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5 Top beach destinations to escape the cold winter in Southeast Asia


Winter is coming. Traveling to Southeast Asia in December and January might be a great way to escape the gloomy, chilly days and head somewhere pleasant. Although some regions of Asia do suffer a rainy season around this time, the majority of Southern Asia is blessed with hot, dry, and sunny weather. Thus, if you prefer to spend this winter basking in the sun rather than bundle up in the weather, continue reading for a list of our preferred paradise beaches in Southeast Asia where you can enjoy yourself.


Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Phu Quoc weather in December makes it an ideal time to visit this island paradise. A mild climate characterized by temperatures between 22°C and 30°C and an average of 104 millimeters of precipitation ensures that there are seven hours of sunshine per day. The average water temperature of the sea is 28°C, which is ideal for swimming and other water-based activities. Furthermore, the relative humidity for this month is approximately 72%. Here, you can indulge in fantastic water sports such as swimming, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Additionally, fishing excursions are available at Vung Ong Doi, Hon Dam, and Gieng Tien. For kids, you can take them to Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc to explore the wildlife conservation area, witness rare animal species, and take in some unusual shows. Or take part in more than 100 exciting and distinctive entertainment events at VinWonders Phu Quoc. Remember to ride the Cable Car to experience the distinct charm of the island from above.



Langkawi Island, Malaysia

The dry season in Langkawi begins in December with mild breezes and beautiful sunshine. Following the period of heavy precipitation from late September to the end of November, the comparatively clear skies of December in Langkawi are a welcome respite. As the month advances, there is a significant decline in both the frequency and duration of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures increase to an average of 28°C. The amount of sunshine increases as the month draws to a close. At the shore, squander the day with sand between your toes and sunbathe. When escaping to the tropical Langkawi Island, beaches are part of the daily routine. Explore the mangroves in the vicinity of Pantai Cenang Beach. Experience the rush of excitement when jet skiing and parasailing at Pantai Tengah Beach. Observe the delightful avian vocalizations emanating from Pantai Pasir Tengkorak. Or, pay a visit to Black Sand Beach to observe the convergence of black, golden, and dazzling white sands.  



Krabi, Thailand

Winter is the best time to visit Krabi. Following the heavy monsoon rainfall, the months of November through March are the coolest, making this the height of the tourist season in the area. The agreeable ambiance, low humidity, and warm temperatures, coupled with the absence of precipitation, ensure that the climate remains optimal for a vacation. Thailand’s Krabi is a picture-perfect location, with limestone karsts towering from the pristine waters and sandy white beaches bordering lush green woods. Make longer visits to the well-known islands Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, or spend your days island hopping in a long-tail boat. Krabi has more than just beaches, though. Explore its magnificent temples, delectable cuisine, and other natural gems.


Boracay, The Philippines

With an average year-round temperature of 30°C, and an average humidity of 75%, Boracay Island has a tropical climate that makes it a pleasant place to stay at almost any time. However, the best time to visit is from December to May. During the dry season, the east coast especially Bulabog Bay will have some winds and waves while White Beach and the other small beaches on the west coast have flat seas, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. White Beach is the most popular place to go and lounge in when in Boracay. You can choose any resort and walk along the four-kilometer beachfront to see the different establishments and activities in the main areas of White Beach called Stations 1, 2, and 3. There are plenty of water activities in the area like parasailing, banana boat, paddle-boarding, and paraw sailing. At night, you can also hang out at the bars by the beach or join Boracay pub crawl tours. If you want to explore beyond White Beach, you can head for Puka Beach, located at the northernmost tip of Boracay Island and named after the puka shells that used to line its shores. There are relatively fewer establishments here, so you can enjoy more peace and quiet.



The dry season takes place from December to April. During this season, the weather is the driest and the humidity is at its lowest. The islands are a popular destination for vacationers seeking winter sun, as the average temperature is 30 degrees. The Maldives offer exceptional snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities worldwide, especially during the dry season, due to their tropical climate and remote location from any major landmass. So, it’s a great time to visit if you’re keen to see sea life. Long stretches of white sand beaches bordering the turquoise-blue Indian Ocean, waterside villas on stilts, and a romantic candlelit dinner with a goblet of champagne at a floating gazebo – Maldives is all about luxury and nature. Often referred to as the Manhattan of the Indian Ocean, Hulhule Island’s metropolitan appeal blends perfectly with its tropical charm, making it one of the most popular reasons to visit the Maldives.



Haven’t decided yet where to travel this winter? Please feel free to chat with our travel consultants and tailor-make your special itinerary!