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What to do in Phuket when it rains?

June 23, 2013

Rainy season does have its pros. Less crowded, breathable, refreshing. This was my mantra for the 3 days of a birthday getaway to Phuket last weekend. So, what do you do in Phuket if you go in May-October and if it rains?

Internet kindly suggested us to:

1. Rent a bike if you’re a confident driver and explore the island. The rain coats are very cheap and sold everywhere plus you get a legal excuse to stop at a random cafe and wait through the heavy rain.
2. Get a massage
3. Sign up for a cooking class
4. (the funniest advise I saw in one of the blogs) Go to Kuala Lumpur.

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What happened to us was we went for a long weekend and the first day it rained all the time.

We rented a bike and slowly drove around. Going from Karon/Kata to Phuket Town takes roughly 20 minutes and the road was ok. I read so many posts about how dangerous biking is in Phuket so was very very cautious about it. Anton is a confident experienced driver and it was low season, for us it was perfectly fine. Just one thing. The rent is average 250 baht for a “small” scooter and 500 for a big one. Well.. It was fun riding the bigger one but we took the 250 one for the remaining two days. And one more thing. They would ask for either your passport as a deposit (yeah, right) or 1000 baht. We gave $200 and it was ok.

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The other two days I somehow manifested good weather so it was not raining the whole day, rather just a couple of times per day. It was fresh, breathable, reminded of the European early Autumns.

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Tip 1. Don’t swim in Karon beach. One wise diving instructor said it’s not safe.

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Tip 2. Go to Rawai beach and go to the left to the fisherman street – get some fish and take it next door to the BBQ bar – they’ll cook it the way you prefer and so delicious!

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Tip 3. Be good to yourself. Have some seafood that you would never otherwise allow yourself.

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Tip 4. Discover hidden gems – cafe’s, shops, hidden beaches – allow to be surprised!

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Share your adventure with others – send some postcards. I try to always send at least 3 or 4 postcards on each trip.

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Want me to send you one from my next destination? Leave your address in the comments below or  in a private message.

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And as always, stay tuned – I’m preparing some more interesting posts for you :-)

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  • Nataliia

    Olchik, it’s always interesting to read your posts! Please keep writing! :)
    And i would also like to receive a postcard from your next trip ;) my address Schäftlarnstr.138, 81371 Munich
    Thanks!

    • Spasibo bol’shoe! Address noted ;-)

  • Nataliia

    Olchik, it’s always interesting to read your posts! Please keep writing! :)
    And i would also like to receive a postcard from your next trip ;) my address Schäftlarnstr.138, 81371 Munich
    Thanks!

    • Spasibo bol’shoe! Address noted ;-)

  • Thank you for this post! It was so helpful :) I’m going to Phuket in a view weeks, so I’m expecting some rain as well. Do you remember where the plave with the elephants is?? It looks amazing!

    • Hi Jule! Thank you! That’s the Prom Thep Cape Elephant Shrine, it’s at the viewpoint all the way down to the South of the island, any big road would have signs to it, it’s a big sight. Hope the weather is great when you visit (a friend just came back from Phuket and the weather was much better than 3 weeks ago). Enjoy your trip :-)

  • Thank you for this post! It was so helpful :) I’m going to Phuket in a view weeks, so I’m expecting some rain as well. Do you remember where the plave with the elephants is?? It looks amazing!

    • Hi Jule! Thank you! That’s the Prom Thep Cape Elephant Shrine, it’s at the viewpoint all the way down to the South of the island, any big road would have signs to it, it’s a big sight. Hope the weather is great when you visit (a friend just came back from Phuket and the weather was much better than 3 weeks ago). Enjoy your trip :-)

      • Thank you Olya! You saved my trip :) I hope it doesn’t get worse again with the weather. I heard September is the worst month!

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