While traveling around Asia in June is certainly enjoyable, some places will be plagued with monsoon rain; others will be suffocating in high heat and humidity.
Figuring out where to travel in June largely depends on the transitioning weather, but you'll also want to take some big summer festivals into consideration. A few holidays and events draw large crowds that saturate the tourism infrastructure.
Thailand and neighboring countries will be starting into their rainy season. Meanwhile, Borneo and Bali have less rain but crowds surge. Australians in the Southern Hemisphere will be looking to escape winter by grabbing cheap flights the short distance to Bali.
Beijing and other big cities in East Asia will have already emerged from spring and heated up. Urban humidity really traps the heat. Rainfall increases with temperatures that peak in July and August.
Luckily, Asia is big enough to find lots of pleasant getaways with nice weather! Besides, life — and the ability to enjoy travel — go on during the monsoon seasons. With a little luck, you’ll have plenty of sunny days to enjoy those low-season prices.
Asia Events and Festivals in June
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.
On the other hand, arriving in advance to enjoy the festivities will certainly add to the memories of your trip. 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: Gautama Buddha’s birthday is observed throughout Asia; dates vary from country to country. It is considered a public holiday in some countries. Although 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: 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 music ranges from folk to funk. 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: Another celebration of culture in Borneo, the Gawai Dayak festival is on June 1 every year.
- 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 festivals in June. With such a diverse collection of ethnic groups and religions, you'll always be near some kind of celebration!
Where to Go to Enjoy Asia in June
Finding the best weather around Asia in June is a balancing act between monsoon rains and hot days.
The dry, sunny tourist season winds down in Thailand in May, but it's such a popular destination, you may never notice! Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, have roughly the same rainy weather. During the summer, travelers usually look to Indonesia where the weather is mostly dry and beautiful.
Malaysia is split. 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 gets plenty of rain pretty much throughout the year, but June is one of the drier months.
Urban centers such as Hong Kong and Beijing can become suffocating in June, as pollution traps humidity. To make matters worse, there are often more rainy days than sunny days.
The rainy season hits hard for Tokyo and Japan in June. June is often the rainiest month. But showers only seems to last a short while before turning into steamy humidity.
In India, the southwest monsoon begins creeping its way up the west coast in early June. The rain comes in abundance to Mumbai.
Traveling During Rainy Season
Although a rainy vacation doesn't sound so appealing, countries experiencing the start of their monsoon rains can still be enjoyed.
Unless Mother Nature is especially moody, you can still enjoy sunny days frequently during monsoon season. As a bonus, traveling during the low season usually means dealing with less crowds and receiving significant discounts on activities and accommodation.
Before making the decision to travel during the low season, do some research. Some islands, such as Koh Lanta in Thailand and the Perhentians in Malaysia are very seasonal. Many of the guesthouses and restaurants will close up. Trash may gather on the beaches because businesses stop picking it up.
Places with the Best Weather
- 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
- 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)
Bali in June
June is a peak month for weather and tourism in Bali. The already jam-packed island gets even more crowded. Although you’ll enjoy plenty of sunny days, you’re going to have to share with surfers, families, and the many Australians who grab cheap flights there to escape winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
This doesn't mean you should avoid going. Bali is still one of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia. Just be prepared to share!
Thailand in June
June is a strange month for Thailand. The rainy season should technically start before June, but sometimes much to the dismay of rice farmers, the monsoon is delayed. Bangkok is often a little less rainy in June than May, but then the monsoon returns and builds monthly to full strength in September.
Thailand can be very hot in June, particularly if the monsoon is running late. Although the high season should be winding down around then, Thailand doesn't get much of a break. A new surge of summer travelers — families with children out of school and backpacking university students on summer breaks — head to the islands.
Vietnam in June
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 best 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.
Japan in June
The Japanese archipelago is spread across a wide swath of the Pacific, so climate varies depending on latitude.
June is a rainy month for Tokyo. The heavy showers do little to cool down rising temperatures. Expect very hot, muggy afternoons in the city. Thunderstorms will pop up frequently.
Occasionally, tropical storms and big weather phenomenons 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.