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Southeast Asia Weather in November 2024, Where to Go

Southeast Asia Weather in November 2024, Where to Go

By RitaUpdated Jan. 23, 2024

November is an excellent time to explore Southeast Asia. It is getting cooler, averaging from about 25°C (77°F) to 32°C (90°F).

As for rainfall, most countries are transformed from wet to dry weather, such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia, while the rainy season in Singapore and Indonesia is approaching its peak.

As a transitional month, you could perfectly enjoy good weather, fewer crowds, and lower costs before the peak season (December to February) in continental Southeast Asia.

In this article, we'll discuss how various countries experience different weather patterns (dry and wet). You'll also find tips about the best places to go, the costs involved, and what to pack in November.

Weather in Southeast Asia's Major Cities in November

City Average Daily Low Temp. Average Daily High Temp. Average Rainfall
Bangkok, Thailand 24°C (75°F) 32°C (90°F) 46 mm (2 in)
Phuket, Thailand 24°C (75°F) 31°C (88°F) 170 mm (7 in)
Hanoi, Vietnam 19°C (66°F) 26°C (79°F) 46 mm (2 in)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 23°C (73°F) 32°C (90°F) 71 mm (3 in)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia 24°C (75°F) 31°C (88°F) 162 mm (6 in)
Siem Reap, Cambodia 24°C (75°F) 30°C (86°F) 145 mm (6 in)
Bagan, Myanmar 21°C (70°F) 34°C (93°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Luang Prabang, Laos 15°C (59°F) 27°C (81°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Singapore 25°C (77°F) 30°C (86°F) 244 mm (10 in)
Bali, Indonesia 25°C (77°F) 32°C (90°F) 117 mm (5 in)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 23°C (73°F) 31°C (88°F) 271 mm (11 in)
Manila, the Philippines 25°C (77°F) 30°C (86°F) 170 mm (7 in)

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Countries with Dry Weather in November: Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines

Morning almsgiving in LaosMorning almsgiving in Laos

As the transitional month from wet to dry weather, you might encounter occasional showers in early November. For drier weather, you're advised to visit the northern regions, such as Chiang Rai in Thailand, Hanoi in Vietnam, and Luang Prabang in Laos.

If your schedule is flexible, late November is the way to go, especially when traveling to multiple countries. Clear skies and agreeable temperatures are promised for outdoor adventures and beach getaways. You would also have opportunities to celebrate the local festivals, such as the romantic Yi Peng Lantern Festival (releasing a mass of sky lanterns).

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Countries in the Rainy Season in November: Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia

November marks the beginning of the rainy season (November to March) in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

In early November, you could still expect rain-free days if you are flexible. Cultural and indoor activities are rarely influenced by the occasional rainfall.

Rainfall becomes more frequent from the end of November. Luckily, the tropical monsoon is usually only experienced as 1–2-hour afternoon downpours. Traveling in the rainy season, a flexible schedule is essential to adapt to the real-time weather and ensure a more enjoyable experience.

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The 5 Best Places to Visit in November in Southeast Asia

In November, you're advised to visit Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos for travel-friendly weather.

  • Thailand's cooling weather invites outdoor adventures and the romantic Yi Peng Lantern Festival.
  • Meanwhile, Vietnam's north and south provide a dry season that's ideal for Halong Bay cruises and Mekong Delta explorations.
  • Cambodia offers a pleasant climate for visiting Angkor Wat and the tranquil Tonle Sap Lake.
  • Myanmar shines with its cultural gems and picturesque hot-air balloon rides under sunny skies.
  • In the north, Laos showcases its rustic charm and a slow-paced way of life.

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1. Myanmar

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In November, the monsoon rains fade away in Myanmar and the sunny weather returns. You could perfectly discover the country's rich cultural and historical sites. Yangon, Inle Lake, Bagan, and Mandalay are excellent destinations in November.

Myanmar comes alive with vibrant festivals, such as the Tazaungdaing Festival, featuring mesmerizing hot-air balloons adorned with illuminated lanterns.

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2. Cambodia

November's dry and cool weather provides comfortable conditions for exploring the vast temple complex and capturing stunning sunrise and sunset views in Siem Reap.

With high water levels, you could cruise across Tonle Sap Lake and explore floating villages, wildlife, and the unique way of life of the people living on the lake.

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3. Laos

November is one of the best times to visit Laos as it falls within the dry season when the weather is cool and pleasant.

Hidden in northern Southeast Asia, the country features a laid-back and rustic atmosphere. You could explore its cultural hub, Luang Prabang, uncover the mysterious Plain of Jars, and venture into the jungle in November.

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4. Thailand

In general, Thailand enjoys favorable weather in November. Northern Thailand, including Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, experiences cooler and drier weather earlier than central Bangkok and the southern islands. However, as December approaches, the entire country benefits from the best weather conditions.

Your November trip would not be complete without Chiang Mai. You could take a foodie tour, visit the flower market, and partake in the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. More impressively, you could take in the Yi Peng and Loy Krathong lantern festivals (one of the world's most impressive mass lantern releases).

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5. Vietnam

With diverse climates in each region, Vietnam enjoys a dry season in the north and south, while the central region is experiencing its rainy season in November.

In Northern Vietnam, you are advised to wander around Hanoi, hike through minority tribe vilages in Sapa, and take an exclusive 3-day Halong Bay cruise.

Southern Vietnam spoils visitors for beach choices, such as Phu Quoc, Con Dao Island, and Phan Thiet, to name a few.

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Costs and Crowding in November

November is a smart choice for visiting Southeast Asia. You could enjoy low-season benefits in countries during the monsoon (Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia): tranquil attractions and great deals (30–40% off).

Countries with favorable weather would indeed draw more visitors, which could result in increased expenses and larger crowds. However, these costs and crowds are still relatively reasonable when compared to the holiday season around Christmas and New Year. It's advisable to consider booking early, ideally at least 3 months in advance.

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What to Pack in November

With warm weather prevailing in Southeast Asia in November, it's advisable to pack light summer clothes. If you plan to visit beaches or swimming pools, don't forget to pack swimwear.

Given the abundant sunshine, a high SPF sunscreen is essential. Lastly, be sure to take mosquito repellent to avoid insect bites, especially during the evening hours.

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