Here are our recommendations for where to go and what to do during February in Southeast Asia.
Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries, the date varies between January and February each year. Chinese New Year over the next few years is 1st February 2022 (Tiger), 22nd January 2023 (Rabbit), 10th February 2024 (Dragon) and 29th January 2025 (Snake).
Generally lovely weather in all south coast destinations although there may still be a few showers. Nice temperatures and a cooling breeze make February a popular month in beach resorts.
Bangkok tends to be dry and getting warmer.
The north of Thailand is pleasantly cool (for Thailand) and dry making it a popular destination.
Makha Bucha Day is the second most important Buddhist festival and is celebrated on the full moon day of the third lunar month. Buddha is said to have delivered many of his teachings at this time. Many places will close and alcohol is banned. 16th February 2022, 6th March 2023, 24th February 2024 (holiday is on 26th February).
Picture Chiang Mai, Thailand. Credit Flyingdog Travel
Most of the country will be experiencing sunshine and dry weather although it will be hot and humid with short, tropical showers possible in the afternoon.
The east coast will be wet and windy however.
There are a number of regional holidays in Malaysia during February.
Picture Sabah, Malaysia. Credit Hugo D on Unsplash
Temperatures rise throughout the month but are generally comfortable and an excellent time to visit the country.
Rainfall is very low throughout the country.
Picture Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Credit Flyingdog Travel
One of the best months to visit Vietnam if you are planning on travelling around the country.
Dry, sunny weather is common throughout the country with central and southern areas an excellent choice for beach destinations.
In the north temperatures are warmer and rainfall is low.
Vietnamese New Year is like a combination of Christmas, New Year and Easter in western countries. Dates are the same as Chinese New Year but the holiday will spread over an extended period.
In 2022 Tet (the year of the Tiger) holidays are 31st January (Tet eve), 1st February (Tet), 2nd February, 3rd February and 4th February.
2023 21st to 27th January. 2024 9th to 15th February.
Picture Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Credit Taylor Simpson on Unsplash
Although there does not tend to be a bad time to visit Singapore, February is still affected by the North East Monsoon although rainfall is generally considerably lower than in January.
Picture Super Tree Grove, Singapore. Credit Coleen Rivas on Unsplash
Temperatures are warm but rainfall and humidity is higher than average as the rainy season continues although North Sumatra and Nusa Tenggara are drier than elsewhere.
The Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad is a major holiday in Indonesia. 1st March 2022, 18th February 2023, 8th February 2024.
Picture Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia. Credit Ella Hanson on Unsplash
An excellent time to visit the Philippines with very little rain and pleasant temperatures in most areas although they can exceed 30°C in the south. Temperatures are more comfortable in the north.
The EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary is celebrated with a national holiday every 25th February.
Picture Small Lagoon, Philippines. Credit Jules Bss on Unsplash
Dry and comfortable temperatures mean that February is peak weather time in Laos. Temperatures are higher in the south of the country.
Temperatures continue to rise throughout the month.
Picture Thakhek, Laos
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