March Travel Guide for Southeast Asia

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

Thailand

Temperatures are increasing but days are still very sunny and mostly dry although there may still be a few heavy tropical showers.

Bangkok tends to be dry and getting hotter.

The north of Thailand is getting hot and less comfortable although rainfall is still low.

An excellent time to visit the southern resorts as March if you don’t mind the heat as it tends to be quieter than January and February in many areas.

Picture Chiang Mai, Thailand. Credit Flyingdog Travel

Malaysia

The monsoon is coming to the end on the east coast with weather improving throughout the month.

The west coast islands including Langkawi and Penang continue to enjoy hot sunny days although the monsoon is approaching so there is an increase in rainfall and rainy days although weather is still good outside of the showers.

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

Picture Sabah, Malaysia. Credit Hugo D on Unsplash

Cambodia

Temperatures and humidity continue to rise with very little rainfall. Still a good time to visit if you don’t mind the heat.

8th March is International Women’s Day with celebrations to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

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

Vietnam

In the south of Vietnam March is one of the hottest and most humid months although rainfall remains low.

Hot, dry and humid in central Vietnam.

In the north temperatures are warmer, but not hot, and rainfall is low.

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

Singapore

There is not really a bad time to visit Singapore, March is the tail-end of the Northeast Monsoon and rainfall is getting lower.

Easter is celebrated in many areas of Singapore especially Good Friday 15th April 2022, 7th April 2023, 29th March 2024.

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

Indonesia

Temperatures are are getting warmer throughout the month and rainfall is gradually decreasing at the end of the rainy season. Average temperatures in some areas start to creep above 30 degrees.

The Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad is a major holiday in Indonesia. 1st March 2022, 18th February 2023, 8th February 2024.

Hari Raya Nyepi or Hindu New Year is celebrated in a number of areas but especially on Bali. 3rd March 2022, 22nd March 2023 and 11th March 2024.

Good Friday is a public holiday in Indonesia. 15th April 2022, 7th April 2023, 29th March 2024.

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

Philippines

It’s getting hot, hot, hot in the Philippines and humidity can be uncomfortable at times.

Coastal breezes are welcome and make areas such as Palawan especially attractive at this time of the year.

Still very dry.

Easter is a major holiday in the Philippines. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Black Saturday are national holidays to create a 4-day long weekend. 14th to 16th April 2022, 6th to 8th April 2023, 28th to 30th March 2024.

Picture Small Lagoon, Philippines. Credit Jules Bss on Unsplash

Laos

Getting hotter throughout the month and still very dry. Temperatures tend to be a few degrees hotter in the south of the country and can be cool in the northern hills.

8th March is International Women’s Day with celebrations to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Picture Thakhek, Laos


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