Post # 1
So my fiance and I are in a strange situation. We are getting married next August, but within 2 days of the wedding we will have to move back to our Canadian Arctic home just in the nick of time for him to start teaching. This means that we will not be able to do a honeymoon right away 🙁
Originally we were thinking of going south during Christmas break or even March break, but tonight we started playing with the idea of going over to Thialand/Bali for the honeymoon…. except I figure that is a great place to go in the summer when we can take 2-3 weeks to go, but he thinks we should only go at Christmas because it would be too hot in the summer.
Has anyone ever travelled (or live) over that way? How long would you recommend for a time frame? Is December better weather than July? Am I crazy for not wanting to spend my two weeks at Christmas on the other side of the world, worrying about strict time frames and not seeing family?!
Post # 3
I’ve never been, but my fiancé has been to China/Taiwan in May and he said it was absolutely beyond disgustingly hot and humid. I wouldn’t do it!
Post # 4
@Redroc_13: I don’t have any direct experience with Thailand but having family in other parts of Asia, I know July can be MISERABLE in Asia. It might be OK if you’re not averse to heat and know that you will be constantly sweating (or shivering as every other building is blasting A/C). I have been to Asia in the winter (Christmas time) and the weather was just fine with maybe a rainy day here or there. Husband is a teacher so we always take our vacations during Winter Break and enjoy it a lot (we’ve been to the Southern Hemisphere where it’s Spring-ish and to the southwestern US where it is snowing!), even if it means missing family time during the holidays.
Post # 5
I lived in Korea and have visited Japan in the summer. It’s unbearably hot and humid during the summer.
Post # 6
I lived in the Philippines and have travelled to Thailand and Hong Kong. While those months are pretty hot, it is also rainy season so the little bit of rain helps cool things down a little bit. BTW. I LOVE Asia. We had a blast in Thailand going to the floating market and riding elephants. my heart is in the Philippine though. 🙂
Post # 7
Thailand is AMAZE-BALLS. I lived in South-east Asia for a few months. Go – any time of the year. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Or……..you could try the South Pacific?
Post # 8
My family is from Asia and none of us would ever recommend going there in the summer!!!
Post # 9
April/May are on average the hottest months in Thailand. June averages 83, July and August around 82. July and August are the 2nd and 3rd wettest months. Rain plus high temps = steamy (humidity). Some people are ok withthis but others find it horrible. I kind of relate the feeling to getting out of a shower in a bathrrom with no windows/ventilation.
October – April is high season so you will need to be prepared to pay more. Hotel rates can triple during this time. A thing to remember is that Thailand and Bali are huge summer (in Aust) holiday destinations for Aussies. This is when a lot of families travel due to it being school holidays.
May-September is the low and shoulder season so you will get better rates on hotels and there will be less people around. You may get some rain but it is so hot it doesn’t really matter.
We always go in the low or shoulder season and have always enjoyed our holidays. We go to Thailand and Bali at least once a year since it is so close and cheap for us.
Post # 10
I used to live in Singapore, and I’ve been to Thailand, Borneo, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sulawesi etc in July/Aug. Keep in mind that this region is tropical and it will be hot and humid no matter what time of the year you go, though technically August is during the very slightly “cooler” time of year for Thailand because it is during the rainy season. Bali is south of the equator and so this is their dry season.
I would say that if you plan to go to SE Asia in August, the bigger concern is not the weather but the haze from Indonesian forest fires that often affect various parts of the region. Bali was unaffected but Malaysia and Southern Thailand did get hit by it this year. When we were in Borneo in summer 2009, I’d say about half the flights were grounded the entire week we were there because of the haze.
Post # 11
I’ve been to Vietnam around that time, and I would definitely NOT recommend going there during the summer (unless you’re planning on staying in some cooler highland areas). We took multiple showers a day just to stop feeling icky every time we went outside.
Post # 12
@Redroc_13: I’ve been to Thailand (Phuket) in July. It was fine, and that is coming from someone who does not like humidity. (I am used to heat as I live in a hot country/city but it is a dry heat) Sub tropical countries like Thailand/Indonesia don’t have regular seasons like us anyway – its more rainy/monsoon season or dry season. Yes it was humid and you do sweat but all the more reason to get in the pool and have another cocktail! When it did rain then it was mainly for like an hour at a time and then it cleared with lovely blue skies again.
Post # 13
It’ll be cheaper in the summer, nicer in the winter!
Post # 14
@Redroc_13: We used to live in Japan- my Dad still lives there. He finds summer unbearable, but I find it fine. I love the hot weather, but the humidity can be a killer. I would go, but if you don’t like the idea of high humidity or if your DH is sensitive to that, December would be your best bet! You don’t want to be super uncomfortable on your honeymoon!
Post # 15
We were in Thailand the second week in March and then Bali the last week and Bali was very hot. Beach burning your feet hot. I am from Florida and could not comfortably get from my chair to the ocean. i would probably pick a cooler time of year. Thailand was fine for sightseeing and beach then (although you have to be covered up to enter the grand palace grounds and it was warm).
Post # 16
- Wedding: June 2014 - TTC #2
@Redroc_13: I lived in Vietnam for a year (same latitude as Thailand). The summer is long and drenchingly, disgustingly humid. We’re talking hitting a wall of moisture and your back being instantly drenched in sweat as soon as you step outside HUMID.
Aside from the daily laundry and cold showers I actually like humid Asian summers, but I am a minority and being caked in sweat and sunburn with little energy isn’t ideal for a honeymoon if you ask me 🙂