Here’s a nifty travel (and weather) guide on where to go and what to do during your next summer vacation
Planning another holiday in the tropical playground that is Southeast Asia? We don’t blame you! After all, it’s hard to resist escaping to a luxurious beach resort or a sprawling treehouse hotel – all perfect ways to retreat from the buzz of city living. While you’re dreaming of an impending summer vacay, here’s a tip: don’t forget to check the weather conditions.
Visitors can expect blustery monsoons and heavy rainfall in the most of the region during the months of June, July and August, but lucky for you, all is not lost! To make the most of your break, read on for the best places to go this summer.
The wet season beckons as Southeast Asia’s infamous monsoon period is forecasted to begin this month – you can expect hot and humid conditions with short showers over many destinations.
Where to go: It’s usually the best time to visit Bali, as warm temperatures are set to continue this month. Even better, you’ll be there just before peak tourist season in July.
What’s on: Learn all about Balinese traditional art and culture at the Bali Arts Festival (June 10 to July 8), a showcase of the island’s distinctive aesthetic presented in various art forms. For more things to do in Bali, check out our guide.
Rainfall increases, especially in countries like Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Still travelling during this less-than-ideal month? Good news! It’s the perfect time for a beach holiday in Malaysia’s east coast.
Where to go: Soak in the sun, sand and surf on the beaches of Tioman, Perhentian Islands or Redang. Blue skies, here we come!
What’s on: Bring your swim wear ‘cos chances are, you’ll be dipping your toes in crystal clear waters. Marvel at pretty corals at Terengganu Marine Park in Perhentian Islands, trek to the majestic Asah waterfall in Tioman or volunteer with a turtle research and go on a sunset cruise in Pasir Panjang, Redang.
The monsoon season is still plodding on in some parts of the region, but thankfully, rainfall is expected to ease up in Sri Lanka.
Where to go: Why, Sri Lanka, of course. Warm temperatures and favourable weather conditions are expected, so be sure to hit the beaches before the second ‘bout of wet weather season in September.
What’s on: Nature lovers, you won’t want miss the annual migration of Asian elephants at Minneriya National Park, the largest gathering in Sri Lanka. Do also make time to go whale watching in Trincomalee, at the island’s northeast coast – this historic city features one of the world’s deepest natural harbours, a known mating spot for blue and sperm whales.
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