If the traveler in you is itching to venture out, but your spirits are dampened with the rains outside, all you need to change is your attitude. Monsoon vacation is not only possible but also it is one of the best ways to escape the “touristy crowds” and bag some fantastic discounts!
Find below the list of places you could visit this monsoon:
Monsoon Months: June to September
India in monsoon is magical! No exaggeration there! The mighty mountains wear a green blanket, the rivers flow in full glory and the rhythmic waves of oceans appear as though they have been trained in a well-choreographed dance sequence especially for the monsoons.
You can’t come to India and not go to Goa. Especially, if you are a beach bum, photography enthusiast and sea-food lover. Goa in monsoon? I got to be kidding right? No!
While it is very much possible to have a long therapeutic walk on the beach, but if the idea of getting wet in rains doesn’t excite you, you might want to head to one of its few wildlife sanctuaries viz. the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary or the Mollem National Park. These are few hidden gems of Goa which are best explored in the monsoon season.Trekking in the dense jungle to reach the Dudhsagar Falls (of the white milky water fame!) is another monsoon activity, you should indulge in. In the evening, head to any of its nightclubs for mind-numbing music and drinks or alternatively simply grab a cup of coffee and sit by a sea-side café to watching the rainfall dance on the rooftop. Definitely, the best time and ambience to self-reflect!
Other places to enjoy rains: Munnar, Lonavala, Saputara, Igatpuri among others.
Monsoon Months: May to October
Another gem that shouldn’t be off-limits during monsoon is Thailand. Walking in a congested market-place on a rainy day, may not be your idea of vacation, but then there are numerous things you could try your hands on while you are in Thailand. The cherry on the cake is the attractive tour prices and less ‘tourists’ horde bumping into you at every nook and corner of the city.
Forget Bangkok, and pack light to explore the exquisite beauty of Koh Samui. Let rains be your excuse to visit the soothing Thai spas, the ones Koh Samui is famous for. Pamper your body and relax your soul as the expert hands of your masseur works on your body. A good massage would definitely leave you famished. Head to the beach straightaway, and grab window seats of the restaurants that have rain screens. Slurp down the Chicken Thai soup and gorge on spicy Thai noodles to your heart’s content. If time permits, you might also want to enrol into one of Thai cooking classes and learn to cook these delicacies yourself. Another reason, you would love coming to Thailand, in the monsoon, is that the happy hours begin tad early than the usual.
Other places to enjoy rains: Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Phuket’s Patong Beach among others.
Monsoon Months: May to October (west coast)
Rain haters! Plan your trip towards east coast. Characterised by dry weather during these months, east coast is safe bet for beach lovers. However, if you are towards the west coast and want to make best use of your time and vacation, Malaysia and especially Kuala Lumpur won’t disappoint you!
Packed with skyscrapers, historic monuments, humungous malls, and bustling markets: the capital city of Malaysia is also a go-to place even during the monsoon. From bowling to archery to cooking classes, if you are looking for indoor activities, KL will spoil you for choice. This is not all, if you are travelling with children, you could visit the Berjaya Times Square Theme Park which is the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia or maybe the Sunway Pyramid Ice at Sunway Pyramid shopping mall. Science enthusiasts would find their time well invested as they visit the National Planetarium dedicated entirely to space science.
Other places to enjoy rains: Redang or Perhentian Islands, Sipadan, Sepilok among others.
Monsoon Months: June-September (south-west monsoon)
Singapore experience two types of monsoon: South-west monsoon in the months of June-September and north-west in the months of December-March. The characteristics of south-west monsoon is that there are showers and thunderstorms but they do not last long and hence are not much of hindrance to the tourists.
In Singapore city, it is raining discounts! Shop till you drop at any of the city’s mall and get the best brand at attractive prices and when you are done, treat your taste buds to the Singaporean cuisine especially if you happen to visit the city in the months of June or July, as this is when the great Singaporean food festival is on! Sentosa Island, the newly constructed Gardens by the Bay near the Singapore Flye, the charming Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon, the gorgeous Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, the electrifying Megazip Adventure Park, Merlion Statue, Universal Studios (with rides based on blockbuster movies) are some of few popular places to visit even during the rains. Sipping a drink at the infinity pool, Marina Bay Sands while enjoying a little drizzle is an experience you are not going to forget easily.
Monsoon Months: November to March
While people still debate about the number of languages spoken (about 300), number of islands (about 17000), Indonesia is hands down a major tourist magnet of the Asian continent. Land of adventure, beaches & volcanoes, and rich culture, Indonesia’s landscape gets a new lease of life and its beauty is gets magnified during the monsoon.
If you are in Bali during the monsoon and are not in a mood to soak yourself in the showers, you have an option of getting acquainted with Bali’s rich history by paying a visit to Bali’s museums that hold displays of local artists. You could also enrol yourself in cooking or jewellery classes and gain a great insight in both these skills. Another popular idea, to idle away a rainy day is to enjoy a theatre show, which features dramatic lighting and sound systems and will regale you with the tale of legends and folkfore. You could also be a part of a short term course of art and craft and learn Bali’s famous Batik art or Jenggala Keramik in Jimbaran, which offers pottery and ceramic painting classes.
Other places to enjoy rains: Jakarta, Sumartra and Java among others.