When’s the best time to visit the Far East?
The area known as the Far East includes exciting destinations such as Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. If you’re planning to travel to this area, it’s sure to be the trip of a lifetime, so make sure you go when the weather is on your side!
To help you do this, read our tips on the best time to visit Far East Asia or visit each destination page for an interactive weather map. We’ll give you the info you need to know country by country so you can pick the best time of year to visit the Far East, wherever your itinerary takes you.
Borneo is a nature lover’s paradise, but make sure you head there at the right time to avoid hot and humid weather. Aim for March to October when the temperatures are pleasant, and you are less likely to get rained on.
Tourists flock to Cambodia for its distinctive architecture, incredible choice of food and stunning landscapes. Time your trip for March or April, when the weather is warm, dry and perfect for sightseeing.
China is a vast country, so the climate changes from place to place. One of the most popular destinations is the capital, Bejing, which has four distinct seasons. Head there in autumn, which takes place during September and October, for cool temperatures and lots of sunshine.
4. Hong Kong
This ‘special administrative region’ of China is a unique place to visit in many ways, not least thanks to its cuisine, nightlife and incredible mix of city and wild landscapes. Visit from November to February for pleasant temperatures and lower humidity.
With over 17,000 islands to choose from, you’ll have your pick of beautiful destinations in this archipelago. It’s best to plan your trip for the dry season from May to September and avoid the monsoon season between October and April.
The climate in Japan varies around the country. If you’re visiting one of the most popular and vibrant destinations, the capital, Tokyo, avoid the hot and humid summer from late June to the end of August. You’re good to go in autumn, late September to November, or spring, from March to May.
Laos has two seasons — hot and wet from May to October and dry and cool from November to April. Choose the latter to make the most of this spectacular country with historic communities, beautiful landscapes, and vibrant nature reserves to explore.
If you’re heading for Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, visit between June and August to avoid the heaviest rainfall. You can make the most of the city’s attractions, with activities as varied as visiting the Islamic Art Museum to admiring some of its futuristic architecture.
Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate, so you must time your trip carefully to make the most of this beautiful country with plenty of stunning landscapes and incredible cultural sights. Travel in the winter months of October to February to enjoy dry conditions and comfortable temperatures.
10. The Philippines
Head for this exciting destination in the cooler, drier months of December, January and February. Enjoy the beaches, try watersports, and explore natural features, including volcanoes, caves, and rice terraces.
This city-state is a top tourist destination, famous for its vibrant cityscape, incredible choice of cuisine and lush green spaces nestling amongst the buildings. Avoid visiting during the monsoon period from November to January; you’ll surely have the best time.
This essential destination for foodies is hot all year round. But if you time your trip between November and March for the capital, Bangkok or Phuket, you can make the most of slightly cooler temperatures. For the popular island destination of Ko Samui, the months of June to September are best.
You’ll find many climatic variations in this beautiful country, so your timings will depend on where you’re heading. Try February to June for less rainfall if you want to make the most of the east coast beaches. If you love trekking, head for the highlands between October and March for a memorable experience.
Satisfy your curious mind!
The Far East offers a wealth of choice for the intrepid traveller, with every destination packed full of experiences to treasure for life. If you need a hand deciding where to go or more info on the best time to visit the Far East, reach out to us at Click and Trip for friendly advice. Or check out our curated trips to destinations in the Far East and worldwide, designed to satisfy your curious mind and lust for adventure!