Best time to visit Phi Phi Island

The best time to visit Phi Phi Island for a beach holiday is during the dry season from December to March, when you can expect clear sunny days averaging 28°C (82°F), with little to no rain and the sea is calm and warm.


Ko Phi Phi Island weather

The Phi Phi Islands experience a hot, tropical monsoon climate year-round, with a dry season from December to March, and a wet season from April to November.

Night time temperatures rarely fall below 23°C (73°F). Humidity is usually high.

What is the best month to visit Phi Phi?
January, February and March are the best months to visit Phi Phi – the climate is good with hot, sunny weather, clear blue skies and little to no rainfall. February is the sunniest month.

Which is the hottest month in Ko Phi Phi?
The hottest month in Ko Phi Phi is normally April, when maximum daytime temperatures usually reach 33°C (91°F) and often peak higher, with very high heat and humidity, and a night-time low of 24°C (75°F).

The hot season lasts from early-February to mid April, with an average daily high temperature above 32°C (89°F).

What is the humidity in Ko Phi Phi?
Ko Phi Phi experiences little significant seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 70% – 82% over the course of the year.

Typically, it's humid all year round – almost every day feels muggy or worse.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

Which is the coldest month in Ko Phi Phi?
The 'coldest' months of the year in Ko Phi Phi are November, December and January, with an average high of 31°C (87°F) and a low of 22°C (71°F).

The cooler season lasts from mid-August to late-December, with an average daily high temperature below 32°C (89°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Ko Phi Phi?
The sunniest time of year in Ko Phi Phi is usually February with an average of nine hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 77% of daylight hours.

When is the sea warmest in Ko Phi Phi?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Ko Phi Phi in April when the water temperature reaches 30°C (86°F), which is very pleasant for swimming.

The sea around the Phi Phi islands is warm enough to swim in year-round. However, the sea may be rough with dangerous currents during the monsoon season.

Which month has the most rain in Ko Phi Phi?
September is usually the wettest month in Ko Phi Phi with more than 370mm (14in) of rainfall on average, and at least 20 days with some rain.

The heaviest rainfall in Ko Phi Phi falls during the months of May through to November.

During this time the wet monsoon brings strong westerly winds and hot overcast days with torrential rain that falls mainly in the afternoon and evening, but can last for days at a time.

At this time travel between the islands by boat can be difficult due to the rough seas.

Which is the windiest month in Ko Phi Phi?
The windiest month of the year in Ko Phi Phi is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 10 kilometres per hour (6 mph; 5 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from late-May through to early-October, with average wind speeds of more than nine kilometres per hour (5.6 mph; 5 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-October through to late-May. The calmest month of the year in Ko Phi Phi is April, with an average hourly wind speed of seven kilometres per hour (4 mph; 3.8 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Ko Phi Phi.


Phi Phi Island Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max (°C)
31 33 33 33 33 32 31 31 31 31 30 31
Average daily min (°C)
22 22 23 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 23 23
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
9 9 9 8 6 6 6 6 5 6 6 8
Average daily daylight (hrs)
12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Comfort level
High heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon
Average relative humidity (%)
75 75 75 75 80 85 85 85 85 90 85 80
UV Index (max)
11 11 11 11+ 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
6 4 6 11 18 18 18 18 20 20 17 12
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
48 25 52 129 309 260 270 260 370 330 230 91
Average wind speed (km/h)
9 8 7 7 8 10 10 10 9 8 8 9
Average sea temperature (°C)
28 28 29 30 30 30 29 29 29 28 29 28
Ko Phi Phi, Thailand

Seasons


High Season: From December to April, especially during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Low Season: The wet season, from May to November, also known as the 'green season', brings less crowds, cheaper accommodation and, as the locals are quick to point out, it does not rain all day.

Note: During the wet season, choppy seas prevail on the western side of the islands. However, sea conditions remain calm along the eastern coasts, which are sheltered from the worst of the strong westerly winds by Phi Phi’s tall limestone mountains.


Ko Phi Phi weather by month


Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Thai Meteorological Department.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.


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Latest update: Best time to visit Phi Phi Island 10 March, 2024


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