By December, large parts of South Asia are well out of monsoon and countries including India (south and central regions), Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand are experiencing excellent weather. In Indonesia, as Bali and Java are wet, but Raja Ampat in the east is dry with excellent conditions for diving and snorkelling. Although Japan is rather cold by now, December is the beginning of the crab season – a must for food lovers! If you are looking for options for a Christmas holiday, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, South India, Laos and Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar offer incredibly diverse and immersive possibilities.
Glorious weather returns to the western and southern coasts in December and by the second half of December, the hill country as well as the Cultural Triangle in the north are seeing significantly lower rainfall. Due to its relatively compact size and incredible diversity, Sri Lanka is one of the most popular destinations in Asia for Christmas holidays.
South India is particularly good in December, as the weather is warmer. Cruise on the beautiful backwaters in Kerala, explore Hampi’s historic monuments, indulge in Chettinad’s delectable cuisine, discover Pondicherry’s beautiful French colonial vibe, and immerse yourself in Tanjore’s age-old art and craft traditions.
Experience Mumbai’s frantic hustle and bustle as well as Goa’s picture-perfect beaches in December when the weather is beautiful.
Dry and very pleasant weather conditions continue across Laos and Cambodia in December making them very popular destinations, especially over the holiday season. Southern Laos and Cambodia offer wonderful opportunities for those who wish to look beyond the temples.
Same as November, excellent weather continues across the country in December. Mountains are cold by now, but the coastal areas as well as Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan are excellent.
By December, the weather across the country turns dry, sunny and very pleasant. Whether you wish to hike in the jungles, focus on the culture, history and food, or relax on an idyllic beach, Thailand offers incredibly diverse experiences with world-class accommodation options. Very much like Sri Lanka and Cambodia, Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for Christmas holidays, especially for families with young kids.