Asia weather & when to go: August


Sarawak & Sandakan

August should see an even mix of good weather and rainy days throughout Sabah including the beaches of Kota Kinabalu and Kinabalu NP. The south and east of the state may be exceptionally dry, giving a great window of opportunity to visit enjoy jungle walking and trekking in Danum Valley, Tabin, and Kinabatangan River... It's a similar story in Sarawak with dry weather expected throughout the month. August is high season and therefore early booking is highly recommended...

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Hot, dry, sunny weather continues throughout Indonesia in August, making this month a popular time of year to visit the region, and advance booking is highly recommended. Temperatures remain high, with averages hovering around 27-29°C, and comfortable humidity levels across much of the region (Kalimantan and Sumatra being the exceptions)…

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The east coast of the peninsula (Tioman Island, Terengganu, Redang Island and the Perhentian Islands) will be enjoying plenty of sunny dry days, along with perfect sea conditions for snorkelling and diving. This is considered peak season and so visitor numbers are at their highest during this month. The west coast islands (Penang, Langkawi & Pangkor Islands) will be experiencing hot and humid conditions, along with heavy downpours but these are usually short lived and can bring a welcome relief to the humidity...

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Sri Lanka

Despite the summer monsoon still blowing in from the Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, the south and west coast regions usually experience a significant dip in rainfall during August compared with the months either side....a little sunshine sandwich! Temperatures remain high on the coast (avg temp: 29 °C) whilst up in the hills it can be chilly, especially at night.

Good weather is also expected in the north and along the east coast, making August one of the few months that beach lovers can have their pick of Sri Lanka’s beaches. Further north in the Cultural Triangle temperatures remain high and rainfall is at a minimum...

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The overall outlook is very mixed in terms of weather. The centre of Vietnam remains hot and predominantly dry with infrequent rain expected, but increasing towards the end of the month. The south is firmly in the midst of the wet season with daily downpours to be expected whilst the north is well into summer mode with high temperatures and frequent rain the norm. Visitor numbers relatively remain low and the central beaches still promise a great deal of sunshine. Trekking is off the cards in most regions because of rain...

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August is the hottest and most humid month of the year in Japan, with temperatures of 35°C a very real possibility in Tokyo and Kyoto. Weather conditions are slightly more bearable in Hokkaido and the Japanese Alps, due to higher altitude, which makes August a good month for hiking in the country’s National Parks. Further south, there is a chance of typhoons and high winds…

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South Korea

As the mercury rises the South Korean weather can begin to feel oppressively muggy - so you’ll be glad of the air-conditioned spaces, breezy coastal resorts and cooler mountain air. July’s torrential monsoon rains continue throughout August, so be sure to pack your rain gear. More than half of the country’s annual rainfall comes down in July and August. The humidity levels are high and the temperatures can reach around 29°C...

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August is a peak summer month in Taiwan, with average temperatures in Taipei hitting 29°C and slightly hotter temperatures in the tropical southern regions of the island. Typhoon season continues, with thunderstorms expected most afternoons, especially in the south. But there is still plenty of sunshine to be enjoyed between the storms. Over on the east coast, the weather is more bearable, making August a good time to visit Yilan and Hualien County...

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Despite the heavy night time rains which can make it difficult to reach more remote areas, August is still a popular time of year for a holiday in Tibet. Just don’t expect many breathtaking mountain views. Temperatures are mild, patches of sun are frequent through the cloud, and there are lots of thrilling cultural and sporting events going on. The horse-racing festival in Nagchu sees thousands of riders gather to show off their skills and colourful costumery...

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August is not the best time of year to visit Bhutan. Although the monsoon rains aren’t quite as intense as earlier in the summer, you can still expect regular and heavy showers during the day, which result in laborious trekking and have the potential to cause travel disruption. Temperatures can be very high in inland valleys such as Punakha, and while it gets progressively milder the further up you go, visibility unfortunately remains quite poor at higher elevations...

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By August rainfall is almost at its peak. Across the country the flora and fauna is in full bloom and the moats at the Angkor Temples are full of life (avg temp: 29°C). When it rains it is usually for a few hours rather than all-day downpours, although these can also happen. One benefit of travelling in Cambodia at this time is that the Angkor Temples will be far less crowded. On the south coast and in more rural regions, such as Ratanakiri, rainfall can be heavier...

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During August and September rainfall reaches peak levels throughout the country with temperatures dropping and the length and severity of rain showers increasing, even in Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Travel to the more remote regions of the country is difficult at times although road conditions have generally been greatly improved in recent years. Temperatures average in the low 20’s°C throughout the country...

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No change from July, although rainfall will start to lessen towards the end of the month. Despite this, wherever you travel in Burma you should expect heavy rains.Temperatures remain high (averaging highs of 27 - 30°C) and the beaches on the west and southern coast are now closed with road travel across much of the country difficult, in many cases impossible. Can you still travel in Burma in August – yes, just. Are there better months to visit – without question! ...

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The monsoon rains are at their peak in August, so it's not the best time of year to visit Nepal. You can expect heavy showers most days particularly in the afternoons and evenings. Trekking and rafting around Pokhara is not recommended, but you can walk the trails in the Himalayan rain shadow and if you don't mind dodging the showers visiting the Kathmandu valley is perfectly feasible, if a little hot...

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August in the Philippines sees some of the heaviest rainfall of the year, especially affecting the northern islands such as Luzon and the western seaboard. Typhoons are also more likely during August. In the southeast of the country it’s not generally as bad, though the weather is still highly unpredictable. Temperatures across the Philippines in August are high and typically range from 22°C to 32°C...

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Rainfall across much of Thailand starts to peak with Chiang Mai and the north usually receiving its heaviest rainfall of the year. Conditions on the beaches and islands of the Thai peninsular will vary. The west side of the peninsular is receiving its heaviest rainfall of the year whilst on the east whilst there will be rainfall, although early in the month this will be far lower. As September approaches the rainfall will increase with Hua Hin usually providing the best of the beach conditions...

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