Visiting Asia this Christmas? Whether you want to cozy up next to the fire or sunbathe in tropical paradise, Asia has everything for you. While the weather varies from place to place, several destinations in the south benefit from warm temperatures and sunshine throughout the year. Meanwhile, the crisp blue sky is almost painfully beautiful in Japan and around…
Whether you have a trip booked to Asia this Christmas or you’re simply researching for future vacations, check out our handy FAQs.
Southern Thailand is renowned for having some of the best weather in Asia come December. The summer rainy season is long forgotten and the weather is yet to really heat up. Cities like Bangkok become hot and humid by March but remain sunny and breezy in December.
Also Read: What the weather is like in Bangkok for more info!
Many travelers love to visit the Thai islands for Christmas. The weather is perfect, the sea is warm, and it’s touristic enough that you’ll even find a Christmas dinner!
Koh Lanta is a great choice for Asia during the Christmas season
If the idea of a hot Christmas doesn’t sit well with you, fear not. You can hear far north for cold and snowy come December like South Korea or Japan. Even in Southeast Asia, you’ll find a few places that border on chilly.
Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand also benefits from a lofty altitude that keeps temperatures cool and refreshing. If you take a day trip to Doi Inthanon National Park, you can visit the highest point in Thailand and check the temperature on a giant thermometer.
Another cooler place to visit in Asia in December is Northern Vietnam. In Hanoi, you’ll need a jacket in December and January. Colder still is the countryside region of Sapa where it’s been known to snow come winter. If you’re seeking a white Christmas, this is the place in Asia you might find it, short of sub-frozen up in East Asia.
Average daily temperatures in Bali around December time can sit at around 27°C. Highs reach 30°C and the lowest temperatures recorded are around 22°C. Bali is the perfect option for a balmy Christmas with beautiful weather and plenty of sunshine. The sea breeze can make it a little chilly in coastal areas so pack an extra layer.
Bali is always a good idea, no matter the month!
You can read more about the weather in Bali here.
In a country comprised of over 7,000 islands, weather in the Philippines is dependent on where you visit. Southern areas like Palawan, Cebu and Bohol boast dreamy Christmas temperatures between 22 and 30°C. With so many beautiful beaches, it’s a perfect place to visit during the Christmas period. PLUS you’ll get the Christmas spirit all over since Filipinos are mostly Christian!
Temperatures in the north of the Philippines drop lower due to the mountainous climate. If you’re hoping to hike in the Banaue Rice Terraces, this is an ideal time of year to do so. In the summer, this area can get too hot for trekking. Christmas with a panoramic view of Asia’s most beautiful rice terraces? Sounds good to us!
The Philippines in December
For most regions in Asia, you’ll want cool summer clothes over the Christmas period.
Shorts, t-shirts, and dresses should be on your list. Remember to pack extra layers to cover your arms and legs at temples and places of worship. You might want a light extra layer for evenings and early morning activities. Otherwise, enjoy the sunny weather and bring clothes for a summer climate!
We hope this FAQs post has helped to answer your questions about the weather in Asia in Christmas. If you have any questions, drop them in the comments below!