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Weather & when to go: November

Our best destinations in November

Nepal

Early to mid-November is a perfect time to visit Nepal. You'll find clear days, warm temperatures in the low 20s and fewer tourists than during the peak month of October. Visibility is excellent, so you'll get plenty of great shots of the Himalayas. Wildlife sightings are pretty much guaranteed, trekking conditions are perfect and you won't get hot and bothered exploring temples. Later in the month winter proper arrives and temperatures tail off quite quickly. It's still a good time to visit, but pack warm clothes for evenings...

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South Korea

Winter has yet to arrive in South Korea so you can enjoy the last of its autumnal glory if you visit in November. There is very little rain and low humidity levels, but you will need to pack a few extra layers as temperatures are beginning to drop. In Seoul the mercury is likely to record a minimum of 7°C and a maximum of 19°C. The hilly interior areas tend to feel a little cooler, whilst the coastal south remains balmy, with Jeju Island typically enjoying temperatures in the range of 15-21°C...

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Cambodia

November is one of the best months to visit Cambodia. The country is now into its dry season meaning there will be almost no rain for the next six months. That said, the occasional short early morning shower in the first half of the month is not unusual. Average temperatures of 25 °C, low humidity and plenty of sunshine makes November a popular time to travel across the entire country.

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Japan

November is a great time to visit Japan - the sun is shining and crisp autumn days are aplenty. The key locations are in their prime and the photography opportunities are vast.

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Laos

In November the dry season is in full swing the chances of rain in Laos is minimal, promising premium travelling conditions. Temperatures will remain moderate for the coming few months with peak temperatures not expected until March. The waterways of Laos are in full flow, promising some of the best conditions of the year for river journeys across the country...

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Myanmar

The rainy season is already becoming a distant memory, and for many November promises the best conditions to visit Myanmar. Visitor numbers are still relatively low and the temperatures more moderate than the early half of the year, but you can nonetheless expect average highs of up to 31°C across much of the country.

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Also expecting good weather conditions in November

Bhutan

November in Bhutan tends to be more favourable in the first half of the month, when you can expect warmer temperatures to go along with the amazingly clear visibility and verdant foliage. November is a popular time to visit Bhutan as the Black necked crane arrives into the Phobjikha Valley, west of the Black Mountains. The second half of the month sees the onset of winter, with falling temperatures. Snowfall and strong gusts of wind are likely in the north.

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Vietnam

The dry weather has firmly returned to north and south of Vietnam making November one of the best months to visit. The central regions are receiving the lion’s share of the rain with stormy weather

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India

The lush landscape delivers great safari conditions throughout much of the country and many key sites receive lower footfall than the coming months. Diwali adds plenty of sparkle…

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Destinations with mixed weather conditions in November

Sri Lanka

In the west and along the southern coast, the rainfall starts to decline as the south-west monsoon blows itself out. The unsettled weather of the past two months also fades and plenty of sunshine is expected.

Up in the hills the rainfall remains high and the evenings continue to be chilly. Further north in the Cultural Triangle, the temperature drops slightly and rainfall is high, although travel amongst all the main sites is still very possible. In the north and along the east coast, rainfall is also on the increase, making November one of the wettest months of the year country-wide...

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Thailand

Rain should be beginning to become a distant memory by November, especially later in the month. Humidity is now also out of the picture as temperatures remain relatively low, especially in the north (avg temp: 23 - 26°C). For beach lovers, the best weather will be on the western side of the peninsular with the monsoon now behind us and the bright dry days returning. It’s a different story on the east with higher rainfall expected on Koh Samui and its neighbours...

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Tibet

November is not a bad time of year to visit Tibet, although you should keep in mind that snow can frequently affect travel arrangements. While temperatures drop significantly during the winter months, the skies are crystal clear, promising superb views. In cities at lower altitudes, such as Lhasa, it can still be quite comfortable, and you tend to get a more authentic experience with few other visitors around...

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Destinations expecting poor weather conditions in November

Borneo

Rainy season hits Borneo in November, with overcast skies and an ever-present chance of thunderstorms. On a positive note, the increased rainfall creates lush green forest, which in turn attracts an abundance of wildlife.

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Indonesia

Whilst much of Indonesia is getting wet weather in November, there are a couple of destinations that can still be considered ‘in season’ - namely the Moluccas and West Papua & Raja Ampat where you should still expect a little rain but also plenty of sunshine.

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Malaysia

November marks the start of peak season for the beaches and islands along Malaysia's west coast so expect blue skies and minimal rain. Over on the east coast, the deterioration in weather and sea conditions mean that many hotels and resorts will close – re-opening in March. 

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