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Weather & when to go: September

Our best destinations in September

South Korea

The worst of the summer rains disappear towards the tail-end of September and autumnal colours start to paint a very pretty picture in the countryside. September, however, is still by and large a rainy month and the temperatures can remain very high, nudging towards a maximum of 30°C. You should expect more than a few downpours and the high levels of humidity may still feel uncomfortable...

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Tibet

The views in Tibet are never less than awe-inspiring, but the autumnal colours of September really give them another dimension. Harvest season arrives with the Ongkor Festival, and despite the chill in the air, the days are still quite warm, especially in areas of low elevation such as Lhasa. Trekking around mountains and lakes is breathtakingly scenic, and a lot easier now the rains are easing up...

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Borneo

Dry season continues throughout Borneo during September, with dry, sunny days the order of the day, although there is an increased chance of rainfall, especially as the month progresses.  

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Indonesia

We love shoulder season in Indonesia, the promise of good weather and lower footfall. The western and central islands such as Bali, Lombok and Java are still expecting good weather and the eastern islands are improving fast

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Also expecting good weather conditions in September

Bhutan

Visiting Bhutan in September can be a great idea, especially towards the end of the month when the monsoons are drawing to a close and clearer skies can be expected. Cultural and Buddhist festivals are taking place across the country as Bhutan’s peak season begins. This is also a good time of year for trekking in the mountains, with pleasant weather, mild temperatures and visibility much improved.

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Nepal

Visit Nepal in September and you should have a great trip, especially towards the end of the month. By then the monsoon is properly over, the skies are bright and temperatures have cooled down - typically in the mid-20s. It's harvest time and the hillsides are green. Trekking is good, particularly as the days get drier with excellent visibility and ideal temperatures...

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Cambodia

September in Cambodia tends to be wet and warm with high levels of rainfall and average temperatures of 26°C. When it rains it is usually for a few hours rather than all-day downpours, although these can also happen. It's a great month to travel to Cambodia if you're keen to avoid the crowds and are happy to take your chance with rainfall.

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Destinations with mixed weather conditions in September

Sri Lanka

The south-west monsoon is having its final say, with high rainfall expected along the western and southern coasts (avg temp: 28°C). Rainfall also increases in the Tea Country, although further north, in the Cultural Triangle, drier weather is expected, with plenty of sunshine. 

Across the country cyclones can occur, especially towards the end of September and into October and November, bringing with them heavy rain and high winds. The east coast is expecting its final month of good weather, meaning that towards the end of the month rainfall is expected to increase...

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Laos

In September rainfall reaches peak levels throughout Laos with temperatures dropping and the length and severity of rain showers increasing, even in Luang Prabang and Vientiane. Travel to the more remote regions of the country is difficult at times although road conditions have generally been greatly improved in recent years. Towards the end of the month as the rains start to subside, the countryside starts to look at its best, whilst rivers and waterfalls are at their most impressive. Rain will decrease as we move towards the dry season...

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Destinations expecting poor weather conditions in September

Thailand

Country-wide, September is usually the wettest month of the year in Thailand with all corners of the country receiving rain in varying amounts. Thunder storms are not unusual as the humidity reaches its peak. Temperatures continue to decline throughout the month (avg temp: 25 - 29°C). Beach conditions are generally poor with very heavy rains to the west and increasingly heavy rains on the east of the peninsular. If you feel lucky then Hua Hin and nearby beaches are likely to offer the best beach conditions across the country...

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Vietnam

Wet weather is on the increase in central Vietnam where, towards the end of September in particular, rain is expected to become more frequent. Conditions in the north and south start to move in the opposite direction

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India

September is always a tricky month to offer sage advice due to mixed weather however it’s not all bad. Whilst rains remain high across much of the country, the north and Rajasthan offer the best conditions…

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Japan

September is one of the hottest and wettest months of the year in some parts of Japan, making it an unfavourable month to visit.

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Malaysia

September is a transitional month in peninsula Malaysia. The south-east monsoon and its afternoon downpours start to decline on the west coast; whilst over on the east coast the winds of the north-east monsoon begin to blow, bringing rougher sea conditions and a slight drop in temperature, although rainfall is minimal.

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Myanmar

Another month of change in Myanmar, as the rainfall starts to subside and temperatures also drop, although they remain in the high 20s and even low 30s°C. September is a class 60/40 month, with a more than average chance of good weather. However if the monsoon winds continue later than expected it can still be wet, especially in the early stages of the month.

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