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Weather & when to go: October

Our best destinations in October

Bhutan

There is no better time for a Bhutan holiday than October, so it’s unsurprising that this is the busiest month of the year for travel. With the rains and humidity of the monsoon season largely over, the air feels light and fresh. In the mountainous north of the country, the skies have cleared, giving way to astonishing Himalayan panoramas, while the vibrant autumnal colours of the landscape make photography an absolute joy.

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Nepal

October offers some of the best weather in Nepal so it's an ideal month to visit. It's the busiest month of the year for visitor arrivals though, so you will see other tourists. The rains and humidity of the monsoon season are a distant memory and the days are bright and clear. Trekkers in particular will be awe-struck by the vast Himalayas, but even on the central plains you'll see them rising high into azure skies. Pleasant daytime temperatures in the low 20s mean visiting National Parks and historic monuments is an absolute pleasure...

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South Korea

With autumn painting the countryside in glorious hues of reds and oranges, October is a wonderful month to visit South Korea. The muggy, oppressive heat and rains of summer have finished, leaving in their place cool breezes, comfortable t-shirt temperatures and none of the high humidity. The weather across the country is a pleasant 15-26°C, although at night in mountainous areas it can start to feel a bit chilly, so make sure you pack some layers. Rainfall can still be expected but is less frequent and lighter than the summer monsoon downpours...

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Tibet

October is one of the best months of the year to appreciate the astonishing beauty of Tibet. The autumnal colours are delightful, and you can expect clear bright skies throughout the month. Temperatures are dropping substantially, but this is still a good time of year for trekking, since rainfall is also low. Early October is usually very busy around Tibet’s major cities and attractions, as China’s National Day precedes a week-long holiday...

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Japan

Japan is at its best in October as temperatures drop to much more comfortable levels with less rain and the autumn scenery comes in to its prime.

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Also expecting good weather conditions in October

India

Rajasthan and the south-west start to come back to the fore. A great month for wildlife and the low footfall at key sites across much of the country make October a great month to travel in India…

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Borneo

Rain starts to move in across Borneo during October, which sees the beginning of wet season. Having said that, dry days can still be enjoyed, especially in Sabah at the beginning of the month.   

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Cambodia

Expect a few rainy days in October in Cambodia, although rainfall decreases as the month progresses, with the dry season just around the corner. Days are warm, with average temperatures in the region of 27°C. Cambodia is nearly back to its very best, with plenty of colour in the countryside.

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Indonesia

The eastern islands such as Sulawesi and the Moluccas, are getting back to their peak weather conditions whilst the central and western islands, such as Bali, Lombok and Java, are just hanging on in October…

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Laos

October it’s a great time to travel in Laos when the good weather returns. There are low visitor numbers and far less rain expected than the previous few months.

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Myanmar

With the levels of rainfall now more manageable, Myanmar once again opens its doors to travellers. Despite the coolest months of the year being just around the corner, temperatures throughout October are likely to remain in the high 20s and even early 30s°C.

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Destinations expecting poor weather conditions in October

Sri Lanka

A month of change as the south-west monsoon starts to fade into the background, especially towards the end of the month. This doesn’t, however, mean that the blue skies and sunshine return straight away. Rainfall remains high on the coast and temperatures are well below their annual peak. Rainfall is also high in the Tea Country, although hot dry weather is expected further north in the Cultural Triangle.

Things are also changing in the north and along the east coast, with the arrival of the north-eastern monsoon. Across the country cyclones can occur, bringing with them heavy rain and high winds, making October one of the wettest months of the year country-wide...


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Thailand

A month of change, although when that change comes is anyone’s guess! The rains should start to recede and the humidity levels fall as the month progresses. Temperatures are also declining as October marks the start of ‘winter’ in North & Central Thailand (avg temp: 24 - 27 °C). On the beaches, rainfall remains high on both sides of the peninsular (avg temp: 25 - 27 °C); although on the west the rains start to decline as November approaches. The best chance of dry sand is on Koh Chang in the north of the Gulf as even Hua Hin gets a proper dousing in October...

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Vietnam

Things continue to improve in the north and south Vietnam with clearer skies, less rainfall and a break to the high humidity of recent months. In the centre it’s the opposite story with high rainfall and the chance of stormy weather

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Malaysia

November in Malaysia sees the south-east monsoon nearing its end; however it often has a sting in the tale for both Langkawi and Penang, giving them some of their heaviest rainfall of the year. Over on the east-coast the winds of the north-east monsoon gather momentum, bringing rougher sea conditions and a slight drop in temperature.

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