Asia weather & when to go: April


April is a great time for a Bhutan holiday, especially if you’re trekking. You can expect favourable weather, fantastic visibility and only sporadic rainfall. Nature is in full bloom, a delight for photographers and trekkers. The famous Paro Tsechu, a major Buddhist festival, takes place in early April, leading to big crowds in the city. Temperatures begin to rise as the month goes on...

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Sarawak & Sandakan

Good weather expected across Sabah makes April another great month to visit. A transitional month, between seperate monsoons, means winds are light and showers are infrequent. The north-east coast of Sabah usually receives its lowest rainfall of the year... April is in the transitional period between monsoons, making it a great month to visit Sarawak with a good chance of dry weather...

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April is arguably one of the best and most popular times of year to visit Japan. Spring is in full swing throughout the country, typified by pleasant daily temperatures, minimal rainfall and bright, sunny days. The madness of Sakura (cherry blossom) season continues in Tokyo, Kyoto and across the island of Honshu, so booking in advance is essential at this time of year…

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The high temperatures continue with April traditionally the hottest month of the year. Temperatures in Vientiane and Luang Prabang hover around 30°C whilst further to the south it is closer to 36 °C.  Towards the end of the month showers become more likely as the wet season approaches although these tend to be infrequent and short lived...

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 April arrived and things really start to heat up as the mercury starts to climb towards some of the highest temperatures of the year. Visitor numbers are still at their highest and therefore it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment. With no rain expected throughout the month and the chilly winter feel in the highlands now a distant memory; you can expect excellent weather across the country. In the south and along the west coast be sure to have packed your Ambre Solaire as the beaches will be basking in sunshine...



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South Korea

April sees the arrival of the South Korean spring. With its low rainfall, mild weather and the flowering of cherry blossoms, this is one of the most popular times of year to visit South Korea. Bear in mind that the winter is only just finishing so temperatures can still be bracing, particularly in the hills and mountains. Temperatures in Seoul can still dip below freezing but often hit 8°C; whilst Jeju Island and the southern coastline experiences average minimum temperatures of 6°C and maximums of 13°C... 

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The good weather continues across the country, with temperatures rising and the chance of rain still low. Temperatures across the country approach their peak in the north with Chiang Mai experiencing temperatures in excess of 30°C and Bangkok and central regions expecting the thermometer to reach high 30’s°C. On the beaches of the south the story is the same...

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Good news in April as Tibet reopens to foreign travellers following the New Year celebrations. More good news: by now spring is in the air, and rising temperatures are rapidly melting the snows of winter away. The Tibetan scenery is particularly picturesque in April, with wildflowers in bloom, and unmatchable views of Mount Everest in the clear, sunny skies. April is the start of peak climbing season on the world’s highest mountain, but it’s also the perfect time for trekking around Mount Kailash, or exploring Tibet’s many historic temples, monasteries and holy lakes...

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April takes us towards the end of Vietnam’s very peak season from a weather perspective however this can come with the numerous advantages associated with lower visitor-numbers. Whilst the north is now heading towards its hot, wet summer you can still expect plenty of dry days. The beaches in the centre of the country are still at their very best and whilst rainfall starts to become more likely in the now very hot south; clear dry days are more prevalent...

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The temperatures start to peak come April with the chances of rain still low, although the odd shower close to the end of the month is to be expected with the rainy season just around the corner. Exploring the Angkor Temples can be hard work in temperatures of 33°C+ so plan for several short stints. This is the ideal time of year to factor in a few days at Sihanoukville or Kep...

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April sees the return of drier weather throughout Indonesia, with the chance of rainfall reducing as the month progresses. Days are predominantly sunny and warm with average temperatures around 27-28°C, although highs of 32°C are not uncommon. Favourable diving and snorkelling conditions can be enjoyed around Komodo National Park, the Gili Islands and Menjangan in north-west Bali. Drier weather also means that April is a good month for orang-utan spotting in the Kalimantan rainforests and Sumatran jungle…

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April is one of the best months to be in Malaysia as both coastlines of the peninsula are expecting good weather. April sits within the transitional period between monsoons, meaning winds are light and showers are localised and infrequent.
Through the centre and up in the highlands, the rains are alot heavier but these are normally short lived and bring a welcome relief to the humidity...

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High season for visiting Nepal is autumn, but April makes a good second choice. Sure, the weather isn't quite as good and visibility a little obscured due to haze at low levels, but there are far fewer tourists. Additionally, spring flowers are in full bloom and the wildlife viewing is excellent. Daytime temperatures are pleasantly warm in the mid-20s, on the plains they're higher and can hit 30°C. Rain is always a possibility and at altitude you'll need warm clothes in the evening...

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Expect temperatures between 22°C & 33°C in the Philippines during April as the dry season reaches its peak and brings with it sweltering weather conditions. Many visitors to the Philippines in April will wisely seek to base themselves in the highlands and mountainous regions of the Eastern Visayas and Luzon, where it’s not quite so hot. At this time of year it’s normal to see around nine hours of sunshine every day in most parts of the country, which may sound glorious but the heat is not always comfortable for all...

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Sri Lanka

April is certainly amongst the best months for travel in Sri Lanka, although as you head towards May the western and southern coasts, as well as the more central Tea Country, will start to receive a steep increase in rainfall. Throughout the month the beaches in the south and west are still expecting plenty of sunshine and on the east coast it’s also good news, with plenty of sunshine expected.

It’s a similar story in the Cultural Triangle, with temperatures heading towards the mid-30s and very little rainfall. To the south, Kandy and the hills of the Tea Country are expecting rainfall well below their monthly average...

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April is one of the best months of the year to visit Taiwan, before the heat and humidity of the summer season. This is the most popular time to go hiking in the spectacular high mountain ranges, exploring Mount Sylvia and Xueba National Park. Average temperatures are a delightful 22°C in Taipei, and at this time of year the north is drier than the tropical south. The north east monsoon is over, opening up the possibility for coastal exploration and watersports on the north east coast beyond Keelung City...

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