Travel Calendar: Where To Go When
There’s nothing worse than spending your beach holiday indoors while the tropical monsoon rages around your bungalow or finding out that the biggest party of the year begins the day that you fly home.
Our destination experts can offer real, accurate advice about the best times of year to travel to each country.
Here’s a handy travel calendar to help you decide where to go when and get your trip off the ground, including weather tips and information about some of the best festivals around the world.
Thailand: Totally tropical and monsoon free in January. Trek off the Christmas pudding in the hills surrounding Chiang Mai and then try some island hopping. For more ideas, take a look at our Thailand itineraries.
India: Temperatures are warm and comfortable across most of India, making it a brilliant time to combine Rajasthan and Kerala in one trip. Get inspired with our bite-sized independent India tours.
Vietnam: Join the celebrations for Tet, Vietnamese New Year. Sleep aboard a Huong Hai junk boat in Halong Bay and stay on tiny Palm Island with Vietnam Travel Plan.
Brazil: February means one thing in Brazil- carnival time. If you can drag yourself away from the party, why not stay in a jungle lodge in the Amazon and feel the spray at the Iguazu Falls with our Brazil tours.
Laos: Get there in Febuary to see the Wat Phu Festival in full swing with Lao traditional music and dance. Talk to our friendly specialists at Laos Travel Plan.
China: Think blossoms, spring air and green meadows. March is a wonderful time to see rural China at its best. Cycle past karst mountains, drift down river on a bamboo boat and walk the Great Wall with China Travel Plan.
Malaysia: Soak up the sun on the tropical east-coast of Malaysia. March is the time to go as the heavy monsoon rains will have cleared, leaving you to enjoy the beaches. If you fancy visiting the lush wildlife of Borneo check out our Borneo and Malaysia holidays which combine the best of both countries.
Thailand: Songkran, Thai New Year, is celebrated in April. It’s a rowdy, fun experience with huge water fights, parades and fancy dress. Chiang Mai is the real centre of the action, although you’ll get a taste of the festivities wherever you are. We’ll help you build your Thailand trip.
China: By April, spring in in full blossom and everyone has a spring in their step. Travel to Yunnan Province to catch the Water Splashing Festival, with fireworks, dancing and dragon boat racing. Ask our specialists at China Travel Plan.
Brazil: If crowds aren’t your thing, April is a great time to visit Brazil. You’ll escape the summer heat and carnival bustle, and treks in the Amazon and Pantanal are best from April- August when the climate is drier. Travel to a hidden eco-lodge in a traditional Amazonian boat and and you’ll feel like the Western world is a million miles away. Find out more at Brazil Travel Plan.
Peru: May is one of the best times to trek the Inca Trail to incredible Machu Picchu, as many of the crowds have not yet arrived. But don’t forget that Peru has lots more to offer. Try island hopping on Lake Titicaca and spot condors soaring in the Colca Canyon with Peru Travel Plan.
Argentina: Iguazu Falls is a truly beautiful site, and at this time of year the falls are at their most thunderous as the water volume reaches its highest point. We’ll help you build a really memorable Argentina trip.
Tibet: Summer is the best time to visit the roof of the world. Explore Lhasa, visit The Heavenly Lake and try a jeep trek to Everest Base Camp. You can even combine your Tibet trip with China and Nepal for a real Himalayan adventure. For more information see our Tibet itineraries.
Malaysia: Peninsula Malaysia is a great option for June, with island hopping and snorkelling opportunities aplenty. Shop like a mad thing in Kuala Lumpur, enjoy the fantastic Malaysian cuisine and soak up the sunshine with Malaysia Travel Plan.
Borneo: The Rainforest Music Festival takes place on Borneo every July in the heart of the jungles of Sarawak. We’ll help you combine the festival with an orangutan and rainforest experience with our Borneo adventure tours.
Indonesia: One of the only Asian monsoon-free spots in June, Indonesia is a great destination place for a summer adventure. Explore beaches and rice terraces, trek across volcano craters and meet the Toraja people with Indonesia Travel Plan.
India: If you’re mad about mountains, August is the ideal time to head for the Indian Himalayas. Take the toy train in Darjeeling, try a jeep adventure over the mountains from Manali to Ladakh and relax in the hills of peaceful Dharamsala with India Travel Plan.
China: In August, the rice is harvested in Ping’An – a really interesting experience. Escape the heat of the cities into the rice terraces of rural China with our China adventure tours.
Indonesia: The Toraja people of Sulawesi perform their funeral rites from August to October each year. This is a strange, wonderful and emotional experience. Ask our specialists about the rites at Indonesia Travel Plan.
China: Lovely temperatures, little rainfall and fewer tourists makes September just right for a trip to China. The climate is perfect for walking the Great Wall and exploring rural China before the winter sets in. For inspiration, take a look at our China itineraries.
Peru: Lima goes loco in September with the Procession of the Lord of the Miracles featuring singing, dancing, parades and more. The end of September marks the end of the dry season, so you’re likely to see less crowds during your Peru trip.
Argentina: It’s the spring breeding season in the Peninsula Valdes. With a little luck, you’ll see elephant seals, sea lions, dolphins, armadillos, humpback whales, killer whales and penguins during your Argentina Travel Plan.
India: Diwali is the biggest celebration in the Indian calendar. It’s brilliantly choatic and a particularly great time to visit Rajasthan. In fact, you might even be able to catch the Pushkar Camel Fair during the same India trip.
Cambodia: Bonn Om Touk, The Water Festival, is a huge celebration in Cambodia. Locals gather by the Tonle Sap River to watch the current change direction and mark the event with all kinds of boat races and fireworks. Build your trip around the festival with Cambodia Travel Plan.
Thailand: If the thought of turkey and sprouts leaves you cold, there’s nothing quite like Christmas in Thailand. Plot your seasonal escape with Thailand Travel Plan.
Vietnam: Right next door, Vietnam offers a great combination of culture and relaxation. You can even spend Christmas on a tiny island with only 15 rustic bungalows with Vietnam Travel Plan.
Argentina: December is perfect for Patagonia. The weather will be mild, the skies will be blue and you can explore the glaciers to your heart’s content. Talk to the experts at Argentina Travel Plan.
Still need a hand?
These are just a few ideas to help you get your trip off the ground, but if need any more advice you’re more than welcome to get in touch. Our destination specialists will be able to give you lots of useful information about the pros and cons of travelling at every time of year.
Also, bear in mind that the rainy seasons in many parts of the world are not necessarily bad times to travel. Typically, monsoon season in Thailand, Vietnam and other Asian destinations means intense afternoon downpours with plenty of tropical sunshine before and after. Rainy seasons are also brilliant for avoiding crowds, so don’t be put off by rainfall columns in climate charts.
Wherever you go at whatever time of year, we’ll make sure that we provide excellent support throughout the life of your booking, notifying you of any scheduled airline changes and answering any last minute questions that pop up.