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

By RitaUpdated Jan. 31, 2024

In September, temperatures in Southeast Asia remain hot, reaching over 30°C (86°F).

Monsoons persist in some countries, such as Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar, with intense downpours typically concentrated in the late hours of the day. In contrast, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore beckon travelers with their dry seasons.

If you prefer to minimize the impact of rain on your travels, consider visiting Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Laos.

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1. Indonesia: Favorable Weather and Best Beach Destination

  • Recommended stay: 1 to 2 weeks

September is the best time to explore Indonesia. The weather in renowned travel destinations, such as Bali and Java, stays dry, with little to no rainfall. Their temperatures are consistently warm.

As the summer break winds down in early September, there's a clear drop in crowds. But prices still hold on to that peak season feel.

Generally speaking, Indonesia won't disappoint you wherever you go in September. Bali and Java are highly recommended as they showcase the best of Indonesia.

Top things to do in Indonesia in September:

  • Trek up the volcanoes, discover rice terraces, and relax on the photogenic beaches in Bali.
  • Soak up the atmosphere in the spiritual Borobudur (the largest Buddhist temple in the world) and taste civet coffee in Java.
  • Take a scuba diving trip to the Gili Islands.
  • Hike and meet the famous Komodo dragons on Komodo Island.
  • Visit the seaweed farms of Nusa Lembongan.

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2. Malaysia: Partly Sunny and an Adventurer's Paradise

  • Recommended stay: 1 to 3 weeks

In September, the rainfall in Malaysia gradually increases towards October. But you could still expect relatively dry weather on the east coast (Tioman Island and the Perhentian Islands) and Borneo.

For the other regions, the west coast (Langkawi and Penang) receives more frequent afternoon downpours (one every 2 days) while Kuala Lumpur and the central highlands experience moderate rainfall.

Therefore, if you visit Malaysia in September, you're advised to visit the eastern coast for beach activities, Borneo for wildlife, and Kuala Lumpur for cultural riches.

Top things to do in Malaysia in September:

  • Unwind by the scenic coastline or embark on a diving escapade at Tioman Island or the Perhentian Islands.
  • Encounter orangutans in the lush rainforests and go on a riverboat safari in Borneo.
  • Sample diverse Asian foods during our foodie tours in Kuala Lumpur: Chinese foods, Indian foods, Indonesian foods, and halal foods.
  • Trek to find the rare Rafflesia flower and see verdant tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands.

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3. Singapore: Gateway to Asia for First-Timers

  • Recommended stay: 4 to 5 days

Singapore is highly modern, boasting futuristic buildings and top-notch services. Blending Asian cultures, a brief stopover in Singapore could provide you with a glimpse into the diverse aspects of Asia for your first visit.

Although Singapore is generally hot and humid throughout the year, September falls within a period of only moderate rainfall.

Top things to do in Singapore in September:

  • Attend the Singapore Grand Prix (September 20–22, 2024): a thrilling nighttime Formula 1 race along with award-winning bands and 5-star cuisine.
  • Appreciate the architectural masterpieces in Marina Bay Sands.
  • Take a cable car ride to gain an insight into the city, harbor, and Sentosa from above.
  • Experience the Mid-Autumn Festival in Chinatown.

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4. Myanmar: Partly Dry and Culture-Oriented

  • Recommended stay: 1 to 2 weeks

If you want to get a touch of Buddhism in a less-disturbed atmosphere, then visit Myanmar.

In September, Myanmar's rainy season eases up, bringing cooler and less humid weather.

Although beaches stay closed due to rain, other parts of the country see improved conditions. The central plains near Mandalay become the hottest and driest, making it a great time to visit Mandalay and Bagan.

Top things to do in Myanmar in September:

  • Catch the mesmerizing sunsets from the wooden-built U Bein Bridge in Mandalay.
  • Marvel at the sunrise and sunset over the plains of Bagan.
  • Take a boat trip to Inle Lake for its picture-perfect stilt villages.

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5. Vietnam: Drier in Parts with Shoulder-Season Benefits

  • Recommended stay: 1 to 2 weeks

Vietnam epitomizes rustic life in Southeast Asia, while providing ample opportunities for outdoor activities, such as hiking through mountainous landscapes, exploring karst caves, or cycling along coastal areas.

In September, the rainfall focus in Vietnam shifts from the northern and southern regions to the central part. Throughout the country, the northern highlands and central region receive less precipitation, making them better destinations for travel during September.

September, being the shoulder season, allows you to savor the scenery with fewer tourists around and at a more budget-friendly price.

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Top things to do in Vietnam in September:

  • If time allows, see the parades, fireworks, and boat races in Hanoi on September 2nd (Vietnam National Day).
  • Hike through the golden rice paddies and see the ethnic hill tribes in Sapa.
  • Enjoy outdoor adventures amid the karst landscape in rustic Ninh Binh.
  • Experience Vietnam's Mid-Autumn Festival in Hoi An.
  • Take an in-depth exploration of the Mekong River on a week-long cruise.

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6. Laos: Less Rainfall and More Rustic

  • Recommended stay: 4 days

In September, Laos has some rain but less compared to other countries in their rainy seasons, especially in Luang Prabang.

As the month goes on, wet days decrease, making it perfect to explore the countryside and see waterfalls at their best.

Top things to do in Laos in September:

  • Participate in an almsgiving ceremony and explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed relics in Luang Prabang.
  • Uncover the secrets of the Plain of Jars.
  • Take a boat cruise on the Mekong River.
  • Spot the pink dolphins in the Irrawaddy River.
  • Escape the rain with indoor activities, such as a cooking class and a Laotian massage.

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