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Old 12-25-2017, 03:34 PM
 
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Suggestions on what to do when it rains for several days nonstop?
- Stay in hotel.
- Visit local bars.
- Visit indoor attractions.
- Shop at malls.
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...43-Phuket.html

It depends on the time of year you go to Phuket. Best to time your trip to avoid the Rainy Season and heavy downpours.
https://www.phuket101.net/phuket-rainy-season/
Phuket Weather | intoPhuket
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Old 12-26-2017, 05:21 PM
 
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It depends on the time of year you go to Phuket. Best to time your trip to avoid the Rainy Season and heavy downpours.
https://www.phuket101.net/phuket-rainy-season/
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Old 12-26-2017, 10:29 PM
 
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Suggestions on what to do when it rains for several days nonstop?
Go to Ko Samui side...it has a different monsoon season. It might be clear skies over there when downpouring in Phuket.
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Old 12-28-2017, 04:39 AM
 
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Go to Ko Samui side...it has a different monsoon season. It might be clear skies over there when downpouring in Phuket.
Good to know, thanks! Today it rained but only very early. We will play it by ear and see what happens as we know we want to do an extended spa day anyways.
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Old 12-28-2017, 01:57 PM
 
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Good to know, thanks! Today it rained but only very early. We will play it by ear and see what happens as we know we want to do an extended spa day anyways.
A Spa Day is a good idea. It's worth keeping in mind that most of Thailand, especially in the south is a tropical climate. In the northern hemisphere, the tropics is a region by the equator limited by the Tropic of Cancer.

"Most of Thailand has a "tropical wet and dry or savanna climate" type (Köppen's Tropical savanna climate)." Check the Wiki map in the link below. Koh Samui is in the Equatorial Climate classification (Tropical Rainforest). While there are differences between Koh Samui and Phuket, as Tiger Beer said, rain can still fall at Koh Samui at any time. Note that TB also said (regarding Koh Samui): It might be clear skies over there when downpouring in Phuket. That's true, but that doesn't mean it won't be raining there. See the link for "Phuket vs Samui" below for a chart showing the annual average differences in rainfall between both destinations. Sometimes there can be variations of rainfall throughout the year. It's not a forecast.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand#Climate
Phuket vs Samui - Thailand For Visitors

It's worth mentioning the Monsoon or rainy seasons in both locations
Phuket: Heavy storms between April to October
Koh Samui: Most rainfalls are between September and December
https://www.tourismthailand.org/About-Thailand/Weather


While rain can fall at any time of the year, you might get a few days where it seems like non-stop rainfall, but it does let up. Much of the time, even in Bangkok and the Central Plains, the North and Northeast, it can drop rain in buckets for a few hours, then lets up, sometimes the sun shines through cloudy skies, then rains some more, etc. It can do that any time of year. That said, there are times in Phuket and Koh Samui when the weather is picture perfect great for good long stretches. If you're in Phuket right now, it's the rainy season there. Still, it can and does let up. Although it may be near the tail end of the rain season, that doesn't mean no more rain. Unfortunately, there's no magic date between the end of one season and the beginning of the next.

I've been in Bangkok and the Central Plains region during the Cool Season, near the Hot Season and well past the Rainy Season, and still had rainfalls, sometimes heavy. It isn't always non-stop, although it might seem like it. It does let up between downpours.

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Old 12-28-2017, 02:51 PM
 
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Good to know, thanks! Today it rained but only very early. We will play it by ear and see what happens as we know we want to do an extended spa day anyways.
Here are the current weather forecasts for both Phuket and Koh Samui. You can also click tabs for 10-day weather forecasts.

https://www.wunderground.com/weather/th/phuket

https://www.wunderground.com/weather/th/ko-samui
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Old 12-29-2017, 03:00 AM
 
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Yeah it seems to change hourly and daily, ha ha. Now if only they were as open minded as California ... where at the Thai Stick stands

Pool day today ... BUT we did visit the local fish market, bought some goodies and went upstairs to have them cooked to order. A bit expensive by American standards; HOWEVER, relatively cheap! $100 got us a lobster, a couple of crabs, handfuls of clams and cockles along with 3 oysters for the lady ... 2 massive beers, too! Good times!!
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Old 12-31-2017, 09:42 PM
 
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Yeah it seems to change hourly and daily, ha ha. Now if only they were as open minded as California ... where at the Thai Stick stands

Pool day today ... BUT we did visit the local fish market, bought some goodies and went upstairs to have them cooked to order. A bit expensive by American standards; HOWEVER, relatively cheap! $100 got us a lobster, a couple of crabs, handfuls of clams and cockles along with 3 oysters for the lady ... 2 massive beers, too! Good times!!
Indeed, the weather does change quickly.

I have to make a correction (my error):
I said it's the rainy season in Phuket. I meant Koh Samui. My apologies.

$100 is about 3250 baht. Sounds like kind of an expensive seafood dinner to me. Two massive beers? Leo, Chang, or Singha? Some markets have dual prices, one for Thais and another for foreigners. A lot of foreigners flock to the beaches at Phuket this time of year to escape winter temps in their own countries. Still, it sounds like you're having a good time, and that's what counts.

About the Thai Stick stands in relation to open-minded California. Do you mean ganja (Cannabis)?

Here's to a Happy New Year, or as the Thais would say, "Sawatdee bpee mai" (สวัสดีปีใหม่).
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Old 12-31-2017, 10:06 PM
 
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Now if only they were as open minded as California ... where at the Thai Stick stands
Be careful with that...you can see how easy it is to go to jail for just simple possession:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgou4ZHqAZY

..and be careful if you rent any water equipment - jet skis, etc. Be sure you inspect it closely before renting anything...
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:23 PM
 
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Yah, no drugs no way! A taxi driver offered come whole passing by...that was a first. I also had no interest in jet ski or scooter, want worth the headache in the event something did go wrong. Anyways, headed to Vietnam now.
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