If I wanted to go to Vietnam, all the way from Hanoi down south then it seems the best travel time is from November to March/April, right?
Which SE Asian destinations have good weather in the middle of the year, say June to September? I don't mind a hefty but short downpour every day, but days of rain would not be so conventient. Any suggestions?
#1 summerfield has been a member since 9/3/2014. Posts: 5
I did my first ever backpacking trip in Vietnam. Spent three weeks there in July and only encountered rain thrice, in Hanoi and on the way road between Dalat and Saigon. From what I remember of last year the afternoon-long downpours people are so afraid of here in central Thailand only came in September.
My three trips to western peninsular Malaysia (April, July, and September; each lasting no longer than a fortnight) suggest that drizzles occur on a weekly basis there.
IMO worst time to travel the region is more like March-May when it's so freakin hot and you're wishing it would rain. June-Sep is more pleasant and the occasional thundershower is welcome relief. It might rain non-stop somewhere sometime for a day or more, but no way of predicting so just go and roll with it. Thousands of travellers do same same.
Well, SE Asia is such a big region, and weather pattern are somewhat different everywhere. Plus pretty much every website I visit tells me something different about the weather. I'm trying to find an honest weather chart for the region and see if it makes sense to plan my vacation this way.
Been to Sri Lanca a few years ago, after the end of the rain season and have never experienced so much rain. Not just for a few hours, but for days. I'd rather not repeat that to be honest :)
#5 summerfield has been a member since 9/3/2014. Posts: 5
Weather in Cambodia is reasonable that time of year. Although the rainy season starts in June, it doesn't usually rain every day until about September. And given the heat, especially in June/July, the rain when it comes is pretty welcome!
The Central Visayas region of the Philippines is an option. That would be the islands of Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Panay, and Negros. They get sheltered by Luzon from the monsoon rains coming from the Pacific.