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10 Things to Do in Phuket in December

December marks the beginning of the high season and dry weather in Phuket. If you don't mind the crowds, during your trip you can discover some of the best scenery in the world.

Matías Rodríguez

Matías Rodríguez

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10 Things to Do in Phuket in December

Christmas on a beach in Phuket | Tore Bustad

If you plan to tour Phuket in December, you will find the weather ideal for visiting the paradisiacal beaches and discovering the nearby landscapes, as well as having at your disposal some of the best events of the season. On the downside, you will have to adjust to high season crowds and crowds at each of the attractions, although you will be able to discover this city at one of its best times.

Among the best things to do in Phuket in December are discovering the city lights on a guided tour, welcoming the New Year on a cruise on the Andaman Sea, waiting for Christmas at the Phuket FantaSea theme park, seeing the local Aquarium, visiting James Bond Island and seeing the national parks.

1. Discover the city lights on a guided tour of Phuket

Christmas in Phuket| ©williamsaar
Christmas in Phuket| ©williamsaar

If you want to get into the festive spirit of Phuket, you can join a guided tour at night to discover the city lights, which dress the streets in color and glitter to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. During this month, Phuket is transformed into a dazzling spectacle, with decorations flooding the facades of the main buildings.

A guided tour will allow you to explore the highlights of the city and enjoy the magnificent Christmas decorations. On some of the best Phuket tours, you can stroll along the main shopping streets and enjoy the decorated shop windows, giant Christmas trees and sparkling lights that create a magical atmosphere.

During the tour, the guide will share with you interesting information about the local traditions of the festive season and show you the highlights to capture stunning photographs. There you can enjoy the festive atmosphere as you stroll through decorated night markets and immerse yourself in the local culture, which although related to Buddhism, adopted Christmas customs thanks to the influx of tourists.

In addition to Christmas decorations, you can also enjoy special events and live entertainment that are organized in different parts of the city. From concerts and fireworks shows to themed markets and attractions for the whole family. You are sure to find some of the best things to do in Phuket at night during your tour.

Join a guided tour of Phuket

2. Visit the Phuket Aquarium with seasonal discounts.

Phuket Aquarium| ©Jamie Monk
Phuket Aquarium| ©Jamie Monk

Visiting the Phuket Aquarium in December is a fascinating experience for lovers of the marine world. Also, during this month, you can take advantage of seasonal discounts, as many visitors head to the beaches, so the tourist attractions are less crowded.

Phuket Aquarium is an impressive place that houses a wide variety of marine and aquatic species. You can explore the tanks and aquariums with tropical fish, sharks, rays and other sea creatures. In addition, the aquarium also has interactive exhibits that provide educational information about marine life and conservation.

During December, as it is beach season, it is common for parks and attractions on land to offer special discounts and promotions. This includes Phuket Aquarium, where you can enjoy reduced entrance fees and cheaper experiences.

By visiting the aquarium in December, you can explore the exhibits at your own pace, without the overwhelming crowds that can be encountered if you visit Phuket in October or during the rainy season. You'll be able to enjoy a quieter, more personalized experience, allowing you to admire and learn about the fascinating sea creatures without being rushed.

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3. Visit James Bond Island in the best weather

James Bond Island| ©Robert Padovani
James Bond Island| ©Robert Padovani

If you don't mind tolerating the crowds, visiting James Bond Island in December with the best weather is an opportunity to explore one of Phuket's most iconic destinations. Officially known as Ko Khao Phing Kan, this island gained popularity after appearing in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. Its distinctive rock formation emerging from the water makes it a stunning place to explore.

During the month of December, the region features pleasant and sunny weather, making it an ideal time to visit James Bond Island. However, keep in mind that this is one of the most popular destinations in the region, so there will be a large influx of tourists, as it is one of the best full-day excursions to take from Phuket.

Despite the presence of crowds, James Bond Island is still an amazing destination to explore. You can embark on a boat or kayak tour to navigate the crystal clear waters surrounding the island and admire the stunning rock formations.

In addition to the island's natural beauty, you can also enjoy the experience of visiting nearby floating restaurants and sampling delicious Thai cuisine. Although the number of tourists may be high, you can still enjoy the beauty of the place and its characteristic charm.

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4. Attend the start of the Phuket King's Cup Regatta.

Phuket King's Cup Regatta| ©
Phuket King's Cup Regatta| ©[email protected]

Attending the start of the Phuket King 's Cup Regatta in December is an exciting experience for sailing and water sports enthusiasts. This annual regatta is one of the most prominent events on the Asian sailing calendar and attracts participants from all over the world.

During the start of the regatta, you can witness the thrilling competition as sailboats of different classes line up at the starting line and take to the Andaman Sea. The coordination of the sailboats in action, the sails flapping in the wind and the excitement in the air create a vibrant and energetic atmosphere.

The regatta takes place off the west coast of Phuket and offers a spectacular view of the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches as the boats sail towards the buoys and compete in the different categories.

The Phuket King 's Cup Regatta is a prominent event in the sailing community, and attending the start will give you the opportunity to witness the passion and talent of the sailors and enjoy the festive and sporting atmosphere. If you plan to visit Phuket in August you can attend the summer version of this event.

5. Explore the city's night markets and find Christmas treasures.

Christmas market| ©shankar s
Christmas market| ©shankar s

Exploring Phuket's night markets is a fascinating experience that will immerse you in the vibrant local life and allow you to discover a wide variety of products, food and handicrafts. During the month of December, some of these sites are transformed into Christmas markets, offering a festive and special experience.

One of the most popular night markets is the Chillva Market, which features a wide selection of food stalls, clothing, accessories and decorative items. In December, Chill Market is filled with Christmas lights and decorations, creating a festive and cozy atmosphere for visitors.

Another market that turns into a Christmas market in December is the Phuket Walking Street Market. There you will find a wide variety of products, from clothing and souvenirs to local foods and handicrafts. During the Christmas season, the market is decorated with festive lights and vendors offer Christmas-themed products such as ornaments and gifts.

Naka Market is also worth a visit in December, offering a wide selection of products at affordable prices. There you will find everything from clothing and accessories to fresh produce and street food. During the holiday season, the market is filled with vendors offering special items such as seasonal sweets and festive decorations.

6. Welcome the New Year on a cruise on the Andaman Sea.

On the Adaman Sea| ©michael konstantynowicz
On the Adaman Sea| ©michael konstantynowicz

Welcoming the New Year on an Andaman Sea cruise from Phuket is an unforgettable experience filled with fun, excitement and scenic beauty. During this special celebration, you can embark on a cruise and enjoy a magical night surrounded by the breathtaking seascape.

As the clock approaches midnight, the atmosphere will be filled with joy. On the cruise you will be treated to a gala dinner, live music performances and themed activities to celebrate the arrival of the new year.

The highlight of the evening is the fireworks display. As the sky lights up with explosions of colors and bright lights, you can enjoy panoramic views from the ship's deck. The combination of the fireworks, the Andaman Sea and the night breeze create a magical atmosphere.

Before the New Year's celebration, the cruise will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the sea as you sail through the crystal clear waters. You can relax in the open area of the ship, sunbathe, enjoy refreshing drinks and participate in water activities such as swimming and snorkeling, which are ideal if you plan to visit Phuket with children.

7. Join in the New Year's celebrations at Patong Beach

Patong Beach| ©Thomas Galvez
Patong Beach| ©Thomas Galvez

Participating in the New Year's celebrations at Patong Beach is an exciting and energetic experience. Patong Beach is known for its lively atmosphere and vibrant nightlife, and during New Year's Eve, the beach transforms into a stage full of fun and celebration.

Patong Beach is filled with people from all over the world, eager to welcome the new year. The atmosphere is charged with excitement as the crowds anxiously await the countdown to midnight. Bars, clubs and restaurants in the area organize theme parties and special events, offering live music, shows and fireworks to delight attendees.

The beach is illuminated with colorful lights and festive decorations, creating a magical and festive atmosphere. Music echoes in the air, as people enjoy dancing, sipping cocktails and sharing good times. Patong Beach becomes an epicenter of celebration where you can join the crowd and enjoy an unforgettable night out in one of the best full-day activities you can do from Phuket.

As the clock strikes midnight, the sky will light up with fireworks, creating a spectacle of lights and colors. There you can experience an exciting and fun-filled moment.

8. Experience an immersive Christmas in Phuket 3D Museum

3D Museum| ©Jamie Monk
3D Museum| ©Jamie Monk

Living an immersive Christmas at the Phuket 3D Museum is a unique experience that will transport you to a magical world full of color and creativity. This museum is known for its stunning 3D artworks that create optical illusions and allow you to interact with the paintings.

During the holiday season, the Phuket 3D Museum sets itself apart with its themed decorations and Christmas motifs. You can explore different picturesque settings that evoke the joy and spirit of the eve. From giant Christmas trees to festive snowy scenes, every corner of the museum is filled with decorative elements that will make you feel as if you are inside a Santa Claus story.

One of the advantages of visiting the Phuket 3D Museum during Christmas is that you can take unique and fun photographs in the themed settings. You can become an elf Santa's helper, pose next to a snowman or even pretend to fly in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

In addition to the 3D paintings, the museum also offers interactive activities and games that will keep the whole family entertained. You can participate in perspective challenges, visual puzzles and enjoy an educational experience at the same time.

9. Wait for Christmas at Phuket FantaSea

Phuket FantaSea| ©Jamie Monk
Phuket FantaSea| ©Jamie Monk

Waiting for Christmas at Phuket FantaSea is a magical and enchanting experience. Phuket FantaSea is a one-of-a-kind theme park that combines cultural shows, live entertainment and a variety of thrilling attractions. During the Christmas season, the park transforms into a truly festive paradise.

During the eve, this park will be decorated with dazzling lights, giant Christmas trees and festive decorations creating a magical and cozy atmosphere. You can stroll through the colorful food and drink stalls, enjoy themed shows and participate in special activities for the whole family. If you are planning to visit Phuket in January, you will also find artificial beaches in the park.

One of the highlights of the Phuket FantaSea experience during Christmas is the main show. You can enjoy a dazzling and talented theatrical performance that combines music, dance and acrobatics. The show features Christmas elements and festive themes that will immerse you in the spirit of the season.

In addition to the shows, Phuket FantaSea offers a wide range of exciting attractions, such as elephant rides, a 4D theater and an animal farm. You'll also find gift stores where you can buy unique souvenirs and local handicrafts to take home.

10. Escape the crowds by visiting a national park.

Khao Phra Thaeo National Park| ©Bart Luyckx
Khao Phra Thaeo National Park| ©Bart Luyckx

If you want to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in Phuket's natural beauty, an excellent option is to visit one of the region's national parks. These parks offer a tranquil and serene environment where you can enjoy the local flora and fauna without the tourist influx of the more crowded areas.

One of the most popular national parks is Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. Located in the north of Phuket, this park is home to lush rainforest, an impressive waterfall and a wide variety of plant and animal species. There you can hike the trails, visit the gibbon sanctuary or just relax in a peaceful natural environment.

Another national park worth visiting is Sirinat National Park. This park is located on the northwest coast of Phuket and features pristine beaches, mangroves and rich marine biodiversity. You can explore the white sandy beaches, snorkel in the coral reefs or just enjoy a relaxing day in a protected natural environment.

Laem Son National Park is another interesting option. Located in the western part of the island, this park offers beautiful sea views, impressive cliffs and a picturesque beach. There you can enjoy scenic hikes, bird watching and marvel at the natural beauty this corner of Phuket has to offer.

Temperatures in Phuket in December

Christmas tree in Phuket| ©Show In My Eyes
Christmas tree in Phuket| ©Show In My Eyes

Temperatures in Phuket in December are pleasant and warm, making them perfect for enjoying the beach and outdoor activities. During this month, temperatures average between 25° and 31°, creating a tropical climate ideal for relaxing and enjoying the sun.

Evenings in Phuket are slightly cooler, with temperatures usually hovering around 22°, providing pleasant weather for outdoor dining or a stroll on the beach.

Phuket's tourist flow in December

Streets of Phuket| ©Phil Whitehouse
Streets of Phuket| ©Phil Whitehouse

December is considered the beginning of the high season in Phuket, which means that the island experiences a large influx of tourists during this month. Many visitors choose to spend their winter vacations in Phuket to enjoy the warm weather, stunning beaches and the wide range of activities and attractions available.

Due to Phuket's popularity during the last month of the year, it is common to find a higher number of tourists on the island. Popular tourist destinations, such as Patong Beach and nearby islands like Phi Phi, can be busier, especially during public holidays and New Year's Eve vacations.

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Prices in Phuket in December

Money in Euros| ©Ibrahim Boran
Money in Euros| ©Ibrahim Boran

In December, prices in Phuket tend to be a bit higher compared to other months of the year, due to it being high season and higher tourist demand. Prices for accommodation, transportation, food and activities may increase in relation to demand and supply.

Please note that prices may vary according to location and type of establishment. Hotels and resorts in popular tourist areas, such as Patong Beach, tend to have higher rates in December. However, if you are looking for more economical options, you will also find areas of the island that can fit different budgets.

What to pack to visit Phuket in December?

Luggage| ©JamesDeMeyer
Luggage| ©JamesDeMeyer

December is one of the hottest seasons in Phuket and also marks the beginning of the dry season on the island, so I advise you to pack the following in your suitcase:

  • Lightweight T-shirts
  • Light pants
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Light coat
  • Beach shoes
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat