Even though relatively compact, Southeast Asia has a seemingly infinite number of climates to match its varied beaches, mountains, cuisines and religions. Weather patterns vary wildly even within the same country – in Thailand, for instance, in Phuket, when it’s the sunny dry season, it’s time for monsoons just 300km away on the island of Koh Samui. Whether you are having a plan for a week holiday at a long beach or a 3-month trek around the region, it’s useful to know what weather to expect. Here’s a convenient guide for unstable seasons in some of Southeast Asia’s most popular spots.
Let see what is the best times to visit Southeast Asia!
When to go: From April to October. Temperatures average are about 24-30°C and the weather is mostly dry. July to September is the best-holiday season and when you can predict to pay the highest costs. Rainy season: December to February. These months average 309mm of rain, even if it’s more akin to short, intense showers than day-long deluges, meaning you can still enjoy an wonderful (and cheap) holiday.
When to go: from January to March and from June to September. Malaysia straddles the equator, the weather is so hot and humid year-round, but these months have the lowest average rainfall. Rainy season: from October to December, though monsoons continue until February in Borneo.
When to go: from January to October. Like Malaysia, Singapore’s weather stays fairly steady throughout the year, with temperatures only ranging from 30-33°C. The driest season occurs from June to August, although flash thunderstorms and stifling humidity are never out of people concern. Rainy season: November to December average 250mm of rain each per month.
As one of the largesr countries in the region, It is given its proximity to both the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, Thailand sees a plenty of different weather patterns throughout the year. The good news is that because Koh Samui and Phuket don’t have the same rainy seasons, a world-class beach is never too far away.
- Best times to visit Bangkok: From November to January, it is the “cool season”, whose average temperatures drop into the mid-20s. February to May is relatively dry, but humidity is on the rise Rainy season: June to October
- Best times to visit Chiang Mai: from November to February. Thais tend to escape to the country’s second-biggest city because its proximity to mountains and cooler temperatures. The evening’s temperatures often gets as low as 15°C, but it can hover around a sunny 30 degrees in the daytime. Temperatures grow between 25 and 40°C in March and April Rainy season: from May to October
- Best times to visit Koh Samui: April to September and January to March Rainy season: from October to December. And it rains a lot.
- Best times to visit Phuket: November to February is consider as the “cool” season, its temperatures hover around 30°C during the day and dip to a comfortable 23-25°C at night. The weather from March to May is very hot, which isn’t too bad for traveling to the beach. Rainy season: Monsoon season starts on May and finishes on October although, similar to Bali, showers are generally on the brief and intense side, meaning you’re apt to find variety of great deals (and value) at resorts
Combine to Thailand, Vietnam has three distinct climates. Hanoi gets downright chilly during the cold months, Ho Chi Minh City sees monsoons and temperatures hover fairly pleasant in central Vietnam around the year.
- Central Vietnam/beaches (including Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue and Nha Trang)When to go: January to May. This is the driest time of year when temperatures average is 21-30°C. June to August is also fairly dry, but gets increasingly hot and wet Rainy season: June to July and September to November in Da Nang. October to early December in Hue, Hoi An and Nha Trang
- Best times to visit Hanoi : March to April (spring) or October to December (autumn) offer the mildest temperatures, ranging from 18-25°C. In winter (from January to February) daytime temperatures can get down to 12°C, although the season is also fairly dry Rainy season: from May to September. Temperatures also climb up to 40°C during these summer months
- Ho Chi Minh CityWhen to go: it is the hot, dry season from March to May, with a daily average temperature of 32°C. December to February is a bit cooler, averaging 20-30°C throughout the dayRainy season: Late May to early November