One of the most common questions that holiday -makers usually ask first is ‘When is the best time to go’. No one wants to go on holiday only to spend most of the time inside avoiding the rain. Imagine working all year and paying 2 weeks for a luxury island getaway or trekking adventure only to find out you have arrived in monsoon season and all day, every day, the skies and filled with clouds and heavy rains crash against your hotel windows as you gaze outside. Sounds bleak? But yes it does happen, and it happens often, but then again maybe it might be the best time to visit for you?
At AsiaTrips we want our guests to enjoy the best of the their holidays and go when the weather is best, so we have created a quick rundown of when you should consider to travel to Southeast Asia.
Cambodia is divided into two seasons: the rainy season (from May to October) and the dry season (from November to April). However, the rainy season does not consist of heavy continuous rain more so by one or more daily showers but can last for several hours. Temperatures range from 30 and 35 degrees the whole year round with March and April being the hottest with the most popular time to visit being November to February. During this time you will see the majority of tourists.
If you visit during the rainy season most places will still be open and you will be able enjoy a cheaper and more authentic experience but remember due to the floods that sometimes happen not all overland routes are traversable at this time of year.
From October to March, rainfall is extremely low and the daytime temperatures range from 20 and 30 degrees. June to September is the rainy season. April and May are the hottest months of the year, with temperatures reaching as high as 40 degrees.
December to January is the best time of year to visit. During the rainy reason the increased river levels also make for smooth expeditions on Laos’s many waterways. Travelers should be aware, however, that the rainy season is often accompanied by irregular flight times, floods, and blocked streets in many of the more remote regions of the country.
A year in Myanmar is divided into three seasons. The hot season usually lasts from March to May (with temperatures from 25 to 40 degrees), the rainy season from June to September (with temperatures from 20 to 33 degrees and relatively high humidity) and the dry or “cool” season from October to February (with temperatures between 18 and 25 degrees).
Travelers should be aware, however, that each time of year has its own distinct appeal: while the cool season offers the most agreeable temperatures and humidity levels, the hot and wet seasons offer the cheapest tickets (due to less demand) and the chance to see the landscape at its lushest and greenest – the beating down of intense monsoon rains can infuse your trip with a kind of uniquely Southeast Asian romance.
Travelers considering this option should note that the rain can occasionally make it dangerous to access roads in the more remote mountain regions. Mandalay, Bagan and the Inle Lake are largely unaffected by the monsoon and can be visited without difficulty all year round.
Thailand is blessed with a standard tropical climate, it can be visited comfortably all year round. A year in Thailand is generally divided into three seasons:
‘Winter’ runs from November to February making this the best time of the year to visit. During this time average daytime temperatures range from 23 degrees in the North and 24 – 27 degrees in the rest of the country. In the higher altitudes of the North, the nights are sometimes cool enough for frost.
The Summer months run from March to May and be warned it can get extremely hot! In the weeks before the monsoon season, the temperatures can push towards 40 celsius. It is overwhelmingly dry with humidity at 80 to 90 per cent. However, average daily temperatures lie between 28 and 30 degrees. The best places to stay during this time are the high mountain regions such as Chiang Mai or the traditional coastal resorts like Koh Phangan.
From May to October you will be hitting rainy season if you visit Thailand. The Southwest Monsoon brings tropical, mostly brief rain showers with the occasional heavy downpour. In the North, the rainy season usually begins at the end of June; in the North-East, it is over by the end of September. From May to August, the North, Northeast, Central Thailand and the Gulf coasts can all be visited in comfort.
During this season, the South of the country is divided into two weather zones: while the West Coast tends to experience more rain, the East Coast and the island region around Koh Samui offer ideal conditions for exploration.
The weather in Vietnam varies between the north and south ends of the country, different regions of Vietnam have very different climates – from the subtropical North to the changeable conditions in the central regions and the tropical climate in the South. The 17th parallel (17 degrees north latitude) in Central Vietnam represents an important weather divide.
October to April are the best months to travel to any region of the country. The average temperature during these months lies at 22 degrees in the North and around 27 degrees in the South. The hottest weather occurs from February to April in the South, when temperatures can reach more than 30 degrees.
North Vietnam: The best time to travel is from September to November. At 25 degrees, temperatures are pleasantly warm and the weather stays dry. In the mountainous regions of the North, December temperatures can sink to as low as ten degrees or even to zero (as on the Chinese border). March and and April are warmer, but are more likely to be affected by long periods of continuous drizzle.
Central Vietnam: The best time to travel is from January to mid-September. October, November and December are increasingly plagued by violent typhoons, which bring intense, days-long showers of rain and often flood tourist destinations such as the old imperial city of Huè or the medieval port town of Hoi An. The same applies for the more southerly seaside resorts of Nha Trang and Mui Ne.
South Vietnam: The best time to travel is from January to April, although this region of Vietnam – which is also home to the bustling city of Saigon – is generally suitable for visiting all year round.
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