Southeast Asia Are Experiencing a Heatwave? Latest Travel Tips

Southeast Asia Are Experiencing a Heatwave? Latest Travel Tips

A record-breaking heatwave is sweeping across Southeast Asia, with many nations experiencing the highest temperatures ever recorded. However, don't be overly concerned if you're planning a trip to this region. Several destinations with enjoyable weather are still perfect for tourist activities.

In this blog, we will provide detailed information about the weather conditions in Southeast Asian countries from May 13, 2024, to May 18, 2024. We'll also recommend tourist activities that are well-suited to the climate in each area.

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Written by ANH Dang Updated on 14-05-2024
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1. Weather Overview in Vietnam

  • Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay)

Weather: The weather in the north tends to be cooler, with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 30°C (75°F to 86°F). Expect light rainfall during the evenings.

Suggested Activities: This is the perfect time to explore Hanoi's historic sites and enjoy the street food. The stunning views of Ha Long Bay make it ideal for boat tours. Ninh Binh is also a great choice, where you can visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and the scenic Tam Coc, known as the "Ha Long Bay on Land."

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  • Central Vietnam (Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An)

Weather: Temperatures range from 26°C to 34°C (79°F to 93°F), with rain showers in the afternoon.

Suggested Activities: Visit the Hue Citadel in the morning when the weather is still cool. In Da Nang and Hoi An, enjoying the beaches and immersing yourself in cultural experiences like wandering through the ancient town after sunset is excellent.

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  • Southern Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta)

Weather: Expect a warm and humid environment with temperatures between 28°C and 35°C (82°F to 95°F). There may be afternoon thunderstorms.

Suggested Activities: In Ho Chi Minh City, don't miss the chance to see key sites like the Reunification Palace and the War Remnants Museum. In the Mekong Delta, it is an excellent choice for experiencing vibrant river life and enjoying the delicious local cuisine.

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2. Weather Overview in Thailand

Thai authorities have reported that heatstroke has claimed the lives of at least 30 people since the start of the year. The Thai Meteorological Department has warned that many regions across the country will continue to experience severe weather conditions over the next few days.

Due to the heatwave, many tourists avoid outdoor activities, such as touring Thailand's renowned temples. Instead, they seek cooler alternatives, favoring indoor activities or visiting naturally cool spots like waterfalls.

  • Northern Thailand (Lam Pang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani)

Weather: This week, the weather in Northern Thailand is expected to be relatively stable, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F). Light rainfalls are possible in the late afternoons.

Suggested Activities: This is the ideal time to explore the rich cultural and historical heritage of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Visitors can take tours of ancient temples, including Wat Phra That Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai and the striking Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai.

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  • Central Thailand (Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya)

Weather: The region experiences warm and humid conditions, with temperatures fluctuating between 30°C and 36°C (86°F to 97°F). Expect occasional light rain towards the evening.

Suggested Activities: Bangkok is great for exploring indoor activities such as visiting museums and shopping malls or enjoying the local street food. In Kanchanaburi, tourists should not miss experiencing historical sites like the River Kwai and the stunning Erawan Waterfall.

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  • Southern Thailand (Krabi, Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Tao, etc.)

Weather: Temperatures in the south are pretty high, ranging from 33°C to 35°C (91°F to 95°F), with high humidity. Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoons.

Suggested Activities: This is a good time to engage in outdoor activities like scuba diving in Koh Tao, taking boat tours of Phang Nga Bay from Krabi, or relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Phuket and Koh Phi Phi.

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3. Weather Overview in Cambodia

  • Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville

Weather: Cambodia will experience warm and humid weather this week, with temperatures ranging from 27°C to 35°C (81°F to 95°F). Rain and thunderstorms are pretty common in the afternoons.

Suggested Activities: Mornings are ideal for exploring historical sites like Angkor Wat and other temples in Siem Reap when the weather is still cool. In Phnom Penh, indoor activities such as visiting the Royal Palace and the Khmer Rouge Museum are perfect during the hotter parts of the day.

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  • Battambang, Kampot

Weather: The average temperature ranges from 26°C to 33°C (79°F to 91°F), with light rain possible in the afternoons.

Suggested Activities: Battambang is perfect for visiting traditional craft villages and exploring old colonial architecture.  In Kampot, you can enjoy relaxing riverside activities and savor the unique flavor of Kampot pepper.

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>>> You might want to know: Battambang Travel Guide 2024: Explore Cambodia's Secret Charm

4. Weather Overview in Laos

  • Vientiane, Luang Prabang

Weather: Temperatures range from 25°C to 33°C (77°F to 91°F) with light afternoon rains.

Suggested Activities: Visit temples in Vientiane and savor Laotian cuisine. With its cooler climate and light rains, Luang Prabang is perfect for exploring cultural heritage and relaxing activities along the Mekong River.

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  • Pakse, Champasak

Weather: Temperatures range from 27°C to 34°C (81°F to 93°F) with afternoon thunderstorms.

Suggested Activities: Pakse and Champasak offer the opportunity to explore mountainous landscapes and the heritage site of Vat Phou. Coffee tours and visits to national parks are also exciting activities.

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5. What to Pack for Thailand in May

Here’s a list of essentials for your trip to Thailand in May:

  • Light and breathable clothing for warm temperatures.
  • A compact umbrella or raincoat for extra protection against showers.
  • Insect repellent to keep mosquitoes away, especially in rainy areas.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF for sun protection between rain showers.
  • A portable power bank to keep electronic devices charged in case of power outages.
  • A lightweight and breathable hat or cap to protect against both sun and rain.
  • Ziplock bags or waterproof cases to protect valuables from water damage.

Check out our articles for more tips on organizing your trip to Southeast Asia this May:


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