June is a wonderful time to visit Phuket, Thailand’s largest island located in the Andaman Sea. While it is technically considered the start of the rainy season, the weather in June is still very pleasant, with plenty of sunny patches thrown in and occasional rainfall.
As the island enters the low season, visitors can enjoy lower prices and fewer crowds, making it the perfect time to experience Phuket’s natural beauty and unique culture. Whether you’re looking to relax on the pristine beaches or explore the island’s vibrant nightlife and local markets, there’s something for everyone in Phuket in June.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at why June can still be 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 June
By June, you’ll be experiencing rainy season in Phuket, which runs from May to October. The average temperature during this month is around 28°C (82°F), with highs reaching up to 31°C (88°F) and lows around 25°C (77°F).
The humidity is quite high, hovering around 80%, making it feel much hotter than it actually is. The sea temperature is warm and pleasant, averaging around 29°C (84°F), making it ideal for water activities, though the waters may be too rough for swimming some days.
June is also one of the wettest months in Phuket, with an average of 220mm (8.7 inches) of rainfall throughout the month. However, the rain typically comes in short, heavy bursts rather than prolonged downpours, so it’s still possible to enjoy outdoor activities in between showers.
Although the summer equinox falls in June, and you have the most hours of daylight, it’s the month with the least sunshine hours in Phuket, where overcast skies are the norm.
If your aim in coming to Thailand is to sunbathe, June isn’t the month for you. However, the island’s lush greenery is at its peak during this time, and it’s a great time to visit if you’re looking for a quieter and more relaxed experience, as it’s considered the low season for tourism.
Phuket Festivals and Events in June
Here are some interesting festivals and events that happen in Phuket in June:
- Laguna Phuket International Marathon: This popular marathon attracts runners from around the world. The event features multiple race distances, including a full marathon, a half marathon, and a fun run (10-11 June 2023)
- Phuket Baba Wedding: This unique event celebrates the island’s traditional Peranakan Chinese culture and features a mock wedding ceremony where couples dress in traditional attire and participate in various customs and rituals. Hosted by the Thai Peranakan Association in Phuket Old Town, the event sees Thalang Road colourfully decorated. (2023 date TBC)
- H.M. the Queen’s Birthday: Marked annually on 10 June
- Por Tor Festival: Also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, this Taoist event takes place in late June and honours the ancestors. It involves food, flowers, and incense offerings at shrines and temples and a colourful street procession. (2023 date TBC)
- Phuket Surf Contest: Whilst June might not be ideal for swimming in Phuket, it’s perfect for catching the waves in this annual international events (23-25 June 2023).
- Full Moon Festival: Celebrated on the full moon day of the sixth lunar month (usually in June or July), this festival involves lighting lanterns, releasing paper boats into the sea, and other traditional customs. It is especially popular in the beach areas of Phuket, where visitors can enjoy a range of entertainment and activities. (2023, this will fall 1 July)
Things To Do With Kids In Phuket In June
As we see Phuket reach full swing of rainy season, it’s highly likely you’re going to need to organise a few back-up plans for those rainy days. Why no try:
- Make a visit to Aquaria Phuket for a fabulous adventure under the sea while staying completely dry! Central Phuket Floresta
- Take some silly selfies at Upside Down House
- Froggys Fun Park has everything from arcade games to giant trampolines for an active day out indoors, at Jungceylon Shopping Centre, Patong.
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 due to the strong waves and currents and occasional rough weather. It is important to 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 June.
What To Wear In Phuket In June
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 June 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 and there’s a lot of cloud cover, the UV index is still considered very high in June in Phuket.
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