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The 6 Best Places to Visit in Southeast Asia in August 2024

By RitaUpdated Jan. 31, 2024

In August, the average temperature of Southeast Asia slightly drops, to about 29°C (84°F).

The rainy season dominates in most Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. But Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia are exceptions, where August stands out as one of the driest months and you could expect promising sunshine and great opportunities for outdoor fun.

If you'd like to travel with fewer interruptions from rain, you're advised to visit the following six countries: Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand.

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1. Indonesia: Sunny Tropical Beach Paradise

  • Recommended stay: 1 to 2 weeks

August is one of the best times to visit Indonesia: August has brightest skies, pleasant temperatures of 23–30°C (73–86°F), and calm seas.

August's ideal weather offers you a well-rounded range of experiences. A classic Indonesia itinerary typically covers Bali, the Gili Islands, Java, and Jakarta. Whether you want to spend some quality family time together or celebrate your big events, there are plenty of options:

  • Witness postcard-perfect sunsets and indulge in the laid-back vibe.
  • Dive into water activities and island-hopping tours in Bali and the Gili Islands.
  • Soak up its characteristic culture from the ancient temples, an authentic royal high tea experience, and a family visit.
  • Trek up volcanic mountains and venture into jungle forests in Bali or Java.
  • Create your own souvenirs for your family and friends during a hands-on experience.

Insider Tips: With the great weather come higher prices and a huge demand. You're advised to make your booking at least 3 months in advance.

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2. Malaysia: Cultural Crossroads and Water Fun

  • Recommended stay: 1 to 3 weeks

Unlike the uniformly dry weather in July, August brings light rainfall to central and western Malaysia, though dry conditions continue in eastern Malaysia.

Therefore, if you travel to Malaysia in August, you're advised to visit eastern Malaysia on Borneo for mostly dry weather, where you could enjoy sandy beaches and water activities.

If you don't mind some rain, explore the cultural hubs of Kuala Lumpur and Malacca.

Malaysia unfolds a myriad of experiences:

  • Explore the cultural diversity of Kuala Lumpur and Malacca.
  • Dive into the wild in Borneo: snorkeling among marine life, feeding orangutans, and spotting whale sharks.
  • Indulge in the stunning beaches or observe the turtles at Turtle Sanctuary Beach on the Perhentian Islands.
  • Enjoy free days in the water bungalows on Sipadan Island.
  • Experience local culture during the local Hungry Ghost Festival.

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3. Singapore: Modern Marvels and a Window into Asian Culture

  • Recommended stay: 4 to 5 days

Singapore, doesn't have distinct dry and wet seasons like some other equatorial regions. It experiences moderate rainfall all year round, including in August, with higher rainfall from November to January. At the tail end of the busy summer vacation in Southeast Asia, you could expect fewer crowds later in August.

Singapore beckons travelers to enjoy the following experiences in August:

  • Go for outdoor adventures, such as light hiking and biking.
  • Explore the iconic Gardens by the Bay, featuring the stunning Cloud Forest and Flower Dome.
  • Uncover the secrets of the vibrant cultural diversity in Chinatown, Little India, and Kampong Glam.
  • Soak up the atmosphere at the indoor attractions at Sentosa, such as S.E.A. Aquarium and Universal Studios Singapore.
  • Say goodnight to the wild animals during the world's first Night Safari.

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4. Vietnam: Partly Sunny and Great for Rustic Adventures

  • Recommended stay: 1 to 2 weeks

Similar to July, temperatures are still quite hot. Rainfall peaks in the north and south, while central areas experience only moderate precipitation.

Weather-wise, central Vietnam (Hoi An, Da Nang, and Nha Trang) is the best place to visit in August.

Compared to the high travel season, traveling in August is much cheaper in the north and south. However, storms or typhoons might affect a cruise in Halong Bay, so it is best to prepare a plan B.

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Vietnam invites you to embrace these experiences:

  • Gain an insight into Vietnam's ancient royal cities in Hue and Hoi An.
  • Unwind on the sun-kissed beaches of Da Nang and Nha Trang.
  • Cycle around the rice paddies and say "hi" to working locals in rustic Mai Chau or Ninh Binh.
  • Navigate the Mekong River on a week-long cruise from Vietnam to Cambodia.
  • If time allows, immerse yourself in the enchanting Full Moon Lantern Festival in Hoi An.

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5. Thailand: Top Choice for Budget-Conscious Travelers

  • Recommended stay: 10 days to 2 weeks

In August, Thailand experiences similarly hot summer temperatures, with an average of around 29°C (84°F). The northern mountains and the wetter southwestern coast have slightly cooler temperatures, averaging 27°C (81°F).

In the middle of the rainy season, intense downpours are expected. But you could expect drier weather in central Thailand (Bangkok and Hua Hin) and east coast islands (Koh Samui, Koh Pha Ngan, and Koh Tao). With more tranquil vibes and favorable prices (about 40% discount), traveling to these places is still worthwhile.

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Thailand invites you to explore the following delights:

  • Discover iconic temples, floating markets, and railway markets in the bustling metropolis of Bangkok.
  • Relax on the photogenic beaches and delve into the water activities in Koh Samui.
  • Take advantage of the best scuba diving opportunities in Koh Tao.
  • Cool down in the royal summer resort in Hua Hin.
  • Escape the rain by taking part in interesting indoor activities, such as a cooking class, a massage, a Muay Thai show, and a ladyboy show.

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6. Myanmar: Ancient Splendors Amid Rain-Kissed Landscapes

  • Recommended stay: 1 to 2 weeks

August brings abundant rainfall to Myanmar and its weather is still hot, with an average temperature of 29°C (84°F).

Bagan and Mandalay are great places to visit during August because they receive significantly less rainfall than Yangon, Inle Lake, and other tourist attractions.

Myanmar unfolds its treasures for exploration and these are most recommendable for August:

  • Visit Mandalay Palace, explore U Bein Bridge, and take a boat ride on the Irrawaddy River in Mandalay.
  • Watch a sunrise over ancient temples in Bagan.
  • Visit Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.
  • Be like a Burmese local and experience local village life for a day.

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