October Travel Guide for Southeast Asia

Here are our recommendations for where to go and what to do during October 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.

The Monsoon continues on Koh Samui which can see very heavy rain, usually in short bursts. There can still be some very nice days. Temperatures are still around 30°C/86°F.

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.

The Passing of His Majesty the Late King is commemorated on 13th October. The holiday is on the following Monday if the date falls on a weekend.

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day on 23rd October celebrates the life and accomplishments of the former king. The holiday is on the following Monday if the date falls on a weekend.

Picture Chiang Mai, Thailand. Credit Flyingdog Travel

Malaysia

All parts of Malaysia can see a mix of weather with some heavy rains and winds causing less pleasant conditions. Langkawi and Penang can see some of the heaviest rain during the year.

Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is a national holiday. 8th October 2022, 27th September 2023, 15th September 2024.

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

Picture Sabah, Malaysia. Credit Hugo D on Unsplash

Cambodia

Still rainy season but the amount, duration and frequency will decrease throughout the month. Rainfall in the south is much lower and the southern resorts start to become better options.

15th October celebrates the Commemoration of Late King Father Day to honour the former king, Norodom Sihanouk. The holiday is on the following Monday if the date falls on a weekend.

King Norodom Sihamoni’s Coronation Day on 29th October is a public holiday. The holiday is on the following Monday if the date falls on a Sunday.

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

Vietnam

In the north rainy season is coming to an end as summer winds down and rainfall and temperatures both start to decrease throughout the month.

October is one of the wettest months in central Vietnam and cyclones and significant flooding is possible. Temperatures continue to fall but are still warm.

Getting towards the end of the rainy season in the south but rainfall is still high although decreasing through the month. Temperatures remain high and typhoons are still a risk.

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

Singapore

There is not really a bad time to visit Singapore, October is a transitional month between the Northeast and Southwest Monsoons.

Deepavali is the most important of all Hindu festivals. 24th October 2022, 12th November 2023 (holiday on 13th), 31st October 2024.

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

Indonesia

Generally one of the hottest months of the year and temperatures can, at times, become uncomfortably hot. Rainfall starts to increase through the month.

The birthday of the Prophet Muhammad is a public holiday in Indonesia, 8th October 2022, 27th September 2023, 15th September 2024.

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

Philippines

Rainfall is reducing throughout the month and the risk of typhoons also decreases. Rainfall is increasing in the east however. Temperatures are much more comfortable.

Picture Small Lagoon, Philippines. Credit Jules Bss on Unsplash

Laos

The wet season comes to an end and rainfall rapidly decreases throughout the month. Temperatures are comfortable throughout the country.

Boun Ok Phansa, the end of “Buddhist Lent”, is a national public holiday. 10th October 2022, 28th October 2023, 17th October 2024.

Picture Thakhek, Laos


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