A lot of travel lovers choose summer for having some vacations or perhaps enjoy the warm weather to be away from the pressures of life. In any case, finding the best summer destination in a short time to enjoy this season may be challenging. That is why TripWays has brought to you a list of the 15 best summer vacation destinations in Asia.
Take your pick from this list and enjoy eastern cultures or nature and see the beauty of Asia. If sunbathing and skiing in the mountains is what you love, they are all on the list for you to pick. Have fun, and tell us where you want to go this summer! Before choosing a destination, make sure to check the weather at the time you want to go.
Top Summer Vacation Ideas
Okinawa – Japan
The weather in Okinawa is mostly warm and humid since this city has a tropical climate, but if you check the weather, you will have a memorable time. Okinawa beaches can make this destination one of the best summer vacations you have ever had, along with the exotic food and numerous beautiful places around the cities.
If you want to avoid crowds and want less heat and sun, you can always go in September and just before the beaches are closed due to the changes in temperature.
There are many islands and several beaches there and each island can offer something special for all tastes. Take your family, friends, or travel alone. Summer vacation in Okinawa is not something you want to miss!
✈️ The Best Times: The late March until the end of September (Because of events and festivals), April (The most enjoyable weather)
🏆 The Best of Okinawa: The subtropical weather; Its cuisine; The Islands and Beaches; Its rich history
🔥 Do Not Miss: Teketomi island; Churaumi Aquarium; Shuri Castle; Beaches and the sea
Bali – Indonesia
If you are a fan of tropical weather, sunny beaches, and beach vacations for summer, Bali can be one of the best summer destinations in Asia for you. Bali never gets too cold; so, you can always visit the beaches even during winter and enjoy your time off. That is why a lot of people consider this place as a paradise and go there to relax or have a blast!
You can make the most of it during summer vacation. It is also the time when a lot of people will go there, which makes it a very crowded destination. But then again, you can go and enjoy this paradise any time of the year and still call it one of the most amazing experiences of your life.
If you ever get tired of beaches, have no worries! This place has a lot more to offer. You can see the mountains or green areas and enjoy nature. The only negative things are the humidity, heavy rains at special times of the year, and mosquitos that you should keep in mind.
🏆 The Best of Bali: The sun in all seasons; Restaurants and bars for all tastes and desires; Peaceful and friendly people; Lovely and rich nature
🔥 Do Not Miss: The Kuta and Legian beach; The sunset; Local foods; Uluwatu and Ulun Danu Beratan Temples
Koh Samui – Thailand
If you love warm and dry weather for your summer vacation, Koh Samui is an ideal option. The climate is tropical, which means you will get the occasional rains but most of the time you will the warmth of the sun.
It is possibly one of the best destinations for spending your vacation, no matter when you plan a trip there. You can go during the early spring which is less warm and has more rain, or during the summer to get less rain and humidity. Also, You can experience it during autumn and winter as well since it will still be warm. It is possible to go during low seasons to save money and get less crowd during your visit.
The most recommended times, however, are spring and summer, when it is hot and relatively dry. There are a lot of natural elements for nature lovers. Koh Samui nights are also exceptionally beautiful.
🏆 The Best of Koh Samui: Beautiful all year especially during summer; amazing during both day and night; rich with culture; amazing seafood
🔥 Do Not Miss: The Big Buddha; The National Marine Park; Namuang waterfall
Hoi An – Vietnam
Hoi An is one of the best destinations for your summer holidays as you can enjoy its beaches, food, friendly locals, and exciting activities. If you check the forecast, you will do fine. If you decide to make it your summer vacation destination, keep in mind that all of Vietnam is rich with nature, culture, history, and local cuisine. If you have someone to show you around, don’t forget shopping and even visiting a tailor.
You can enjoy nature, the architecture, and have boat trips or go cycling. No matter where you go in the town or the areas around it, you will have fun. And if it gets overwhelming, the beach is always a good place to relax.
✈️ The Best Time: from May to August (If you choose the first days of the summer, you can experience events and festivals)
🏆 The Best of Hoi An: The An Bang beach; The markets; The history and traditions of Vietnam; Both nature and architecture; Shows, events and the cuisine; Towns and villages and the part around them; Great tailors and clothes
🔥 Do Not Miss: The beach; The river and Japanese Bridges; My Son Ruins
Penang – Malaysia
As a very beautiful island in Malaysia and one of the finest destinations for your summer holidays, Penang can be quite an adventure during summer. It is not dry and is certainly not famous for its beaches, but that does not mean you will not enjoy the time there.
There are a lot of good hotels and fine foods for all tastes and other than that, there are some parks, museums, and different sites for visiting. Whether with family or friends, you can choose to visit the festivals, carnivals, and other events or go to theme parks and see the natural environment of Penang.
It doesn’t end there! There are temples, historic sites, and traditional means of entertainment as well as modern areas. If you are tired of beaches and want to go sightseeing during your summer vacation, Penang is the place you are looking for.
✈️ The best time: spring and summer especially in July
🏆 The Best of Penang: Exciting festivals, events, and carnivals during summer; Generally good and stable weather in summer; You can enjoy nature, culture, history, and the cuisine of Malaysia
🔥 Do Not Miss: Batu Ferringhi beach; Tropical spice garden; Historic forts and temples; Penang Peranakan Museum
Hong Kong – China
Hong Kong can be a little hot during the summer, but if the weather does not bother you and you have appropriate clothing, you will have a great time in this city. As for having fun or relaxing in Hong Kong, you will find it to your liking no matter what you desire! The city is large and can be the best place to quench your thirst for culture, history, or excitement during the summer holidays.
You can take your pick from the Hong Kong Disneyland to waterparks or go for a walk in the modern or traditional districts of the city. The restaurants can offer a wide range of foods, whatever you want to eat during your stay; however, you have to plan for your trip as there are a lot of options to pick.
If you are staying for a week or less, you better plan which historic monuments, museums or other places you wish to visit. Even if you are staying for a longer time, check the top places to visit to make sure you will not miss out on your favorite activities.
🏆 The Best of Hong Kong: Lots of places to have fun, both during the day and night; Beautiful hiking trails in the green areas or on the beach; Different parks which can be relaxing or exciting for all age groups; High-quality accommodation and transportation
Nha Trang – Vietnam
With long and beautiful beaches, Nha Trang is an ideal place for sea lovers. If you want to go hiking in the mountains or want to enjoy water sports at the beach, this is one top recommendations for a summer vacation destination. The nature and food of Nha Trang attract many visitors during the holidays, making it one of the best summer destinations in Asia.
But make sure to plan your trip and come prepared to avoid rains or extreme heat as they can be unbearable from time to time. Most of the rains occur during September and December. The rest of the year will have much better and warmer weather; however, if you want to make the most of it and catch the sun, it is recommended to plan your holiday during summer.
✈️ The Best Time: July and August (The weather is warm and dry)
🏆 The Best of Nha Trang: Long beach and water sports in clear waters; Waterfalls, mountains, and other natural elements; Various religious and cultural monuments; Theme parks and water parks; Good number of places to relax such as Spas and the hot spring; One of the less costly traveling experiences
🔥 Do Not Miss: Long Son Pagoda and White Buddha; Ba Ho waterfalls; Hon Khoi salt fields.
Antalya – Turkey
Antalya has hot summers, but the beach and the sea as well as luxurious hotels, great nights, and the beauty of the city can make this destination the best place for your vacation. Going alone or with friends, the fun and excitement never ends, making it worth every day you spend in this place.
During your accommodation, make sure to explore the city, as the beach and warm sands are only a small part of the good times you can have in Antalya. If time and money are not an issue, you can have a memorable time there. If you want to make the best of it, make sure you plan for every hour of your stay!
There are numerous restaurants, bars, shops, historical sites, and attractions for all ages and groups. Eastern and western architecture, modern and traditional districts along the beautiful nature of the region are also other reasons to pick Antalya as a summer vacation destination at least once.
🏆 The Best of Antalya: Very rich with historic sites and cultural elements such as Antalya Museum, the old town, old harbor, and many other places; The national park, caves, and beaches; Great hotels and shopping centers; Very beautiful and exciting during both day and night
🔥 Do Not Miss: Konyatali beach; Karst springs; Karain cave; The Roman fortress.
Arugam Bay – Sri Lanka
There is no bad time to travel to Sri Lanka since the weather is different in each part of the island. You can enjoy the place at any time you want. However, for summer and especially family vacations, the Arugam Bay of Sri Lanka is mostly recommended.
There are many great hotels and accommodations for you to have an unforgettable trip. If it is a calm and relaxing vacation you are after, this is the place you have been looking for! Check the forecasts and then plan your summer holidays in this part of Asia.
🏆 The Best of The Arugam Bay: The national park and elephant safari; Cultural and historic sites; Warm summers with a low chance of rain; Untouched areas in nature and the beach; Surfing; Great food and tea; Friendly locals
🔥 Do Not Miss: Lahugala National Park; South of Arugam Bay; Kudimbigala; Yala East National Park
Boracay – Philippines
If you love diving, water sports, and if you are looking for some clear waters, an extraordinary place you can try in Asia is Boracay. The summers are of Boracay are hot and dry and the rain showers will only start from October. The white sands of the beach attract many visitors, people who do not wish to leave the beach and also want to stay the night. The nights on this coast are exceptionally beautiful.
If you love beaches and want to have the best experience of your life, you should at least visit this area once. It is mostly recommended for younger travelers but that does not mean it is not a suitable area for families or other age groups. The beach has different areas to suit all your needs and expectations. Try it once and it will grow on you!
🏆 The Best of Boracay: Spending any time of the day at the beach; The best experience of water sports; Amazing seafood; Cliff diving and swimming in clear water during summer; Beautiful nature; Fantastic Sunrise and Sunsets; Helicopter tours
🔥 Do Not Miss: Scuba diving; Swimming and Kayaking in clear waters; The White Beach; The Famous Pub Crawl; Shopping at D’Mall
Perhentian Islands – Malaysia
Unless you want to visit during the monsoons, the best time for a vacation in the Perhentian Islands is during summer. This place can be recommended for all travelers and their different tastes as it has a small and less costly island and a larger and more luxurious one. You can decide on how much money you can spend there, but always remember, during the holidays and high seasons, you may get higher prices due to the large crowds. It has beautiful beaches and good seafood but fishing is strictly prohibited.
The natural environment and wildlife are well preserved which makes it a very beautiful destination for fans of nature and the environment. It should also be noted that if you are not an adventurer, do not enjoy some time in nature and on the beach, you may not want to spend the summer there as there is limited infrastructure on the islands. There are no banks, hospitals, or wi-fi on the islands (for most of your needs you need to go to the mainland).
✈️ The Best Time: July and August
🏆 The Bests of Perhentian Islands: Calm and beautiful environment; many untouched and less developed areas on the islands; Colorful and rich wild-life; For sea and beach lovers and adventurers; Clearwater, suitable for water sports
🔥 Do Not Miss: Scuba Diving; The Long Beach, especially its nightlife; Love beach
Singapore – Singapore
First things first, it is always summer there! The weather is always warm and from April until September, it gets a little drier. It has a local beach and you can go sunbathing, but going to the sea is not the strongest point about this place. There are many events and festivals there and you can have fun along with all the ethnic groups in Singapore.
It is one of the best places in Asia to spend the summer vacation with your family, friends, or even on your own. You will meet a lot of locals and other travelers along the way and have a blast as the city has a good number of clubs, parks, and sites. It is also known to be a very good destination for shopping.
🏆 The Best of Singapore: All the natural elements and parks as well as the marina areas; Museums and other sites for lovers of history and culture; Beautiful and colorful nights and exciting nightlife; Great place for some shopping and fashion lovers
🔥 Do Not Miss: Singapore botanical garden; Singapore zoo, The Marina Bay; Singapore Flyer; Indian and Chinese towns; Local food; Clarke Quay; The shopping lanes and roads
Sanya – Hainan
The best time to visit Sanya and catch the sun is in summer when the air is drier and there is no rain to worry about. There are several beaches, mountains, and hot springs that you can visit. These activities make you forget the heat of the sun!
It has beautiful beaches and other natural elements which can make your trip a relaxing and calm experience, but if that ever gets boring for you, there are historical sites and other places to see. There are good restaurants, resorts, spas, islands, and many more. If you want to take some off and enjoy yourself, Sanya is an ideal place in Asia for you. It is also known as the Hawaii of Asia.
🏆 The Best of Sanya: Temples, parks, beaches, shows, traditional and modern districts, and all you need to enjoy the trip; Great resorts and spas; Hot springs; Beaches, mountains, parks, and many other natural elements; Amazing restaurants and seafood
🔥 Do Not Miss: White sand beaches and islands; Yalong bay, Tianya Haijiao, and Wuzhizhou coral island; Sanya tropical beach scenic resort
Malé – Maldives
Small towns with low populations on the islands, clean waters, no pollution, and beautiful resorts near water make Malé a wonderful destination for a summer vacation. Maldives weather gets a little rough from time to time, even during summer, and that is why it is very important to check the forecasts.
The best thing about this place is that it is not very populated and therefore it is calm and very clean. A very good place for watersports, having fun on the beach and even sunbathing. Since tourism is still developing in the Maldives, the rates in Malé are relatively low, making it a very good place to spend the holidays.
You should try the local dishes which include various types of fish and also rice. You can find almost anything to eat but the local food is mostly recommended.
🏆 The Best of Malé: Very good prices for booking hotels and resorts; Large number of places which you can stay, giving you lots of options; Many islands and rich wildlife; exceptional local dishes; Clean and beautiful beaches and water; Perfect place for any kind of sports in the water or on the beach
🔥 Do Not Miss: Hard Rock Hotel; Mulee Aage; Grand Friday Mosque; Resorts and spa centers; Local seafood
Andaman and Nicobar Islands – India
Andaman and Nicobar Islands are among the best places in Asia to spend your summer vacation and have fun, with almost zero chances of raining. You can enjoy the sun and the beach to just relax or go for a swim or even diving. During this time the weather is much more pleasant and even if it gets a little rough at the beach, there are lots of areas to explore in the city.
The islands and the beaches are very beautiful and can be great places for water sports. You can also take advantage of the better prices of this place and spend more days on vacation in Andaman and Nicobar. Plantlife and wildlife on these islands make it a wonderful experience along with the local foods and friendly people. These fascinating features, make this island one of the best summer destinations in Asia.
It is very important to check the weather and come prepared.
✈️ The Best Time: From April to July
🏆 The Best of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: Beautiful beaches and watersports; Lower prices for budget tours; Great place to visit both the beaches, nature, and the towns; Rich with wildlife
🔥 Do Not Miss: All the islands are worth the visit and you can visit as many as you can; There are a lot of green areas on the islands which you do not want to miss
As you can see, Asia can offer fantastic destinations for you during summer vacation. Have you ever been to these destinations? Feel free to leave your experience for others. You can also send us your questions about these destinations and our professional tour guides will reply as soon as possible.