Look Past The Rain and See The Sun!

ASIA DMC Indochina Managing Director Nguyen Thi Tuyet shares her opinions about travelling to South East Asia in the summer time. 

Indochina Managing Director Nguyen Thi Tuyet on team building trip to Halong Bay, Vietnam. 

Q: What are the main benefits of visiting South East Asia during summer?

Having had the pleasure of welcoming tourists to Southeast Asia all year around, I’d say any time of the year is good for travelling; the only difference is the type of experience you can expect. Each season gives you a different experience and a clear advantage of traveling during the summer is that you can still enjoy the best destinations, they are less busy and it is economical!

“Travel like local” is the preferred phrase for travelling in the summer season. You will witness the real life of a local which is a part of the adventure; you have to change some plans due to a sudden downpour or road inaccessibility in mountainous areas after a heavy pour. However, it doesn’t rain daily nor for the whole day in all places. So with flexibility and a good plan with backup, you will surely enjoy nice experiences and good weather. Choosing a flexible ground handler is key here.

One of the many highlights of travelling in this period is the chance to interact with more locals and less tourists. You have more time and space to comfortably explore all attractions. More than that, it gives you a wonderful chance to take landmark photos with blue skies, a clear ocean, rainbows, sunshine, green mountains, stunning rice fields and more.

Q: So having a good plan is important when visiting South East Asia in Summer?

Visitors should make a good plan before travelling to any region for any season, not only in the summer, as although we have a forecast we can never guarantee the state of the weather. Also, across Southeast Asia, there are different climates, like in Vietnam, we have three different climates from North to South, so there is always a preferred region to visit. Check with your ground handler to create a great itinerary with low chances of difficult weather.

But yes, a good plan allows for the flexibility to adjust and provides a backup allowing visitors to adapt with the weather and make sure they can still have the most enjoyable experiences.

Q: Are there any notable events/festivals that you would recommend to a traveller around this time?  

Buddhism becomes a belief, a religion and a life to a majority of people in Southeast Asia. Vassa or Buddhist Lent is a very special celebration in these countries during the three months of rainy season starting from July to Oct.

Monks and novices will stay in the same monastery or temple for the entire three-month period, going out only during the day and always returning to the same temple to mediate and sleep. During this retreat, monks typically devote more time to meditation and deepening their understanding of the Dhamma - the truth taught by the Buddha.

For tourists, it’s really an authentic experience and they should spend time to visit the pagodas, join some local activities such as giving alms or attending some special celebrations during this period, more important is the chance to witness the religious spirit communal philosophy of “doing good” spread throughout all these destinations.

Q: Any tips for travellers on how to manage the inevitable rain of summer?

Rains will sometimes happen and our team can adapt to your needs, a good pack of sealable bags, raincoat or poncho, mosquito repellent and especially allow for flexibility in your plans. Above all is the open spirit of travel and adventure.

Q: What is the one thing you most love about the summer season in South East Asia?

Summer is my favourite season. I like the vivid sunshine, the endless blue sky, the green scenery in most parts, seasonal fruits and juices and especially the chance to see rainbows and a breath fresh air.

Q: Across Southeast Asia, what are the best places to visit during summer and why?

For beach lovers and family travel, Vietnam is a great choice featuring beautiful coastal lines of Da Nang and Nha Trang where most of the time it is sunny. Another option is Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand which enjoys sunny and dry weather during summer months. 

For culture and heritage seekers, visiting Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia is one of the highlights and they will surely enjoy the less crowded atmosphere. Just prepare well for the rain and avoid the heat at noon.

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