Asia, the largest continent in the world, is home to several gorgeous destinations. There are 48 countries in the continent, and hence there can be no one specific best time to visit Asia. The weather of the country you’re visiting, would largely define what the best time to visit Asia would be. Overall, the weather in Asia is dry in the interiors, while the southern and eastern sections are relatively wet. There is a high level of difference in temperatures between different countries in Asia. For instance, Siberia is the coldest place in Asia, with temperatures dipping as low as −66.4 °C, whereas Tirat Avi in Israel is the hottest, with temperatures reaching over 54.0 °C!
While touring your way across Asia, it’s very likely that you might encounter rains at one place and snow at another, so do research well before deciding upon the best time to visit Asia.
Spring Season: The spring season in most parts of Asia, such as India, China, Sri Lanka, Japan, Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, and Vietnam, lasts from March to May. This is the period when the weather is just beginning to get hot, but it is mostly pleasant. Flowers bloom everywhere, and harvest festivals are celebrated all over. Expect sunny days, with low humidity and no rains.
Tips: Carry light-weight apparels and sandals for a trip to these Asian countries if you’re traveling during spring. However, the hilly areas can still be pretty cold during this time, so carry a jacket along. Spring is Asia is host to festivals like the Lantern Festival in Taiwan, Holi in India, the Songkran Festival in Thailand and so on, which make this season one of the best times to visit Asia.
Summer Season: June to August are the summer months in almost all countries of Asia. Again, the summer season is marked by a huge difference in temperature, from country to country. For instance, visiting Cambodia, Sri Lanka or most parts of India during this time would prove to be uncomfortable, due to the high temperature and the onset of the monsoon season. The temperature in the countries experiencing summers can reach well over 45.0 °C. Nevertheless, for destinations like Bali and Maldives, this is the busiest season, owing to the beaches and water sport opportunities here.
Tips: Carry linen and other sweat absorbing fabrics in your apparels, along with comfortable open sandals. Stay hydrated and carry umbrellas and scarves to ward off the rains or the harsh sun rays, depending on the country you’re visiting. This season brings with it the Rainforest World Music Festival in Malaysia and the Dragon Boat Festival in China.
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Winter Season: The winter season in Asia lasts from December to February. Some Asian countries experience bone-numbing cold weather, while some are pleasant enough to walk around even without a jacket! For instance, most parts of India get very cold during these months, whereas in Thailand, the weather simply becomes a little bit more pleasant than the summers. In some countries of Southeast Asia, this is the monsoon season, however, the short downpours do not interfere much with the sightseeing schedule. Winters are the peak tourist seasons for countries like Laos, India, Cambodia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, China, and Japan.
Tips: Carry waterproof jackets, and rain covers for your backpacks. Wear comfortable, closed shoes if you’re planning to walk around a lot, especially if you’re visiting snowy, rainy regions. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China is a must attend if you’re visiting during winter. Thaipusam in Malaysia and the Chinese New Year festivities in several countries are also a must attend.
Autumn Season: The autumn season in Asia, starts from September and lasts till November. In some parts of Asia, such as South Korea, Japan and China, this is a good time to visit, thanks to clear skies and pleasant weather. For water sports enthusiasts, this is the best time to visit places such as the Philippines and Thailand.
Tips: Carry an umbrella to face the impromptu rains in some regions. The winter Light Festival in Japan is a must attend during this season.