Okay, so you know about Southeast Asia. You’ve heard about its stunning beaches and tropical paradises, but is that all it’s about? You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find there’s more to discover in this rich region.
Most people are in the area during November to February, when the weather is cool and dry, or during the summer when it’s very ideal to live in the islands. From June to October though, rains and monsoon winds are to be expected. Those don’t seem to be ideal traveling conditions…or do they?
Less People, Less Lines
Lining up and facing crowds of strangers are no fun. Off-peak season means less of those pesky tourists and more time to explore places due to more free time.
Universal Studios is on everyone’s Singapore or Japan itineraries. On normal days, it takes an hour or two to line up for the popular rides. However, during the lean season, arrive early and you can enjoy the rides after only 20-30 minutes of queuing!!!
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Less people means an easier time to take your profile shots. At gorgeous locations such as Fushimi-Inari or Luang Prabang, focus on getting the perfect photo than elbowing people out of your viewfinder.
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And best of all, gain access to a special kind of beauty during the off-season. Angkor Wat looks simply stunning drenched in water.
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Get the real experience
To get an in-depth look at how different cultures work, festivals are a good avenue to explore. Fortunately, most SEA celebrations happen during June to October, so you won’t run out of events to visit.
The Indian festival Deepavali is celebrated in Malaysia and Singapore as a triumph of good over evil. It also acts as an Indian New Year of sorts, so expect a lot of hustle and bustle in Little India.
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Borneo’s Rainforest World Music Festival is a great music experience. Listen to an eclectic mixture of international talents and indigenous musicians. Everything takes place in the Borneo jungle, for a truly unforgettable cultural experience.
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Get down and dirty with South Korea’s Boryeong Mud Festival. Locals and foreigners alike join the festival to have fun and celebrate Korean skin care. Mud is collected from the Boryeong flats and used for everything from wrestling competitions to extreme silt sports.
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When we say affordable, we mean it
SEA is already famous as a budget destination, but the lean season means you can get away with spending even less!
Plane tickets go as low as 33% in this period. A quick search for a December flight from New York to Kuala Lumpur costs USD600, while a October flight costs only USD450. That’s 3 extra days for two people!
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Some trip planners like Red Savannah offer “green season” discounts for their itineraries. Check these out if you prefer to not bother about details and just want to enjoy the ride.
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For accommodation, the perfect mix between affordability and comfort is ZEN Rooms. We offer a 15% to 20% discount in selected properties across SEA. Whether you’re headed to Bali, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Jakarta, Langkawi, Manila, or Singapore, you’ve got options that won’t cramp your style.
What are you waiting for? Start planning that SEA adventure now!