Fall in Asia: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

What to Expect in Asia for September, October, and November

Mount Fuji in Japan during fall in Asia

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Fall in Asia is pleasant as temperatures in hot and humid climates become more bearable. The monsoon season peaks in destinations such as Thailand and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. Rainfall begins to let up around mid November; meanwhile, Bali and other parts of Indonesia begin to see more frequent showers.

China experiences its busiest travel period during the National Day holiday on October 1. Fall foliage is beautiful in Japan, but tropical storms threaten as typhoon season peaks in the Pacific.

Urgent Fall Information

Typhoon season in the Pacific usually peaks for Japan in August and September. Keep an eye on weather in the region that could cause flight delays and heavy rainfall.

Southeast Asia Weather in Fall

Fall marks the transition between monsoon season and the dry season in much of Southeast Asia. Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and others experience peak rainfall in September and October. Weather slowly begins to dry up around mid November — although, not all at once because of their different locations. Kuala Lumpur receives regular thunderstorms throughout the year.

Meanwhile, countries in the south such as Indonesia and East Timor will just be beginning their rainy seasons around that time. September and October are still fairly dry "shoulder" months for visiting Bali outside of the busy season, however, the island receives peak rainfall in December and January.

Average High / Low Temperatures in September

  • Bangkok: 91 F (37.2 C) / 77 F (25 C)
  • Kuala Lumpur: 89.8 F (21.1 C) / 74.8 F (23.8 C)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: 88.3 F (31.3 C) / 75.9 F (24.4 C)

Average Rainfall in September

  • Bangkok: 13.16 inches (average of 21 rainy days)
  • Kuala Lumpur: 8.43 inches (average of 19 rainy days)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: 12.88 inches (average of 23 rainy days)

Average High / Low Temperatures in October

  • Bangkok: 90.7F (32.6 C) / 76.6 F ( 24.8 C)
  • Kuala Lumpur: 89.6 F (32 C) / 75.2 F (24 C)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: 88.2 F (31.2 C) / 75 F (23.9 C)

Average Rainfall in October

  • Bangkok: 11.5 inches (average of 17.7 rainy days)
  • Kuala Lumpur: 10.43 inches (average of 21 rainy days)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: 10.5 inches (average of rainy 20.9 days)

Average High / Low Temperatures in November

  • Bangkok: 90.3 F (32.4 C) / 75 F (23.9 C)
  • Kuala Lumpur: 89.1 F (31.7 C) / 74.8 F (23.8 C)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: 87.8 F (31 C) / 73 F (22.8 C)

Average Rainfall in November

  • Bangkok: 1.95 inches (average of 6 rainy days)
  • Kuala Lumpur: 12.64 inches (average of 24 rainy days)
  • Ho Chi Minh City: 4.59 inches (average of 12 rainy days)

What to Pack for Southeast Asia in Fall

Plan to get wet in September and October! But packing an umbrella or poncho is optional: cheap ones are for sale in every shop.

Fall Events in Southeast Asia

  • Loi Krathong and Yi Peng: Thailand's most visually spectacular festival is in November each year. Plan on seeing the thousands of candle-powered lanterns get launched in Chiang Mai or one of the other destinations in North Thailand.
  • Phuket Vegetarian Festival: The Taoist Nine Emperor Gods Festival isn't really just about food. Volunteers in the chaotic processions pierce their faces with swords! The festival epicenter is in Phuket; dates vary between September and October.
  • Malaysia Day: Malaysia's patriotic holiday (not to be confused with their Independence Day on August 31) is celebrated each year on September 16.

    Fall Travel Tips for Southeast Asia

    • Remember that you're traveling during peak monsoon time! Keep your itinerary flexible, and don't be too upset when outdoor activities get rained out. On the positive side, you'll get better deals and have less crowds at attractions during the low season.
    • Halloween in a new country is an interesting experience. Although not celebrated with the same fervor as in the U.S., you'll find small parties and events to enjoy.

    India Weather in Fall

    Normally, the short monsoon season in Delhi winds down sometime in October, but weather is always unpredictable. Once the rains stop, temperatures will remain pleasant in many parts of India until heat and humidity build back to unbearable levels during the spring months. Visiting during these shoulder months is ideal.

    Fall is a great time to visit Himalayan destinations in the north of India while humidity is low and views reveal distant snowy peaks. Some places at high elevations become inaccessible around November due to snow-clogged mountain passes.

    Average High / Low Temperatures in September

    • Delhi: 93.6 F (34.2 C) / 76.5 F (24.7 C)
    • Mumbai: 87.3 F (30.7 C) 76.6 / F (24.8 C)

    Average Rainfall in September

    • Delhi: 4.45 inches (average of 6 rainy days)
    • Mumbai: 13.44 inches (average of 14 rainy days)

    Average High / Low Temperatures in October

    • Delhi: 91.4 F (33 C) / 67.3 F (19.6 C)
    • Mumbai: 92.1 F (33.4 C) / 74.8 F (23.8 C)

    Average Rainfall in October

    • Delhi: 0.67 inches (average of 2 rainy days)
    • Mumbai: 3.52 inches (average of 3 rainy days)

    Average High / Low Temperatures in November

    • Delhi: 82.9 F ( 28.3 C) / 55.8 F ( 13.2 C)
    • Mumbai: 92.7 F ( 33.7 C) / 70.3 F ( 21.3 C)

    Average Rainfall in November

    • Delhi: 0.35 inches (average of 1 rainy day)
    • Mumbai: 0.39 inches (average of 1 rainy day)

    What to Pack for India in Fall

    Although you'll spend most of your time in India sweating profusely, evening temperatures in Delhi can feel surprisingly cool. You'll want a jacket for cool nights, especially in Delhi and Rajasthan where nighttime temperatures can dip into the 50s.

    Some budget guesthouses and hostels in India aren't heated. The heavy blankets provided can be of questionable cleanliness. For these instances, a lightweight silk sleep "sheet" or sleeping bag liner adds considerable comfort.

    Fall Events in India

    • Gandhi's Birthday: The birthday of Mahatma Gandhi is celebrated throughout India on October 2. Delhi is the epicenter.
    • Diwali / Deepavali: The Indian Festival of Lights is a beautiful religious holiday celebrated around the end of October and beginning of November. Ghee lanterns are burned and firecrackers frighten away malicious spirits.
    • Pushkar Camel Fair: Don't laugh! Over 100,000 locals and tourists cram into little Pushkar in Rajasthan for days of games, contests, performances, and yes — camel sales.

      The Indian subcontinent is so large and diverse with many religions and traditions, there's always a festival going on somewhere in the fall!

      Fall Travel Tips for India

      • Traveling in India during any time of year is an exciting, perplexing experience! Be prepared to have your mind blown on a daily basis.
      • Expect a lot of chaotic noise during Diwali as people toss firecrackers in the streets day and night. Some places are louder than others, but you won't want a street-facing hotel room!

      China Weather in Fall

      Rainfall drops off significantly in Beijing between August and September. Temperatures become slightly more tolerable despite Beijing’s infamous pollution still trapping a lot of heat in the city. November temperatures can be quite cool throughout central and northern parts of China.

      The fall foliage can spectacular in China, especially when enjoyed from the Great Wall.

      Average High / Low Temperatures in September

      • Beijing: 78.4 F (25.8 C) / 58.6 F (14.8 C)
      • Chengdu: 79 F (26.1 C) / 66 F (18.9 C)
      • Shanghai: 82.2 F (27.9 C) / 72.3 F (22.4 C)

      Average Rainfall in September

      • Beijing: 1.8 inches (average of 8 rainy days)
      • Chengdu: 4.37 inches (average of 16 rainy days)
      • Shanghai: 3.43 inches (average of 9 rainy days)

      Average High / Low Temperatures in October

      • Beijing: 66.4 F (19.1 C) / 58.6 F (14.8 C)
      • Chengdu: 69.6 F ( C) / 69.6 F (20.9 C)
      • Shanghai: 73.2 F (22.9 C) / 62.2 F (16.8 C)

      Average Rainfall in October

      • Beijing: 0.86 inches (average of 5 rainy days)
      • Chengdu: 1.4 inches (average of 13 rainy days)
      • Shanghai: 2.19 inches (average of 7 rainy days)

      Average High / Low Temperatures in November

      • Beijing: 50.2 F (10.1 C) / 0 F ( 32 C)
      • Chengdu: 61.3 F (16.3 C) / 49.6 F (9.8 C)
      • Shanghai: 63.1 F (17.3 C) / 51.1 F (10.6 C)

      Average Rainfall in November

      • Beijing: 0.29 inches (average of 4 rainy days)
      • Chengdu: 0.58 inches (average of 8 rainy days)
      • Shanghai: 2.06 inches (average of 8 rainy days)

      What to Pack for China in Fall

      Pack layers, and always have something additional you can put on in the evenings. November can be very chilly in Beijing.

      Fall Events in China

      • National Day: The National Day on October 1 is one of China’s biggest holiday periods, if not the biggest. Beijing becomes absolutely packed with Chinese travelers enjoying the holiday. If you're in China during the first week of October, your trip will be affected. Transportation is even busier than usual.
      • Mid-Autumn Festival: Also called the Chinese Moon Festival, this event is all about reuniting with loved ones to share mooncakes. The heavy, savory little cakes go on sale everywhere in China to celebrate the harvest. Dates vary because the Moon Festival is based on the lunisolar calendar. Expect to celebrate in late September or October.

        Fall Travel Tips for China

        • Hands down, the first week of October is the busiest time to travel in China. As the National Day holiday goes into full swing, the subways and long-haul trains will be booked to capacity. Although seeing the celebration in Beijing can be fun, don't expect to move around easily.
        • The little mooncakes for sale during the Mid-Autumn Festival are deceptively small. Ingredients inside vary widely, but generally all the cakes are dense and very filling! Most people enjoy by cutting them into wedges and eating small portions at a time.

          Japan Weather in Fall

          The fall months are very comfortable in Japan; temperatures in Tokyo average between 58 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit in October. Foliage is beautiful in northern regions. In 2016, Tokyo had a rare snowstorm in November, however, it usually doesn't delight people until December or later.

          Although temperatures are pleasant, August and September are the two peak typhoon months for Japan. Keep an eye on tropical storm forecasts and know what to do if dangerous weather hits.

          Average High / Low Temperatures in September

          • Tokyo: 80.4 F (26.9 C) / 67.5 F (19.7 C)
          • Kyoto: 83.8 F (28.8 C) / 68.5 F (20.3 C)

          Average Rainfall in September

          • Tokyo: 8.26 inches (average of 12 rainy days)
          • Kyoto: 6.94 inches (average of 11 rainy days)

          Average High / Low Temperatures in October

          • Tokyo: 70.7 F (21.5 C) / 57.6 F (14.2 C)
          • Kyoto: 73.2 F (22.9 C) / 56.5 F (13.6 C)

          Average Rainfall in October

          • Tokyo: 7.79 inches (average of 11 rainy days)
          • Kyoto: 4.76 inches (average of 9 rainy days)

          Average High / Low Temperatures in November

          • Tokyo: 61.3 F (16.3 C) / 46.9 F (8.3 C)
          • Kyoto: 62.6 F (17 C) / 46 F (7.8 C)

          Average Rainfall in November

          • Tokyo: 3.64 inches (average of 8 rainy days)
          • Kyoto: 2.8 inches (average of 8 rainy days)

          What to Pack for Japan in Fall

          September and October are often the rainiest months in Tokyo. September temperatures in the upper 70s will be comfortable, but October can feel cool and damp. Pack a thin jacket or rainproof shell.

          Fall Events in Japan

          Although there aren't many large celebrations such as Golden Week during fall in Japan, you'll find a number of smaller festivals and cultural events to enjoy. Many are centered around religious events at shrines. As usual, don't interfere with worshipers while trying to get a photo!

          Fall Travel Tips for Japan

          • In the days leading up to your trip, be prepared for possible itinerary changes due to tropical storms in September. You may experience delays!
          • Although tourist numbers are far less in fall than in the surge after Golden Week in spring, many locals travel to enjoy the fall colors. Don't wait until the last minute to book accommodation.