If you want to see blue whales in Sri Lanka, the beginning of March is the best time. But for other species, head there from October until April.
January is an exceptional month in which to visit Cambodia - you can expect good weather conditions throughout the country, with blue skies, little or no rain and temperatures set at a balmy 26°C; likewise, Laos is a dream in February.
During Nepal’s summer monsoon season (June, July, August, September), it doesn’t necessarily rain all day, but it does rain every day. More rain falls at night than during the day, so the mornings are often crisp and beautiful, but the season is sadly often avoided by trekkers – if you do want to trek then, avoid Nepal’s more popular circuits and head to Manang, Mustang or Dolpo, Himalayan areas that sit in rain shadows.
China’s ‘Golden Week’, or National Day Holiday is held from 29th September to 10th October and everyone in the country – that’s 1.4 billion people – has this week off. Most travel to domestic cities causing logistical chaos. Avoid it, unless of course your idea of fun is getting caught in a confusion of camera straps.
The rainy season in Southeast Asia runs from around May until late October, and can deter travellers. However, Borneo is a great Southeast Asian call during this time as it sits outside of the monsoon belt.
The term ‘typhoon’ denotes a particular type of tropical storm that hits the northwest Pacific Ocean (pretty much all of Southeast Asia). A majority of typhoons happen between May and October, though they can strike year round.
Towards the end of Southeast Asia’s dry season, starting in around March, temperatures begin to rise. By April, it can top 40°C, with high humidity – which is extremely uncomfortable and difficult to take in any sights or activities.
If you want to go hiking in Kerala’s Western Ghats, the monsoon peak of July and August is not the best time to visit India. Houseboats aren’t much fun during this time either.
Even though Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle is in a drier region, it does still get hit by the monsoon in November and December.