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Weather & when to go: March

Our best destinations in March


March is a fantastic time for a holiday in Bhutan, with the chills and thick snow of winter giving way to springtime. The country is at its most attractive, and if you know Bhutan, you’ll also know that’s really saying something. Hillsides are carpeted in pretty rhododendrons, temperatures are mild, and both rainfall and humidity are low. Accommodation tends to fill up early for March, and visas are also in high demand. No surprises there.

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Sri Lanka

Arguably the best overall month for optimum weather conditions throughout Sri Lanka, March is expected to showcase the very best of Sri Lanka across every region…

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Temperatures will now be starting to rise throughout Thailand, and this is most often felt in Chiang Mai and the north of the country where the cooler winter months make way for the start of summer. Conditions remain dry in northern, central and southern regions making March one of the peak months to visit Thailand from a weather perspective...

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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. The beaches of the south and central regions are enjoying hot weather with blue skies and plenty of sunshine whilst in the north it’s bright but much cooler. In both the mountains and highlands you can expect excellent trekking and adventure-activity conditions.

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A wonderful month for travel throughout India although temperatures in Rajasthan and to the south are starting to climb. Holi festival always adds plenty of colour to March…

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You can expect excellent weather throughout Cambodia in March. Days are dry and sunny with little or no rainfall, and temperatures average around 30°C across the country, although cooler temperatures can be experienced in the north east regions of Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri.

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March is one of the best months to visit Japan. With fresh spring climates and the beginning of cherry blossom season this is a great time to be travelling through Japan. All locations can be easily visited so if you're looking for the perfect moth to visit they don't get much better than this!

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As dry season draws to a close in Laos, March sees the temperatures gradually rise throughout the country, with the mercury pushing 30°C and even warmer in the south. Travel early in the month or head to the hills to escape the heat. 

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In March in Malaysia sees the west coast islands (including Langkawi and Penang) continue to enjoy hot sunny days, meaning you’ll be spoilt for choice if considering a beach holiday to Malaysia. It is also the end of the monsoon on the east coast, with islands such as Tioman, Perhentian & Redang seeing visitor number on the rise again.

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It doesn’t get any better than March in Myanmar, often considered the best time of the year to travel here. The downside to the great weather is of course the tourist numbers, and although not excessive, the limited choice of hotels in key destinations makes it important to book early to avoid disappointment.

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Also expecting good weather conditions in March


Spring has arrived, and March in Nepal is a colourful month. As the temperatures climb, the hillsides are covered in brilliant blooms - in particular the bright pinks and reds of the national flower the Rhododendron. Locals are multi-hued too: the Hindu festival of Holi is celebrated by dowsing people in a rainbow of coloured dyes. Along with the showers of dye, there's the odd shower of rain, so pack a light raincoat. And at higher altitudes it's still quite cold at night...

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March is a good time for trekking in Borneo without the crowds as the rains begin to subside across Borneo during March and dry, sunny days finally begin to outweigh damp days and overcast skies, especially in Sabah. After months of rain Borneo's forests and jungles are lush and green.

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Whilst there’s still plenty of rain across central Indonesian islands (Bali and neighbours have a while to wait yet) and into Sulawesi, the weather in the Moluccas, West Papua and Raja Ampat remains favourable and Kalimantan and Sumatra to the west are undoubtedly fast improving…

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Destinations expecting poor weather conditions in March

South Korea

The long South Korean winter begins to draw to a close in March, but temperatures are still bracing and there will be plenty of snow on the ground. The coldest areas are in the mountainous interior, with the southern coast experiencing the mildest temperatures. Rainfall is low, as the winter here is relatively dry, but make sure you pack warm clothes. Temperatures in the north still dip below freezing, with Seoul ranging from -8°C to 3°C, whereas Jeju in the south records more bearable minimum temperatures of 4°C and a maximum of 9°C...

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Foreign travellers are not allowed to visit Tibet at all during March, a rule enforced by the Chinese authorities since 2008 due to several politically sensitive anniversaries that fall around Tibetan New Year. The weather in Tibet during March is beginning to warm up, especially in lower areas such as Lhasa and Nyingtri, which hosts the annual Peach Blossom Festival. While travel to remote areas becomes easier in March, melting snow may cause disruption, and temperatures can still drop well below 0°C after dark at higher altitudes...

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