October can be a wonderful time to visit Phuket – or a washout! Phuket experiences its heaviest rainfalls of the year during October as the rainy season comes to an end.
Visitors can enjoy lower prices, fewer crowds, and a more relaxed atmosphere, making it the perfect time to explore all that Phuket has to offer; though not all attractions may be open.
October 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.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at why October 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 October
October is still part of the rainy season in Phuket, but the amount of rain decreases as the month progresses.
The average temperature in Phuket in October ranges from 24°C (75°F) to 31°C (88°F), with high humidity levels averaging around 85%. The sea temperature in Phuket during October is around 29°C (84°F), making it ideal for swimming and other water activities, though waters may still be a little rough.
Phuket receives an average of 240mm of rainfall during October, but the rains are generally shorter and less intense than in the earlier months of the season. You will just have long days of grey skies; on the plus side, the UV Index is lower than at other times of year.
Overall, October is a great time to visit Phuket if you want to avoid the peak season crowds and enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere, with some good chances of sunny and dry days between rainy spells.
Phuket Festivals and Events in October
Here are some interesting festivals and events that happen in Phuket in October:
- Phuket Vegetarian Festival: The Vegetarian Festival is a major event in Phuket and takes place in October. It is a traditional Chinese festival celebrated by the Chinese community in Phuket, who abstain from meat during the ninth lunar month. It involves colourful processions, firewalking ceremonies, and other displays of spiritual devotion. (2023 event will be from 15 to 24 October)
- We’re still working on our list for this year as we see what events are returning post-COVID!
What To Wear In Phuket In October
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 October 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 at the tail end of the rainy season, you can still burn after exposure to the sun’s rays in October.
Remember to dress appropriately when 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.
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