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By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

The tropical island of Phuket is located in the southern part of Thailand, in the Andaman Sea on the west side of the Kra peninsula connecting Thailand and Malaysia. It is linked to the mainland by a bridge, and is therefore accessible not only by aircraft but also by land (422 miles from Bangkok). The biggest island in Thailand with an area of 312 sq mi, it is a province in its own right and the bulk of its income comes from tourism, after having massively expanded its infrastructures during the 80s and 90s. The main town on the island, Phuket Town, is located in the south-east, but is not frequented by foreign visitors. Indeed, with one or two exceptions, almost all of the beaches are concentrated along the west coast. The most visited areas are along the southern part of the coastline (beaches of Patong, Karon and Kata).

To see

Check out: the Khao Phra Thaeo Natural Reserve in the north of the island., the butterfly farm in Thalang, the Similan islands and Ao Phang Nga.

To do

There is an array of seaside activities on offer and Phuket is known for the quality of its diving sites.


  • +  Amazing beaches
  • +  Well connected by land and air
  • +  Well developed infrastructure


  • -  Overcrowded and very touristic, especially in high season
  • -  Urbanisation, often offering few rewards

To think about

Learn a few words words in Thai before leaving; the locals are very warm but people will appreciate the effort you make for them. To start, remember these few words:
"Sawatdee Kaa" (hello if you are a woman)
"Sawatdee Khrab" (hello if you are a man)
"Khorb khun ka" (thank you if you are a woman)
"Khorb khun krub" (thank you if you are a man)

To avoid

There's a good reason why Thailand is nicknamed the 'land of smiles' so don't hesitate to join in - smile! Don't buy counterfeit goods, you'll only get yourself into trouble with customs. Also, avoid visiting during the monsoon - never pleasant for your holiday!

To try

Thai cuisine is known for its finesse and variety. If you are into spicy dishes, you will love the local food, which features a marvellous blend of flavours and scents. Why not try the traditional tom yam soups?

To bring back

The countless little stores will be bursting with a myriad of souvenirs you'll be tempted to bring home with you, and all at dirt cheap prices.

Weather Phuket

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in Phuket . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to Phuket so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in Phuket , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Weather November
Overall rating 52/100
  • Temperature indicators 66% Very hot

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 33°C and 36°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 10% Heavy rain

    Heavy rain - averaging over 4.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 28% Cloudy

    Overcast 60% to 80% cloud cover.

  • Swimming indicators 92% Very pleasant / Optimal

    High air temperature (>24°C), high sea temperature (>24°C), light to moderate winds (between 7 mph and 12 mph).

  • Wind indicators 82% Light breeze / Optimal

    Optimal comfort: optimal wind speed (between 7 mph and 12 mph) in a warm environment (>24°C).

  • Humidity indicators 66% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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