabulous adventure under the sea while staying completely dry! Or, if you’re staying to the islands south, Phuket Aquarium, Cape Panwa.
  • Take some silly selfies at Upside Down House or the 3D Museum Phuket
  • Jungceylon Shopping Centre in Patong makes a good indoor escape, not just shopping and dining, you’ll find Froggys Fun Park which has everything from arcade games to giant trampolines in your littles need an active day indoors.

We have a complete guide to Phuket rainy day activities over here.

July is, surprisingly, a good time to visit one of the ethical elephant sanctuaries in Phuket. Although it could be a little soggy underfoot, elephants love playing in the rain, so it can be a wonderful time to observe the gentle giants at play – we recommend you take the skywalk tour at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary for the best chance you’ll stay dry!

We’ve also heard our favourite water park venue, Blue Tree Lagoon, will be closing at the end of July 2024, so this could be your last opportunity for thrill-seeking kids to enjoy this fun water sports venue.

What To Wear In Phuket In July

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 July 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 the humidity level can be high during the rainy season, and temperatures can still be warm. Choose lightweight, breathable clothing that keeps 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 it’s rainy season, the UV index is still considered very high in July in Phuket.

If you will be visiting temples or other religious sites in Phuket, it’s essential to dress modestly and cover your shoulders and knees in these places – we talk more about dress code here.

If you’ve forgotten any of your packing essentials, rest assured there are plenty of places you can go shopping in Phuket to pick up supplies.

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