Thailand has a rainy season that goes from May to October. And some people are put off by this.

But this really shouldn’t worry you, even when you see a forecast that looks like this…

rain forcast

So even if the forecast says “rain every day”, it doesn’t tell you how long the rain will last.

The rain in Thailand is normally a monsoon. What that means is you may experience a one hour storm during the day (or evening). Then the sun comes right out and dries out the street within an hour. These storms are very easy to see coming because you will detect some wind before the rain arrives.

So about that forecast. Here is a picture we took yesterday (Tuesday on the forecast).

another rainy day

To be fair, it did rain that day. I could tell because the deck was wet when I woke up the next morning.

Phuket is a vibrant place to be during the rainy season. We live in Chiang Mai. But we do most of our stays in Phuket during the “rainy” season because the rain helps to keep cool.

I am not saying that it never storms all day in Phuket. Sometimes it does – but it is not the norm. Conversely, it does not monsoon every day of rainy season either. There are many completely clear days.

Of course, there is plenty to do while it rains, especially in our very comfortable villas, but here is some guidance from the experts at Phuket 101…

12 things to do in Phuket when it rains

One other thing. Our pricing is seasonal and our villas are significantly cheaper during this period – and the same is true of other hotels in the area. So I think you may find the economics of a summer visit to be quite attractive.

Pat Styles

I am director of The Coolwater Resort in Phuket, Thailand. However I spent most of my life as a software engineer working for a very large company in Redmond, Washington. Now I live with my wife in beautiful Chiang Mai near the mountains while still dabbling in the computer industry when I have the time.