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Top Summer Holiday Destinations in Asia

Summer is often the best time for our clients to travel, especially for those who are travelling with the family. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are only a handful of holiday destinations in Asia that have good weather in July and August. Across the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent summer temperatures can soar to unbearable heights and the monsoon rains threaten to make your holidays to Asia a washout. Thankfully, there are exceptions and we can wholeheartedly recommend the following best places to visit in Asia during the summer months.

Summer across the Indonesian Islands make for the very best holiday destinations in AsiaBali promises a winning dose of culture and luxury – our Ultimate Aman Experience combines Amankila, Amandari and Aman Villas at Nusa Dua – or our Boutique Indonesia tour explores further flung tropical islands including Lombok and Moyo Island. Other great Asia holiday destinations include; Central and East Coast Sri Lanka, which has warm and sunny tropical weather in July and August and some excellent resorts have opened up here in recent years, such as Ulagalla in the Cultural Triangle and Jungle Beach near TrincomaleeSri Lanka’s south coast is also lovely from mid-August.

Ladakh in Northern India is another one of our summer favourites to holiday in Asia: look forward to brilliant sunshine, stunning clear blue skies and Himalayan mountains dotted with Buddhist temples. Stay at The Ultimate Travelling Camp or do a Shakti Village Walk Experience for a stylish yet authentic taste of this unique Himalayan region. Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand also enjoys sunny and dry weather during summer months, unlike Phuket in the Andaman Sea. The Four Seasons Koh Samui is one of Ampersand’s favourite beach hotels in Asia.

Central Vietnam also is a great holiday destination in Asia – whilst the south is mid-monsoon, Vietnam’s central beaches promise intense sunshine and the odd refreshing shower. Vietnam’s two finest beach resorts are located in this region: Amanoi and the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay; interesting to note that this is both the GM’s favourite time of the year to be there.

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Ubud, Bali

Ubud is Bali’s thriving cultural heart. The seductive town is home to traditional arts, crafts and dance, and attracts those in search of mindfulness, culinary inventiveness, sustainable design and relaxation.

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Lombok

Lombok is a fraction smaller than Bali and located just across the Strait. Blissful beaches, excellent surfing and endless trekking through jungle-clad slopes the island is a nature-lover’s dream.

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Ladakh

Rugged and oversized landscapes abound in the remote Buddhist region of Ladakh. Prayer flags, monasteries and whitewashed stupas are dotted throughout this deeply spiritual area of northern India.

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Trincomalee

The largest town on Sri Lanka's eastern coast, Trincomalee is home to some great beaches with fantastic snorkelling and scuba-diving, as well as whale and dolphin watching.

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Anuradhapura

The sprawling ancient city of Anuradhapura is home to a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders; stepped pools, bell-shaped dagobas and crumbling temples, built during Anuradhapura’s 1,300 year rule.

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Nha Trang

The sun-washed town of Nha Trang, on Vietnam’s dramatic southern Vietnam coast emanates a Mediterranean feel reminiscent of the French Riviera, with a cosmopolitan party vibe and sophisticated boutiques.

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Hoi-An

Historical Hoi-An boasts grand architecture and a rich cultural heritage, with Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and European influences. It is also a hotspot for food markets and food lovers.

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Vinh Hy Bay

Vinh Hy Bay, near the Nui Chua National Park, is home to the exquisite Amanoi. A stunning eco-tourist spot, the bay has unspoilt rural beauty with fantastic diving and snorkelling.

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Uluwatu, Bali

In Bali's far southwestern tip, Uluwatu is home to the important Hindu temple, Pura Luhur. Atop sheer cliffs it is one of several important temples dedicated to the sea spirits.

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Sumba Island

Sumba Island is truly the forgotten island; wild and rugged it's as though you are on the edge of the world. It is also home to the exclusive Nihi Sumba.

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Client Testimonials

Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had dealings with. Everything – from the individual care and attention in helping to plan the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round.
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India

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