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22 Days in Asia July to Aug

Posted by Gatti_LDN on 3/6/2009 at 16:51

I have a bit of a dilemna. My GF and i are looking to go traveling in july (mainly because of her job as a teacher and my need to be in work in august :( )

We're thinking of visiting Malaysia / Borneo in this time, but we're worried about the monsoon / typhoon season. Is it still as worth doing as say October / November.

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Posted by brucemoon on 5/6/2009 at 05:33


The weather is ever only a problem if the things you want to do are best achieved in the dry.

The monsoon is a season. As is the case where you now live, the seasonal weather patterns dictate rain/sun/wind, etc.

Generally, there are two distinct weather experiences in the monsoonal season: constant rain for days on end (often associated with a monsoonal depression or typhoon/cyclone), or sunny days with sporadic heavy showers +/or thunderstorms (generally in the afternoon).

Also the higher up in elevation you go, the wetter it will be.

It is possible that you will hardly inconvenienced by rain, or you could go home looking like drowned rats.

But, isn't not knowing a fun side of travel?


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Posted by Gatti_LDN on 5/6/2009 at 15:57

Your right on that one i think.

OK so how's this for a plan...

Fly to Bangkok and make way to islands or the north (depending on what the missus would prefer) for a week, then on to Malaysia and Borneo.

22 Days long enough ?

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Posted by BruceMoon on 5/6/2009 at 18:04


When everything is great, there is never enough time. Conversely, when it's a disaster, it's more a case of 'lets go back to work'.

I suggest you look at it this way, 22 days (or 3 weeks) is better than 2 weeks, is better than 1 week, etc.

Personally, I'd either go for Borneo/Kalimantan, or Thailand (not both).

Coastal areas are more prone to showers, mountainous areas can be 'drowned' in low level cloud. But, so what!

If BKK is your destination (due to airline pricing, etc.) I'd suggest your question might be "what do we want to achieve over these 22 days?".

Clearly, only you can answer that.

But, when you answer that question, I suggest destinations start to fall into place.

- - - - -

Turn this same question on its head.

So many tourists look at destinations (in travel mags / blogs / etc) and fall in love with the romance associated with the destination (in the travel mag / blog / etc).

So, instead of getting hooked on a destination, get hooked on what you want to achieve and then look for destinations that will produce.

For example, if swimming in tropical beach locations is your desire, then Indonesia or far north Australia would meet that desire in July.

If just being able to go home saying you'd been to ABC, MNOP, and XYZ is the goal, then climate doesn't matter.

I hope this helps in your planning.


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Posted by creativeguy on 17/7/2010 at 06:11

Hey Bruce, good advice above. I just came across this link while looking into a possible trip to Borneo in January or February. This trip started by me thinking about what kind of experience I wanted to have (lots of nature, animals, forest, etc) then what part of the world I'd like to have it in.

What I'm learning from browsing around here it I could easily take a month, even more, just to explore Borneo. I'm thinking of doing that then having a week or two to re-visit Bali seeing friends from my past trip and visiting a couple healers. I'm now checking in flights to arrange all that.


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Posted by shahed on 8/6/2011 at 13:31

I am Shahed from Bangladesh. I want to travel in Asia(any city) on July for 2 weeks.
Please can any body help me to guide which city i travel. I don't like hot that much.
Please please advice me as soon as possible.

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Posted by busylizzy on 8/6/2011 at 15:14

You don't like the heat but want to travel to Asia - in July?! Forget Asia and come on down to New Zealand! There are cheap fares on Air Asia from KL to Christchurch. Trust me, you won't feel the heat!

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