With its various landscapes and water bodies, diverse cultures, delicious food, and beautiful people, Asia is one heck of a place to visit. The continent presents tons of opportunities to explore places and experience things beyond one’s imagination. And to those who are excited to open their doors to endless discoveries, one question lingers:
When is the best time to visit Asia? The answer? All the time.
With a plethora of sources to back us up, we at Viyahe have figured out that there is something to see in some part of Asia at any time of the year. For those who are looking at fixing their travel calendar for the rest of the year and next year, here’s a quick guide on the best time to travel to the world’s largest continent:
Thailand in January
While this may be one of the priciest times to visit, no destination is off limits during this time of the year. Keep yourself busy all month long with the stunning beaches and picturesque islands, the bustling city of Bangkok, and the big festivals in the northern part of the country.
Vietnam in February
Clear skies and dry, bright weather are sure to greet you when you visit the land of the ascending dragon. Enjoy the busy streets and many shops in Hanoi, the junk boat-filled shores of Halong Bay, and the lush and green sceneries of Sapa. (In for a side trip? Drop by Cambodia to visit its remarkable temple ruins or to swim in one of the best beaches in Southeast Asia.)
India in March
Visiting India in March is bound to be even more colourful than usual! The Holi festival (or the festival of colors) takes place early in this month, but the adventure doesn’t end there. Go tiger spotting at Ranthambore, sip some great tea in Darjeeling, or marvel at the light-and-flower-petal homage in Vrindavan.
Bhutan in April
Considered most beautiful at this time of the year, Bhutan is a feast for the senses in April: valleys are green with vegetation and fruit trees and flowers are blossoming, and festivals (such as the Paro Tsechu) are celebrated. The locals are mirthful, friendly and kind — but you need not to visit in April to see that! The citizens of Bhutan are happy all year round (and they have a system of sorts that can prove it)!
Philippines in May
Ready to hit the remarkable historical destinations and gorgeous sand-filled beaches of the country? The weather may still be hot and humid, but that is a great complement while you work on your tan and while you take a dip in the cerulean waters. May also marks the coming of the rains, so there are many festivals celebrating the bloom of flowers and the bounty of harvest.
Indonesia in June
Expect clear, warm waters, and an abundance of marine life in the Komodo National Park and around the Gili islands on the month that marks the first half of the year. June is one of the best months to visit Bali, with the sun at its brightest and the skies at their bluest.
Malaysia in July
This month is a very popular time to drop by Sabah, and there are a whole lot of other options for you in Malaysia’s mainland as well. Diving season is at its peak this month on Tioman Island, while sight-seeing and shopping at Kuala Lumpur are must-do’s, too!
Singapore in August
August does not seem to be the best time to visit Asia, with monsoons here and typhoons there. But you can catch the elusive experience of Singapore’s culture when you visit on the month when the National Day of the country takes place. There are many other events happening on this month, too, like the Singapore Grand Sale. Visiting later in August? Extend to mid-September and catch the annual F1 Grand Prix!
China in September
It seems like there is no perfect time to visit this country, given the size of their lands and their differences in climate, right? Wrong! September and October present the perfect weather to visit Xinjiang, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, so seize the opportunity to tour around during this time.
Korea in October
September is a close runner-up, with the palaces and traditional attractions open and free during Chuseok, Korea’s autumn harvest festival (which takes place during this month), but October offers “foliage play,” a favorite pastime by locals in autumn. Now, who would want to miss that?
Japan in November
Let’s face it: the cherry blossom season is no longer the best time to visit the land of the rising sun. With the influx of tourists and the locals watching out for the beloved sakura, you’re bound to have an okay time (and a not-so-okay wallet) after a spring trip. Instead, enjoy crisp, cool autumn days in Tokyo, light snowfall in Sapporo, and even early Christmas illuminations in Osaka. Don’t forget to grab a bite of the endemic kaki, an orange Japanese fruit that comes into season during this month.
Taiwan in December
Known for its relatively mild winter weather, Taiwan is anything but “sleeping” holidays. It is very vibrant, full of festivity and definitely gorgeous to visit and to spend the holidays at. Watch the fireworks at Taipei 101…and then check out all the other amazing destinations you can visit, too.