10 Things to Do in Phuket When It Rains

Rainy Day Activities in Phuket

Phuket Island is not just a fair-weather friend. There's lots to do here even when the monsoons sweep in and things turn grey and wet. Thai cooking classes are fascinating and educational ways to impress your friends and family back home while Phuket's spas are internationally known for their feel-good factor.

Speaking of well-being, Phuket is fast becoming a hub for health, tune-up and dental services because of advantageous prices and expertise. There are also several glitzy shows to take in, from the sexy transvestite Simon Cabaret to the gargantuan spectacle FantaSea. Whatever your taste or budget, when the skies turn grey and the beach is no longer an option rest assured, there's a lot to do here.

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There are so many spas around the island offering facials, body scrubs, traditional Thai massage and much more. From only 300 baht for a traditional massage to an all-round ultra-pampering treatment for 10,000 baht or more, you can be sure that there's a treatment for you and the great thing is that you won't have to travel far to find that massage as there are parlours dotted around every corner of the island offering a wide range of treatments and massage methods. Read More...

Melt those rainy day worries away and go shopping. Antiques, clothing, fabrics, homeware, souvenirs and more are all to be found at Jungceylon in Patong Beach as well as movie theater, bowling, indoor shooting range, shell museum, 4D movie theater, laser gun, game arcade and even fish spas. Read More...

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Central Festival Phuket is an air-conditioned, fully equipped one-stop shopping mall lying just outside of Phuket Town. Rightly regarded as the shopping hub of the island, Central plays host to over 120 outlets. It's literally possible to spend a full day here - shopping, catching the latest movies, and dining out at the range of international restaurants that offer everything from French cuisine to Japanese to local Thai outlets. Read More...

Inspired by Thailand's rich and exotic heritage, Phuket Fantasea not only showcases the charm and beauty of Thailand, but also enriches ancient Thai traditions with the wonder of cutting edge technology and special effects. This is a show of a lifetime and its colours, humour, dramatic phases and sheer impressiveness make it an evening out that will leave a lasting effect on you and yours. Read More...

Phuket Trickeye Museum is an interactive 3D painting museum offering amazing photo opportunities and great fun for the whole family. Located at the corner of Montri and Phang Nga roads in a large two-storey building that used to be Phuket Island’s unique movie theatre until 2002, Phuket Trickeye Museum features a gallery of about 100 scenes painted using trompe-l’oeil techniques. Read More...

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Cinemas & Bowling

Cinemas in Phuket

Go bowling at Big C or Jungceylon in Patong. Take in a movie or both! SFX cinema in Central Shopping Mall (Phuket Town) and Jungceylon in Patong Beach are both state-of-the-art locations to view the latest from Hollywood and are also top shopping centres with many restaurants and fast-food outlets as well as brand-name goods at prices that will surprise you. Beat those rainy day blues with a touch of glamour.

Baan Teelanka

Located on the Bypass Road on the northern outskirts of Phuket Town, Baan Teelanka features no less than three exciting attractions/activities to entertain the whole family. Baan Teelanka itself is a three-storey house built leaning on its roof. It is adorned with a maze-shaped garden in its backyard. The Chamber of Secrets @BaanTeelanka is the third activity that could be enjoyed here, with two rooms from which visitors have to escape from by finding clues and resolving puzzles in a way to open the doors. Read More...

Phuket Museums

Learn more about Phuket's colourful and interesting past by exploring the Thalang National Museum, the Tin Mine Museum in Kathu - or the old Sino-Portuguese colonial-era mansions in Phuket Town. This is a great and inexpensive day out for the family and one you're not likely to forget for a long time. Read More...

Learn how to cook Thai food and impress your friends and family. Thai cuisine is a unique blend of tastes and textures that has developed over hundreds of years. The beautiful part of is that you can learn to prepare it in a single class! Go shopping with the chef, prepare the ingredients under his supervision, enjoy your own cooked meal and get a certificate. It's that simple. A number of resorts offer indoor programs for adults and kids as well as fruit-carving classes. It's truly a great rainy day activity. Read More...

Phuket Aquarium

Phuket Aquarium is a fascinating place to explore. Learn more about the colourful and vivid marine life in the seas around the island. Walk through the aquarium's see-through tunnel and get close up and personal with hundreds of brightly coloured and striking fish. It's a dry and comfortable way to learn about marine life - and there's no chance of getting seasick, either! Read More...

Sunny Note

Savvy visitors soon learn to savour the blessings of a Phuket rainy day - the crowds vanish, the scents and colours of the flowers become stronger, and the island, while remaining balmy, gets an invigorating cool down. Hotels offer amazingly low rates. And what may start out as a wet day may very well turn sunny within hours - it rarely rains for long periods of time, even in the height of the monsoon season. Enjoy!

Low Season Tips

Low Season Tips

For an hour and more the rain comes down in torrents, all but erasing the island from view. Then it tapers to a drizzle, the winds easing to a fresh breeze. Finally it Read More...

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