Asia is home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations, and the most populated cities, where billions of people live and maintain traditional cultural values. The Asian continent is the largest in the world in land mass and population, making it home to more people than the rest of the world combined! The various cultures in Asia hold an ancient connection to art, philosophy, literature, and spiritual practices, each holding significance to their ancient roots.

When To Go to Asia

East Asia

IncludesChina, Japan, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, and Taiwan

East Asia is spectacular for its ancient traditions, cutting-edge technology, and natural beauty. The best time to visit is in the shoulder seasons to avoid crowds, the intense summer heat, and the bitter cold in the winter months. Spring (March-May) is a perfect time to see the cherry blossoms in Japan and a comfortable exploration of mega-cities like Tokyo. Autumn (September-November) is the best time to soak up the golden rice paddies of China and explore with a more mild temperature. 

  • Chinese New Year, across the region – January or February
  • Hanamai Cherry Blossom Festival, Japan – March-May
  • Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival, South Korea – March-May

Southeast Asia

Includes: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam

Southeast Asia is dotted with tropical islands, lush rainforests, and ancient ruins. The dry season is the best time to visit, running from November to April. This time offers sunshine and clear skies, perfect for island hopping and outdoor exploration. Since every region has a microclimate that affects the weather, be aware of local typhoon times!

  • Nyepi, Bali – March or April
  • Songkran, Thailand – April 13-15
  • Loy Krathong, Thailand – November
  • Mid-Autumn Festival, Vietnam – September or October

South Asia

Includes: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

South Asia is a land of rich history, diverse landscapes, and spiritual significance. The winter months (October-February) are typically dry and pleasant, ideal for exploring historical sites and attending cultural events. This is when you’ll get to experience Diwali in India!

  • Diwali, India – October or November
  • Holi, India – March

West Asia

Includes: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, State of Palestine, Syria, Türkiye, UAE, and Yemen

West Asia is a region of contrasts, with ancient deserts, towering mountains, and bustling metropolises. The shoulder seasons are ideal to avoid the intense summer heat! Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) offer moderate temperatures, making them ideal for sightseeing and outdoor exploration.

  • Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, Türkiye – April or May
  • Hanukkah, Israel – December

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