Phuket Weather

Webcam at Chalong Bay Phuket

Chalong Bay is located in the south of Phuket between the west coast and Phuket Town. It's one of the main departure points for tours, there's an 800m pier at Chalong. Many day trip tours depart from here. It's a big wide bay covering an area of about 25 square kilometers and sheltered year round from all but the strongest winds. A good place to park your boat! The webcam is located at a restaurant called 'Fish Market' a few km east of the main pier.

Below - Webcam at Chalong Bay, Phuket

Chalong Bay (Ao Chalong), Phuket

The original webcam is on the TAT website here.

Chalong Bay - More Information.
Hotels in the Chalong area.


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Webcam at Chalong Bay Phuket

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Bangkok Weather Radar (Rain Radar)

Bangkok is about 700km north of Phuket (more like 850 by road). Weather that far away is quite different to Phuket, although still generally hot and humid much of the time. The TMD website has several different Bangkok radar images. Since many visitors to Phuket will be likely to pass through Bangkok, you should know what the weather is like there!

Thai Meteorological Department Bangkok Weather Radar Loop - images updated every 5 minutes

Note that the time shown at the bottom of the image is Thai Local Time.

Original source : TMD

Southern Thailand Weather radar on the Weather Blog :

Phuket Weather Radar
Krabi Weather Radar
Surat Thani Weather Radar


More Bangkok Information

Bangkok Hotel Booking at Agoda.com

Bangkok Traffic

(above) Bangkok Traffic - photo taken July 2017


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Bangkok Weather Radar (Rain Radar)

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Windguru Forecast for Phuket

Windguru is probably the weather forecast I use most for Phuket. I find that most of the weather websites and news websites have very simple forecasts which for much of the year show a thunderstorm symbol meaning "chance of a thunderstorm". This is normally wrong, but it makes people worried. Sure in a tropical location you do have the chance of a thunderstorm, but that might last 1 hour and only affect a small part of Phuket. Of course there is no perfect forecast. I like Windguru because it shows wind and wave predictions, and since I manage a Phuket dive shop, this is more important than rain - you can dive in the rain, but you might want to reconsider in 25 knot winds and 3 meter waves! Windguru also has some rain prediction, I am not sure if that is really accurate, but overall I find Windguru to be pretty good.

Here's a forecast for the next 3 days for Phuket



For a full 1 week prediction, go to the Windguru Website : Phuket Forecast on Windguru


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Windguru Forecast for Phuket

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Phuket Air Quality vs. Bangkok Air Quality

Air quality very much in the news right now. Bangkok is very smoggy lately, partly due to local emissions (especially traffic) and partly due to burning of fields to the east. Local authorities trying all kind of nonsense like spraying water off tall buildings and deploying water spraying drones. It might cut the haze a little, but the root problem is pollution. Traffic in Bangkok is nuts. I last had a day there in 2017 and really, maybe Bangkok is fun for some people, but too busy for me. So much traffic, and that means a lot of emissions.

Bangkok Traffic

(above) Bangkok traffic, July 2017

It's all over the news right now, with schools closing this week so kids don't have to go outside, and many people I follow on Twitter are talking about the air. If I was in Bangkok right now, I'd be asking for a few days holiday somewhere withe cleaner air! Suggest following Richard Barrow on Twitter, he has a lot of news and updates.

A great web link to use for air quality is the AirVisual website ...

Bangkok Air Quality

and compare to

Phuket Air Quality

or for reference ...

London Air Quality

And see where Bangkok ranks ..

World Air Quality Rankings

So here in Phuket, air is much clearer even if I do complain about traffic some days, it's nothing compared to Bangkok. It has been a bit hazy recently, and that may be due to another factor in the Bangkok haze - burning of fields in the east of Thailand and also in Cambodia, all to the northeast of Phuket and with a NE wind blowing we can get a hazy sky due to this burning.

A couple of nice little widgets from the Airvisual website ...

Phuket Air Quality :



compare to Bangkok Air Quality :



Chiang Mai is sometimes even worse :


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Phuket Air Quality vs. Bangkok Air Quality

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