Averages for Phuket in March

Weather lowdown

Thailand and Phuket in particular has become one of the world's most popular holiday destinations due to its tropical climate and near constant temperatures throughout the year. Highest variance is seen in the rainfall during the monsoon with highs of 400mm to the dry season with lows of 30 and 40mm a day.

March is at the very end of the dry season and start of the hot season and you will see an aver...

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  • Temperature Temperature 29°C 83°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 34°C 93°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 23°C 73°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 40 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 8 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 29°C 84°F

Daily averages for Phuket

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Weather lowdown

Thailand and Phuket in particular has become one of the world's most popular holiday destinations due to its tropical climate and near constant temperatures throughout the year. Highest variance is seen in the rainfall during the monsoon with highs of 400mm to the dry season with lows of 30 and 40mm a day.

March is at the very end of the dry season and start of the hot season and you will see an average rainfall of 40mm falling over 7 to 8 days. The end of month can be wetter heading towards April's higher rainfall of 150mm which will steadily increase as the monsoon season approaches with a high of 400mm in May.

Average daytime temperatures are slowly on the increase and March is 1°C hotter than last month at 29°C between average high/lows of 34°C and 23°C respectively. The average humidity varies here from month to month but in March an average of 75% is lower than the monsoon highs of 90%. Humidity will slowly rise now and increase each month. Dry days will be less humid at around 60 to 65% but on wet days it will increase.

The average sunshine hours have dropped again to 8 hours a day as the number of wet days has increased. During the monsoon it will drop to just 7 hours a day. This number is less than you would expect being in the tropics but the monsoon weather has an effect on this aspect of the weather. Ocean temperatures are steady here with an average sea temperature of 29°C that is 1 degree less than the high of 30°C in the hot season.

Being in the tropics you will see some foggy days and March has an average of 8 foggy days which is the maximum for Phuket. From March onwards, foggy days lessen.

Things to do

For an indoor activity, try an escape game from the Chamber of Secrets where you play out one of several scenarios. All of these scenarios revolve around an aspect of Thailand's history. In The Mermaid of Songkhla you will need between 2 and 6 players and you will need to discover how to talk to a mermaid. Temple of Ganesha and King Naresuan's Tomb all need 4 to 10 players for the best result. You will become a main player in this part of history and myths and you will need to solve the mystery to achieve the goal.

Golfers can enjoy a game of golf at one of 5 courses on the island of Phuket and Loch Palms is built around a lake, which is the largest body of water on any of the 5 courses. The 18 holes wander among ravines, uphill and downhill and are ideal for any level golfer from the amateur to the professional. It is located in Kathu district and has a modern Pro shop and restaurant.

Loch Palms golf

Loch Palms Golf course. Photo by PhuketIT.

Animal lover? Head to Monkey Hill or Toe Sae Hill to see the macaques. This spot is located in Phuket town and is the highest hill in the area. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to climb the hill but the hands-on experience at the top is well worth it. Buy some bananas on the way up the hill and the macaques will come and take one from your hand. Open every day, Friday is the busiest and you need to be careful if you have smaller children.

Monkey Hill

Monkey Hill. Photo by Jamie Monk.

If it's a cloudy day why not visit Thaihua Museum located in the Tambon Talat Nua area of Muang. It is in an old school and a museum in honour of the Chinese who settled in Thailand, in particular Phuket. There are several exhibition rooms from the tin mining era, Master Sunpin, a Chinese school and settlement, Heritage, Cuisine and Phuket-China relations.

Green-fingered types will love the Phuket Botanic Garden located in Phuket Town in the Muang district. The gardens contain collections of plants that come from more than 30 zones worldwide. Each zone has palms, herbs, fragrant plants, orchards, pavilions and orchid displays. It is also a research centre for botanists and horticulturists. Wander through cactus, herb, and English, Japanese, Rainforest or Balinese gardens, and then see the orchid, fern and orchard gardens. The water lily garden contains plants from Thailand and other countries. At the gardens there is a kiosk and restaurant, children's playground and tourist information centre. It is closed on Wednesdays and opens from 9am to 4:30pm.

The Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect world offers so much more than just butterflies. There is an insect museum, silk museum and you can find out all there is to know about the lifecycle of the butterflies. You can learn about bee keeping and you can see the pupa of butterflies and learn about breeding them. It is located in Talat Rassada in Muang area. Walk through an outdoor enclosure full of butterflies flying freely around you among the flowers and plants. There is also a live insect area where you can see a variety of insects such as a giant millipede, giant cockroaches from Madagascar, stick insects and crickets. There is a shop where you can buy products made from the butterflies and their colourful wings when they have reached the end of their life. The wings will not necessarily be perfect as they do suffer wear and tear from flying around.

Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect world

Phuket Butterfly Garden and Insect world. Photo by Villa Getaways.

Hit the beach

Nai Yang Beach is popular with many returning tourists who have discovered it on a previous trip. This is a northern beach and away from the main road and is shaded by many large Casuarina trees. It is not a popular swimming beach but is a lovely spot to relax in the shade and enjoy a cold drink from the nearby hotel the Indigo Pearl. There are a number of tiny bars and restaurants dotted along the beach run by locals who all serve excellent food that is often better than in larger restaurants. For an authentic Thai food experience this beach really offers the goods.

Nai Yang Beach

Nai Yang Beach. Photo by Tove-Pedersen.

At the northern most point of Phuket is Sai Kaew Beach which extends from the Sarasin Bridge linking Phuket to Mainland Thailand and to Mai Khao Beach. A narrow strip of sand erupts from the grassy shore and slopes down to the water. This is a boating channel but the water is remarkably clean. At the northern end of the beach is a sheltered spot that is safe and protected from the higher waves of the rainy season.

Bang Tao Beach is a 6 kilometre long beach near Chern Talang, a local fishing village. The beach is also home to the Laguna complex of resorts and golf courses. Some of these resorts open their facilities to beach goers so there can be lots to do around this beach of you want to. At the northern end of the beach there's been very little development, so it's a much quieter, more relaxing spot.

Bang Tao Beach

Bang Tao Beach. Photo by CummingFox.

Where to eat and drink

Breeze at Cape Yamu is open Wednesday to Saturday and on Sundays for their long lazy brunch that you need to book for. The menu changes with seasons and all food is made from fresh, local produce and on Saturdays enjoys the outdoor grill, cocktails and wine and beer with live entertainment. Choose from a small but good menu including a pasta, fish dish, meat dish, soup, salads and desserts.

Meat lovers should earmark Rodizio Brazil Phuket – an all you can eat steak house located off Patong Beach Road. This is the most popular way to eat in Brazil where for a fixed price you can eat a variety of meat from beef, lamb, pork, fish and prawns including salads and hot food buffet.

Taste Surin Beach offers you a great selection of dishes for appetizers such as blackened tuna, soft shell crab and hot wings. There is a variety of fresh tasty salads, Thai and Japanese inspired fish and some mains featuring Australian beef. Try one of the great specials that include wagyu beef, mussels, tuna and salmon. The wine menu is extensive with whites, reds and champagnes.

Taste Surin Beach

Taste Surin Beach.

If fusion food is your thing, try DeDos with its mix of French and Thai inspired food. The chef has trained at Paul Bocuse' cooking school in Lyon in France and the restaurant is open from 6pm every day. Located in ChernTalay in Talang bookings are recommended. Choose from classic French, seafood, pasta and decadent chocolate desserts. They have daily specials, special gourmet wine dinners and fresh Phuket lobsters.

Where to stay

The Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa is located in Talang on Mai Khao beach. It is just 10 minutes from the airport and you can choose from one of 6 styles of accommodation. There are 3 types of rooms and 3 villas to choose from. The rooms are a deluxe, R deluxe and a 1 bedroom suite and the villas range in size from one bedroom to 3 bedrooms. The pool rooms and villas have their own private pool for complete relaxation and privacy. All rooms and villas have floor to ceiling windows to take advantage of the views and gardens beyond the rooms, TVs and DVD players and free water. You are able to have a buffet or continental breakfast and you can eat at one of several cafes. For dinner there is the Takieng and the Sandbox Bar and Restaurant serving Thai food and light lunches at the Sandbox and open for 3 meals a day are the Loca Vore, Doppio coffee House and The Lounge.

Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa

Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa.

Enjoy a massage or treatment at the spa from a refreshing body scrub to a relaxing therapy bath, waxing, couples treatments and fitness classes. Marriott hotels offer a 15% discount to people over 62 years of age and offer flight, car hire and accommodation packages.

Burasari Boutique Hotel is located just a few steps from the beach in Patong at Amphur Kathu. Stay in a premier, elite, mood or honeymoon collection room. Honeymoon rooms have extra large beds with teak wooden furniture and a sense of privacy in intimate surroundings. Mood collection rooms are luxurious and spacious and each room is designed in a different mood from elegant to serene. All of the rooms have a free mini-bar stocked daily, air conditioning, cable TV, refrigerator, and umbrella and beach towels.

The spa has many treatments to pamper, heal and detoxify you in its luxurious surroundings. The spa is designed to relax and let you unwind at your own pace. Choose from one of several eateries and bars offering you authentic Thai at the Kantok Restaurant, meats and fresh salads, snacks and drinks and room service serving Thai and international dishes. Swim in one of the two pools, rent a car or bicycle and book a tour at the desk.

patong beach

Patong beach. Photo by Kevin Voon.

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