We are looking to spend 8 days in Phuket (3 adults and 2 children) for the 1st two weeks of August. we are concerned about the weather (monsoon) and "things" to do if the rain is prolonged. Should we consider a switch to Koh Samui which has a later monsoon from all accounts. Any input will be helpful
you picked an interesting time to post your first question!
in any case, it is a personal choice, and a balance between the two places. samui should definitely have less rain during those two weeks than phuket, but everyone knows that, so crowds will be larger and prices higher on the samui side of the peninsula. the good news is that even when it does rain, it is typically a late afternoon kind of thing although all-day showers are certainly possible.
personally, i've done both, and either choice is a good option, although the idea of smaller crowds definitely appeals to me. then again, big crowds may not be an issue this year. given the instability in thailand right now, phuket may be a good choice simply because it is easier to get a long-haul international flight out of there if needed.
let us know what you decide please. cheers.
I've spent quite a few Augusts in the Phuket area. I have always had enough sunshine for a good beach holiday and have never lost a full day to bad weather.
I'm a weather nerd - this is my usual spiel for August:
Hey there Exacto and Tezza
Thank you for your informative replies. Currently looking at Koh Samui at the moment. Children are asking about the "James Bond" film location. Any idea where that is and can i reach it easily from Samui?
Thanks once again