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8 Best Asia destinations in August of 2017

Finding a good place to visit in Asia in August is challenging, in spite of the fact that it's such an enormous continent. Almost all of the best tourist destinations are along the coasts, and especially close to the equator, and almost all of them are very wet in August. There are a few great exceptions, which are listed below.

In a very few cases a destination will have its best weather in August or at least this time of year, but in most cases it's just a matter of that it's always hot in that place, and August isn't really any worse than the rest of the year. The larger cities are also usually easy to visit because you'll be spending much of your time indoors in the air conditioning anyway.

8 Best destinations in Asia for August

Bali, Indonesia

  • August avg high: 83F/28C
  • August avg low: 76F/24C
  • August avg precip: 0.9″/2.3cm

Almost all of Asia is insanely hot and rainy in August, and Bali (being slightly in the southern hemisphere) is one of the few places that is nearly dry and cooler than average for the year. Bali is also quite popular in August for this reason, so you won't be getting lonely if you come.

Most people head to the very crowded beach area of Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak, or the purpose-built resort area in the south called Nusa Dua. The arts and crafts capital is Ubud, which is in the foothills so it's even a bit cooler. More adventurous travelers will head to Lovina on the north coast, which is as mellow and pleasant as all of Bali used to be twenty years ago.

Tokyo, Japan

  • August avg high: 87F/31C
  • August avg low: 76F/24C
  • August avg precip: 6.1″/15.3cm

As you can see above, Tokyo is very hot in August, and it does rain a bit as well. The good news is that Japan is great with air conditioning and most of the sights are indoors so you won't be out in the heat all that much anyway. Tokyo always feels 10 years in the future for most of us, and it's not nearly as expensive as it used to be either.

All of Japan is interesting in its own way, and getting out of Tokyo is wise if you have the time. It's easy to take high-speed trains to Kyoto and Osaka, which are also very interesting, not to mention a bit cheaper as well.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • August avg high: 90F/32C
  • August avg low: 74F/23C
  • August avg precip: 6.1″/12.5cm

Kuala Lumpur is similar to Bangkok and Singapore (see below) in that it's hot every day of the year, so August is just another month. It can be a bit rainy in August as well, but fortunately the storms rarely last more than an hour or so, and there is plenty of shelter all over the city. Kuala Lumpur is my favorite Asian city after 5 or 6 visits because it's an affordable mix of so many different cultures, and it's modern enough to be easy to visit.

If you are flying a long way to get to KL you probably also want to visit more in Malaysia so you should consider Penang in the north and Malacca on your way down to Singapore. It's all hot in August, but they are used to it here at least.


  • August avg high: 87F/31C
  • August avg low: 78F/26C
  • August avg precip: 7.7″/19.3cm

If you are visiting KL (above) you should also visit Singapore on the same trip if you can. Hotels in Singapore are at least twice as expensive as in KL, but it's a place you have to see yourself to believe. The food is excellent and it can be quite cheap if you eat at the famous hawker centers rather than the air-conditioned sit-down restaurants.

Singapore is known as a shopping city, but there is plenty more to do here as well. The Chinatown area is filled with stand-out temples and other sights, and some of the best food in the region is there as well. You can cool off in the enormous casino in the basement of the Marina Bay Sands, and take a short tour of the rooftop infinity pool for a reasonable price as well.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • August avg high: 86F/30C
  • August avg low: 77F/25C
  • August avg precip: 4.7″/11.8cm

Colombo is obviously the capital of Sri Lanka, but it's not a place you want to spend your whole visit to the country. It's just here as a placeholder for a visit to anywhere in southern Sri Lanka, which has pretty decent weather in August compared to almost anywhere else in Asia.

Sri Lanka has interesting hill towns and scenic forests in its interior, and some very nice beaches along the southern coast. You can easily spend two weeks in this country and wish you had longer. There aren't many hostels and cheap hotels, but you do get pretty good value if you can spend a bit more than that.

Bangkok, Thailand

  • August avg high: 91F/33C
  • August avg low: 77F/25C
  • August avg precip: 7.8″/19.5cm

Bangkok has the unfortunate record for being the hottest capital city in the world on average, as it's hot every day and almost every night of the year here. August is a scorcher and it does rain a bit, but this city is used to it and it's easy to find shelter for the 30 minutes or so that that storms typically last.

In addition to all of the famous temples and other sights, Bangkok has about 20 large shopping malls, most of them next to each other in the Siam Square area in the center. With this in mind you can spend all day inside, searching for bargains and having lunch, and then go out in the evenings when it's not so ridiculously hot anymore.

Malé, Maldives

  • August avg high: 84F/29C
  • August avg low: 79F/26C
  • August avg precip: 6.9″/17.3cm

Similar to Sri Lanka (above), Male is just the capital city of the Maldives, and not a place you want to spend more than a day or two at most. You might know that the Maldives has most of the world's water villas and overwater bungalows. Those start at about US$300 per night, but there are beachfront and garden rooms at good resorts on nearby islands that start closer to US$100 per night.

August is a bit rainy in parts of this huge island chain, but the good news is that the storms almost always last 30 minutes or so, and often they take place overnight. The weather here is almost the same all year round, and since most people spend their time on the beach or out over the water, there is usually a pleasant breeze that keeps you comfortable.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • August avg high: 89F/32C
  • August avg low: 79F/26C
  • August avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

Most of Vietnam is very wet in August, but somehow the southern beach city of Nha Trang doesn't get the flooding rains that most of the rest of the country does. This is a very pleasant beach town that feels like a bit of a secret, partly because so few people have ever heard of it until they plan a Vietnam trip for the first time.

Hotels, food, and alcohol here are very cheap, even by southeast Asia standards. You won't find the glamorous shopping centers and chain restaurants like you find on Phuket, but if you don't need those sorts of things you'll probably enjoy it here a lot.

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