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The & Worst Best Times to Visit Asia in 2023 | When to Go

The & Worst Best Times to Visit Asia in 2023 | When to Go

Home to majestic architecture, rich culture, scenic landscapes, and laid-back locals, Asia is a continent that satisfies all criteria for a top-notch holiday destination.

From dynamic Bangkok and expensive Singapore to chill islands and a digital nomad lifestyle in Bali, no matter the location you settle on, your Asian vacation can be anything you want it to be.

But is there such a thing as the best time to visit Asia, or can you simply go when you feel like it?

Join us as we explore this and other exciting Asia-related queries in our detailed travel guide — we share information you simply can’t find anywhere else, so make sure you stick to the very end.

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Why You Should Visit Asia in 2023

Amazing sunrise view of the Taj Mahal pictured at sunrise for a guide on the best time to visit Asia


One of the main reasons why Western travelers flock to Asia is because it’s so different than everything they know.

Given the vast area and the various cultures, even if you’ve been to Southeast Asia or the Far East, chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised by heading to the Indian subcontinent or even the Middle East. Simply put, there’s so much to see!

Asia also allows you to get insights into simple and traditional community life that’s greatly preserved, even though certain countries are undergoing rapid development, with Singapore leading the way. There are still remote and untouched Asian regions waiting to be explored.

Next, most locals tend to be welcoming and polite — don’t be surprised if you get invited to a local wedding or even get a free ride even if you’ve just met the people.

Many cultures have unique and rich cultural heritage — but few have managed to keep the playful traditions and iconic landmarks the way Asians have.

Just take a look at Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the Great Wall of China, Borobudur in Indonesia, the Taj Mahal in India, Fushimi Inari-Taisha in Japan, and Jordan’s Petra.

With that said, there are many magnificent points of interest reflecting contemporaneity as well, such as Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Sheikh Zayed the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Next, there’s the wildlife situation — do you know Southeast Asia is home to some of the rarest animals in the world, such as the red panda, the tarsier, the tapir, and the saola?

Then there are the pristine beaches — forget about the Caribbean or a Mediterranean getaway for now. Be it an Indonesian island or the stunning reefs in The Philippines, Asia has some of the most unspoiled beach destinations in the world.

Our top beach suggestions include:

  • Pink Beach in Komodo, Indonesia,
  • Boracay in The Phillippines,
  • El Nido in Palawan, The Phillippines,
  • Koh Phangan in Thailand,
  • Northern Beach in Koh Rong, Cambodia,
  • Soneva Gili in the Maldives,
  • Mirrissa in Sri Lanka,
  • and Cua Dai Beach in Vietnam, among others.

In addition, the food is to die for — our best gastronomy tips include vegetarian curry in Singapore, bean salad in Bali, dessert crepes in Tokyo, and dumpling soup in Hong Kong.

Finally, Asia’s nature will mesmerize you — whether it’s the foothills of the Himalayas, the deserts in China or Mongolia, or the rainforests in the Southeast Asia region, you won’t be disappointed.

Overall Best Time to Visit Asia

Photo of two women in kimonos walking along the street during the cherry blossom season in Tokyo

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The best time to visit Asia is in the April–July period. The days are warm and dry, and it’s hand down the best time to explore the continent.

Wish to attend Tokyo’s Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival? Head To Tokyo in spring. What about celebrating the Thai New Year? Put Thailand on your list. Fan of the Rocket Festival? Consider heading to Laos and/or Northeastern Thailand.

The months are also ideal for visiting a country such as Vietnam, marking the end of its peak season as well. Also, going to places such as Nepal means you can hit the trails and enjoy a good hike.

Other notable events and countries worth being on your Asian radar during these months include:

  • BaliSpirit Festival (April/May) in Indonesia, an international celebration marked by plenty of yoga workshops, breathwork, music sessions, and dancing;
  • Chaand Raat, or Night of the Moon, celebrated in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, for the Eve of Eid el-Fitur. Reuniting families and friends in open venues to marvel at the new moon, this celebration is all about honoring the arrival of the Islamic month of Shawwal.
  • Koh Samui Regatta (May) in Thailand, a large sailing event, drawing in many boat enthusiasts to engage in both long-distance and short sprint racing, as well as cruising;
  • Pulilan Carabao Festival (May) in The Phillippines, an unusual event commemorating family buffalos for the work they put in by cleaning, grooming, and massages (you’ve never heard of this, have you?);
  • Bali Arts Festival (June) in Indonesia, a playful event featuring dancing, music, arts, Balinese culture, and history loved equally by locals and visitors;
  • Phi Ta Khon (June) in Thailand, often referred to as the festival when “the dead come back to life,” is an event sharing similarities with the well-known western Halloween tradition with locals wearing weird-looking hats, spooky masks, and costumes;
  • Dragon Boat Festival (June) in China, a folk festival celebrated by holding dragon boat races and eating zongzi (rice dumplings), wearing perfume pouches, and drinking realgar wine;
  • Tel Aviv Pride Week, (June) in Israel, a must-see Tel Aviv celebration, as it’s one of the largest LGBT celebrations worldwide;
  • Singapore Arts Festival (May/June) in Singapore, displaying both local and international performances, such as musicals, dances, history, and showings.

Cheapest Time to Visit Asia

The absolute cheapest month to head to Asia is in December. Budget-conscious visitors should look for airfare deals and attractive accommodation options around this time and plan their itinerary in a way that matches their estimated expenses.

That said, how cheap your Asia itinerary can get largely depends on which Asian country you head to and not when you visit.

For instance, going to Singapore or Hong Kong can never be done with the same budget as the one needed for Thailand or Myanmar.

Also, note that December marks the beginning of Asia’s monsoon season (for some countries at least), which explains why this would be the cheapest month to visit — not many are willing to deal with Asia’s spontaneous rainfall.

Yet, for travelers who believe that every penny counts, the rain is never perceived as a hindrance. Finally, if you wish to avoid high prices, don’t plan your visit around major holidays or festivals, as that’s when prices skyrocket.

Least Busy Time to Visit Asia

Artsy photo of the beach and water at Goa pictured during the overall best time to visit Asia with a boat floating on the teal ocean

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Discussing the least busy time to visit Asia is somewhat challenging, just like with the cheapest time — many factors are at play, but for the sake of helping you as much as we can, we can conclude that Asia, on the whole, is the least busy in September.

This has to do with kids going back to school, so summer holidays come to a halt, and family vacations end. Also, it’s the time when rainfall is not as common on the whole, and winter has yet to make an appearance.

Thanks to this “confusing” weather situation, many opt to ignore heading to Asia at this time, but if you choose the right countries, September can quickly become one of your favorite months to travel to Asia.

Our recommendations include Hong Kong, Nepal, Bali, and Singapore. Specific cities worth being on your September list are Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Goa, and Beijing. 

Worst Time to Visit Asia

The worst time to visit Asia is during the monsoon season, which runs each year in different months depending on the country you’re heading to.

For instance, if you’re going to Singapore, Indonesia, or Malaysia, avoid the December–March period. Those heading to Japan and Korea can also expect harsh winds at this time.

But if you wish to visit The Maldives, note that water activities are running at full steam, as this is the Maldives’ peak tourist season.

For countries such as Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines, the rainy season begins sometime in June and runs through October.

Even if you end up visiting these countries at their rainiest, know there’s still a lot you stand to gain. From the Chinese New Year and Christmas in the Phillippines to the Marina Bay festivities in Singapore, the monsoon season doesn’t mean you’ll be bored.

On the contrary, you get to attend many celebrations, and chances are you’ll forget the rain altogether.

While the monsoon season definitely has its challenges, it might very well be suitable for travelers who have no problem being flexible with their travel schedule and embrace all the itinerary changes that may come with it.

Finally, keep in mind that everything we shared so far is based on estimates about Asia on the whole.

If you have a specific country in mind, make sure to do further research (start here) and learn when the best times to visit, how to avoid crowds, whether traveling on a budget is possible, and so on. Given the continent’s absolute vastness, it’s very hard to come to a definite conclusion about it on the whole.

Things to Consider

Woman in traditional clothing standing with a backpack outside of temple gates in Bali for a guide to the best time to visit Asia


When embarking on your Asian adventure, there are some things worth keeping in mind to ensure a comfortable stay — here’s what you need to consider:

  • Pack suitable clothes for temple visits — make sure your shoulders and knees are covered.
  • Check potential vaccine requirements before traveling to your chosen Asian country.
  • Always exchange your money in banks or designated exchange offices (consult locals for decent exchange rates).
  • While credit/debit cards such as MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in most locations, make sure you always have money with you for street vendors, smaller restaurants, taxi rides, or if you’re going to more rural regions.
  • Get acquainted with local culture, laws, and customs before your visit to avoid unpleasant situations. For instance, in certain Asian countries, it’s rude to touch a person’s head, as the head is considered to be highly sacred. Also, some countries, such as Thailand, require visitors to take off their shoes before they enter a home, a small shop, or a temple.
  • It’s common for foreigners to experience stomach aches during their stay. While most of these unfortunate situations aren’t that concerning, it’s advisable to pack some medication to make sure your stay goes with fewer disruptions. Also, if you’re planning on eating street food, head where it’s busy to make sure the food is fresh and local-approved. Avoiding undercooked food is highly recommended as well.
  • Check visa requirements.
  • Bring insect repellent and, whenever possible, wear long-sleeved clothes to avoid getting bitten. Don’t forget feminine hygiene products, too, as they can be quite pricey even if you do find them.
  • Don’t underestimate the Asian sun — stock up on that SPF before your departure.
  • Download offline maps to be on the safe side and buy a local SIM card.
  • Check electricity socket requirements — for instance, Central Asia uses 220V at 50 cycles.
  • Safety varies from one country to another — for instance, road crossing is somewhat problematic in China, as most motorists pay little (to no) attention to pedestrians. In Laos, Cambodia, and central Vietnam, unexploded landmines still exist, so limit your wandering adventures — trekking in isolated areas isn’t advisable.
  • Getting travel insurancebefore your Asian journey is highly advisable. Also, note that the medical service you could potentially receive varies significantly from one region to another.

Frequently Asked Questions

Singapore pictured during the evening with the modern skyline towering over the marina

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What are seven facts about Asia?

1. Two “Asian” countries, Turkey and Russia, have land in both Europe and Asia.
2. China is said to produce over 45 billion pairs of chopsticks annually.
3. Japan is home to 22 Nobel Laureates.
4. Nine of the top ten rice-producing countries worldwide are based in Asia —- India, Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Japan, Bangladesh, and the Philippines.
5. Islam is the most prevalent religion on the continent.
6. Macau is the smallest Asian country (note that certain sources suggest that Macau is an autonomous China-based region, though).
7. Bangkok holds the Guinness World Record for the longest name of a place. Confused? Bangkok’s full name is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. We’re not going to blame you if you just stick to Bangkok!

What is the most expensive city in Asia?

Singapore is said to be Asia’s most expensive city. If you go on a three-day trip to Singapore, you’ll need $582 if you’re traveling solo, $989 if you’re with a partner, and $1281 if you’re traveling as a family of four. Singapore hotel prices in the city center vary from $156 to $390 ($195 per night on average).

Also, it’s recommended that you set aside $46 per day per person for eating at restaurants and public transportation purposes. Do note that these numbers are retrieved from past visitors’ expenses, and by the time you travel to Singapore, they will have likely changed.

What are common things in Asian food?

Asian cuisine includes plenty of ingredients, the most common ones being: soy, tofu, sesame seeds, rice, ginger, garlic, chilies, and dried onions. Species are also common together with cooking methods such as steaming, stir-frying, and deep frying.

Also, although rice is common to the majority of Asian cuisines, different countries have different versions of it, such as glutinous rice in Laos, jasmine rice in Southeast Asia, and long-grain rice in Korea and Japan.

Which is the safest country in Asia?

Three Asian countries are frequently considered to be the safest — Singapore, Japan, and Malaysia.

Which country is the poorest in Asia?

Some of the poorest countries in Asia currently are Myanmar, Yemen, and Tajikistan, as a result of economic instability and ongoing political conflicts.

So, What Is the Best Time to Visit Asia?

👍 Best Time to VisitApril to July
💲 Cheapest Time to VisitDecember
🗓️ Least Busy Time to VisitSeptember
👎 Worst Time to VisitVaries by Country

As you can see, Asia has something for every type of visitor, irrespective of when one may decide to head there. Simply choose the Asian destination you’ve been eyeing for a while, and enjoy exploring this continent full of wonders!

Last but not least, if you need advice on picking a particular country, here are our suggestions:

So, where are you heading first? Looking forward to hearing which country you’ve chosen!