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Discover Green Season In Asia

Consider taking your summer holiday in Asia. Discover greener, less crowded countries with reduced hotel prices in this so-called 'off season'.

Many dismiss Asia in favour of traditional summer holidays in Europe but there are many reasons to visit in July and August.

Firstly, let’s debunk the myth of the rainy season. Downpours are likely to be characterised by short, sharp bursts. Afterwards, in the cool post-rain, enjoy sensational sunsets that light up the receding rain clouds. Natural beauty is much more pronounced in the green season. Paddy fields radiate in neon green, flowers burst into colour and jungles hum with life. At temples, you’ll notice greenery fusing with the ancient architecture for added wow-factor. And with markedly less crowds and reduced luxury hotels rates, you may well discover an Asia at its very best. Here are three great ideas for exploring Asia this summer.

Marine Wonders on Malaysia’s East Coast

The lowdown

  • Getting There

    Fly into Terengganu Airport via Kuala Lumpur.

  • Stay

    Stay at Tanjong Jara Resort, a stylish choice off the beaten track near Terengganu, where tranquil beaches and authentic fishing villages sit side by side.

Malaysia’s two palm-feathered coastlines follow different weather patterns so families looking for an exotic getaway for their summer holiday will find sunshine on the tropical beaches and marine reserves on the lesser-known east coast of Malaysia. Diving and snorkelling are at their best in summer, explore Tenggol Island in the Terengganu Marine Park, which is famous for its untouched coral gardens and diverse marine life. Look out for sharks, rays and the delicate nudibranch in the emerald waters.

Even better, you could shoehorn some schooling in.  At luxury resort Tanjong Jara, conservation takes centre stage in July and August when you can help their turtle program with nest inspections and turtle-hatch duty. This is accompanied by talks and the opportunity to adopt a nest, thereby safeguarding from poachers. On your next snorkelling trip in the cobalt-blue waters of the marine reserve, seeing a turtle drift by will take on new meaning.

 

Festivals season in Ladakh

The lowdown

  • Getting There

    To get to Ladakh, fly to Leh, which is accessed by direct flights from Delhi. A spectacular flight through the Himalayas.

  • Don't Miss

    The opportunity to stay in comfortable traditional village houses, located in remote locations where you can experience rural life surrounded by stunning mountain landscapes – go trekking, cycling, rafting, meet a monk, learn to make momos…

Although technically the monsoon season, visiting Ladakh in July is actually a great time to experience this mystical Buddhist kingdom. Firstly, the roads open up after winter, and although snow starts to melt, white-dusted peaks are still visible. Short bursts of rain bring a carpet of wildflowers to the valleys, and with sunny blue-sky days, trekking this region is a delight.

However, it’s the colourful local festivals which really bring the mountains alive in July. Traditional methods of storytelling show the enchanting customs of Ladakh. In early July, a high-altitude heritage polo festival takes place accompanied by music and dance, then mid-July sees the famous Hemis cultural festival at the Hemis monastery to celebrate the birth of 8th century Buddhist master Guru Padmasambhava. Expect devil dances and plenty of masked monks. At the end of July, the Phyang Tsedup Festival, smiling monks at in brightly coloured costumes join a vibrant dance drama at the monastery.

Cambodia and Vietnam Discovery

The lowdown

  • Getting There

    You can fly to Siem Reap from major SE Asian cities – Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong. There are then direct flights from Danang to either Hong Kong or Singapore to get back to UK

  • Don't Miss

    For an evening's entertainment in Siem Reap, visit the acrobatic wonders of the Phare Circus, which in turn empowers the lives of young Cambodians.

We’ve been advocating for a while travelling to Angkor Wat over summer months.  The moat around the main temple complex fills up, offering even more impressive and mesmerising reflections. Crowds are noticeably thinner, so you’re more likely to have some time alone to explore the carved stone temples. The jungle springs into life, entwining with the temples, giving it a real undiscovered feel. Nearby, the Tonle Sap lake is full, so you can glide around the floating villages by boat.

Becoming ‘templed-out’ is a real phenomenon so we recommend a beach break afterwards. Fly direct from Siem Reap to Danang in Vietnam. There are some gorgeous hotels with fantastic low season deals that roll out onto the beautiful sandy beaches. You’re just a stone’s throw from Hoi An, a beautifully preserved ancient riverside town. Sample the town’s noodle specialities or enjoy a street side DIY BBQ before discovering its differing styles of architecture from China, France and Japan.

Need to know more? Call our consultant Sophie on 0207 359 3938 and start planning your adventure in Asia this summer.  Let’s start with a chat to find out your requirements then let us craft your perfect holiday, where you can experience Asia at its best.

Sophie Garland

Sophie Garland

Travel Planner

Call me on 0207 359 3938 to chat about your holiday in Asia. I can tell you about secret beaches and where to find the best food in Asia!

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