Now although high season is obviously high season for a reason – the supposedly more favorable weather, etc. The low season is dramatically understated – there are less people, fewer tourist traps, and a more authentic feel to the place in general. In Phuket, you need to know how to take advantage of the so called low season.
Perks of the season
First of all, your accommodation is probably going to be a lot better value than in high season. Whether that be a yacht, a hotel, a hostel, or a rented apartment. In low season you can find all the best deals which means you have more spare cash to do all of the fun things. Flights can also be significantly cheaper in low season; companies are of course going to charge a premium during the most popular times when demand is higher. Less money spent on travelling means more spare funds for all the activities or tours that you wish to undertake. Of course in low season, these are also likely to be more competitively priced. You will also find that in the low season locals are a lot friendlier and more appreciative of your business.
By far the biggest lures of the low season, above and beyond the lower prices is the peace and quiet that comes from less tourist activity and also the colorfulness brought out in nature by the rains. The low season in Phuket all up just feels so much more relaxed, which is probably a key reason you wanted to go away in the first place right? Seems like a no brainer when you think of it that way.
A little warning – especially for sailors
One thing that you should bear in mind when travelling in low season to Phuket however is that the rains can bring with them severe winds, which often means that huge waves can come crashing into the beaches and strong undercurrents take hold. Therefore, when travelling in this season pay attention to weather warnings, and always be cautious when near the sea. Red flags are used to signal to beach users when there are strong undercurrents, so if you see red, don’t enter the waters. At Simpson we ensure each yacht has the expected sophisticated weather instruments.
So May is when the low season starts. The average temperature does drop a touch, but there is a rise in the humidity levels which kind of makes up for that. It is the wettest month, but bursts of sunshine do break through. Rainy season can often arrive late, so early May is a good time to make the most of the bargains and still catch the tail end of the good weather. The towns and beaches are quieter, and it’s still warm.
Island hopping is a great low season activity; under the cover of cloud you are less likely to get sun burnt of course! There are a number of islands just off of the main island of Phuket, many of which lay to the East. Koh Rang Yai is just one example. This island is known for its peaceful environment, long beaches, warm water, and special current which will carry you along the length of the beach rather than outwards! There are lots of great walking trails on this island too, and you can even rent a bike! On this island you can also find an air-gun shooting range, a mini-golf course, and a volley ball net too!
Koh Yao Noi allows you to step back in time, and experience what Phuket was like in a time gone by. An authentic Phuket experience, this island provides numerous opportunities for visitors such as hornbill watching, a trip to a pearl farm, or just taking in the atmosphere on the tranquil island. Koh Hae is known as Coral Island, and this is due to its popularity with snorkelers thanks to its beautiful coral reefs and marine life. The island has two main beaches; Long Beach and Banana Beach which can offer hours of exploration. This is a great island to visit in the evening when it is at its most peaceful. Koh Maphrao is known for its gorgeous Mangrove forests and floating restaurants which are renowned for their fresh seafood.
So in conclusion…
If you are choosing to go on holiday for some peace and quiet, and for an authentic experience – low season in Phuket is right for you. Despite the unpredictable weather there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, and lots of sites to see. June, July and August are probably the best months of the season to travel, and in this time you will still get good old bursts of Thai sunshine as well as the thunderous downpours which are nothing short of magical.
If you are interested in exploring Phuket in low season on one of our yachts, please do get in touch so we can help you plan your perfect trip.
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