July Travel Guide for Southeast Asia

Here are our recommendations for where to go and what to do during July in Southeast Asia.

Thailand

In the north rainy season is in full effect but will mostly consist of rain each day during mid to late afternoon downpours than often last only an hour or so before it starts to dry out again. Night-time storms also happen and can provide incredible light shows. Temperatures are in the low 30’s/86-91°F and pleasant at night.

Rainy season in Bangkok with average temperatures around 29°C/84°F and 5 or 6 hours of sunshine a day. Torrential showers are common however which can sometimes lead to flooding.

On Koh Samui the temperatures increase a little but so does rainfall and the frequency and duration of rainfall will increase throughout the month.

On the Andaman Sea coast the south west monsoon hits the area from June to October when rainfall can hit highs of 350mm in a month. It’s not all bad though as the rain tends to fall in the late afternoon or early evening and the rest of the day could be bathed in hot sunshine as temperatures remain in the 30’s most of the day.

Asahna Bucha Day is the celebration of the “Four Noble Truths” preached by Buddha in his first sermon after his enlightenment. 13th July 2022, 1st August 2023, 20th July 2024 (holiday on 22nd July).

The birthday of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, King Rama the Tenth, on 28th July is a public holiday. The holiday is on the following Monday if the birthday falls on a weekend.

Picture Chiang Mai, Thailand. Credit Flyingdog Travel

Malaysia

An excellent time to visit the east coast with dry, sunny weather the norm and excellent snorkelling and scuba diving conditions.

The west coast islands can see heavy downpours but also outside of those there will be hot, humid, sunny weather.

Hari Raya Haji is the Malaysian name for the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha. 9th July 2022, 28th June 2023, 17th June 2024.

Awal Muharram (Maal Hijrah) celebrates the beginning of the Islamic New Year. 30th July 2022, 19th July 2023, 7th July 2024.

There are a number of regional holidays in Malaysia during July.

Picture Sabah, Malaysia. Credit Hugo D on Unsplash

Cambodia

Temperatures are falling making daytime much more comfortable although it is still rainy season which becomes more significant as the month progresses.

Picture Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Credit Flyingdog Travel

Vietnam

In the north rainy season is in full flow and the risk of typhoons increases. Temperatures can be unbearably hot at times.

Dry season is in full effect in central areas but temperatures start to creep higher and can reach average highs of 35°C/95°F.

Rainfall and temperature remain high in the south which is also the start of the typhoon season.

Picture Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Credit Taylor Simpson on Unsplash

Singapore

There is not really a bad time to visit Singapore, July is within the Southwest Monsoon but any rainfall tends to be in short, sharp showers.

Hari Raya Haji is celebrated by Muslims around the world to remember Ibrahim’s willingness to be obedient to Allah to sacrifice his own son Ishmael. 9th July 2022, 28th June 2023, 17th June 2024.

Picture Super Tree Grove, Singapore. Credit Coleen Rivas on Unsplash

Indonesia

An excellent time to visit Indonesia with temperatures a little higher and still sunny and dry. Peak time for snorkelling, scuba diving and mountain trekking.

Islamic New Year or Muharram. 30th July 2022, 19th July 2023, 7th July 2024.

Picture Nusa Penida, Bali, Indonesia. Credit Ella Hanson on Unsplash

Philippines

Rainfall continues to increase and typhoons become more common. Flooding and landslides increase.

Eidul Adha is a Muslim celebration that commemorates the end of the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). 9th July 2022, 28th June 2023, 16th June 2024.

Picture Small Lagoon, Philippines. Credit Jules Bss on Unsplash

Laos

Very much into the wet season which can cause issues with travelling around the country especially in more remote areas.

Lao Women’s Union Establishment Day is a public holiday that falls on 20th July.

Picture Thakhek, Laos


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