Thailand

          Phuket Island               Samui Island                 Tao Island

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Phuket Island

Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand, located in the Andaman Sea of southern Thailand. The island is mostly mountainous with a mountain range in the west of the island from the north to the south. The mountains of Phuket form the southern end of the Phuket mountain range, which ranges for 440 kilometers (270 mi) from the Kra Isthmus. The highest elevation of the island is Mai Thao Sip Song (Twelve Canes), at 529 metres (1,736 ft) above sea level. Source

Phuket Island Map

Weather and Climate of Phuket Island

It is warm in Phuket all year round with temperatures ranging between 25 – 34°C (77 – 93°F). Phuket’s weather is typically divided into two distinct seasons, dry and rainy, with transitional periods in between. The seasons are dictated by the tropical monsoon, which is characterized by prevailing winds that blow from the northeast for half the year, then reverse and blow from the southwest, producing a dry season and a wet season.

The dry season begins in December and usually lasts until March. The northeast monsoon draws cool, dry air from the Asian continent resulting in a slight drop in temperature. This is the high season for tourism in Phuket, when the climate is at its best, characterized by gentle breezes, calm seas and clear blue skies. It is also the coolest time of year.

The transitional periods last a month or so. During these periods the weather is often hard to predict. The period before the rainy season, around April – May, is the hottest time of year. There may be a lot of rain or none at all. The October – November transition is cooler and usually quite wet.

The rainy season begins in June and lasts until October. When people talk about the monsoon season, they are referring to the southwest monsoon period, which is the rainy season. The strong winds bring warm moist air from the Indian Ocean and plenty of rain. This is Phuket’s low season. The average rainfall in Phuket is about 2500mm or about 100 inches, with the vast majority of it falling within this period. It’s hot, humid and wet! Source

Phuket Island Temperature

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Samui Island

Ko Samui is located in the Gulf of Thailand, about 35 km northeast of Surat Thani town. The island measures some 25 km at its widest point. It is surrounded by about sixty other islands, which compose the Ang Thong Marine National Park and include other tourist destinations (Ko Phangan, Ko Tao and Ko Nang Yuan). It isThailand’s second largest island, with an area of 228.7 km2 . It is rich with natural resources, white sandy beaches, coral reefs and coconut trees. Source

Mao of Samui Island

Weather and Climate of Samui Island

The dry season is from December to February. Average monthly precipitation in February falls below 60 mm. There is not much rain, but there is a refreshing breeze at this time. The dry season is great for wind and body surfing. There is normally a lot of sunshine during this time.

The hot season is from March to August: The weather is still dry at this time of year and it is usually very sunny and hot. In May it might rain a little more. This is a great period to visit the islands, although temperatures can range from 28-35 degrees Celsius during the day.

The rainy season (monsoon season) is from September to November. It’s still hot and normally there are many sunny days. The rain showers are often short- 20–60 minutes are typical. Source

Samui Island Temperature

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Tao Island

Ko Tao also called ”Turtle Island” is an island in Thailand located near the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The main settlement is Ban Mae Hat. The economy of the island is almost exclusively centered around tourism, especially scuba diving. Source

Map of Lo Tao

Weather and Climate of Tao Island

Koh Tao shares the tropical climate of the rest of Thailand that is dominated by monsoon winds. High temperatures and high rainfall are the main features of this climate. The year can be split into three seasons: a dry season, a hot season and a rainy season. Temperatures do not really alter a

great deal across the year and it is rainfall that determines the different seasons.

The dry season is from December to February. Rain can never be out-ruled on a tropical island but this period sees the least of it. Heavy showers fall every now and again but usually clear quickly. This is the most popular time of year to visit due to the lack of rain which also means lots of sunshine and lower humidity. Lower humidity makes the heat more comfortable.

The average high temperature sits at around 29°C and the average low gets down to 22°C. This is the coolest time of year. Sunshine levels are good, around seven hours per day creeping to eight in February. The sea gets down to its coolest of 28°C for the entire season.

The hot season is from March to August. This is the period of the southwest monsoon. It is hotter and wetter than the dry season but there are still many clear sunny days at the beginning of the season. Koh Tao is provided some protection from the rain-bearing monsoon winds by the mainland and surrounding islands so it is less wet than many other parts of Thailand during this season. While March and April are still relatively dry, rainfall increases as the season progresses and sunshine levels drop to six per day from May onwards. The average high temperature peaks in April and May at 32°C and it can sometimes get up to 40°C.

The wet season is from September to November. Torrential downpours, tropical storms and flooding are brought to Koh Tao by the northeast monsoon winds. It usually rains in the evening and these heavy showers are typically brief leaving many sunny periods, but these are not to be relied upon. If you visit during the wet season you will see grey skies and rainstorms; the amount of good weather you’ll get is highly unpredictable. November is by far the wettest month with almost twice the amount of rain seen in October, the second wettest month.

The cooling rain helps to relieve the heat and the average high temperature drops to 31°C in September, 30°C in October and 29°C in November. Sunshine levels do not alter from the hot season, staying at six hours per day. The sea temperature cools slightly to 29°C. The benefit of visiting out of the dry season is the minor thinning of tourist crowds. Source

Koa Island Temperature

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 To enter Thailand visitors must have:

A passport valid for 6 months upon arrival At least on blank page in the passport

A visa is not required for nationals from the following countries (Stays are good for up to 30 days if entering by plane and 15 days if entering by land):

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Andorra, Bhutan, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Estonia, Ethiopia, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Oman, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, San Marino, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

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