A holiday in the tropical wonderland dubbed the ‘Pearl of Andaman’ offers plenty of possibilities for action even when the rainy season begins. As the weather cools down a world of adrenaline-pumping activities becomes even more appealing than usual.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island at 21km wide and 48km long, offering many white-sand beaches and warm waters. You can easily find fun and excitement while on the beaches – especially along the west coast’s popular shorelines and of course, in town.
Phuket’s green season: As the winds blow
In May to October is the green season and provides the winds that windsurfing enthusiasts say are best for the most thrilling rides. The majority of the action takes place on the west coast around Kalim, Kata and Nai Harn beaches where boards are for rent.
Kite surfing is a combination of several sports that offers the best you can get from the sea, surf and sky. Launch yourself into the air with the power of the southwest wind and the ocean, and look at Phuket in different dimension. Introductory lessons are available for beginners at about 500 baht per hour.
Rain showers don’t last so long these days. You can still find lots of sunshine and time for soaring gently across the skies. Paragliding above the Andaman Sea while being towed by a speedboat is an exhilarating aviation experience.
For those of you who are more into extreme sports like wakeboarding and water skiing, this island has it all. Although these sports are rarely seen on the beaches, there is one place to participate in them safely, nestled in a tropical lagoon setting. Just less than 15 minutes from Patong towards Kathu district is Phuket Cable Ski, where there are great deals on full day and short term member tickets.
Take a turn at the helm
Take your turn at the helm with a picturesque bareboat charter or leave the sailing to a professional crew. There are a number of quality charter companies on the island, and most of them offer both bareboat and full crew options. Sailing holidays have become increasingly popular in the region. Phuket is well positioned as a spectacular cruising ground with easy access to many other popular destinations including Krabi, Phi Phi, Racha island and Lanta island.
Luckily the east coast of Phuket is suitable for sailing all year long. The best sailing is during the dry season, which falls from November till the end of April. The winds generally blow from the northeast and contain absolutely no rain. This season is also the best time to visit some of the world’s best dive sites in the Surin and Similan islands, located off the west coast of Thailand.
Although the Andaman Sea is rough in green season, it is still possible to sail in Phang Nga Bay, which is naturally sheltered with its unique limestone islands. There are many secluded beaches, caves and local villages to explore – and these are best viewed by canoe.
Chalong Bay is the game fishing centre. Many boats depart from here daily for day tours and overnight charters. Prices vary depending on the type of boat but most of them are well equipped and come with master anglers. Annual local and national fishing tournaments are held in Phuket and it’s possible to join them as a tourist.