Traveling Asia in July means dealing with high humidity and rain unless, of course, you're heading high into the Himalayas or somewhere else the Southeast Monsoon isn't saturating. Bali offers sun and refuge from the rain during July.
July is hot — sticky, three-showers-a-day hot — in many places across Asia. Only Indonesia and parts of Malaysia will escape the rain in July. Everyone else will be getting plenty of showers.
Popular Southeast Asian destinations such as Thailand will mostly be rainy, although sunny days do appear even during the wet season. The same applies to Cambodia and Laos.
India will be at the peak of their monsoon season. July is the hottest and wettest month in Beijing. Unless you go to higher elevations, you'll mostly find heat, rain, and humidity throughout Asia in July. Summer will be in full force as landscapes turn greener than ever after dry season.
To really enjoy consecutive sunny days in Southeast Asia, you'll want to head south: all the way to Bali, Malaysia's Perhentian Islands, or even West Sumatra for a unique experience that's a bit off the well-trodden tourist trail through Southeast Asia. The sun will be blessing those places in abundance during July.
Asian Festivals and Events in July
Big summer festivals in Asia are fun, but they also cause prices to increase for airfare and accommodation.
Arrive early to secure a spot or steer clear until the surge of visitors dissipates.
- The 14th Dalai Lama’s Birthday: (July 6) marks the 14th Dalai Lama’s birthday. Tenzin Gyatso was born in 1935 and has lived quite an extraordinary life well worth recognition no matter your religious preferences.
- Georgetown Heritage Day: (July 8) Both Malacca and Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia, became UNESCO World Heritage Sites on July 8, 2008. The occasion is celebrated with a big festival throughout Penang and Malacca with — you guessed it — lots of delicious street food.
- Thailand’s Full Moon Party: (monthly; dates may vary a day or two before or after the actual full moon) The Full Moon Party is a monthly event held in Haad Rin on the island of Koh Phangan. The party’s popularity (over 15,000 revelers gather during high season) can cause transportation between Bangkok and the islands in the Gulf of Thailand to book up completely. July isn't the busiest FMP, but it will still draw a crowd to the islands.
- Rainforest World Music Festival: (dates vary; often in July) The Rainforest World Music Festival held outside of Kuching in Sarawak, Borneo, is a three-day cultural event of workshops, demonstrations, and music from all over the world. The festival is an entertaining, educational experience that shouldn't be missed if you're in the region; flights from Kuala Lumpur to Borneo are very inexpensive!
Where to Go to Enjoy Asia in July
Busy cities such as Beijing and Hong Kong will be sweltering hot with urban humidity trapped in the city. The rain in Tokyo begins to subside a little around the latter half of July. India will be dealing with monsoon season throughout most of the country.
To really enjoy traveling through Asia in July, have plenty of indoor activities in mind and plan some days in the countryside away from hot cities — or head to Bali for peak season like everyone else!
Places with the Best Weather
- Sumatra, Indonesia
- Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo
- Indonesia (especially Bali)
- Parts of Malaysia (Perhentian Islands)
- Sarawak, Borneo
- Central Vietnam (Hoi An, Hue, and Nha Trang)
Places with the Worst Weather
- China (heat and rain)
- Japan (heat and rain)
- Hong Kong (rain and humidity)
- Taiwan (rain and humidity)
- India (heat and rain)
- Cambodia (rain)
- Laos (rain)
- Myanmar/Burma (rain)
- Hanoi, Vietnam (rain)
- Saigon, Vietnam (rain)
Traveling During the Monsoon Season
Travel is still possible — and even enjoyable — during the monsoon season in Asia. You’ll often get to enjoy many sunny days along with discounted prices and less crowds. From year to year, no one knows for sure when the monsoon season with start or stop. Intensity varies as well.
You can learn to live around the heavy afternoon showers, although tropical depressions can move into an area and spread steady rain for a week or longer.
India in July
Although Delhi and Mumbai will be receiving maximum rainfall, it won't put a damper on the many summer festivals that take place in July.
With such a diversity of people and beliefs across the subcontinent, India always has something going on! July is no different, despite the rain. Traveling during India's monsoon season can still be enjoyable. That said, know that July and August are the wettest months of the year in Delhi.
China in July
China will be hot, humid, and wet during July. The average afternoon temperature in Beijing will be 87 F — but it feels well over 100 degrees once concrete and pollution are added to the equation. Fortunately, businesses really like to crank up the air conditioning indoors!
Xi'an (home of the terracotta warriors) is even hotter, but they get a few less rainy days during July.
Both Taiwan and Hong Kong are very warm and rainy during July.
Southeast Asia’s Islands in July
Why stick around the humid cities when gorgeous islands are waiting with perfect weather?
July is peak season for Bali, the Gili Islands in Indonesia, and the islands on the east coast of Malaysia. Bali will be especially busy; winter in the Southern Hemisphere really draws crowds to the island.
The Perhentian Islands and Tioman Island in Malaysia are excellent destinations in July. Finding accommodation on Perhentian Kecil in July can be tricky as the crowds gather for peak season — arrive on an early boat if possible!
If traveling to Thailand, opt for the islands in the Koh Samui Archipelago — they’ll be receiving less rain in July. Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao are the best options for some sun while rain is plaguing the rest of Thailand. Islands on the Andaman (west) side of Thailand will be stormy.
Koh Lanta, a favorite island on the west side of Thailand, becomes very stormy during July and partially shuts down. Beaches don't get cleaned. Visiting is still possible, but you'll have less choices for eating and drinking.
Vietnam in July
Because of Vietnam's oblong shape, weather differs by region in July. The opposite ends, Hanoi and Saigon, will both be very rain. Sapa will also be inundated. Meanwhile, Central Vietnam will be enjoying more sunny days.
If traveling to Vietnam in July, opt to spend more time in the central places such as Hoi An, Hue, and Nha Trang for sunshine.
Singapore in July
The weather in Singapore stays fairly consistent throughout the year with sunny mornings and intermittent afternoon showers.
Afternoon thunderstorms can pop up at any time, sending travelers scurrying for refuge in the nearest mall. Rainfall increases slightly in August then drops back to average in September. November, December, and January are typically the wettest months in Singapore, so you'll be fine there in July.
Bali in July
Bali sounds exotic and exciting — it is! But it's also very accessible. Flights from Kuala Lumpur are fast, frequent, and inexpensive.
Kuching, the capital of the southern state of Sarawak is the best pick in Malaysian Borneo in July. Although rain keeps the rainforest green year round, July is often a little sunnier. Kota Kinabalu, the bigger capital of Sabah in the north, will be receiving much more rain during July.
Another great reason to wind up in Kuching in July is for the Rainforest World Music Festival! The three unforgettable days and nights for a good cause will wind up being a centerpiece among your trip memories.