Best time to visit South East Asia...
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 9, 2009 10:28 PM Last Post By: HenningWessel
Nov 7, 2009 12:49 PM
Best time to visit South East Asia...Hi There,
I´m planning a trip from Jan-July and I´m going to visit Asia for approx 4 months and Africa for 3 months. But, I´m struggling with the order. According to the internet, Jan-March is a good time for SE Asia because it´s cooler and drier, but, also much busier and more expensive. April-July is hotter and the rainy season begins. How bad is the rainy season and if you had the choice, when would you go to SE Asia?
Thanks for your help!
Nov 7, 2009 4:53 PM
1First of all, it depends where in SE Asia you'll be. What countries are you planning on visiting? I've been to SE Asia the past three summers (June-early/mid July) and it's been fine in the mainland countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, etc). It's rained occasionally--in Bangkok I remember it often raining at night. I got caught in one downpour at Angkor Wat and one in Chiang Mai (it was kinda fun) and it rained twice while I was in Hanoi. Considering each trip has been about 6 weeks long (therefore 18 weeks total) this isn't much rain. It's not something I would plan around, though I do think the rain gets worse later in the summer and early autumn, so that is something to consider.
Nov 7, 2009 5:12 PM
2if you had the choice, when would you go to SE Asia?
It's really more about which areas to avoid at certain times of the year. S.E.Asia is a pretty large area with huge varuations is climatic conditions... Can you be more specific about which areas you are planning to visit?
Nov 8, 2009 3:37 AM
Nov 8, 2009 7:12 PM
4Just pcik a time that suits you... dont worry about the weather! Since your covering such huge distances and so many climates I dont think there is a perfect time.
We travelled for 5 months through south east asia last year in supposed bad weather months and I didnt see a day of rain the whole time but when I went back early this year in the "good Months" it rained for a whole month.
If the weather is that bad then move to the next country!
Nov 9, 2009 10:28 PM
5If the weather is that bad then move to the next country!
March and April will be the (nearly unbearably) hottest, driest months in Cambodia, Thailand and Laos. You might as well stay in Africa, there won't be much difference in the landscape, rice padis will be dry, the rivers and lakes too low to allow for boat travel. Better to come what's conventionally known as the 'rainy season', July to October.
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