Yay! Summers are here and vacations are knocking the doors . It’s time to take a break from your work and busy life and de-stress a bit ; and we are more than thrilled to help you with achieving this relaxed vacay this season.
It clearly isn’t a bad idea to step out by taking a small work break! Some of the advantages of travelling during the Summer season is that you can pack light, you don’t have to worry about bad weather and the lighting for those perfect travel pictures will always be great throughout your trip.
So, we have round up with our fellow bloggers to see which destinations they suggest for your summer vacation that you can consider for a great vacay.
Summer is coming and all you can think of is relaxing on the endless sandy beach, listening to the sound of waves and drinking fresh coconuts under the shade of palm trees? What do you think about visiting stunning Vietnam this summer?
The whole country has almost 4,000 km of pristine sandy coast and there are countless touristic cities and quiet towns to pick. It really depends on your traveling preferences, but Vietnam has it all!
If you’re visiting North Vietnam; beautiful beaches and stunning mountains of Halong Bay, time your visit from June to September. I advise you to skip all the boat tours and climb to Bai Tho mountain. You will have a view of a whole bay just for yourself.
For central Vietnam, the best beaches are around Da Nang, Hoi An and chilled, non-touristic Quy Nhon. The season starts at April and ends up around October. If you’re visiting south, then definitely don’t miss Mui Ne, Vung Tau or even head over to a stunning island called Phu Quoc.
My personal favorite is definitely Da Nang. It’s a third biggest Vietnamese city, but the relaxed vibe combined with stunning nature and endless sandy beaches make it easy for me to say it’s the place to be this summer! Don’t forget to explore Son Tra peninsula and some of its hidden beaches!
Vietnam is such a diverse country when it comes to landscape, but it’s hard to neglect the diversity of local cuisine and friendliness of Vietnamese people. It’s an ideal country to explore and relax during this summer!
Contributed by: Antonio Gabric
There aren’t many summer holiday destinations more diverse than Malaysia. Whether you want lush jungle, the cosmopolitan concrete jungle, beautiful beaches or sleepy UNESCO heritage towns, there’s something for everyone. Kuala Lumpur is an ideal starting point, boasting street food markets, the colorful Batu Caves, a bustling Chinatown and Little India, and the world-famous Petronas Towers.
Just a few hours north, you can escape the rat race in Teman Negara, one of the world’s oldest national parks home to tigers and creepy crawlers galore. The rolling tea terraces of the Cameron Highlands also offer an excellent respite for nature lovers.
Another spot not to miss is George Town on the island of Penang, a cute and crumbling city full of ghosts of its colonial past, as well as fascinating Chinese heritage. In George Town you can visit rustic coffee shops and dine on some of the world’s best street food. Catch a quick ferry over to Langkawi for paradise beaches and relaxing boat trips. There’s really a bit of everything in Malaysia!
Contributed by: Rose Munday
When it comes to summer destinations in Asia, you’re spoilt for choice, but my absolute favorite is the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is a small but mighty country. It’s filled with everything you could possibly desire for a fantastic summer trip. Featuring some of the experiences, historic ruins, temples, mountains to climb and much more.
It’s also an excellent spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. The temperature in summer hits around 30°C making it a perfect place to work on your tan. The food in Sri Lanka is also delicious and fresh. Sri Lanka is also an extremely affordable destination too. It’s perfect for the budget backpacker, and if you want to experience something more luxurious, you can do so for a great price.
My favorite thing about a trip to Sri Lanka is the ability to drive around the island by yourself in a tuk tuk. You’ve got the freedom to explore the island at your own pace and even discover lesser known sights. I promise you that you’ll leave Sri Lanka with fond memories and an urge to return as soon as possible.
Contributed by: Bradley Williams
If I could pick a destination in Asia to visit this summer I would
definitely go for Philippines. It has more than seven thousand islands
most of which are essentially paradises on earth. If you are after great
beaches, the friendliest people, top scuba diving and surfing
destinations in the world then you should look no further. Philippines
will tick all the boxes.
With so much choice though you are likely to struggle to pick the island
you like most so these are a few that could be worth checking out.
Palawan – El Nido town located in the north of Palawan is a very
popular, yet still up and coming tourist destination. Although it
receives more than two hundred thousand visitors every year it still
feels relaxed and not too overcrowded. It is great for scuba diving and
there is also a variety of boat tours to choose from.
Siargao – Similarly to Palawan, Siargao has been steadily growing in
popularity amongst travelers. My top recommendation for this island is
Magpupungko tidal pools. Every time the tide rises these coastal rock
formations are replenished with fresh turquoise water from the ocean and
when the tide subsides it is safe to swim there. This must be one of the
coolest things to do in Philippines and is by far my personal favorite.
Boracay – Due to unsustainable, irresponsible tourism and the lack of
infrastructure to deal with the masses this island had been closed for
six months but in October 2018 it was re-opened. During the closure the
picture perfect white sandy beaches have been widened and cleaned and
other essential infrastructure improved in order to preserve the beauty
of this island. I am sure the “new” Boracay is even more stunning than
it used to be.
And these are just three out of thousands of amazing tropical islands in
Philippines. Every single one is beautiful, and everyone is unique.
Which one are you going to pick?
Contributed by: Kristina and Andrius
Korea probably doesn’t pop to mind when thinking about cheap places to travel to, but it is very affordable and there are loads of different activities to do all around the country. South Korea has loads of mountains and beaches, perfect for any outdoor activity like surfing, skiing, hiking, cycling and more. The main touristic destination on the peninsula are Seoul, Busan, Gyeongju and Jeju Island. These 3 places are a must visit when coming to Korea for the first time. It is highly recommended to come for at least 5 – 10 days.
During the summer season it gets quite hot and humid, make sure to bring enough loose t-shirts and shorts. In Korean culture wearing short shorts is accepted but showing too much shoulders or cleavage is not done. When going to the beach, you won’t be seeing people in bikini, almost everyone wears swim shorts and a swim t-shirt. This is for 2 reasons, first of all, during the summer the sun is very intense, and secondly showing too many body parts is not acceptable.
The most popular dish during the summer months in Nengmyeong, or cold noodles in beef broth. This is very refreshing and the perfect dish for a quick lunch stop.
Contributed by: Marie Boes
Summertime coincides with the rainy season, or monsoon season, in these parts of Asia. Where in Bangkok, hot season is normally between March and June, and the rainy season is between July and October. But Bangkok rarely changes, year-round, as there’s just so much happening in the city, that weather and climate are a lot less likely to affect any plans in the city.
And while Bangkok is rather expansive when it comes to where to stay, I would definitely recommend the riverside of Bangkok’s old city, and the banks of the Chao Phraya River, due to the diversity of attractions found in this area these days. The Riverside is also home to many of Bangkok’s more historical old town attractions, such as the famous Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha, and the Temple of Dawn, which is easily accessed by river taxis along the Chao Phraya.
Then a taxi ride inland finds easy access to popular areas such as Khaosarn Road (backpacker central) and Bangkok’s Chinatown (Yaowarat Road).
So there’s just plenty to explore nearby. And for those planning to explore lesser-known locations, the river also leads to some off-the-beaten-path attractions like Nonthaburi and Koh Kret. Otherwise, the area is more modern of late, with many contemporary markets and malls, including the open-air night bazaar of Asiatique and what is now Thailand’s largest mall in ICONSIAM.
Although the real highlight for me, is a riverside hotel, to watch over the serenity of the Chao Phraya River, as it is being battered by torrents of Monsoon rains.
Contributed by: Allan Wilson
Although Taiwan is generally not on everyone’s travel radar, this little country has plenty to offer those looking to explore a unique destination. Not only is the island packed with plenty to do and see, its gorgeous landscapes and bustling cities will soon leave you wanting to come back for more.
Taiwan is in most parts a weird mix of old and new. And although most people suffer from culture shock on arrival, its diversity and natural beauty is undoubtedly magnetic. Whether you’re looking to explore some of the bustling cities or immerse yourself in nature, you’ll be spoilt for choice here.
Start your journey in the capital city, Taipei, where it’s easy to dive into the culture and learn more about the country’s history at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the National Palace Museum. Popping into the former tallest building in the world, Taipei 101 and taking a gondola ride up Maokong Mountain for panoramic views should also not be missed on your visit here.
Then head to Taroko Gorge – Taiwan’s most famous natural wonder, before heading down the East Coast for amazing coastal drives weaving through lush forests, cliffs and rice and flower fields.
For those looking to enjoy lazy days at the beach, or even the excitement of water sports, head to Kenting – Taiwan’s very own slice of paradise.
Summer is peak travel season in Taiwan so it’s best to book flights and accommodation well in advance. Come during mid-August to September as temperatures are more bearable than June and July (which are the most humid months).
But just a tip – summer is also typhoon season in Taiwan, so remember to keep an eye on the weather forecast whilst traveling here.
Contributed by: Mariza
There are lots of places to go in Asia for a great Summer getaway. The Gili Islands off the coast of Indonesia is one of our favorites. There are 3 islands that make up the Gili Islands; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. You can hop on a quick boat from Bali, Indonesia to take you over to the islands. Gili Air is a great island to relax and enjoy a tropical paradise.
The island has no cars and transportation is available by horse drawn carriage. There are several boats going out every day to go snorkeling, scuba diving, or for a boat ride to the other Gili Islands. During the evenings, the restaurants and bars open up on the beach and have live entertainment. You can sit on the beach, and enjoy the sea breeze, the food, and the live music under the stars each night.
Gili Air also has some swings and hammocks in the water for you to enjoy. Head out to the water during sunset for some of the most beautiful views. There are several hotels along the water, and some offer buffet dinners. Gili Air also hosts a movie night on the beach on the weekends. If you’re looking for a great tropical, relaxing getaway, you’ll want to check out Gili Air.
Contributed by – Sara
Culture, beaches, rice terraces and the gorgeous Balinese smile are just some of the wonderful things to enjoy in Bali this summer. Such a diverse island, there is something for every traveler to enjoy.
The southern tourist areas of Bali including Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Canggu, Jimbaran, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu are perfect for relaxing by the pool, enjoying one of the many beach clubs with pools, shopping all day long and using the wonderful facilities of the resorts. It is important to choose accommodation wisely in Bali as the traffic can get heavy and driving short distances can take a long time.
For a more authentic experience venture inland to Ubud or to beach destinations Amed, Pemuteran, Lovina and the untouched West Coast. Here you will experience the Balinese culture and witness many of their Hindu traditions. Respecting the Balinese culture is hugely important. Be mindful of where you take photos and be sure to read the temple rules before entering.
The weather in Bali during the Northern Hemisphere summer time is fantastic and one of our favorite times of year to travel to Bali. The dry season is full of beautiful, hot Bali days and warm nights. There is something about Bali sunsets that are so mesmerizing but make sure you are staying on the west coast to enjoy them. Sanur, Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa enjoy sunrises over the water but miss out on those over the water sunsets that Bali is so well known for.
Bali is more than just one of the most visited islands in the world, it is also a great spot to visit the surrounding islands Lombok, Gili Islands and Nusa Lembongan. One vacation to Bali is never enough, you will be planning your next trip on your flight home.
Contributed by: Kate Comer
Japan is a wonderful destination year-round. But during summer, it’s especially good.
It’s a little too hot, yes, with temperatures going to 40°C (104°F) and nearly 100% humidity, but it’s low season. And, I mean, Japan is crowded, so a little less crowd is always a good idea. It’s also cheaper!
Besides all that, even though most people have no idea, there are stunning beaches all around Japan (not only in Okinawa), rivers, waterfalls, and so much more to do during summer!
There are summer festivals everywhere (Natsu Matsuri) with taiko drums, street food, and fireworks; you’ll find plenty of seasonal and refreshing foods everywhere (try out ‘anmitsu’, the cold ramen salad called ‘hiyashi chuuka’, and the shaved ice, called ‘kaki koori’); and there’s nothing better than a long hot of uro bath to heal tired muscles and minds. Add up some of their special scents to the water and it’ll be amazing, I promise!
If all else fails, you can always go inside the amazing malls, shops, and restaurants, to enjoy the air conditioning and grab yourself some of the amazing and unique Japanese souvenirs!
Bring your hat, a handkerchief to wipe off excess sweat, Japanese coins to grab some cooling drinks on the vending machines, and enjoy this great season in this incredible country!.
Contributed by: Thais Saito
I can’t believe that I put off visiting Singapore for so long. When I finally got a whole week to spend in the city, I was ecstatic. A lot of people talk about how you can do Singapore in a day or two but with a week in my pocket, I still feel like there is so much more could have done if I had time.
That being said, you will find that he country has something for everyone. Sentosa island with all its attractions for kids and adults alike, gorgeous gardens, mouthwatering cuisine, museums, culture and so much more.
One thing that I loved about the city was the amount of green space that surrounded it. Unlike most of the major destinations in the world, Singapore doesn’t come across as polluted. Safety is also not a big concern and the public transportation makes moving around the city a breeze. Speaking of breeze, if the sun gets too hot, all you have to do is step into the air-conditioned malls to cool off!
There are so many fun activities for couples in Singapore too! You can catch a romantic dinner, head out to catch a show at the Gardens by the bay and so much more. To say the city captured my heart is an understatement! I totally fell in love with it
Contributed by: Globe Trove
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