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December or January?

Posted by finesta321 on 23/8/2015 at 22:19


I am planning a trip to SE Asia this [Western] winter. We are going to spend ~3 weeks in Burma and ~3 weeks in the Philippines. Our rough plan is:

December 3-December 22: Burma or Philippines
December 23-December 28: Hong Kong
December 29-January 20: Burma or Philippines

Do you have any recommendations regarding which period would be better in Philippines? I know Christmas and New Year's can be very busy, but I wanted to hear if experienced travelers thought before or after the holidays is better. In the Philippines, we hope to spend about 10 days in northern Luzon and 10 days in Palawan.

Thank you!

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Posted by julian83 on 24/8/2015 at 10:50


I would suggest travelling December 29-January 20 as this is probably the best time to travel the Philippines. I will probably also be there around that time - not too hot and a bit more relaxed after the holiday season.
Thats just my recommendation. In terms of weather it should be the same at the beginning of December.


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Posted by Babalugats on 25/8/2015 at 14:58

Visit the Philippines after the holidays.

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Posted by goonistik on 25/8/2015 at 22:10

December is a lot busier than January because of Filipinos coming home to celebrate Christmas with the family. So January is the better month. Make sure you have accommodation for the New Year Holidays.

Since you plan to visit Northern Luzon, I suggest you fly HK-Clark instead of NAIA. They are building overpasses at the NAIA and traffic is horrible.

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Posted by maxhere on 3/9/2015 at 21:46

Definitely after the holidays.

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Posted by augustus01 on 28/9/2015 at 21:25

I agree with them. Travel to the Philippines after the holidays. Many Filipinos working abroad are coming home during these holidays especially to celebrate Christmas with their family.

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