Averages for Phuket in June
June is in the monsoon season in Phuket but many people come here for the night life and the festivals that occur all year round. Rainfall is increasing though in June the rain comes in stronger and shorter showers with much of the day being sunny. Average rainfall is 240mm that will fall over 16 to 18 days. You can expect to see more rain towards the end of the month as the monsoon gets into full swin...
Daily averages for June
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Averages for Phuket in June
June is in the monsoon season in Phuket but many people come here for the night life and the festivals that occur all year round. Rainfall is increasing though in June the rain comes in stronger and shorter showers with much of the day being sunny. Average rainfall is 240mm that will fall over 16 to 18 days. You can expect to see more rain towards the end of the month as the monsoon gets into full swing where September will see 400mm of rain. Don’t worry about the number of rainy days as there are number of museum and activities that are inside for you to enjoy. Even though wet, the weather here is rarely cold due to its proximity to the equator.
The average temperature is 29°C that sits between the average high/low temperatures of 25°C and 32°C. Higher night time temperatures are ideal for visiting open air venues and experiencing the varied night life on offer. Coupled with an average humidity of 85%, the temperature may feel hotter than it really is. Many of the resorts will have air conditioned rooms but even a fan moving the room around makes it feel more comfortable. Humidity stays relatively steady till the high of 90% during September.
Average sunshine hours number 7 which are the lowest seen all year and are due to the cloud conditions from the monsoon. This will increase towards the end of the month with July and August having 8 hours a day each. The ocean temperature remains stable here for much of the year with June having an average sea temperature of 30°C. You can swim at this time of the year but some beaches have larger waves and stronger undertows due to the monsoon so you need to follow advice from life guards about beach conditions.
Where to stay
Located at Karon in the midst of an entertainment and shopping centre is the Simplitel Hotel with a range of rooms that won’t break the budget. Choose from a deluxe or studio room all with a balcony and tastefully furnished. All rooms have a fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer, flat screen TV, free wifi internet, large dressing table and bathroom with shower. The deluxe rooms have a sofa and coffee table as well. All rates include breakfast and in peak season all stays are a minimum of 5 nights. Book early to receive up to a 50% discount or check out the super saver for stays between December and March and receive a 55% discount.
Pick up from the airport is available, free parking if you hired a car, a concierge to answer all your tour questions, 24 hour convenience store and a dining room on the second floor of the hotel with an open air section. The restaurant serves a variety of Thai and European dishes and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Room at Simplitel Hotel, Phuket.
Just a short drive from Phuket Town is the Kantary Bay Resort on Cape Panwa with its spacious rooms all with living rooms, bedrooms and a small kitchen. Choose from a studio and 1 and 2 bedroom suites. Floors are covered in cool timber and tiles making a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. All rooms have cable TV, stereo system, DVD player, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, bathroom amenity set, hair dryer and towels and linen. The one and 2 bedroom apartments also have a washing machine.
For a snack and great coffee try the Café Kantary with outdoor and indoor seating open from 8am to 12 midnight. Pre dinner cocktails and drinks are available at the Dolphin Bar with its extensive wine and drink list. Dinner is available for lovers of Italian food at Uncle Nan’s with a lovely outdoor terrace. Great seafood is available at the outdoor BBQ at Laem Panwa for fish, crab, prawns and other local seafood delights. Room service is also available for those wanting to relax in their rooms.
Visit the reading room that has free tea and coffee and snacks for a change of pace or laze by the swimming pool. There is a supermarket and gift shop, laundry service and a 24 hour front desk.
Things to do
For the nature lover a visit to the Khao Phrae Thaeo Wildlife Park is a must as it is the only remnant rainforest left on Phuket. There are several trails and one takes you to the small Ton Sai waterfall. The park is home to many species including the Sun Bear, langurs, porcupines, deer, gibbons, lizards and civets. One of the treks is 8 kilometres to the Bang Pae Waterfall that at 15 metres is the tallest on the island.
For the golfers try the Phuket Country Club is on Moo 7 and has been built over a reclaimed area of a tin mine. There is an 18 hole course and a smaller 9 hole country club course as well as driving range for practice. The course is landscaped and includes undulating hills, a flat area and a landscaped forest with sand bunkers and green fairways and is the host of many PGA championships. The course is open from 7am to 5 pm every day.
For those interested in art, sculpture and antiques the Soul of Asia in Plaza Surin is worth a visit. You will see Asian antiques, Masters Paintings from Asia, Chinese Antique furniture and a collection of lithographs by Picasso, Dali, Chagall and Andy Warhol. They also sell estate jewellery and you can find some amazing pieces here.
Hit the beach
Ao Yon Beach is one of those hidden beaches not visited by many tourists but here you could be lucky enough to see the local dragon Boats practicing their rowing techniques. You will need to park in the main road and walk down to the beach. This beach is located between Cape Panwa and Panwa Beach and has a backdrop of palm trees and a few small eateries to choose from. Panwa Beach is not a beach for swimming at but the area is great fro sun bathing or lazing the day away. A walk along the beach takes you past luxury villas and holiday resorts.
Located in the Sirinath national park is Nai Thon Beach another undeveloped stretch of squeaky clean sand. Located at Laguna a narrow road takes you to the beach past remnant jungle and you can go scuba diving from here and it can be hired from the dive shop in Beach Road. The sea here is flat during the peak season but is quite rough with large waves the rest of the year.
Layan Beach is separated by a river channel from Bang Tao Beach and is surrounded by Casuarina trees and palms. This is a quieter beach than more popular beaches and at low tide you can nearly walk to the island just off the beach. The water here is too shallow for snorkelling but the unspoilt nature of the area more than makes up for any water sports.
Layan Beach, Phuket, Thailand.
Where to eat and drink
The Grill Bill Kamala is at Ban Kamala and offers a choice of BBQ, American, Italian and European cuisines. The spare ribs are a specialty and recommended by many visitors to Phuket. Choose from burgers, chicken and steak cooked over a charcoal BBQ. Servings are generous and many take home some for later. This is a welcoming and friendly restaurant with good value for money and is open from 5pm to 11pm every day.
Another great meat restaurant is the Horn Grill Steakhouse located on Kata Road in Karon. There are 4 distinct dining areas the outdoor terrace, stylish bistro, Jazz Dining Room and the outdoor patio. This is a child friendly eatery offering you European, International, pasta and pizza dishes. Lunch includes Spicey Cajun chicken and a variety of Angus beef burgers and pasta with several sauces including bolognaise, carbonara and seafood. The dinner menu is designed with soups, starters, steak, vegetarian dishes, Thai cuisine and a kids menu that includes meatballs, spaghetti, chicken and steaks. Meat is lamb, Angus beef and Australian veal. Try a decadent chocolate dessert or a tasty cheese platter to finish.
Horn Grill Steakhouse, Karon.
For great Italian and Japanese cuisine go to the Red Snapper on Kata Road at Tumbon Karon. Japanese cuisine includes sashimi, sushi, rice bowl, soup and a set menu. The Italian menu has appetisers, soups, pasta, risotto and desserts. It is open daily between December and April and is closed on Wednesday the rest of the year.
June events in Phuket
Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival
23rd June 2017 to 25th June 2017
This annual mass marriage ceremony is Baba (Peranakan) chic in Phuket old town. The occasion is not only for lovebirds who desire to have a pretty traditional Straits Chinese wedding; itâ€™s available for all to come and observe.