September can be an interesting time to visit Phuket, Thailand’s largest island located in the Andaman Sea.
While it is still considered the rainy season, visitors can expect plenty of sunny days and warm temperatures throughout the month. As the island is in low season, visitors can enjoy lower prices, fewer crowds, and a more relaxed atmosphere, making it the perfect time to explore all Phuket offers.
September 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 relax on the stunning beaches, indulge in the local cuisine and culture, or try some water sports, there’s something for everyone in Phuket in September.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at why September 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 September
September is still considered in the midst of the rainy season in Phuket, Thailand. The weather is generally warm and humid, with rain showers throughout the month.
Average temperatures range from around 24°C (75°F) to 31°C (88°F), with high humidity levels averaging around 82%. The sea temperature is warm and pleasant for swimming, averaging around 29°C (84°F).
Rainfall is fairly consistent throughout the month. The second heaviest rain if the year, you can expect 332mm of rain on average in September.
Overall, September can be a good time to visit Phuket as the crowds are smaller and accommodation prices are generally lower than the peak season. However, visitors should still be prepared for some rainfall and occasional thunderstorms.
Phuket Festivals and Events in September
Here are some interesting festivals and events that happen in Phuket in September:
- Vegetarian Festival: The Vegetarian Festival is a popular annual event held in Phuket in September or October (the start of the 9th Chinese lunar month). It is a traditional Chinese festival celebrating the Chinese community’s belief in abstinence from meat during the ninth lunar month. The festival lasts for 9 days and involves elaborate processions, street parades, and rituals that showcase a range of firewalking and self-mutilation performances.
- Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival: This is a traditional Chinese festival that takes place in September or October. It is a time when offerings of food and gifts are made at local shrines and temples to appease the spirits of ancestors who are believed to come back to visit the living during this time.
A Note On Swimming At The Beach In Phuket During Wet Season
It is not advisable to go swimming in the beaches of Phuket during the wet season (May-October) because of the powerful waves and currents, and sometimes harsh weather. To ensure safety, it is essential to take note of the red warning flags placed on the beaches and adhere to the instructions of lifeguards.
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 September.
What To Wear In Phuket In September
Being prepared for the likelihood of frequent rain showers and occasional thunderstorms when visiting Phuket during the wet season. You will want to think about adding these items to your packing list for September 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 the UV index is slightly lower in the rainy season, you can still burn after exposure to the sun’s rays in September.
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.
FAQs About Phuket in September
In all honesty, September is our least-favourite month for planning a trip to Phuket. If you like to visit places without the crowds, September can be a good time, but its when the rain and humidity are reaching their rainy season peak.
The chances of a cloud-free day in September are low. Whilst it may not be raining all day, the sky tends to be fairy overcast in September and the humidity is high leading to a muggy feel.
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