Famed for being among the finest beach destinations in the world, Phuket is paradise on Earth with its glittering white sands, azure waters, lush green swaying palm trees, and the lively hustle of towns. From architectural marvels reeking of colonial vibes to islands full of locals, Phuket is a destination like no other. Because of the pleasing weather in August, tourist traction to Phuket increases as compared to the summers but is still low compared to the peak season of November to March. Be it the pleasant weather, or engaging in adventuresome water sports or indulging in the Thai cuisine with an exceptional blend of spices, Phuket is action-packed. Take a look at this guide to make sure you are well equipped with all the necessary information of what goes on in Phuket in August and have an extraordinary time on your holiday!

Weather in Phuket in August

Situated on the Andaman Sea, the island of Phuket enjoys a typical tropical climate - making it warm and humid all year round. August lies within the monsoon season of Phuket.
  • Being near to the equator warm temperatures remain all year around. The average temperature in August is 28 degrees celsius that sits between the average high and low of 25 degrees celsius and 31 degrees celsius.
  • The heavy, humid air coming from the Indian Ocean brings along with it the rains in Phuket. The average rainfall in August is 275 mm that falls over 19 days.
The island sees only six hours of sunshine per day and water temperatures of 28 degrees celsius. The humidity is at a high of 85% but the cooling breezes make it not only bearable but pleasant.

Places to Visit in Phuket in August

Phuket has a place for all ages, group sizes and weather. In spite of the rains, tourists can enjoy the many beaches, attractions and cultural experience at Phuket. Many travelers visit the island this month to experience its nightlife and spend days lazing on the beach after the morning rains. One needs to be cautious of the beaches as some of them are in direct influence of the monsoon. You must pay attention to the flags on the beach to stay safe. Here are a few places you can visit during your holiday.
  1. Coral Island

    Coral Island

  2. Take a trip to Coral Island! It is located to the south of Phuket and is known for being a great spot for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and parasailing. The island has a few white sand beaches that remain open during the monsoon while the main beach on the island is called Long Beach and is a busy spot. You can take a banana boat ride here or snorkel around the coral reefs for which the island is famous.

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  3. Suwan Kiri Wong Temple

    Suwan Kiri Wong Temple

  4. If you are someone who appreciates and likes to explore the local heritage and architecture while on a holiday, you need to visit the Suwan Kiri Wong Temple in Patong. This temple is a majestic set of graceful buildings that are beautified with the skillfully done intricate artwork. The main temple is three stories high and has many lovely scenes depicted on stone pillars inside.

  5. Chinpracha House

    Chinpracha House

  6. Yet another beautiful building on the island is the Chinpracha House and museum. It was originally built in 1904 and was left incomplete for 3 years henceforth. It is among the list of National Heritage Buildings and is the quintessential example of a Sino Portuguese mansion. It was originally built as a private house but is now a museum that showcases what the homes were like in the early 1900s. A small koi fish pond is in the inner courtyard and all the rooms of the building look onto the courtyard and atrium.

Things to do in Phuket in August

While Phuket has innumerous activities running all throughout the year, the monsoon season on the island allows you to enjoy the indoors as much as the serne outdoors. You can spend your time by relaxing on the beaches, shopping at malls or by trying out surfing at different beaches which becomes famous at this time of the year due to higher and stronger tides. While the activities and beaches that run year long are always available for you to try and experience, here are a few things you can do in Phuket in August on a rainy day.
  1. Play at Game Space

  2. Located on Bangla Road in Patong Beach, Game Space is the place to be on a rainy day! The place has a lot of games and virtual reality rides that you can enjoy for hours and hours together. It is very popular at night and kids will love it too! It is a fun place to spend your time on a rainy day.

  3. Go Ice skating in Ice Arena

  4. Ice Arena is an excellent place to spend a few hours and is located behind the Villa Market at the Boat Lagoon near Phuket Town. Ice Arena offers its visitors a bunch of classes and training to pick from, but usually people only like to spend a couple of hours here. One must remember to wear something warm inside the rink as it gets cold and the otherwise tropical weather of the island may fool you to think otherwise. You can enjoy ice skating at a price of 590 Baht per hour per person, including renting the skates. The practice penguin comes for an additional cost of 250 Baht per hour. Location: Boat Lagoon Amphoe Muang Phuket, Phuket Timings: 9 AM – 10 PM (Closed for cleaning from 12:00 Noon to 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM to 03:00 PM and 06:00 PM to 7:00 PM)

  5. Surfing at West Coast of Phuket

    Surfing at West Coast of Phuket

  6. The low season is the best time for surfers in Phuket. The strong south western winds result in stronger and higher waves that makes it a great time for surfing. Kata and Kalim beaches are considered to be one of the best in Phuket. At times, surfers are able to catch three meter long waves! The beach is enjoyable by both beginners as well as advanced surfers. Few other beaches like Kamala beach offer very gentle waves in the southern region that are very good for beginners while the central section is suitable for well-skilled surfers with high waves.

What to Pack and Carry

While there are plenty of things to do and places to visit in the monsoon season of the island, an unexpected downpour can mess with your plans. For the same reasons, we recommend you pack the following with you when in Phuket in the month of August.


1. Umbrellas and raincoats may come in handy whenever you are out there, basking in the tropical frenzy of Phuket and will help you remain stress free in case of unexpected showers.

2. Carry an extra pair of clothes in case you do end up getting drenched in the rains

3. Sunblock is essential irrespective of weather and especially if you are planning to spend time on the beach.

4. In case you do plan to go to the Ice Arena carry something warm to avoid feeling cold.

5. Last but not the least, do not let the monsoon scare you! Pack your beachwear to enjoy the quintessential attractions in Phuket- its beaches!

How to Reach Phuket

Phuket is a very well-connected island with the rest of the world. The quickest means of commuting to the white pearl island is by taking a flight. While Phuket can be reached from other parts of Thailand by road, there are no direct trains that connect it to other cities yet.

By Air: Phuket International Airport connects both international and domestic flights from and to Phuket. Many countries like India, Germany, Australia, Singapore as well as Malaysia are directly connected to Phuket by air. Since this is not the peak season for Phuket, you can grab cheap deals for air tickets.

By Road: There are A/C and Non A/C buses that are easily available and one can avail a bus from Bangkok, Surat Thani, Krabi, Phang Na and other similar areas of Thailand. Thailand also has a well-linked road network for localites and travelers alike that makes intra-city travel convenient and pocket friendly.

The monsoon season in Phuket in August does not seem to deter any tourists visiting the area. The island has something for every kind of traveler - solo to thrill-seekers which makes Phuket truly paradisiacal. The pleasant weather, opportunity to engage in water sports, remarkable experiences, and some of the most breathtakingly beautiful attractions is what makes Phuket what it is. At this time of the year, the island is more peaceful and greener; the traffic on the roads is a lot smoother and overall everything is cheaper too giving tourists plenty of reasons to give it a try even during its low season!