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Weather in South East Asia - changing plans

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1. Posted by LucaUK (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

I am in the rainy Philippines right now, still have some 5 months traveling in SEA and don't want to be stuck in bad weather... Leaving the Philippines to Thailand at the end of August.. where shall I go to find good weather? I intend to do Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia.. where shall I go first and second.. and third..?

Thanks..

2. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Its a shame you went to the Philippines in august if you don't like rain as it is the rainiest month of the year!! I will be there in september but i don't mind the rain really, i always got to philippines during the rainy season. Never been in august, but in sept, oct it rains but there is also lots of sun. I hope the rain hasn't put you off the Philippines as i think it is a lovely country.

3. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

It is the south-west monsoon now, so the wind is blowing from the Indian ocean in the south-west direction towards South East Asia, which affects Sumatra (not sure about other parts of Indonesia) and the west coast of Thailand. The west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is not affected much by this as it's protected by Sumatra--much of the rain have been filtered away there--but you can still get occasional torrential rain, usually in the afternoon and lasts for an hour or two.

You can start with Malaysia. The islands on the east coast of the peninsula are beautiful: Perhentian Islands, Tioman (a duty-free island like Langkawi), Redang and a few others. Tourist-related businesses on the east coast islands of the peninsula will begin to close sometime in October to prepare for the north-east monsoon (November-March) which has a possibility of turning real bad: rough seas, non-stop rains at the coastal area which lasts for a few days, and flooding at low areas near the coast. By then, you would have completed travelling in Malaysia and can continue to Thailand where the wet season is already over.

If Malaysian Borneo is in your plan, now is a good time to visit, and also to climb Mount Kinabalu.

All the above links lead you to the TP travel guides for that place. You can also check out the weather section for more information about the wet seasons of the country.

4. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 8y

Going to Asia or the Caribbean in the European summer is not a good idea since the weather is often very bad there. The best time is October - April usually, and you have the bonus of missing the bad weather back home.

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting Cyberia

Going to Asia or the Caribbean in the European summer is not a good idea since the weather is often very bad there. The best time is October - April usually, and you have the bonus of missing the bad weather back home.

I'm not sure to what extent you mean by "very bad". Asia is such a big region, but I think you're referring to South East Asia in reply to LucaUK. If you're referring to the rain, it's not really that bad, although the rains there are generally a lot heavier (but usually short) than the the ones you experience in the UK. Then again, differrent parts of SEA experience rainy seasons at different times of the year. One side of a country may be experiencing rainy season from the monsoon but at the same time, the other side will be just fine.

6. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 8y

Central Vietnam is great this time of year , ive just got back and never seen 1 day of rain there .. Its the summer season there at the moment till about october but will then start to rain (a lot) Hoi an has a really nice beach to soak up the sun .

7. Posted by LucaUK (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y

I am working it out... will spend September in Bali (or around Bali, Indonesia), October in Malaysia East Coast and Borneo, November, December and beginning of January Between Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.. This should work well, what do you people reckon? If it does rain sometimes, it's fine, as long as it's not really bad or it rains for a week..

And yep, today was a great sunny day in Boracay, eventually!

8. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

First half of October for the east coast should still be fine. Try to do it by the end of September, if possible. Don't push it too late, in case the monsoon arrives earlier than usual, although rare, not impossible. But then, the opposite could also happen.