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The best time to visit Southeast Asia

 

Southeast Asia enjoys a tropical climate with temperatures hovering around the 30C mark all year round. Most of the countries in this region experience three seasons: hot, wet and dry. November through February tends to be most popular for travel with comfortably cool temperatures, while in April the thermometer can hit 40C. July typically signals the start of the rainy or monsoon season, and while there is plenty of rainfall, the sun continues to shine. Of course climate conditions vary so have a look at a country break down below, and remember to check the weather forecast before departure.

 

 

 

Vietnam Climate

 

Vietnam has a varied climate due to its geography. The south is hot year round and has two seasons. The wet season lasts from May to October, with brief, daily showers and the dry season from November to April is generally sunny and humid. In the north, the summer months (May to October) are hot and there is the occasional burst of heavy rain. In the winter (December to February) temperatures drop in the north and it can be damp and overcast. The coastal region of central Vietnam is blessed with long months of sunshine, although there is rainfall in November and December. At this time of year there is also typhoon activity in the central coastal region.

 

Vietnam - Hanoi

 


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 13 14 17 20 23 26 26 26 24 22 18 15
max temp °C 20 21 23 28 32 33 33 32 31 29 26 22
rainfall mm 18 28 38 81 196 239 323 343 254 99 43 20

 

South Vietnam - Saigon



Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C  21 22 23 24 24 24 24 24  23  23  23  22 
max temp °C  32 33  34  35  33  32  31  31  31  31  31  31 
rainfall mm  15 3 13  221  330  315  269  335  269  114  56 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Cambodia Climate

 

Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons: rainy season from May to November, when the countryside is lush and green, and dry season from late November to April, when there are long days of glorious sunshine and clear skies. Temperatures in Cambodia remain fairly constant and warm throughout the year, apart from in the north, when winters (December to March) are generally colder.

 

Cambodia - Siem Reap

 


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C  19 21  26  25  25  25  25  25  25  24  22  20 
max temp °C  32  33 35  36  35  34  33  32  32  31  30  31 
rainfall mm  1 28  61  176  221  237  151  276  248  82 

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Thailand Climate

 

The best time to travel to Thailand – central and north including Bangkok, Kanchanaburi and Sukhothai is from November to June, with little rain, if any expected throughout this time. After the cooler winter months, from mid January temperatures start to rise steadily till May. Between May and July the south west monsoons arrive, travel during this time can still be pleasant with the rain coming in the form of short downpours, lasting an hour or two, clearing the way for warm, clear skies.  In August and September the rain continues to fall and temperatures remain high, though by October the mercury has fallen and November marks the start of of the dry season in the central and north once again.  

 

The far north and Chiang Rai are generally cooler with lower humidity than the surrounding regions. The best time to travel is either the ‘cool’ season from Oct – Feb (although the evenings can get very chilly) or the wet season Jun - Sept  when aside from the rain, conditions are mild. March – May is warmer with temperatures rising above thirty.

 

The Gulf of Thailand, including the Hua Hin coastal region has three defined seasons. From December to February you can expect blue skies, plenty of sunshine with refreshing sea breezes to keep temperatures at bay. From March – June there is still plenty of blue sky and temperatures will rise above thirty. Rain is unlikely till till the end of June when it comes in the form of hour-long afternoon downpours, clearing the way for more blue skies and bright sunshine. In late-August/September the monsoon arrives and you can expect sunny spells interspersed with rainy periods. Rainfall usually peaks between October and November.  

 

Thailand - Bangkok


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C  22 24
26
27
27
27
26
26
25
25
23
21
max temp °C  32 32
33
34
33
33
32
32
32
32
31
31
rainfall mm  10 28
 30  71 191
152
158
188
320
231
58
10

 

 

Thailand - Chiang Mai


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C  12 16
20
23
24
24
24  24  23
22
19
16
max temp °C  30 33
35
36
34
32
32
32
32
31
30
28
rainfall mm  33 95  177  385 126
105
161
157
157
113
39
12


The weather charts above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 


Laos Climate

 

November through to April are the best months to travel to Laos, when the weather is warm and dry and the nights are comfortable and cool. Temperatures typically begin to rise around March and the rain arrives in May or June. From June through to August the humidity can soar and short tropical downpours are common. September and October can still bring the occasional shower.

 

Laos - Vientiane

 


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C  14 17  19  23  23  24  24  24  24  21  18  16 
max temp °C  28 30  33  34  32  32  31  31  31  31  29  28 
rainfall mm  5 15  138  99  267  302  267  292  302  109  15 

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Burma Climate

 

In Burma the dry season which stretches from November and May is the ideal time to visit with the least rainfall and mild temperatures. During the months of March through to May the temperatures are hot on the plains of Bagan and Mandalay whereas the northern mountainous provinces offer a cool respite. The southwest monsoons can start between mid May and mid June and bring tropical rains through to October.

 

Burma - Yangon

 


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C  18 19  22  24  25  25  24  24  24  24  22  19 
max temp °C  32 35  36  37  33  30  30  30  30  32  32  32 
rainfall mm  5  2  7  15 303  547  559  602  368  206  60 

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 

Borneo Climate

Borneo has an equatorial climate and situated south of the equator, a dry season is the reverse of the rest of South-east Asia: April – November. The rainy season begins in December and ends late March. At all times of year however, it is usually hot and humid in the lowlands and cooler in the mountains. Mt Kinabalu has its own climate and often experiences freezing temperatures at night.

 

Borneo - Kuching

 


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C  23 23
23
24  24
24
23
23
23
23
23
23
max temp °C  29 30
31
32
32
32
32
32
31
31
31
30
rainfall mm  670  490  330  290 270
240
190
230
250
320
390
460

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

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