Top Places to Travel in Asia in May

In many Asian countries, especially those in Southeast Asia, May is a transitional month. It falls between the dry and the rainy seasons, and tourists are not flocking in large masses. Many resorts offer special discounts to encourage visitors during this slower time. 
Other countries, such as Laos and Cambodia, enter the rainy season by the second half of May, so these places don’t make ideal destinations unless you don’t mind walking around with an umbrella all the time.


High season in Thailand is during the winter, especially December and January. This is when the weather is coldest in Europe, so tourists head down to Thailand to escape frigid conditions. By March, visitors are gone and prices start to go down. By May, the temperatures are at their peak; the monsoon season hasn’t arrived yet, and the prices are lower than at other times of the year. You also don’t have to deal with large crowds.


Okinawa gets a lot of rain in May, but the rest of the country is drier until June. May is a great time to visit Japan because the average temperatures are in the high 60s to low 70s. The country is not full of tourists, so it’s easier to move around, book tickets and find cheaper accommodations. Tokyo is very spring-like in May and vegetation is lush all around the country.


May is one of the best trekking months in Nepal. Temperatures are in the 70s, with low precipitation and low humidity. Visibility is excellent, which makes the time ideal for high altitude trekking. Pokhara, one of Nepal’s most popular stops for trekkers, gets crowded in May, but prices in Nepal tend to be cheap year-round, so this shouldn’t affect you much. Buddhists celebrate the birthday of Gautama Buddha on May 23 with a big festival. Lumbini and Kathmandu are especially interesting during these festivities -- the streets are decorated, and there are special events such as celebrations at the temples.

Bali, Indonesia

The best time to visit Bali is during the dry season, which lasts from May to November. During the dry season, the winds are quiet, so the waves are better for snorkeling, surfing, kayaking and other water sports. Temperatures and humidity in Bali stay relatively even throughout the year, so in that sense May is just as good as any other month.

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