Figuring out where to travel for June in Asia largely depends on the transitioning weather, but you'll also want to take some big summer festivals into consideration.
Thailand and neighboring countries in Southeast Asia will be starting into their rainy seasons. Meanwhile, crowds surge for busy season in Borneo, Bali, and the rest of Indonesia where there is less rain. Australians in the Southern Hemisphere will be looking to escape June winter by grabbing cheap flights up to Bali.
Beijing and other big cities in East Asia will have already emerged from spring and warmed up. Urban humidity really traps the heat. Rainfall increases with temperatures that peak in July and August. Tokyo and Hong Kong will be especially hot, humid, and rainy.
Rainy Season in Thailand
If you're one of the many people heading to Thailand in summer, expect some rain. June pretty well kicks off the monsoon season that runs until November. That said, June can be an excellent "shoulder" month for enjoying Thailand outside of busy season but before rain becomes torrential.
Koh Chang, a popular tourist island near Bangkok, receives exceptionally heavy rain in June. You'll find better weather by going to the islands on the other side of Thailand. June is pretty well the last month to visit Koh Lanta before many places on the island close up for the season.
Asia Weather in June
(average high / low temperatures and humidity)
- Bangkok: 94 F (34.4 C) / 79 F (26.1 C) / 75 percent humidity
- Kuala Lumpur: 91 F (32.8 C) / 76 F (24.4 C) / 79 percent humidity
- Bali: 86 F (30 C) / 76 F (24.4 C) / 79 percent humidity
- Singapore: 90 F (32.2 C) / 79 F (26.1 C) / 78 percent humidity
- Beijing: 87 F (30.6 C) / 67 F (19.4 C) / 61 percent humidity
- Tokyo: 76 F (24.4 C) / 69 F (20.6 C) / 74 percent humidity
- New Delhi: 103 F (39.4 C) / 81 F (27.2 C) / 54 percent humidity
Average Rainfall for June in Asia
- Bangkok: 7.3 inches (185 mm) / average of 16 rainy days
- Kuala Lumpur: 2.5 inches (64 mm) / average of 14 rainy days
- Bali: 0.1 inch (3 mm) / average of 5 rainy days
- Singapore: 2.0 inches (51 mm) / average of 12 rainy days
- Beijing: 1.5 inches (38 mm) / average of 10 wet days
- Tokyo: 2.3 inches (58 mm) / average of 13 wet days
- New Delhi: 2.3 inches (58 mm) / average of 5 rainy days
Malaysia is split for weather in June. Kuala Lumpur and the islands on the east coast (Tioman Island and the Perhentians) experience better weather in June than the islands on the west coast (Penang and Langkawi). Kuala Lumpur and Singapore get plenty of rain pretty much throughout the year, but June is one of the drier months.
In India, the southwest monsoon begins creeping its way up the west coast in early June. The rain comes in abundance to Mumbai. Temperatures, particularly in New Delhi, will be three-shower-a-day hot. Expect afternoons to hover above 100 F with sporadic showers.
What to Pack
Pack for high heat and rain throughout most of Asia. You'll want to bring extra tops, or better yet, plan to buy unique items only available locally. Despite the heat, you'll be expected to cover up when visiting temples and sacred sites. Pack at least one pair of lightweight pants.
Sunscreen in many Asian destinations may be more expensive and less reliable than what you have at home. Pack some from home, especially if heading out to the islands.
June Events in Asia
Big festivals in Asia can cause business closures, price increases, transportation delays, and big crowds. None of those things are ideal on a trip, especially if you aren't expecting them. Don't just barely miss a festival by a day or two—you'll regret it!
Many Asian festivals are based on lunisolar calendars, so dates change from year to year. The following big events have the potential to hit in June:
- Vesak Day: (dates change) Gautama Buddha’s birthday is observed throughout Asia; dates vary from country to country. It is considered a public holiday in some Asian countries. Much of Asia celebrates the auspicious day on the fourth month of the lunisolar calendar, dates vary. Temples are especially festive, and alcohol sales are usually banned on the special day.
- Rainforest World Music Festival: (dates change) The Rainforest World Music Festival held every summer just outside of Kuching in Sarawak, Borneo, is a three-day cultural experience highlighting the Dayak indigenous culture of Borneo. Daily workshops are followed by performances from bands from all over the world. The festival brings money and awareness to a region greatly affected by palm oil deforestation. The RWMF is an excellent time to visit Borneo and learn about indigenous culture.
- Gawai Dayak: (begins May 31) Another celebration of culture in Borneo, the Gawai Dayak festival is on June 1 every year. Festivities are held in Sarawak and West Kalimantan. Some families open their longhouses for visitors.
- Bali Arts Festival: Traditional Balinese dance, arts, performances, and exhibitions of many kinds are spread throughout June, the busiest month on Bali. Venues vary and are located in different parts of the island.
- Indian Festivals: As always in India, there are many Indian festivals in June. With such a diverse collection of ethnic groups and religions, you'll always be near some kind of celebration!
June Travel Tips
- June is a peak month for weather and tourism in Bali. The already jam-packed island gets even more crowded. You should book a hotel in advance, but beware of some caveats when booking online for Bali.
- Vietnam’s more than 2,000 miles of coastline and oblong shape make weather differ around the country month by month. Central Vietnam and destinations such as Hoi An, Nha Trang, and Dalat are the driest options in June. Saigon and other places will be getting plenty of rain. Hanoi and the north also receive their share of storms in June, putting a serious damper on the trekking around Sapa.
- Occasionally, tropical storms and big weather phenomena shake things up in the region. Vietnam and Japan are especially susceptible. If a big storm moves in to spin for a while, all bets are off.
Places with the Best Weather in June
- Sumatra, Indonesia (fewer rainy days than usual)
- Malaysian Borneo (fewer rainy days than usual)
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Indonesia, especially Bali
- Tioman Island and the Perhentian Islands in Malaysia
Places with the Worst Weather in June
- Much of China (rain, heat, and humidity)
- North and South Vietnam (rain)
- Much of Japan (rain and humidity)
- Shanghai (rain and humidity)
- Hong Kong (rain and humidity)
- Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia (rain)
- Much of India excluding higher elevations (extreme heat)