Traveling for July in Asia pretty well guarantees you'll be dealing with high humidity and rain, assuming you aren't heading into the Himalayas or somewhere else the Southeast Monsoon isn't saturating. July is hot—sticky, summer, three-showers-a-day hot—in many top destinations across Asia.
As Thailand and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, India, and East Asia deal with high temperatures and wet days, Bali along with other islands in Malaysia and Indonesia will be at the top of their high seasons.
High Season in Bali
The secret's out: Bali is paradise. Indonesia's most visited island stays perpetually busy, but July is the peak of peak season. Cold temperatures in nearby Australia, dry weather in Bali, and the fact many students are on summer break make July one of the busiest months of the year.
If you're traveling to Bali in July, book ahead and expect extremely busy beaches in places such as Kuta. If the traffic jams are ruining your vacation vibes, consider going to a quieter island such as nearby Nusa Lembongan or Gili Meno.
Extreme Heat and Humidity in India
July is one of the hottest and rainiest months to be in India, particularly Delhi. Unfortunately, the abundant monsoon rain doesn't provide much relief from afternoon temperatures that can easily hover over 100 F.
Heading higher into the Himalayas in North India will help, but even popular little Manali in Himachal Pradesh has an average temperature near 80 F; July is one of the wettest months there.
Extreme Heat and Humidity in Hong Kong
Hong Kong suffers the same fate as New Delhi in July. High temperatures and over 14 inches of rain for the month keep the air thick with humidity. Be prepared: Everyone is sticky within seconds of walking outside and leaving the sweet safety of air conditioning.
Asia Weather in July
(average high / low temperatures and humidity)
- Bangkok: 93 F (33.9 C) / 79 F (26.1 C) / 76 percent humidity
- Kuala Lumpur: 90 F (32.2 C) / 76 F (24.4 C) / 79 percent humidity
- Bali: 84 F (28.9 C) / 75 F (23.9 C) / 78 percent humidity
- Singapore: 89 F (31.7 C) / 78 F (25.6 C) / 79 percent humidity
- Beijing: 88 F (31.1 C) / 72 F (22.2 C) / 74 percent humidity
- Tokyo: 83 F (28.3 C) / 76 F (24.4 C) / 76 percent humidity
- New Delhi: 97 F (36.1 C) / 81 F (27.2 C) / 73 percent humidity
Average Rainfall for July in Asia
- Bangkok: 8.7 inches (221 mm) / average of 17 rainy days
- Kuala Lumpur: 2.2 inches (56 mm) / average of 16 rainy days
- Bali: 0.1 inch (3 mm) / average of 4 days with light rain
- Singapore: 2.5 inches (64 mm) / average of 14 wet days
- Beijing: 3.6 inches (91 mm) / average of 14 wet days
- Tokyo: 1.4 inches (36 mm) / average of 8 wet days
- New Delhi: 4.7 inches (119 mm) / average of 9 wet days
High heat and humidity pretty well sum up much of Asia in July. Monsoon season will be bringing frequent showers to Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. Meanwhile, Indonesia will be much drier than Southeast Asian countries to the north.
East Asia will also be sizzling in summer. July is one of the hottest and rainiest months for visiting Beijing; Hong Kong is even more inundated. High heat and humidity trapped by urban pollution won't be enjoyable as you explore the many things to do in Beijing. Xi'an (home of the terracotta warriors) is even hotter, but they get a few less rainy days during July.
July is the wettest month in Kathmandu, Nepal.
What to Pack
With tropical heat and humidity causing everyone to sweat, you'll want to pack way more lightweight tops than usual; plan to buy some or do laundry locally. Have a good way (an umbrella won't suffice) for waterproofing your phone, passport, and money during heavy monsoon showers.
Frequent rain bolsters local mosquito populations; bring your favorite repellent from home!
July Events in Asia
Big summer festivals in Asia are fun, but they can also cause prices to increase for airfare and accommodation. Arrive early to secure a spot or steer clear until the surge of visitors dissipates.
India has many festivals in July, some big and some small, celebrating the diversity of the subcontinent.
- The 14th Dalai Lama’s Birthday: (July 6) Tenzin Gyatso was born in 1935 and has lived quite an extraordinary life, one worth recognition no matter your religious preferences.
- Georgetown Heritage Day: (July 8) Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 8, 2008. Malacca did as well. The occasion is celebrated with a big festival throughout Penang and—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 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 thousands of revelers 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 inexpensive!
- Naadam in Mongolia: (mid July) Mongolia's capital of Ulaanbaatar gets busy for the three days of games known as Naadam. People—including young children—compete in horsemanship, archery, and wrestling events. With opening and closing ceremonies, Naadam is the most exciting time to be traveling in Mongolia.
- Establishment Day in Hong Kong: (July 1) Hong Kong was handed from the United Kingdom to the People's Republic of China on July 1, 1997. The annual patriotic holiday is commemorated with ceremonies and fireworks. Every year, tens of thousands of protestors gather and march to preserve democratic rights such as freedom of speech.
July Travel Tips
- 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.
- The Perhentian Islands and Tioman Island in Malaysia, along with the Gili Islands in Indonesia, are beautiful island 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 in July, opt for the islands in the Koh Samui Archipelago—they’ll be receiving less rain. 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 such as Koh Lanta will be stormy.
- Because of Vietnam's oblong shape, weather differs by region in July. The opposite ends, Hanoi and Saigon, will both be very rainy. Sapa will also be inundated. Central Vietnam (Hoi An, Hue, and Nha Trang) is your best bet in July for enjoying more sunny days.
- If traveling to Malaysian Borneo in July, opt for Sarawak. Kuching, the capital of the southern state of Sarawak is the best pick in July. Although abundant rainfall keeps the rainforest lush no matter the month, July is a little sunnier. Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah in the north, often receives much more rain than Sarawak in July.
Where to Go in July for the Best Weather
- Sumatra, Indonesia
- Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo
- Indonesia (especially Bali and the Gili Islands)
- Parts of Malaysia (Langkawi, Perhentian Islands, Tioman Island)
- 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)
- Kathmandu, Nepal (rain)