Averages for Phuket in August

Weather lowdown

August lies within the monsoon season in Phuket and it does not seem to deter any tourists visiting the area. Many come for the night life and spend the days lazing on the b each after the morning rains have gone. Average rainfall drops slightly this month from July to 260mm and will increase towards the end of the month to the September high of 400mm. The rain will fall on an average of 19 days and will be ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 28°C 82°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 31°C 88°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 25°C 77°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 260 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 19 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 29°C 84°F

Daily averages for Phuket

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Weather lowdown

August lies within the monsoon season in Phuket and it does not seem to deter any tourists visiting the area. Many come for the night life and spend the days lazing on the b each after the morning rains have gone. Average rainfall drops slightly this month from July to 260mm and will increase towards the end of the month to the September high of 400mm. The rain will fall on an average of 19 days and will be replaced by sunny days with a cooling breeze where the constant warm temperatures are pleasant to be indoors and outdoors.

Being near to the equator warm temperatures remain all year around and in August the average temperature is 28°C that sits between the average high/low temperatures of 25°C and 31°C. The cooling breeze will minimise the effects of the high humidity with the average humidity sitting around 85%. The highest humidity is experienced in September and is accompanied by the highest rainfall. Many places you visit will be air conditioned or oriented to take advantage of the cooling breeze from the sea.

The monsoon limits the number of sunshine hours to 8 hours a day which still gives you ample time to relax on the beaches and swim. Ocean temperatures are a warm 29°C that is only 1 degree less than the highest of 30°C seen during the hot months. Be aware that some beaches in direct influence of the monsoon will be closed at times and you need to pay attention to the flags on the beach to stay safe. These beaches will have larger swells, higher waves and dangerous undertows.

August will see an average of 2 foggy days that is just 1 day more than last month. December to April is the time of year with the foggiest days.

Where to stay

Just a 5 minute walk from Karon Beach is the Centara Villas where all villas face the sea amongst a natural lush tropical garden backdrop. There are 72 villas here and some have their own pools. Choose from a deluxe, pool or spa villa. The ocean facing villas are self contained and the spa villas have their own private Jacuzzi on a terrace. All villas have air conditioning, bathrooms, satellite TV, in-house movies, fully stocked mini-bar, refrigerator, tea and coffee making facilities and hair dryers. The pool and spa villas include a complimentary cocktail each night along with a host. Pool villas have a sun deck and a 5 metre by 3 metre pool.

Swimming pool at Centara Villas Phuket Thailand

Swimming pool at Centara Villas Phuket, Thailand.   

Enjoy one of the Thai cooking classes or take the shuttle bus into Karon or Patong. The tour desk can arrange an excursion for you and answer any questions about sightseeing you may have. Swim in the 2 tiered pool complete with waterfall or try your hand at windsurfing, parasailing and relax and be pampered in the Spa.

Room service for meals is available in all villas from 6 am to10:30pm or you can eat at the Cliff Restaurant or the Bayview Restaurant and Bar. The Cliff is open for breakfast from 6:30 am to 10:30am and then for dinner 6:30pm and 10:30pm. A menu of fusion Asian Mediterranean is on offer using fresh local produce. The Bayview is open for lunch from 11 am to 5 pm and offers you a selection of Thai and international dishes and snacks. The Cliff Bar offers you cocktails in the open air and a Sunset happy Hour between 6 pm and 7 pm.

Make sure you visit the Spa for a range of pampering and luxurious treatments to make your holiday more restful and relaxing.

Located in the southern part of the island and overlooking Patong and Tri Trang Beach is the Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa. This is a 5 star resort offering luxurious accommodation from the Buena Vista, Family Vista, Club Vista, Jacuzzi Suite and Duplex Jacuzzi Suite and Tropical Hideaway Suite. All rooms include air conditioning, bar and fridge, LED TV, desk, iPod docking station, coffee and tea making facilities, hair dryer bathroom with separate bath and shower, bathrobes and slippers. Enjoy the complimentary cocktails and fruit platter on arrival, 10% discount on any spa packages and 15% discount on food and drinks. The Jacuzzi suites have a private garden and a butler service and a laundry service each day and a cocktail in the Sunset Lounge between 6pm and 10pm. When you stay at the Tropical Hideaway Suite you have a Zen garden with outdoor shower and bath, a cocktail in the Sunset Lounge, a Thai massage and a champagne breakfast during your stay.

Enjoy the authentic taste of Thai food along with Italian, French, Australian, Chinese and Indian cuisines in the restaurant that is open all day for all meals. Try some barbecued seafood or meat on the BBQ terrace or have a light snack while lazing by one of 3 large pools. Try the Rooftop Bar for great views and an extensive drinks list including cocktails.

The kids are not forgotten here with a club for ages from 3 years to 15 years with games and activities to suit all ages. If you are in need for some pampering and rejuvenation visit the spa and wellness and have an authentic Ayurvedic treatment designed just for you. Fitness is open every day from 6 am to 10pm for your workouts while staying here.

Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa Phuket terrace Thailand

Terrace at Avista Hideaway Resort and Spa, Phuket.  

Things to do

The Phuket Aquarium is open every day from 8:30am to 4:30pm and is located in Sakdidej Road Muang. Exhibits include the Science and nature Trail, marine vessel, marine endangered species, sea turtle pool, hatchery and a reference collection. Every weekend you can watch the divers feeding sharks and interacting with other marine between 11am and 11:30am. Learn the secret of Pa-Luek Island and learn about marine conservation in a fun way. This is a fun way to spend some time with the kids and learn about how important our marine ecology is today. The souvenir shop also sells snacks and drinks.

If you are after some great local architecture you need to visit the Suwan Kiri Wong Temple in Patong Road at Patong. These temples are a majestic set of graceful buildings with intricate and beautiful artwork and the main  temple is 3 stories high and has some lovely scenes and stone pillars inside.

Another beautiful building is the Chinpracha House and museum originally built in 1904 and wasn't completed until 3 years later. It is a fine example of a Sino Portuguese mansion and is listed as a National Heritage Building. Built as a private house it is now a museum showing you what the homes were like in the early 1900s. A koi fish pond has been built in the inner courtyard and all rooms look onto the courtyard and atrium.

Hit the beach

Coral Island is located to the south of Phuket and is a great spot for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and parasailing. The island has a few beaches of white sand with crystal clear water and a walk over the hill takes you to a sandy beach in a quiet bay. The main beach is called Long Beach and is a busy spot with rows of boats moored just offshore and you can feed the tropical fish. From here you can enjoy a banana boat ride or snorkel out around the coral reefs giving the island its name. You can also hire a long tail boat to get here or book yourself into a tour to the island.

Coral Island Phuket Thailand

Coral Island, Phuket, Thailand.

There are lots of great snorkelling beaches on the island of Phuket where you can look at the tropical fish and the coral reefs that are often just offshore from the beaches. Many of these beaches will have places to hire snorkelling gear from if you don't have your own. Hire goggles, snorkels, flippers and face masks. If you have an underwater camera you can take some great pictures of the marine life that abounds in these warm waters. Choose from Banana Beach, Ao Sane, Laem Ka or Laem Singh, Ya Nui, Nai Thon or Kata Beach.

Where to eat and drink

The Boathouse Wine and Grill is located at the Boathouse Phuket in Koktanode Road Kata Beach. This eatery offers you 3 choices of meals from the wonderfully tasty Degustation menu, Set French menu or Set Thai menu. Open for lunch and dinner from 11am to 11pm. The Degustation menu includes oysters, duck and foie gras and the French menu has Amuse bouche, ravioli, lamb and tangy lemon tart to finish and the Thai menu is prawns, sea bass, slow cooked lamb curry and sticky mango rice for dessert. Wine is m atched to each course and a small glass is served with each dish. The al fresco dining is ideal for that romantic evening meal or lunch.

Boathouse Wine and Grill Phuket Koktanode Road Kata Beach

Boathouse Wine and Grill, Phuket. 

For great Arabian and Middle Eastern food try the Arabia restaurant in Patong Beach at the Soi Post office. Arabian and Indian food is served in a building designed to take you to the Middle East. Thai food is also available but Indian and Middle Eastern is why you would come here. Each table feels like it is in Bedouin tent and semi-private from other diners. Seafood curry and prawn masala are popular choices as is the garlic naan and Arabian Platter with 5 tasty treats. Other dishes include Lamb shank kebsa, Spicy Thai glass noodle salad with prawns and Chicken Biryani. Open 24 hours a day.

Karlsson Restaurant and Steakhouse is located at Karon and only uses the finest Australian beef rib eye that is grilled to your liking. There is a selection of starters and soups, pizza and pasta, fish and seafood and Thai along with an extensive steak menu, desserts and after dinner treats and a large wine and drinks list including cocktails, and fortified drinks. Select from scampi, salmon, bruschetta, salads, chicken satay, prawns and desserts include banana splits, cheesecake and chocolate mousse.

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