Planning a trip to Southeast Asian destinations this year? You might want to immerse yourself in big cities like Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or calm paradises in Laos, Bali, and Thailand. The best time to visit countries like Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines will depend upon avoiding the hottest, most humid weather.
Planning your travel based on weather. It’s best to visit Southeast Asia from November through February since drier, cooler weather prevails. Generally speaking, hot and humid weather characterizes Southeast Asia, which lies in the Tropics close to the equator. The average temperature for the region hovers around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. June to October marks Wet monsoon rains, which can make it hard to dive, surf, sunbathe, or hike. There are exceptions as Indonesia and Malaysia experience dry seasons from April to October.
The cost of South East Asian travel. Lonely Planet’s first Shoestring Budget travel guide was actually inspired by Southeast Asia because of its affordable prices. The cheapest countries to travel include Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, and the Philippines. Despite the affordability of region, there are certain times to stretch your money even further. The summer season can be stiflingly hot, but flight and hotel deals can be cheap in countries like Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. September and October can be cheaper to fly because they precede the busy travel season.
Evading the crowd. November to February is the most popular time for visitors who are very excited to experience the holiday season in Asia. You can expect high hotel rates especially in the metro area as well as large crowds in major beaches and resorts. For Thailand for instance, 55 million travelers descend upon the region annually, from backpackers to jet-setters. When traveling to Asian countries during peak season, always get a premium travel insurance before you leave so you can protect yourself from travel issues like lost baggage, delays, accidents, sickness, etc.
Experiencing events in Southeast Asia. You may start your travel around Thailand’s Songkran from April 13 to 15th. When Thais celebrate their New Year by going the streets bringing water guns, buckets of water and handfuls of talcum powder. The Laos dragon boat races are held every September in all riverside towns, featuring colorful costumes and a parade on water. Try spending your Chinese New Year in Singapore, home to Southeast Asia’s biggest party.
Traveling to see wildlife. An awesome spot to spot smaller “big” cats, snakes, bats, flying squirrels and slow Loris is the Taman Negara National Park in Malaysia, but make sure to visit between February and September to get away from leech infestations. You can also travel to Borneo from March through October to see the endangered orangutans. The Kaho Sok National Park in Southern Thailand is also a good place to see sun bear, leopards, tigers, elephants, and gibbons. Try visiting in October, November, and May to avoid the crowd.
In summary, you should travel to an Asian country based on the type of activity you want to experience, the best weather, least crowd, and the season with the most affordable expenses. And don’t forget to get a travel insurance quote ahead of time so you can prepare for the extra cost when finalizing your travel expenses. It also helps to visit a particular country’s official website to know every event and current state affairs you should know to maximize your stay.