Best Holidays for November 2017

From Diwali to the Yi Peng Festival, now's the time to celebrate light

Where to go on holiday in November

The month of November is brimming with possibilities, be it thrilling festivals in Thailand and India or the sombre commemorations of Remembrance Day in Turkey. The temples and ruins of Cambodia and neighbouring Vietnam and Laos are also wonderful to explore this month after the monsoon rains have passed while the Far East is heading deeper into autumn with colourful foliage still decorating the landscapes. Temperatures are pleasantly warm in the Middle East so it's a good time to explore the ancient wonders or head to the Red Sea for a bit of relaxation by the beach. It's also the start of the expedition cruise season in Antarctica with the icy landscapes utterly pristine after the long winter months so now's the time to consider that once-in-a-lifetime voyage.

If you're looking for inspiration as to where to travel in November 2017, look no further than our guide to the best destinations worldwide, where to go for sunny beach break and which countries offer the best wildlife opportunities.

Top Destinations and Experiences in November



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Rice terraces and ancient temples

Exploring Southeast Asia

By November the monsoon rains have largely moved on making it an ideal time to visit Southeast Asia. The countryside is lush and green after months of rain, meaning the scenery is at its most attractive. Now's a good time for visiting the impressive rice terraces that decorate the northern hills in Thailand and Vietnam with optimum photographic conditions. It's also an ideal time to visit the temples of Angkor.

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Clear mountain views

Trekking in the Himalayas

November is an excellent month to trek in the Himalayan region with perfect visibility after the monsoon rains. From October the clouds clear to reveal awe-inspiring vistas of Everest and the surrounding mountain ranges. Expect blue skies and dry conditions but temperatures will be cold. The weather also makes it a good time to be out and about exploring Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.

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Cities and scenery

Spring in South America

This time of year means spring in the Southern Hemisphere, a perfect time to visit South America where the weather is mild and the skies clear. Outdoor adventure abounds and the landscapes bloom with colour. The seductive cities of Argentina and the eerie deserts of Chile are yet to suffer from the oppressive heat of summer so it's a great time to explore. It's also a great time for hiking in the national parks of Patagonia.

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Expedition cruise to Antarctica

The world's southernmost continent is a land of ice-covered wilderness where towering icebergs float in freezing waters and conditions are so hostile that it is without permanent human inhabitants. Yet Antarctica is a firm favourite on many bucket lists with November marking the start of the expedition cruise season as the temperatures warm up enough to cause some of the ice to melt and allow boats to navigate their way to the Antarctic Peninsula. It's the perfect time to visit as the landscapes created by the winter months are undisturbed with icebergs at their biggest and most impressive.

Best Festivals and Events in November

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Pushkar Camel Fair

Where? Pushkar, India
When? 28th Oct - 4th Nov

Thousands of people descend on the small lakeside town of Pushkar to buy and sell camels, horses and other cattle. Festivities include camel races, bridal dress competitions, dance performances and the battle of the moustaches as men compete for the title of longest moustache. It's one of the driest months in the region so it's also the perfect time to explore the attractions of Rajasthan with low humidity and sunny, warm days.

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Day of the Dead

Where? Mexico
When? 1st-2nd Nov 2017

Known as Día de los Muertos in Spanish, the Day of the Dead is Mexico's most famous and popular festival. It's a time for friends and family to remember those that have passed, honouring dead relatives with private altars and decorating graves with sugar skulls and marigold flowers. Spectacular parades are held in the larger towns and cities with people dressing in fine attire complete with decorative skull masks.

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La Diablada

Where? Puno, Peru
When? 1st-5th Nov 2017

Combining indigenous beliefs with Christian traditions, La Diablada is a week of fervent dancing and impressive theatrical parades led by a horned devil. It takes place in Peru's capital of folklore - the town of Puno that sits beside the revered Lake Titicaca. Like Day of the Dead elsewhere, it's a time for locals to pay their respects to the dearly departed. It's also claimed to celebrate the time that the devilish conquistadors left Peru.

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Yi Peng Festival

Where? Chiang Mai, Thailand
When? 3rd-5th Nov 2017

Each year Chiang Mai witnesses the coordinated release of thousands of pretty candle-lit lanterns into the night sky. Made of coloured paper, the lanterns venerate Buddha with light and the origins of the festival date back to the ancient Lanna kingdom. It's a particularly good time to visit Thailand with houses and temples decorated especially for the occasion with parades held in the streets and a general sense of frivolity.

Best Beach Destinations in November

With the monsoons practically over in Southeast Asia, it's the start of the high season across the southern islands of Thailand with some rain still affecting central Vietnam. The same applies for the central region of India though if you're considering Kerala or Sri Lanka then it may be best to hold off until December when the last of the rains have cleared. There may be some residual hurricane conditions in Central America in November.

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South Vietnam

Summer is back for much of south Vietnam with popular beach resorts such as Phu Quoc, Phan Thiet and Mui Ne experiencing some of the best weather of the year. Here you can expect clear skies, comfortably high temperatures and bearable humidity. The central coast is still experiencing some rains so south is the place to head for that dream beach break with opportunities to explore the nearby Mekong Delta.

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Southwest Thailand

The climatic conditions can vary widely across Southeast Asia with November acting as a transitional month between the wet and dry seasons, some parts of a country may be drier than others. In November it's the western coast of the peninsula that's experiencing the better weather making Phuket an ideal beach destination. This time of year sees the return of sunny days and low humidity in the region.

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India

By mid-November the monsoon rains are a distant memory across India's western coast and popular beach resorts in Goa are open for business. The temperatures are pleasantly warm, the weather dry and the seas calm and clear. The southern states are experiencing a second mini monsoon but this central region is ideal for a beach break with the attractions of northern Rajasthan perfect for exploring in November.

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Mexico

The rainy season officially ends in October, which means the month of November can be a great time to visit the resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen for a beach break. As a month of transition there's always the chance of a downpour but by and large the skies are dry and the temperatures pleasantly cool. It's also a month before peak tourist season kicks off so prices will be lower and crowds thinner.

Best Wildlife Destinations in November

It's the start of the wet season across most of Africa which means safari conditions are not at their best although the landscapes will start to bloom with vegetation with the daily showers though there are a handful of African destinations that will benefit from these rains.

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India

The parks of India have been open for a good month now after the monsoon rains and conditions are starting to dry out. This means vegetation is beginning to thin increasing your chances of spotting wild tigers in national parks such as Ranthambore and Bandhavgarh in northern India. You may also see wildlife as varied as sambar, chital, nilgai, wild boar, leopard and sloth bear with myriad birdlife about.

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Costa Rica

Olive Ridley and leatherback turtles come to the Pacific shores of Costa Rica to begin their annual nesting season. Tortuguero National Park is one of the best places to watch the turtles as they make their way across the damp sands. The rains are beginning to clear across much of the country so November is also a good time to get out and explore Costa Rica from the cloudforests to the volcanic landscapes.

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The Galapagos

It's the tail end of the cool, dry season in the Galapagos Islands with strong currents that create an abundance of nutrients which then attracts more marine life. It's a good time for diving with encounters with marine species likely. On land it's nesting season for blue-footed boobies and waved albatross with green turtles reaching the island shores to begin their mating period. There will also be more sea lions about as they too are in their breeding season.

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Botswana

November is the start of the wet season in Botswana which means high temperatures, high humidity and increasing water levels. With the rains comes fresh vegetation so the scenery is becoming more attractive and migratory birds make their way to Botswana's parks and reserves. As a month of climatic transition the usual dry season destinations could offer plentiful wildlife spotting opportunities at this time of year.

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