International Destinations in Asia That Are Best Explored During Monsoon

Photo of International Destinations in Asia That Are Best Explored During Monsoon by Priya Pareek

Light shower, cool breeze, lush green fields and long-awaited relief from scorching sun define the magic of monsoon the best. While the cool breeze and drizzling tempt us all to step out and explore places, a downpour can spoil travel plans. If you wish to head to some international destination this monsoon then here is a list of places where you will be welcomed with most comfortable climate conditions. Scroll down, pick your place, pack your bags and thank us later.

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Photo of Indonesia by Priya Pareek

Indonesia is one of the best places to visit during monsoon as it is mostly dry and cool. It’s also an ideal time for diving around Menjangan and the West Bali National Park, and off the east coast. This is also the peak season for tourism in the country, especially Bali. So, make sure that you plan your trip well in advance.

Weather: The weather is dry and sunny with average temperature at 27°C.

Top things to do: Visit the famous Uluwatu Temple, visit Lake Toba in Sumatra, take a day trip to Nusa Dua, indulge in water adventures like snorkeling, scuba diving in Ayer islands, shop exquisite souvenirs in Jakarta.

Best places to stay:

• The St. Regis Bali Resort

• Alila Vilas Uluwatu

• W Bali, Seminyak

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Photo of Maldives by Priya Pareek

Known as beach lovers’ paradise, Maldives is a haven to visit during monsoon. Though July and August are the wettest months in the island nation yet you can expect plenty of soothing sunshine. The perfect option in Maldives is Male as it experiences a moderate temperature compared to other places.

Weather: The weather is wet yet sunny with average temperature at around 28°C.

Top things to do: Surfing, scuba diving and other water sports, take a trip to Hulhulé Island, visit the Tsunami Monument and relax at the beaches.

Best places to stay:

• Hotel Jen Malé

• Kurumba Maldives

• Hotel Octave Maldives

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Photo of Malaysia by Priya Pareek

Malaysia proves to be the best destination for beach vacation during monsoon. And if you are worried about budget then plan your trip in August when the peak season ends. You can expect huge drop in airfares and accommodation rates, while the beauty and joy of exploring Malaysia remains the same.

Weather: Expect intermittent rains and long hours of sunshine with average temperature between 31° C to 25° C.

Top things to do: Explore serene views through cable car ride, indulge in parasailing, jet skiing, island hopping, explore the Ayer Hangat Night Market.

Best places to stay:

• Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

• Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa Langkawi

• The Danna Langkawi

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Photo of Thailand by Priya Pareek

Thailand is good if you wish to enjoy monsoon at its best as the country experiences light to moderate showers and occasional downpour. August is also the month when you can shop till you drop during The Amazing Thailand Grand Sales. Fly to Bangkok for best shopping experience.

Weather: The temperature in Thailand during August is usually between 33°C and 25°C

Top things to do: Visit the Wat Arun Temple, take a tour of the Grand Palace, shop at the best markets, pamper yourself with an oriental spa.

Best places to stay:

• Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok

• W Bangkok

• Riva Surya Bangkok

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Photo of Singapore by Priya Pareek

Singapore is good to visit all year round as the climate is mostly the same. The country witnesses very less rain during monsoon so you can explore the beauty of this island city-state. What more? You can also expect mind blowing discounts during Great Singapore Sale.

Weather: The weather is either hot or windy with minimal rainfall and the temperature stays between 31 °C to 20 °C.

Top things to do: Visit Marina Bay Sands, visit Sentosa and its fun attractions, take a day tour of Bintan Island, spend an afternoon in Cloud Forest and watch the trees come to life at Gardens By The Bay, shop at Bugis Street.

Best places to stay:

• Marina Bay Sands

• Furama Riverfront Hotel

• The Fullerton Hotel Singapore

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Photo of Sri Lanka by Priya Pareek

Sri Lanka is both wet and sunny during monsoon so you can pick the place as per your choice. While western and southern coastal areas of the island experience high rainfall, it is mostly dry and bright weather in north and along the east coast. This is also the time when you can book hotels and flights at reasonable price.

Weather: It is a mix of rains and sunshine with average temperature at 28 °C.

Top things to do: Visit the National Museum of Colombo & Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, spend an evening at Galle Face Green, shop in Pettah, explore the Colombo Dutch Museum.

Best places to stay:

• Taj Samudra

• Colombo Court Hotel & Spa

• Hotel Galadari

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Photo of Japan by Priya Pareek

Though you won't get to behold the beautiful cherry blossom during monsoon but Japan is a great destination to visit anytime during the year. If you wish to avoid heavy rainfall then strike off Honshu and central Japan from your list. You can visit Hokkaido in the north which remains dry and sunny while Hokkaido offers most comfortable weather conditions. And most of the monuments in the country are air-conditioned so you can explore them even when the weather is hot and humid.

Weather: Average daily temperature is at 26°C.

Things to do: Attend fireworks festivals and enjoy traditional summer street foods such as Yakisoba (fried noodles), Yakitori (Chicken skewers), Wata ame (cotton candy), attend Nebuta Festival, relax at the beaches with some chilled beer, witness the majestic Mt. Fuji, capture the Instagram perfect shots in flower fields and the list goes on.

Best places to stay:

• Four Seasons Hotel, Kyoto

• Park Hyatt, Tokyo

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