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Asia promises a year for an exhilarating exploration, offering a wide array of different activities and experiences to be had through the year. From pristine beach escapes, island hopping via luxury cruises, exploring ancient temples and close encounter with rare animals, Asia is the perfect destination to travel to for an unforgettable trip next year.

With such a variety and range of destinations in Asia, finding the most suitable option can be overwhelming. We have created a guide to make that choice just a little bit easier. For each month of the year, we have carefully matched with the best destination in Asia to go to, aligning with ideal weather conditions and exclusive events unique to the country in that particular month.

January

Head to: Maldives

In January, Asia offers a diverse array of destinations to travel to enjoy the winter sun. Areas of South Asia such as Thailand, Cambodia and Sri Lanka will experience the perfect equilibrium of temperatures where visitors can enjoy a harmonious blend of cultural activities with luxurious beach getaways.

Yet, for those seeking a tropical sanctuary with utter seclusion, surrounded by vast stretches of powdery white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters, the Maldives emerges as the perfect destination. Basking in idyllic temperatures with gentle breezes, alongside bearing an enchanting underwater realm, the Maldives is a remote paradise enlivened by the January sun.

Highlights of the Maldives

Embark on a luxury cruise to explore the diverse array of atolls. Voyage across the azure waters on the Soneva in Aqua, a magnificent twenty-three metre yacht.

Delve into exuberant coral reefs in the aquatic realm of the Maldives through immersive diving excursions. Teeming with a plethora of marine life, January is the best time to spot the majestic manta rays of the Maldives. Head to Ari Atoll to dive into the clear blue waters and marvel as these exquisite creatures dance gracefully through sunbeams.

Visit one of the most unique sea turtle medical facilities in the world on the tropical island of Dhuni Kolhu in Baa Atoll. Engage in close encounters with these magnificent creatures and learn about how injured turtles are rehabilitated and cared for in the only marine turtle rescue centre in the Maldives.

Discover Maldives

Home to hundreds of islands of white sand, clear turquoise blue water and whispering palm trees.

February

Head to: Cambodia

Travelling to Asia in February not only offers the opportunity to bask in the winter sun, but to also witness some incredible animal migrations. Whilst countries such as Thailand, Sri Lanka and India all exhibit warm temperatures and some fantastic wildlife adventures, Cambodia stands out as the perfect destination for February.

Effortlessly blending a rich ancestral history with picturesque landscapes and unique wildlife sightings, travelling to Cambodia in February will give visitors the opportunity to marvel at the vibrant Lunar New Celebrations.

Highlights of Cambodia in February

Explore the serene Tonlé Sap Lake and the symphony of wildlife thriving amidst the vibrant greenery of the freshwater swamp. Witness the spectacle of migratory birds congregating on the lake in February. Alongside the remarkable displays of wildlife, take a private boat around the lake and marvel at the network of floating villages.

Enjoy a remote tropical paradise on the private island hideaway of Song Saa tucked away in Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago. The blue skies of February accompanied by warm temperatures make this the ideal time to visit this exotic haven. Reside in a luxurious overwater villa and relish in picturesque sunsets everyday setting a warm glow over the sea. Delve into the pristine waters on a diving excursion to explore the coral reefs, teeming with exquisite marine life. Reside in a luxurious overwater villa and

Discover the historical jewel of Cambodia by trekking to the Angkor’s Archaeological Park, containing the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer empire. The warm temperatures of February make this the ideal time to visit the timeless ruins, especially contrasted against the backdrop of full lakes and lush greenery of the jungle. Venture to the lesser known ‘Pink’ Temples of Banteay Srei, containing intricate carvings and exquisite ornamentations.

Discover Cambodia

Home to the ancient kingdom and temple complex of Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s rich cultural offering sits in a breathtaking natural landscape: a blend of rice paddies, sugar palm plantations and remote jungles.

March

Head to: India

With temperatures in the South Asia cooling and Northern regions growing warmer, March is one of the most popular times to visit Asia. Prime cherry blossom season in Japan and the dry season in SouthEast Asia makes this a stunning, but often busy, time to visit these popular regions of Asia.

For those looking for the perfect conditions to enjoy the rich cultural highlights and natural spectacles of a region, India emerges as a great option. Comfortable temperatures and cooling breezes set an idyllic atmosphere for wandering around without the concern of encountering busy crowds.

Highlights of India in March

One of India’s standout features in March is embarking on a tiger safari. As temperatures become warmer in March, the chances of seeing a tiger grow higher as they venture out of the forests in search of water. Visit the Ranthambore National Park to marvel at these magnificent creatures prowling against the backdrop of the lush green grass, still a vibrant green from the monsoon season.

Witness the riot of colours during India’s vibrant festival of colour, known as the ancient Holi celebrations based in Uttar Pradesh. Watch as the streets are transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour. Visit other colourful cities during this period, such as the ‘Pink’ and ‘Blue’ cities of Rajasthan to immerse yourself in India’s vibrant colours.

Prepare to journey through time by exploring Old Delhi, viewing historical landmarks such as the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid epitomising the architectural marvels of the ‘golden age’ during the Mughal era. Expand your palate by sampling the delicious cuisine Old Delhi has to offer by heading to the lively Chandi Chowk market in Delhi.

Discover India

India is a country bursting with life, colour and spice and is the ideal location for luxury travel. It stretches from the snowy summits of the Himalayas to the splendour and boutique hotels of Rajasthan and the tropical backwaters of the south.

April

Head to: Vietnam

The emergence of spring across the majority of Asia showcases the best of the natural landscapes as countries experience warmer temperatures. Although countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia will be enriched by sun, Vietnam in April enjoys a pleasant warmth before the popular summer heat lures in the bustling crowds.

Highlights of Vietnam in April

The perfect combination of cool breezes and warm temperatures makes April the ideal time to visit the captivating city of Hanoi and visit the iconic sites such as Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and the Temple of Literature. A fusion of ancient architectural wonders within the cobblestone streets of the Old Quarter tied with a vibrant modern essence makes up the charming spirit of Vietnam’s capital city.

Voyage on the luxury Ginger Heritage Line across the pristine seascapes of Lan Ha Bay. A quiet extension of the natural wonder Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay provides a serene escape from the crowds typically seen in the popular April season. Explore the unspoiled turquoise waters, towering cliffs, vast beaches and rich biodiversity home to unique specimens.

Relax in the ultimate beach escape in Ninh Binh Bay. The clear blue sky and constant stream of sunshine make April the perfect time to explore Vietnam’s hidden paradise. In an isolated location, take the speedboat to indulge in the distant land of golden sands and azure waters.

Explore the authentic beauty of the Cuc Phuong National Park, the oldest national park in Vietnam. Prepare to be enchanted by the scenery covered in dense forests, nestled beneath the majestic Limestone Mountains. Experience the unique spectacle of the white cabbage butterflies which flock here, a phenomenon exclusive to only this time of year.

Discover Vietnam

With a coastline stretching over 2,000 miles from north to south, visitors to Vietnam are spoiled for choice with outstanding beaches. Combined with scenic trekking routes in the north, fascinating historical sites in the south, and exceptional street food along the way, the variety of experiences on offer makes Vietnam the ideal holiday.

May

Head to: Sri Lanka

May marks the onset of the scorching summer season in Asia, with Southeast Asia experiencing exceptionally hot temperatures. Sri Lanka not only offers the ideal escape from the blistering heat, but the occasional light shower of rainfall brings about a marvellous display of wildlife encounters.

Highlights of Sri Lanka in May

Visiting Sri Lanka in May will showcase the ancient Temple of the Sacred Tooth in all its glory during the Vesak festival, the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. Observe the whole island of Kandy illuminated by vibrant lanterns, and the distinct ceremonial act of symbolically bathing the relic with a herbal preparation.

Increase your chances of catching sight of the unique Sri Lankan Leopard, drawn out of the dense mangroves of the forests to drink the water the monsoon season brings. Explore the famous Yala National Park where the highest proportion of leopards reside in the world. Yala also bears a wealth of other exotic wildlife to see, such as sloth bears, wild peacocks and an endemic bird species.

Experience up close encounters with elephants at the Udawalawe National Park. Besides embarking on an exciting safari, just a short twenty minutes away lies the Elephant Transit Home. Observe up close encounters with these majestic creatures, and witness the dedicated efforts put into nurturing orphaned baby elephants. Gain a crucial insight into how they are eventually rehabilitated and released back into their natural habitat.

Discover Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a lush tropical destination and the perfect adventure for those wishing to spot some wildlife, immerse themselves in a new culture, relax on palm-fringed beaches and admire the magnificent scenery.

June

Head to: Japan

Visiting Asia in June offers some delightful weather, as seen in countries like Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia. However, this delightful weather is often intertwined with the rising crowds of tourists.

Japan in June presents the ultimate opportunity for a tranquil escape away from the crowds. Whilst March and April are defined by the cherry blossom season, June is characterised by vibrant green landscapes and the radiant blue hydrangeas which thrive during slightly damper weather. Witness the beauty of Japan’s natural landscape and cultural treasures in the peaceful ambiance of June.

Highlights of Japan in June

June is the perfect time to enjoy a private visit to Kyoto’s Moss Temple, one of Kyoto’s most renowned destinations. Admire the vibrant greenery of the moss enlivened by the rainfall whilst enjoying this tranquil site of serenity. Guests are required to copy Buddhist sutras to cleanse their mind before entering the temple’s blankets of green moss, amplifying the sense of peace the site emanates.

Step aboard the Guntû luxury cruise and sail across the emerald waters of the Seto Inland Sea. Resembling a Japanese ryokan, embarking on the Guntû is the perfect place to indulge in the wide array of special pleasures whilst also admiring the breathtaking scenery of the Japanese coastline. Enjoy exclusive features such as the sushi bar, communal baths and a Japanese confectionery at the Lounge.

2024 offers the unique opportunity to visit communities of artisans who uphold centuries worth of traditional craftsmanship. Through the Dento Project, visitors will get to meet these craftsmen and learn about their intricate projects, whilst simultaneously helping them ‘pass the light’ to future generations entering the world of craftsmanship and continuing ancient traditions.

Discover Japan

Japan is a place of extreme contrasts. It is often associated with bright lights, bullet trains and state of the art technology. Yet many of its deep-rooted traditions and centuries-old temples remain largely undiscovered.

July

Head to: Malaysia & Borneo

Asia offers an extensive selection of white sandy shores and azure waters to getaway and relax for a serene summer holiday.

The ultimate summer escape lies in Malaysia and Borneo, encompassing blankets of golden sands, crystal blue waters and a diverse range of wildlife to see. With July experiencing the least amount of rainfall of the whole year, this is the perfect destination to relax and enjoy the summer heat.

Highlights of Malaysia & Borneo

Bask in the radiant July sunshine on the stunning beaches of the Tioman Islands. Boasting white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, July offers the optimal conditions to explore these serene islands at their finest. Guests will also get the opportunity to witness the mesmerising natural wonder as sea turtles lay their eggs, adding to the enchantment of this beach paradise.

Rich in biodiversity and teeming with a range of animal species, Borneo in July offers the ultimate wildlife adventure. Stay in the Borneo Rainforest Lodge, situated in the midst of the wilderness surrounded by dense jungles, overlooking the pristine water of the Danum River. Take the opportunity to see the rare Orangutan in the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Step across a wooden boardwalk and observe these beautiful creatures from several viewing platforms as well as the rehabilitation nursery for baby orangutans.

Discover Malaysia & Borneo

Malaysia boasts the most extraordinarily diverse scenery of dense rainforests, misty highlands, wildlife, beaches and modern cities.

August

Head to: Indonesia

The month of August is often accompanied by rainfall and the monsoon season across some regions of Asia. However, with August being the driest of the months for Indonesia, this tropical paradise presents itself as an idyllic destination for a summer retreat.

Apart from immaculate sandy beaches, Indonesia stands out as a must-visit destination in August by boasting a diverse terrain of active volcanoes and tropical jungles, alongside an abundance of wildlife both above and below the sea.

Highlights of Indonesia in August

Delve into the blue waters of the Teluk Cenderawasih National Park and explore the extraordinary marine diversity. Take the opportunity to dive with whale sharks, frequently spotted in August during the Ebi season and observe its graceful glide through the blue watered depths.  

Search for the prehistoric Komodo Dragon on the luxury Amandira cruise around the Komodo Islands. The landscapes both above and underwater are uniquely distinct. Scattered with two-thousand five hundred Komodo dragons, the scenery is enhanced by mountainous hillsides, pristine beaches and tropical rainforests. Tread upon the glowing pink sands of ‘Pink Beach’ before diving into an underwater paradise home to various species of marine fauna. 

August offers the perfect time to hike up the magnificent volcano summits across Java. Unlike the rest of the year, when the chances of rain are considerably higher and volcano peaks are likely to get drenched in water, August is the ideal time to hike to the top and soak up the panoramic views from the top. Witness the natural spectacle of Kawah Ijen’s electric blue flames burst from the crater as blue lava-like fire streams down the mountainside at night.

Discover Indonesia

Indonesia is made up of more than 17,000 volcanic islands cast across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. This is a country rich in culture, teeming with exotic creatures, packed with breathtaking views and brimming with glorious beaches.

September

Head to: Singapore

September is a fantastic month to visit multiple destinations across Asia. Whilst regions such as Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia and Borneo retain warm temperatures from the summer, Japan and Sri Lanka grow warmer and enjoy perfect weather conditions for sightseeing.

Holding the annual Formula One Grand Prix, Singapore emerges as a must-visit destination for September filled with an atmosphere of excitement for the much anticipated event. Alongside the average temperature remaining at daily highs in the aftermath of summer as well as having cooling breezes at night, Singapore is the perfect destination for September.

Highlights of Singapore in September

Experience the highly anticipated Formula One Grand Prix held in Singapore during September. Watch the exciting action enlivened under the light of the September sun. Prepare to be immersed in the exhilarating atmosphere as a multitude of concerts with headline performers are shown during the race.

The warm temperatures of September make it the ideal time to visit the picturesque Pulau Ubin island in Singapore. Engage in a wide array of outdoor activities, such as cycle trails and extensive footpaths. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the vibrant species of birds. Admire the vast granite quarries which encircle the serene waters.

Venture to Singapore’s iconic architectural landmark the Marina Bay Sands. Bask in the golden hour sunshine of September from the SkyPark Observation Deck, enjoying panoramic views of the city. Catch a glimpse of the thrilling action of Formula 1 as you overlook the street circuit on the bustling streets below.

Discover Singapore

Singapore is not only an electric city in itself, but it is also a gateway to the wonders of South East Asia.

October

Head to: Bhutan

October in Asia offers an extensive range of destinations for those seeking some warmer climates with pristine beaches and beautiful blue waters. Whilst Thailand and Malaysia will remain warm and sunny, other regions such as Sri Lanka and the Maldives emerge from the monsoon season.

Bhutan is a destination during this time which boasts its finest weather conditions October, accentuating its unique natural wonders under clear blue skies and the freshest air. Offering a peaceful escape before the chaotic build up to Christmas, Bhutan is the destination to enjoy the culturally rich Himalayan kingdom, setting it apart from typical beach destinations.

Highlights of Bhutan in October

Travelling to Bhutan in October, visitors can expect pleasantly mild temperatures and clear blue skies offering the perfect visibility for gazing over the majestic Himalayas. For the best views, head to the Dochula Pass in Punakha and look out over the panoramic views of the snow-capped.

Experience the annual Black Necked Crane Festival, held in the courtyard of the Gangtey monastery, one of the oldest and largest Nyingmapa monasteries in Bhutan. Here, amidst the backdrop of the breathtaking Phobjikha Valley adorned with flowering rhododendrons and mongolia plants, watch the captivating performance of masked folk dances and songs Observe the sacred and rare black necked cranes, the only alpine
species on the planet and an important symbol of longevity in Bhutan.

Visit the picturesque town Phuentsholing known as the land of thunder dragons and look over onto the neighbouring valley, filled with mesmerising views of the warm, rich and earthly autumn hues of October. Take a visit to the Amo Chhu Crocodile Breeding Centre, home to the endangered species of the crocodile gharials and muggars. Watch as this fierce predator lounges in the sunshine.

Discover Bhutan

Bhutan is an incredibly peaceful place to be, surrounded by outstanding scenery. As a country that still remains largely untouched by tourism, you can’t help but adapt to the locals’ gentle pace of life.

November

Head to: Thailand

Whilst the majority of the world descend into the dreary winter months, regions in Asia thrive in the ever-changing seasons. Hot and dry weather can be enjoyed across Laos and Cambodia, whilst Japan’s lush greenery transitions into the inviting and warming autumn hues.

With November marking the end of the monsoon season, Thailand is the idyllic location for plenty of sunshine, perfect temperatures and low humidity. Observe the stunning landscapes filled with glistening emerald waters, towers, colossal limestone structures and an abundance of wildlife.

Highlights of Thailand in November

Travelling to Thailand in November gives you the chance to witness the annual ‘Festival of Light’ (Loy Krathong), a national celebration. Watch the enchanting spectacle of individuals releasing ‘krathongs’ decorated with candles, incense and flowers onto rivers, lakes and canals all across Thailand. Soak up the exhilarating atmosphere as the sky becomes illuminated by various fireworks shows and competitions to build the most extravagant krathong.

Embark on the luxury cruise across Phang Nga Bay to explore the diverse landscape. Look out onto the dramatic landscape defined by giant limestone pinnacle islands encircled by bodies of emerald green waters. Explore the magical lagoons and caves,embellished with unique features, like the sparkling ‘Diamond Cave’ defined by the crystals which can be found inside.

Discover Thailand

Thailand is an excellent choice for a luxury holiday. From soaking up culture with your private guide from Bangkok, to visit ornate temples and floating markets to diving alongside spectacular coral and marine life off the southern coastline, Thailand promises endless adventure.

December

Head to: Laos

Escape the cold climates of winter and spend the coming of the New Year in one of the many tropical havens Asia has to offer. Whilst Bangkok in Thailand offers a thrilling city escape to welcome the new year, the Maldives is the ideal destination to unwind on a serene beach.

Travel to Laos for the perfect blend of stunning natural landscapes and a vibrant metropolitan ambiance, all accompanied by perfect weather. Observe the multitude of natural treasures across the country whilst also enjoying the vibrant night markets and historic landmarks of cities on offer.

Highlights of Laos in December

The warm temperatures of December make it the ideal time to dive into the chilly pale blue waters of the Kuang Si waterfall. Cascading from the dense jungle above, this beautiful waterfall tumbles into several tiered pools of turquoise blue waters flowing over limestone rocks. View this natural wonder from a rustic wooden bridge offering unobstructed views of the main waterfall. Hike to the very top of this natural wonder using the hidden steps and absorb scenic views of Lao countryside

Visit Laos in December to witness the annual celebration of Lao National Day, held across the whole country. Indulge in the thrilling atmosphere as the whole country celebrates the establishment of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in 1975 with a vast number of festivities. Watch as the clear night sky is lit up with splashes of radiant colours from firework shows and enjoy elaborate parades and delicious food to try.

Venture into the jungle to explore the tropical sanctuary known as the ‘Elephant Village’ which lies amid the forest, cliffs and waterfalls of Luang Prabang. Marvel within a close proximity with these spectacular creatures, and learn about the strenuous efforts to care and protect them.

Embark on a Luang Say Cruise and glide on the up and down the glistening water of the Mekong River in the beaming December sun. Begin your river adventure from the regal city of Luang Prabang and voyage towards Houay Xai. Throughout the voyage, one of the special highlights guests will enjoy is venturing into the breathtaking Tam Ting Caves, also known as the ‘Cave of a Thousand Buddhas’ where four thousand wooden figures of Buddha stand.

Discover Laos

Once you set foot in Laos, you’ll immediately feel at one with nature. Let the country’s charmingly unspoilt landscape entice you to its dense jungles, mountains, caves and rivers.

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