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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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Sumba Island

Sumba is one of the few islands in Indonesia where a majority of the population still follow the ways of their ancestors. One gets the sense that time has passed...

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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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Ubud, Bali

The inland town of Ubud is Bali's thriving Hindu cultural heart offering a wealth of arts and crafts. As well as traditional crafts, Ubud is home to Balinese dancing, puppet...

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Lombok

Lombok is a fraction smaller than Bali across the Strait and is noticeably more quiet and peaceful. The pace here is unhurried and pretty laid-back. West Lombok is lush and...

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Ladakh

Situated in India’s far north, and perched at over 3,500m (11,500ft) on the plateau, Ladakh is often referred to as 'little Tibet' and is home to one of the best...

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Trincomalee

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

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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, with its wide avenues and seaside promenade, is located on the dramatic coastline of southern Vietnam. It has a Mediterranean feel reminiscent of the...

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Hoi-An

The historical town of Hoi-An was Vietnam's most important port between the 16th and 18th centuries, attracting merchants from as far afield as China, Japan, India, Indonesia and Europe who...

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Vinh Hy Bay

Amanoi is located on Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan Province. Otherwise known as one corner of the tourism triangle, Vinh Hy Bay still remains unspoiled due to its proximity...

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