The summer months are often the easiest time for individuals, and people with families, to travel abroad. The only difficult part about this is that there are many countries and areas in the world where the summer heat is almost unbearable.
This is definitely true of Asia: large parts of Asia are almost uninhabitable during the summer months due to the sweltering heat and high humidity, as well as the almost constant rains and monsoons. There are, however, a couple of amazing Asian destinations that would work perfectly for a summer vacation.
Regardless whether you travel for food – if you do, you should check out this list – scenery, culture or adventure, these destinations won’t disappoint.
If you have watched all of the Karate Kid series you have likely heard of Okinawa, an absolutely beautiful island in Japan that simply can’t be missed. One of the great things about Okinawa in the summer is that the weather is warm but the humidity is not extremely high. You’ll find beautiful flowers, lush landscapes and simply stunning white sand beaches with turquoise waters that are almost impossible to resist. Not only can you enjoy Okinawa you can go hiking, bird watching, and scuba diving on any one of the more than 160 islands.
Koh Sumui, Thailand
Koh Samui, in Thailand, has long been considered one of the best places for people who are new to Asian culture to travel to on vacation. It is also an amazing place to bring families as well. In Koh Sumui you will find large, expensive villas and small, adorable bungalows. With pristine beaches and some of the most amazing local seafood you’ll ever taste, including some that is served at Michelin-starred restaurants, there is something about Koh Sumai that just has to be experienced.
If amazing experiences and animal encounters is what you’re looking for during vacation, Borneo is where you want to go. Borneo happily boasts some of the most amazing once-in-a-lifetime animal-encounter experiences that you will ever have.
One extremely popular encounter brings you up close and personal with orangutans in the wild. Experience animal encounters and climb Mount Kinabalu if adventure is your idea of a great summer vacation. Just remember if you want to pack for Asia in the summer, go with breathable clothing like Merino wool, especially if you’ll be climbing mountains.
Bali is known as one of the most popular destinations to visit in Asia, especially during the summer months. While you will still be able to enjoy beautifully warm summer weather and amazing beaches, the humidity is much lower in Indonesia than in other parts of Asia during the summer months. This means that you can take your time relaxing on the beach while you are watching surfers or you can enrich yourself in the cultural history of Indonesia by visiting be extremely famous Uluwatu temple. Enjoy the nightlife or explore ancient monuments – or do both! Bali is definitely an exotic island paradise that contains multitudes.
Don’t let the sweltering heat of some Asian destinations put you off the whole continent. There are wonderful, wild, delicious, awe-inspiring and – crucially – cool experiences to be had all over Asia.