I woke up to a rainy morning. The sun is hidden behind a thick layer of clouds; looks like it'll stay that way all day. But what is a little bit of rain compared to the blizzards sweeping across Europe and USA?
No wonder hordes of tourists flock to Phuket to escape the cold. The hotel rates shot up on the day we left the island but still, tourists are willing to pay skyhigh prices for a piece of tropical paradise.
Indeed the best time to visit Phuket is during the cool NE monsoon season, from November through March when it isn't so humid, and the cool breezes keep things comfortable.
In fact, we were blessed with such good weather that I ended up sunburnt after a boating trip.
Sunworshippers travel across the world to bask in the heat all day. Then they end up at Prom Thep Cape, the southern-most point of Phuket, to watch the sun dip into the Andaman Sea. The sunset here is stunning!
Having good weather also means that we could spend more time outdoors.
Splashing about in the pool.
Hiking in a nature reserve.
Some of the popular activities to do in Phuket are scuba diving and snorkeling. We took a 1.5-hour ferry ride to Phi Phi Island where we stayed for two nights to enjoy the idyllic island life.
Phi Phi jetty.
Fishes at the jetty.
Taking a longtail boat to our resort.
A popular diving site.
Best friend 's family returning from a dive.