Summer in Asia: 10 Amazing Destinations
Looking for a tropical paradise to vacation in? Asian countries are some of the best places to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea. Summer in Asia can be a pleasurable and memorable experience as long as you know where to go. Fortunately, the continent has many postcard-worthy cities and islands that are worth the journey.
In this article, I will tell you why summer is the best time to visit Asia and ten summer destinations not to be missed.
Why Visit Asia in the Summer?
Summer is a fantastic season to travel to most Asian countries as many of them have warm tropical weather. Sunny days are great for lounging around the many beaches you’ll find in popular vacation destinations all over the continent. You can also participate in water sports, hike, and do other fun summer activities in the balmy weather.
10 Must-Visit Summer Destinations in Asia
Here are the top 10 Asian destinations that are best enjoyed during the summer months:
1. Bali, Indonesia
If you love tropical climates and sunny beaches, head to Bali. One of Asia’s most popular summer destinations, this breathtaking Indonesian island province never gets too cold. With around 26 beaches to choose from, you’ll surely get your fill of sand and surf during your Balinese sojourn.
You can visit its majestic mountains, volcanoes, valleys, hot springs, rivers, and lakes to unwind. The rich cultural history of this exotic vacation paradise adds to its delightful experience and helps you enjoy a well-rounded holiday.
Some of my top recommendations for things to do on this island are learning to surf on Kuta Beach, visiting the gorgeous Balangan Beach, and rafting on the Ayung River. Also, watch the sunrise on Mount Batur and see the traditional Kecak dance at the Uluwatu Temple at sunset.
You can also enjoy the thrills of a Sumatran elephant safari at the Bali Elephant Safari Park in the village of Taro in Ubud. If you’re here for the nightlife, Bali has many upscale clubs and bars where you can party the night away.
2. Phuket, Thailand
One of Asia’s most-visited beach havens, Phuket has over 30 beaches spread across the island. Take in endless stretches of sand at lively hotspots like Patong Beach and Karon Beach. If you prefer tranquility, you can head to other beaches like Kata Noi, Khao Kad (Panwa), Ao Sane, Ao Yon, Banana, Nui, and Yae.
This province in Thailand also offers visitors a range of water sports such as surfing, diving, snorkeling, and jet skiing. You can also let your hair down at bonfire parties on its beaches, visit temples like Wat Chalong, climb the Big Buddha for sweeping vistas of the island, and shop at night markets for souvenirs.
3. The Maldives
Holidaying in the Maldives is an excellent way to live it up and enjoy the summer. This Asian archipelagic state-cum-nation boasts warm and tropical weather, secluded islands, sun-kissed beaches, striking blue waters, and private luxury water villas. So, you can soak up the sun all day while rejuvenating your senses.
You can also experience exciting outdoor adventures by taking part in water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, and parasailing. Or, you can watch whales, experience underwater dining, and revel in beach parties. The Maldives also has historic sites and colorful markets for tourists who want to enjoy a varied experience.
Tourism is still developing in this island nation, so it doesn’t have a large population or much pollution.
4. Hokkaido, Japan
If you prefer mild and pleasant weather, visit Hokkaido — Japan’s northernmost and second-largest island — in the summer. This picturesque island has many unique and fun things for tourists to do and see.
You can visit Hakodate to explore its morning market and Fort Goryokaku, Japan’s first Western-style fortress. You can also enjoy breathtaking night views of the city on Mount Hakodate or panoramic vistas of Lake Toya when you take the Usuzan Ropeway, a mountain cable car that leads to Mount Usu.
Daisetsuzan National Park, Shiretoko National Park, and Akan National Park are famous destinations for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Meanwhile, Furano is the place to be if you want to see fields of lavender and other flowers in bloom. Kushiro Marshland is another hotspot where you can catch sight of endangered Japanese cranes.
5. Goa, India
India’s favorite beach destination, Goa, is famous for its hippie vibe, laid-back lifestyle, scenic beaches, and rave parties. You can laze around with a drink in hand on one of the many beautiful beaches in the state or go on a jeep safari to Dudhsagar Waterfall and a spice farm
You can also indulge in various water sports like water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, banana boat rides, dolphin spotting, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Moreover, you can shop to your heart’s content at local markets and fill your bags with Goan souvenirs and specialties.
Goa’s summer festivals like Shigmo, the Goa Heritage Festival, and the Goan Food and Music Festival showcase its culture at its best with folk performances, dance, music, parades, and delicacies.
6. Boracay, Philippines
Boracay is a small tropical island paradise in the Philippines famous for its pristine white beaches, clear turquoise waters, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Other highlights of Boracay include its mouthwatering seafood and vibrant nightlife.
If you enjoy an adrenaline rush, go on a helicopter tour or try kitesurfing at Bulabog Beach. You can also go swimming and cliff diving or try other water sports. Moreover, you can join swimming lessons at the Philippine Mermaid Swimming Academy and learn to swim with a mermaid tail.
7. Langkawi, Malaysia
An archipelago of 99 islands, Langkawi is a picturesque holiday spot off the coast of Malaysia. It’s clear blue waters, spectacular scenery, and abundant wildlife make it one of Asia’s top destinations for relaxation.
You can check out stunning beaches like Pantai Cenang, try your hand at water sports, cruise around islands, explore natural caves, and hike through verdant rainforests. You can also unwind at luxury spas, relish lip-smacking seafood, and indulge in retail therapy at Langkawi’s duty-free shopping areas.
8. Hoi An, Vietnam
A charming ancient city, Hoi An has a rich cultural heritage that is showcased through its well-preserved architecture. A top destination for summer travel, it was Vietnam’s main port from the 1400s to the 1800s. Today, it enjoys World Heritage Site status with hundreds of historic buildings dotting its landscape.
You can explore the city on foot or by bicycle while admiring centuries-old Chinese temples and beautiful mustard-yellow buildings decorated with colorful lanterns. You can also cross the famous Japanese Bridge and buy clothing, bags, and other fashion pieces from hundreds of tailors in the area.
Hoi An is also known for its serene beaches, boat rides, colorful markets, delectable cuisine, and friendly locals.
9. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan is famous for its unspoiled white sand beaches, cerulean waters, limestone karsts, and breathtaking scenery. While visiting this island in the Philippines, go scuba diving and discover coral reefs and marine life or hike across beautiful cliffs. Other options include island hopping, exploring hidden beaches and coves, and walking through lush forests. All these make Palawan an amazing destination for outdoor lovers.
10. Jeju Island, South Korea
If you’re looking for an island escape in the summer, visit Jeju. This volcanic island, which is also South Korea’s largest island, features powdery white sand beaches, lush mountains, lava tubes, and sprawling tea fields.
Its beachside hotels, spas, and charming countryside offer a much-needed respite from the daily grind. You can dive into crystal clear waters, hike up stunning peaks, and stop by Manjanggul Cave — a picturesque tourist attraction and one of the world’s longest lava tunnels.
You can also visit Aqua Planet, one of Asia’s biggest aquariums housing over 48,000 marine animals. At the end of the day, chill at a local cafe and bask in seaside views while sipping delicious coffee.
Tips for Choosing the Right Asian Summer Destination
Here are my favorite tips to help you pick the perfect summer destination in Asia:
- As the world’s largest continent, Asia has varied climates even in the summer. So, research your favorite destination to see if its summer temperatures and weather (dry, humid, and so on) are what you’re looking for.
- Check rates for flights, hotels, restaurants, local transportation, amenities, and activities to avoid unpleasant surprises and stay within your budget. Booking early will help you get bigger discounts.
- Select a country or city that offers activities aligned with your interests.
- Read about the cultures, customs, and etiquette of the place you’re visiting and pack what you need to conform to the local customs. Find travel guides here.
- Pack comfortable clothing, hats, sunblock, sunglasses, and other items to help you stay cool and protected in sweltering temperatures.
These simple tips will help you zero in on a place that meets your tastes and preferences.
Spending a summer in Asia is a fantastic way to experience the season to its fullest. Beaches, water sports, and other summer activities will help you make the most of the temperate weather. If you enjoyed reading this guide, check out my website for more articles about Asia.
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