Asia weather & when to go: February


Its all good news in February with excellent weather expected throughout the country. The hottest months of the year are just around the corner so you can expect temperatures to gradually rise throughout the month. Despite this February is considered ‘relatively’ cool, averaging around 27°C across the country. The beaches on the south coast are in full bloom with any rainfall extremely unlikely...

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The dry season continues throughout February, promising premium travelling conditions throughout Laos. Whilst little or no rain is expected across the country, temperatures remain moderate with Vientiane and Luang Prabang averaging 26°C whilst further to the south temperatures are a little higher, averaging 30°C or just tipping into the low 30’s°C in some parts. Towards the end of the month temperatures start to rise...

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Whilst the majority of Malaysia will be enjoying sunshine and blue skies, the east coast destinations such as Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu and Redang Island will still be experiencing heavy rains and strong winds although these will start to decline as the month goes on...

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Things continue to improve as you enter February with the coming two months arguably the best time of the year to visit Burma. The downside to the great weather is of course the higher visitor numbers and, whilst these are anything but excessive, the limited choice of hotels in some key destinations means that it’s important to book early to avoid disappointment. With no rain expected throughout the month and the chilly winter feel in the highlands now a thing of the past...

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The dry season continues in February, with no sign of dark clouds on the horizon for some time to come. With around seven hours of sunshine every day, temperatures can often reach as high as 32°C on the southern islands such as Mindanao. Looking further north, the main island of Luzon has more pleasant temperatures that range from 22°C to 31°C. Eastern parts of the Philippines are seeing a little less rain by now, though the unwary are still frequently caught out by sporadic showers...

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Sri Lanka

A great month to travel in Sri Lanka, with the beaches along the southern and western coast all expecting plenty of sunshine (avg temp 30 °C). To the east, the north-eastern monsoon should be starting to wind down, meaning that the National Parks of Yala and Wilpattu will also be hot and dry, although rainfall is expected further to the north and east. Further to the north, Kandy and the hills of the central Tea Country are likely to be receiving some rainfall, while warm, dry weather returns to the Cultural Triangle (avg temp: 27 °C). Temperatures in the Tea Country, around Nuwara Eliya, remain cooler due to the higher altitude (avg temp: 20 °C)...

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February is one of Taiwan’s cool winter months, although average temperatures are still around 16°C  in Taipei. It is colder at altitude in the central mountains, but Kenting and the tropical south are much warmer and sunnier, with temperatures averaging 25°C. Rainfall is relatively low, although there is more chance of a shower in February than there was in January. The exception is Taiwan’s north east coast which can be cloudy and thundery during February due to the north east monsoon...

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Chiang Mai and much of the north of Thailand are likely to be cool and dry, enjoying a refreshing breeze - perfect for visitors in need of a break from the heat further south (avg temp: 22-25°C).Bangkok is also expecting dry conditions, although warmer than further to the north due in part to its lower altitude. In the south, conditions on the peninsular and nearby islands are similar from one coast to the other, however whilst on the west you can expect little if any rain, the east will most likely be feeling the tail end of its rainy season..

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February is amongst the best months to travel in Vietnam; conditions are at their very best with dry, bright weather expected along the entire length of the country. There are a number of great beach options, with southern and central parts all enjoying premium conditions for sun worshipers. At the northern end of the country skies are clear with just a little rain expected whilst in the mountains and highlands good trekking and adventure-activity conditions return...

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Throughout February in Nepal you'll find clear skies and sunshine. The temperatures are pleasantly mild during the daytime so it's a great month for exploring the country's ancient history without getting too sweaty. Once the sun sets though, temperatures fall swiftly and you'll need a thick jumper on the plains and thermal layers at higher altitudes. Towards the end of the month spring begins to arrive and the daytime temperatures start to pick up...

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Throughout February in Bhutan the skies are reliably clear and bright, rainfall sporadic and temperatures climbing. Spring is certainly on its way, but you can still expect it to be seriously cold at the higher elevations and thermal layers are recommended. The snow is melting away in the valleys, and this is your last opportunity to see the Black-necked cranes in the Phobjikha Valley before they make the journey back to Tibet...

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Sarawak & Sandakan

The north-east monsoon winds continue to blow from North-East Asia, but bring drier weather in February. The north coastal and central regions of Sabah are experiencing relatively dry weather, however heavy rain is still likely in southern and coastal regions...
Both the coastal and inland areas of Sarawak are still receiving high levels of fairly persistent rainfall during February...

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Winter continues throughout Japan in February with temperatures rarely hitting double figures, aside from the southern islands of Okinawa which are experiencing warm days averaging 17°C. Snowfall is still possible on the island of Hokkaido, making February a good month for skiing and winter sports. It’s no coincidence that the famous Sapporo Snow Festival takes place at the beginning of the month…

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Rainy season continues across much of Indonesia during February, with North Sumatra and the islands of Nusa Tenggara experiencing slightly less rainfall than their neighbouring islands. Despite overcast skies, days are still warm with average daily temperatures hovering around 27°C and high humidity levels. Sumba's unique Pasola festival takes place this month and may be reason enough to visit in one of the region’s wetter months…

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South Korea

February is the coldest month of the year in South Korea and can see temperatures plummet to as low as -20°C in some hilly, inland areas. Snow will blanket the landscapes, offering great skiing opportunities, especially in the peaks of Muju and Pyeongchang. Rainfall may be low but those icy temperatures are sure to be felt. Temperatures in Seoul in the north of the country will range from -9°C to 0°C, whereas the southern coast is milder, with Jeju Island expecting a minimum of 3°C and a maximum of 8°C...

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Most parts of Tibet are still under thick snow and ice during February, so getting around is tricky. However, the views are sublime in this wintery wonderland and the temperature is warming up a little as spring approaches. Sadly, in mid-February, all foreign visitors must leave Tibet for a period lasting around six weeks. Several political anniversaries coincide with Tibetan New Year and its fascinating cultural celebrations, and are so sensitive that the Chinese government effectively locks the whole country down...

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