Health and weather infos, Phuket
Favorite thing: Phuket has a different weather system than in Northern Thailand. There are basically two seasons here, the rainy season that starts earlier, from may to october and hence is the lean season and the hot season from november to april and is the peak season to visit Phuket and Southern Thailand and it coincides with winter in the Northern Hemisphere that is why lots of Western and East European Tourists go here in the winter months. The average temperatures here is 24 to 34 degrees celsius (80 to 90 degrees fahrenheit) during the hot season and 23 to 31 degrees celsius (74 to 91 degrees fahrenheit during the hot season). Rainy season here is not as intense and it the typhoon belt areas of the philippines, vietnam or cambodia and rains here are just drizzles.
It may rain during the "dry" season, however, when it does during this time it usually only rains for 15-30 minutes and then stops and everyone goes about their business. And a lot of the times it rains at night. March and April are really, normally , dry seasons and very hot. A little rain is usually welcome to cool things off.
You should also not be concerned about a bamboo bungalow leaking, should you find one. Any accomodations you find will not leak. You will be there during the driest time of the year, and as I said before, that doesn't mean it doesn't rain at all.
Just go and enjoy, rain will be the least of your concerns! You'll have fun.
Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate. It's warm all year 'round, but the two periods of April-May and September-October are the hottest. The September-October period is also the wettest.
The best time to visit Phuket is during the cool North-East monsoon season, from November though March, when it isn't so humid, and the cool breezes keep things comfortable. The average temperature is around 75ºF to 89ºF (24ºC to 32ºC).
The hottest time is from April through May, with temperatures ranging from 80ºF to 95ºF (27ºC to 36ºC). There are frequent short heavy thundery showers, offering welcome relief from the temperature and humidity. The Thai New Year occurs on April 13th and everyone sprinkles (or throws) cool water on each other. No wonder!
Locals enjoy June, July and August, since the weather is usually fine and the favourite haunts remain uncrowded. The usual pattern is brief but heavy showers, with plenty of sunshine between downpours. Everything is a little less expensive at this time of year, as well. Temperatures range between 70ºF and 90ºF (20ºC to 33ºC).
During September and early October, locals start to remember their umbrellas. This makes an ideal time to visit abroad. One consolation for those who remain is that the beaches, outdoor restaurants and streets are relatively uncluttered by visitors. And even at this time, Phuket still gets long intervals of sunshine between the heavy showers. Anyway, plenty of lowseason activities, both water- and land-based, still offer themselves on Phuket during this wettest part of the summer season.
Fondest memory: I miss the beach, the massage, the people and Phuket FantaSea! I will definitely come here again. :-)
Historically, there are windows of clear weather even during the dastardly May-Oct monsoon season.
See this archive link to WindGuru.
You would agree that there are two windows of clear weather. That would be the last week of May just before Jun begins and the last week of Jun to the first week of Jul.
So go ahead, take advantage of the low rates for this time for the best resorts available.
However, please note that past data is not entirely accurate to predict future trends. Use the data at your own risk.
For information about the weather in Phuket at any time of the year, Alex Malcolm, who lives at Patong has created a website which documents the daily weather for the current month so you can see what the conditions have been like running up to your trip. He also has average temperatures, rainfall etc for every month of the year.
There is also a lot of other useful information on his site including exchange rates and motorbike/jeep rentals. Check it before you go.
Weather and Information
For weather forecasts including sunrise, sunset, moon phases, storms and marine reports, check; Weather Forecasts
If you get ill in Phuket, do not worry about the standards of the hospitals. The Bangkok Hospital in Phuket is the best hospital I've ever been to. It leaves Australia's hospitals looking like they belong in a third world country. Services are very cheap and you can pick up your prescriptions when you pay your bill, so it's also very convenient.
The efficiency, professionalism, resources, friendliness and understanding is amazing. Everything happens on the spot. For instance, I was suffering abdominal problems and attended the hospital without an appointment. I was checked in to see a gynaecologist and while I was waiting the 20 minutes to see her, I was seen by a nurse who took my blood pressure, weight and checked allergies etc. Within 1.5 hours I had been admitted, seen the gynaecologist, had an internal ultrasound, pregnancy test (in the gyno's room - by the gyno), had medicine prescribed, had my allergy injection with a nurse, picked up my medications and paid my bill which was under 2,000 baht! You can't get that in Australia! They even drive you back to your car when you have finished. Five star alright!
There are 12 different health centres within the hospital. The dermatology and dental clinics are renown for their services. Check the website for full details.
Upstairs there is a tsunami memorial and some information about the charity they support which is interesting to see, so if you're waiting for someone else, or have time, go and check it out.
24 hour emergency contact number: 076 25 44 25
Favorite thing: Phuket has a tropical monsoon climate so it could be fine weather one moment and totally raining buckets the next! I took this picture of my daughter by the pool. One moment she was applying sun tan cream and preparing for a snooze in the sun, the next she was cold and standing in 2 inches of water! As we run for our room we had to avoid dozens of little frogs that had coming out of hiding. We spent the next hour on the porch of our room watching the storm - it was great! When the sun did reappear the air came alive with the sounds of birds, frog and insects who must view the rain as a welcome relief.
Favorite thing: our case is to travel between 22/7 and 27/7/2005. Although it is rainy season, the rains only came to us on the first day of arrival. The second day is cloudly but no rains. The days afterwards were having hurting sun.
Phuket is free of Malaria (for the Rest of Thailand check a health page, the risks are differeing from nothing to mediate to high).
Prepare for the stay:
These immunisations are advised for everyone:
Diphtherie , Tetanus , Hepatitis A
In special situations (help workers etc.) the Rabies , Japan. Enzephalitis
Yellowfever: if you come from an endemic country you have to have the shots and proof for it.
Bird Flu: This can be dangerous for humans, too. Anyway, the risk for tourists getting infected is very, very Low. Keep away from chickens and water birds (like on farms or markets). To eat chicken meat is no problem if it is cooked or grilled.
To have a shot against the normal flu is no protection against bird flu, so it is not necessary to make this. If you worry, ask the doctor for Tamiflu(R), this should also help against this virus.
Thailands hospitals are quite good (especially those in touristic places). They also have well equipped pharmacys.
Take the medication with you that you normally need.
Fondest memory: Tsunami update:
don´t worry about what rumors you may have heard.
In Thailand there was never a health problem after the tsunami
You can also (still) eat anything without any problems.
Here I would like to list important telephone numbers, which, I hope, you will not need, but which can be useful in a case of emergency:
Tourist Police 1699
Marine Police 076 211 833
Phuket Provincial Police 076 210 935
Bangkok Phuket Hospital 076 254 425
Phuket International Hospital 076 210 935
FOR LOST CREDIT CARDS:
American Express 02 273 0022-44
Diners Club 02 238 3660, 5775-6
Master and Visa 02 299 1990-2, 02 273 4489
Fondest memory: I wish you a great holiday without any emergencies!
One hopes never needs a doctor, but you're more likely to get sick when in holiday than at home because of the heat, different food, air conditioning etc.
Luckily in Phuket there are good hospitals and medical facilities. Good hospitals are :
Bangkok Phuket Hospital (also dental clinic)
Mission Hospital (careful doctors)
All in Phuket town.
For not serious diseases there are various clinic in the beach villages.
If you go to places like Phuket, sunny days is all that matters. November to March is the dry season, with not-too-hot weather. April and May is the hottest season with limited rainfalls. Wet season starts in June till October.
I went in March, no rain at all, all sunny days, the local even told me that they haven't had rain for almost 3 months. But the problem is the cloud. Can't get very good look at the sunset. Otherwise it's fine.
Another consideration would be the cost. The price of the accomodation drop tremandously in low season (during may and Oct), and so is the number of tourists in there.
The down side is, you may be trapped in bad weather for the whole time u stayed there.