Expect your days here to be hot and humid during May. Although this is one of Borneo’s driest months, that doesn’t mean you won’t get rained on. Pack a poncho a see what the rainforest throws at you. The end of May marks the beginning of the rice harvest in Sabah, so expect celebrations in the villages.
While technically the dry season, don’t expect completely dry days. It still rains in May, but it does rain a little less. Head to the Pacific side for your beach break and perhaps a spot of surfing. The central valleys are sunny during this time of year, but you expect plenty of ethereal mist and do bear in mind that many national parks seem to have their own micro-climate.
As the peak season begins to set, Indonesia experiences glorious sunny days and luxuriously warm temperatures. May is a great time of year to visit as the crowds are yet to fully descend. There are a few school holidays during this month meaning you’ll have plenty of opportunities to rub shoulders with the locals.
Visit Malaysia in May to avoid both the tourist and local crowds. This is the ideal time to head off east and visit some of Malaysia’s most beautiful beaches before the monsoon rains hit. Expect clear skies and sultry temperatures in the 30s. This is your chance for that Robinson Crusoe experience.
The weather is starting to become drier which means the beginning of the trekking season in Peru. Trekking in May means fewer crowds so you’ll have a slightly more intimate Machu Picchu experience. Lima has its fair share of festivals this month so you might want to hang around in the city to witness Noche en Blanco or the Festival of the Crosses.
You won’t find the best weather in Laos in May, however the Bun Bang Fai festival is well worth risking the rains for. This Rocket Festival welcomes the monsoon rains to nurture crops and results are pretty wild. Huge towers are erected to hold rockets as they zip off into the sky. Expect plenty of revelry.