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Help! Will my July 1-6 Phuket Trip be Rainy -- Should I go to Thailand's East Coast?

Help! Will my July 1-6 Phuket Trip be Rainy -- Should I go to Thailand's East Coast?

Old Jun 19, 02, 8:36 am
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Help! Will my July 1-6 Phuket Trip be Rainy -- Should I go to Thailand's East Coast?

I guess the subject header is pretty self-explanatory. My wife and I are planning to spend July 1-6 in Phuket. But it seems like that's the monsoon season and I don't want our entire time to be rainy. Can somebody salve my concerns and hopefully tell me that it only rains in short bursts during this time of the year, followed by lots of sun. Or can we expect mostly rainy, cloudy days. If that latter is the case, would we have better weather at an East Coast Thailand resort. Thanks for any info.
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Old Jun 19, 02, 3:16 pm
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I know it is HOT, but don't know the rain paterns in July, since I only go in Dec during the 'cool dry' season!

You could call WTS for very current weather information and reservations at 011-662-233-5000, 011-662-236-7169, or Fax at 011-662-236-1169.

I don't know, if they moved and changed phone numbers. But it took me a little time to find, that the website and email addresses have changed.

 
Old Jun 19, 02, 5:26 pm
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From Phuket Travel Information, Thailand on Phuket.com:

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Locals enjoy June, July and August, since the weather is usually fine and our favourite haunts remain uncrowded. The usual pattern is brief but heavy showers, with plenty of sunshine between downpours. Everything is a little less expensive at this time of year, as well. Temperatures range between 70F and 90F (20C to 33C). </font>
Almost sounds like Princeville, but hotter.

-David

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Old Jun 19, 02, 6:50 pm
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I was there in early June two years ago and experienced the "frequent heavy showers" at that time of year (described as early monsoon season)but there was also plenty of sun, I do remember swimming in the rain on a number of times.

I am not sure if you can avoid the rain as it is pretty much monsoon season throughtout SE Asia at that time.
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Old Jun 20, 02, 7:02 am
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It is the monsoon season on the west coast of Thailand during July, but not on the east coast. It is high season for Samui. I was in teh Phi Phi Isl;ands in July for almost 2 weeks and I researched before I went and I had no days of rain all day and some showers. Prices are low because the weather is unpredictable but we did not experience "bad " weather. Alternatively- we spent 2 weeks in Samui in July and it was hot and sunny the entire time.
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Old Jun 20, 02, 9:42 am
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The Weather Channel web site gives a 10 day forecast for Phuket, Thailand:

http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/local/THXX0018

If that helps.

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Old Jun 20, 02, 9:45 am
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Another option is to try contacting the US Embassy in Thailand:

http://usa.or.th/

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Old Jun 25, 02, 2:38 am
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It is easier to take an umbrella!
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