When you are planning a trip to Asia, one of the big questions you may have is when to go and if there are any ‘best times’ to visit?
Many travelers will tell you that there is no ‘right time’ to travel to Asia as the temperatures are mainly high all year round and it can rain in every season. However, choosing the best time to go can have a big impact on your overall experience, depending on your personal preferences.
As such, looking into this before you book your flight is always helpful, which is why this guide is dedicated to helping you make the best decision. Let’s check out what seasons we have and see what the pros and cons are for each.
High season is the time when the most people travel to a certain place and there can be pros and cons of also travelling at that time.
Advantages of traveling in the high season
- If you are looking for a bit of a party then this is usually the time to find it.
- Some people enjoy meeting as many other travellers as possible so high season appeals to them.
- High season often falls around major holidays such as New Year when it is nice to spend this festive time away from home.
- It often also falls during the hotter months, so if you are looking for some sun then this is also a good time to go.
Disadvantages of traveling in the high season
- High season is, by definition, pretty much always the most expensive time to travel, both in terms of flights and accommodation.
- Attractions can be very crowded and fighting your way past hordes of other travelers every day can be exhausting.
- Accommodation and transport options may be limited.
Low season is usually the time when you will find the least number of travelers going to a certain place.
Advantages of traveling in the low season
- Low season will almost certainly be the cheapest option when it comes to buying a ticket.
- You will find fewer crowds and depending on where you go many attractions will be deserted or very quiet.
- There will be a range of accommodation options and these will usually be cheap as hotels and guesthouses will be looking to fill these up.
Disadvantages of traveling in the low season
- If you like meeting other travelers then this is not the perfect time to go.
- Some places may close down during low season. This means that you might not have as many options in terms of accommodation of activities.
- Low season can also fall during the rainy season or the coldest part of the year, so the weather may not be as favorable.
Shoulder season is the term given to the season between high and low.
Advantages of traveling in the shoulder season
- Shoulder season can often be the best time to go as crowds will be moderate but usually everything will be open.
- Ticket prices will be reasonable.
- Often shoulder season falls at a time when the weather is pleasant, such as September.
Disadvantages of traveling in the shoulder season
- While cheap, tickets and accommodation will usually not be as cheap as during the low season.
- If you want to beat the crowds completely then you might be disappointed as there will be more travelers than during low season.
- Some activities may still be closed if they only open during high season.
The rainy season happens at different times around Asia and can even occur at different times within one country if it is large enough, like India, China, or Vietnam. To find out when the rainy season falls where you are going check out our country specific areas called ‘When to go’.
Advantages of traveling in the rainy season
- Even though it usually rains every day, this doesn’t mean that it rains all day, so it might not be as wet as you imagine.
- Often rainy season also falls in low season so it will be cheaper to travel.
- Things such as pollution and haze are less of an issue and there is a certain freshness in the air which can be welcome in smoggy areas.
Disadvantages of traveling in the rainy season
- The rainy season can bring problems such as widespread flooding and landslides.
- Some areas of the country may be difficult to travel to or cut off completely.
- Certain activities such as trekking may be unavailable during the rainy season.
- The rain may limit your trip in a number of ways and put a certain damper on things.
- It can rain at any time in Asia as it can in any other part of the world so it can be hard to know when the rainy season will hit.
Asia usually has wet season and dry season but dry season is basically also the time when it is hottest and there is the lowest chance of rain.
Advantages of traveling in the dry season
- If you like hot weather then this is usually the best time to come.
- There will be less chance of your trip being rained off.
Disadvantages of traveling in the dry season
- If you are not used to weather then the dry season can be unbearably hot.
- The dry season and increased temperatures bring increased risks such as heatstroke and severe sunburn.
- It is often also known as high season and will be more expensive and more crowded at this time.
- Like the rainy season it can be hard to predict when the dry season will fall and if you plan your trip around warm weather and absolutely no rain then you may be disappointed.