Best time to go to Bang Tao Beach

December to March is the golden weather window in Phuket, as the rainy season has ended and you’ll miss the hotter temperatures in April and May. The island still feels well and truly tropical, though – it rarely dips below 31˚C, but the sea breeze here makes it feel cooler than the more humid mainland. If you don’t mind the rain, it’s pretty quiet here from July to October, with a more low-key vibe and fewer crowds. And it’s not rain like you’re used to in the UK – it’s bath-water warm, and tends to fall hard all at once before the sun comes out again. Keep a light waterproof poncho rolled up in your bag and you can stay nice and dry while you’re out exploring.

Passports and Visas

British citizens must have a valid passport to visit Thailand. By law, you must carry your passport with you at all times. British passport holders arriving by air may enter Thailand for 30 days without obtaining a visa in advance of arrival. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit


Don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

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Further Reading

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