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High vs Low Season

Posted by rledez1990 on 25/3/2012 at 13:00

I'm just wondering if all SE Asian countries have the same high/low seasons? And do prices vary more on islands than in cities (i.e. more on Koh Samui than in Singapore?)

We're going to be travelling around Asia for 3 1/2 months approx 1st March-1st June, so just trying to work out how much we should budget.

Thanks! :)

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Posted by caseyprich on 25/3/2012 at 19:57

Well - For example of the differences; I can tell you that high season in Indonesia is July/August, which is very different from much of the mainland of SE. I know that Vietnam has regional high seasons that are different based on the climate - Central Coast being busy in the summer months while the south is hot and rainy and gets more travelers in the dry March-May season. Meanwhile for Laos I think it is December-February as the temperature is best then.

I've found prices in the high season are higher across the board, if you are on the islands or not so long as you are on the tourist trail in places like Hoi'an, Chiang Mai, and Luang Prabang. In some major cities you'll find some hostels have high season prices because they fill up anyway and can charge more - while others prefer to keep one price year round (I think it says something about their attitude and builds a reputation so that they can fill more beds during low season).

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Posted by CanadianCanuck on 25/3/2012 at 20:53

When I was travelling Thailand in the past, I found that prices dropped moderately from a week after Songkran to beginning of May, as this is the transition period from high to low season

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