The weather in Phuket in June is actually very good, despite it being so far from the high season months. In fact, this is the most popular time to visit the island during the low season. While there is usually about 213.4mm of rain dropped over about 19 days, but it mostly falls in the evenings and towards the end of the month. It is brought by the strengthing winds from the west, which also contributes to rougher sea conditions. This makes it a good time for surfers, who can enjoy wiping out in the 30°C (86°F) waves, but swimmers, snorkelers and divers could face poor visibility and unpredictable rip tides. Average temperatures of 28.3°C (82.9°F) will feel much hotter and stickier with the 73% humidity.
Things to Do in Phuket in June
Old Phuket Town
The bustling administrative centre of Phuket is often overlooked in favour of the beaches, but there's a lot to see and do (and spend your money on!) in Phuket City/Town. Having been recently upgraded to city status, Phuket City features an exciting mix of old and new, simple and sophisticated, peaceful and pulsating.
The activity in Phuket City is nearly around the clock. In the early morning, stoic monks take to the streets on their daily alms rounds and the fresh market buzzes with restaurant owners buying ingredients for the day's meals. Non-stop bustle characterises the daytime, and lasts well into the evening. Nights are reserved for enjoying good company, whether at a restaurant, a disco, a quiet bar, or a combination of all three.
Baba (Peranakan) Wedding Festival in Phuket
The Peranakan, or Straits Chinese people, are also known in Phuket as Baba. They are the descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to the island seeking a new and better life by working in tin mines back in the 19th century. The annual mass Phuket Baba wedding festival brings back memories of the tin mining industry.
Experience all the elaborate preparations and see how the well-to-do Chinese immigrants celebrate their wedding at some of Phuket’s most elegant Sino-Portuguese mansions located in the old town quarter. Colourful street celebrations along Thalang Road decorated with red lanterns include a lively parade, a lion dance and more. It’s a great photo opportunity!
- Location: Phuket Old town
- Tel: Ms Orasiri at Thai Peranakan Association: +66(0)81 691 1955
Jungceylon Shopping Mall in Patong
Standing downtown, diagonally opposite Bangla Road, the Jungceylon Shopping Complex has radically changed the face of shopping in Patong. The two main stores in the complex are Robinson - a gleaming well-lit upper end department store, and Big C supermarket.
The 200-plus other stores in this shopping heaven sell brand-name clothes, spectacles, sunglasses, cosmetics and perfumes, shoes, DVDs, computer games, tons of mobile phones and accessories, electrical goods but it is also a great entertainment haven with a five-room SF Cinema and a 16-lane bowling alley, perfect for rainy days or to escape the heat of the day.
- Location: Rat-u-thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kratu, Phuket