Asia weather & when to go: July


Sarawak & Sandakan

Typically July is relatively dry across Borneo, with Southern and Eastern Sabah in particular experiencing relatively dry weather; giving a great window of opportunity to visit Danum Valley and Kinabatangan River. Higher rainfall is often experienced in the north around KK however rain tends to fall in short bursts... It's a similar story in Sarawak with good weather expected thanks to longer sunshine hours and less cloud cover, particularly on the coast. July is the main holiday season meaning early booking is  recommended...

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July is one of the driest months of the year in Indonesia, characterised by sunny days and blue skies. Although the occasional short, sharp rain shower can still be expected in the Kalimantan rainforest and Sumatran jungle. Average daily temperatures hover around 27°C in Bali and across the Nusa Tenggara islands; whilst neighbouring islands are experiencing slightly higher averages of 29-30°C. It’s no surprise that July is an excellent time of year to visit Indonesia…

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July is a very similar story to June with the east coast of the peninsula (Tioman Island, Terengganu, Redang Island and the Perhentian Islands) enjoying plenty of sunny dry days and 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

The western and southern coastal areas of the island, as well as the Tea Country, remain under the influence of the summer monsoon, creating high rainfall, although this is less than in previous months. Despite the monsoon, it is not unusual to go a number of days without any rain or just the odd tropical downpour in the afternoons, making beach days still very much a possibility.  

It’s a different story in the north and along the east coast, with dry and bright weather expected. Further north in the Cultural Triangle, temperatures remain high, and rainfall is at a minimum. Hot and dry winds sweep over the flat plains at times...

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July is a very similar story to June; a mixed bag in terms of weather. The centre of Vietnam remains hot and predominantly dry with the odd light shower expected. The south is now in the midst of its wet season with daily downpours to be expected whilst the north is well into summer mode with high temperatures and rain the norm. Visitor numbers remain lower than earlier in the year and the central beaches still promise a great deal of sunshine. Trekking is off the cards for most regions however, with more rain in the northern mountains and central highlands...

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Rainy season continues in parts of the country during July. The heaviest rainfall is experienced in Honshu and across central Japan; further south in Okinawa rainfall is minimal; whilst Hokkaido in the north remains dry and sunny. July sees an increase in humidity levels and average daily temperatures, which can reach up to 29°C in the south. For the most comfortable weather conditions, head to Hokkaido…

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South Korea

Summer is here! But summer in South Korea can bring torrential monsoon rains, so make sure you pack an umbrella. More than half of the country’s annual rainfall comes down in July and August, and July sees the brunt of it. The humidity levels can be high, and it may feel muggy and uncomfortable as the temperatures begin to creep towards the high 20s - with 27°C the likely maximum in Seoul...

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July will see a further increase in rain and temperatures will start to drop a little (avg temp: 27-31°C), a welcome relief from the mercury busting highs of previous months. As the month progresses, rainfall will increase with short daily showers likely to become more prolonged as you move towards August. Conditions on the beaches and islands of the Thai peninsular will vary. Visit the west and you should expect rain, at times heavy, whilst on the east coast on Koh Samui and its neighbours, a little rain is expected from time to time...

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Tibet enjoys warm summer temperatures throughout July, ensuring it’s a popular time to visit. But July is also one of the wettest months of the year, especially at night, and that can impact on travel especially to more distant parts of the country. Trekking is unsuitable due to mud, and cloud often blocks the mountain peaks from view unfortunately. In the cities however, there is still much to enjoy, such as temples fragrant with incense, and bustling local markets...

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The humid monsoon season is at its peak during July in Bhutan. The kingdom sees more rain than any other part of the Himalayas, and some of the most popular destinations such as Thimphu and Paro are heavily affected at this time of year. If you do plan to take advantage of an off-peak visit to Bhutan in July, you should be aware that those mind-blowing mountain views can be hard to find, and trekking will be a very muddy affair...

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The rains continue through July and temperatures continue to drop, making the days more comfortable (avg temp: 27°C). Avoid the short, heavy showers and you will find that this is still a good month to be in Cambodia although rainfall tends to increase towards the end of the month. Thunder storms can also break out infrequently and make for some spectacular views, especially at the Angkor Temples! On the south coast and in more rural regions, such as Ratanakiri, rainfall can be heavier...

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High rainfall and temperatures in the mid-20’s°C are typical for July making travel to the more remote regions of the country difficult at times although road conditions have generally been greatly improved in recent years. Conditions in Luang Prabang and Vientiane remain moderate with the rain usually lasting just a few hours and often at night or early morning (avg temp: 24°C).  The southern highlights such as 4000 Islands, Bolaven Plateau and Champasak also remain very accessible and enjoyable...

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As the month progresses, the rainfall begins to peak, with heavy rains expected throughout much of the country as the south-western monsoon increases in intensity. Temperatures remain high across the country (averaging highs of 27 - 30°C), however rainfall is also high. The beaches on the west and southern coast are now closed and road travel across much of the country becomes difficult...

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The weather in Nepal in July can be summed up in one word: wet. Monsoon rains fall on an almost daily basis in most parts of the country. Places like Pokhara and Chitwan are very wet and best avoided. If you don't mind temperatures in the high 20s, it's still quite possible to visit the cultural temples and bustling squares of the Kathmandu valley as mornings are often dry. Certain parts of the trekking circuits sit within the Himalayan rain shadow, so get very little rain, so trekking is still possible if you know where to go...

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If you’re holidaying in the Philippines during July then we recommend packing a raincoat, because most of the country, in particular the northern regions of Luzon, will be seeing substantial volumes of rainfall. More remote areas of the islands can become unreachable and some touring may be affected by road closures and waterlogged trails. Luzon also tends to bear the brunt of any typhoons that make landfall during July. Temperatures in July can reach highs of 32°C and lows of 22°C...

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July is Taiwan’s hottest month and also one of its wettest. In Taipei, temperatures soar to a steamy average of 30°C making travelling and sightseeing less enjoyable. We’re now deep into typhoon season which is good news for surfers heading to Jin Shan and Baishawan in the far north of the island. Down in the tropical south the south west monsoon continues to bring heavy downpours, but the beaches still beckon as temperatures are peaking around 32°C...

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