Southeast Asia in detail

When to go and weather

High Season (Jun–Aug & Dec–Feb)

  • Dry, cool winter months.
  • Chilly in the mountains.
  • Travel is difficult during Tet in Vietnam.
  • Summer rains across most of the region.

Shoulder Season (Mar & Nov)

  • Hot, dry season begins in March.
  • November sees lower prices, before the rush.

Low Season (Apr–May, Sep–Oct)

  • Travel difficult during April’s new year festivals in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand.
  • Easter festivities in the Philippines.
  • Wet season (Sep–Oct); flooding, typhoons, transport cancellations.
  • Dry season begins in Indonesia (Apr–May).