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Weather & when to go: February

Our best destinations in February

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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Thailand

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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Vietnam

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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India

February is arguably the peak month for travel in India, with premium weather across the country other than in the Himalayan region where heavy snow still limits access…

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Cambodia

February in Cambodia is characterised by excellent weather 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.

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Laos

In February the dry season continues in Laos. Sunny days, comfortable temperatures and low rainfall can be expected throughout the country. It's an excellent time of year if you plan on trekking in Phongsali and the northern regions.

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Malaysia

Sunshine and blue skies can be enjoyed throughout most of Malaysia in February. However, heavy rainfall and strong winds are to be expected on the east coast destinations such as Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu and Redang Island.

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Myanmar

February sees the start of 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.

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Also expecting good weather conditions in February

Nepal

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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Destinations with mixed weather conditions in February

Bhutan

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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Destinations expecting poor weather conditions in February

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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Tibet

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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Borneo

If you’re planning to travel to Borneo in February you can expect some rain, especially in Sarawak, but not torrential downpours, and sunshine breaks through the overcast skies more frequently than in previous months.

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Indonesia

Whilst much of Indonesia experiences wet weather in January, there are exceptions to the norm. North Sumatra receives far less rainfall than central islands, as do the likes of West Papua, Raja Ampat and the Moluccas Islands to the east.

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Japan

February is a great time to visit Japan for the powdery snow and limited crowds, alongside the ice queen sculptures of the snow festival. If skiing isn’t your thing though the warm water baths of the onsens and hot water springs in the mountains are sure to entice the most hesitant of visitors, alongside the benefit of visiting before the arrival of the Cherry blossom season and its crowds.

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