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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 only a handful of destinations in Asia have good weather in July and August. Across the Far East, South East Asia and the Indian Subcontinent summer temperatures can soar to unbearable heights and the monsoon rains threaten to make your holiday a washout. Thankfully, there are exceptions and we can wholeheartedly recommend the following destinations during summer months.

Summer in Indonesia is the very best time of year to visit. Bali promises a winning dose of culture and luxury – our Ultimate Aman Experience combines Amankila, Amandari & Amanusa – or our Boutique Indonesia tour explores further flung tropical islands including Lombok and Moyo Island. Central & East Coast Sri Lanka has warm and sunny tropical weather in July & August and some excellent resorts have opened up here in recent years, such as Ulagalla in the Cultural Triangle and Jungle Beach near Trincomalee. Sri Lanka’s south coast is also lovely from mid-August.

Ladakh in Northern India is another one of our summer favourites: 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 choice – 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

Made famous by hippies, artists and prominent international writers, the inland town of Ubud is Bali’s thriving cultural heart. Its fame has grown steadily since the 1920s, when the ruling...

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Lombok

Lombok is a fraction smaller than Bali across the Strait yet is noticeably more peaceful. Its blissful beaches have long attracted international surfers, but now this once well-kept surfer’s paradise...

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Ladakh

Ladakh, The Land of High Passes, is spectacular, both physically and culturally. Situated in India’s far north between Pakistan, Tibet and Himachal Pradesh, it forms the eastern part of Jammu and Kashmir...

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Trincomalee

The largest town on Sri Lanka's up-and-coming eastern coast, Trincomalee spreads across a number of rocky promontories surrounding a beautiful harbour and bay. The Portuguese, the Dutch, the King of...

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Anuradhapura

The sprawling ancient city of Anuradhapura is full of dreamy stepped pools and bell-shaped stupas, or dagobas (some as large as 60 metres high and 340 metres in circumference), many...

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Nha Trang

The sun-washed town of Nha Trang is located on the dramatic coastline of southern Vietnam and emanates a Mediterranean feel with its wide avenues and seaside promenade, reminiscent of the French Riviera. This...

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Hoi-An

Famed for its vivid silk lanterns and sunny yellow-washed streets, Hoi-An is well-worth a visit. The historical city was Vietnam's most important trading port between the 16th and 18th centuries,...

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Vinh Hy Bay

Vinh Hy Bay lies in the scenic Ninh Thuan Province of Vietnam and is home to the exquisite Amanoi. One of Ampersand's ‘Top 10 Beach Hotels’, as well as one of...

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Uluwatu, Bali

Uluwatu in the far southwestern tip of Bali is drier than the rest of the island. Still relatively undeveloped it is covered with savannah like bush that abruptly end at...

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Sumba Island

Often heralded as ‘The Forgotten Island’, the exclusive Sumba Island is one of the very few spots in Indonesia where the majority of the population still follow the ways of...

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- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
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- 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
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- Mr David Wallace, North 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
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, India
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

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