February is an excellent time to travel to Asia. Whether you are interested in ancient history and culture or are looking to immerse yourself in nature and wildlife-based experiences, large parts of South and Southeast Asia enjoy optimal weather conditions with gloriously warm and sunny days with very low humidity levels.
Although most travellers would imagine a hot tropical escape, for something a little unusual and utterly fascinating, consider visiting Hokkaido in northern Japan in February when the whole of the Sea of Okhotsk gets covered in drift ice. It is a truly phenomenal sight and also a great time for spotting unique wildlife including spotted and ribbon seals, cliones, Blakiston’s fish owls and White-tailed and Steller’s Sea eagles. In India, the conditions in the lush jungles of North and Central India are ideal for a thrilling tiger safari, and by mid-February, the temperatures in the foothills of the Himalaya begin to rise, making it a very good time for hiking and trekking. Like January, Sri Lanka and the Maldives continue to enjoy glorious weather throughout February.
In Vietnam, by February, the central regions are fully out of the wet season and dry, bright weather can be enjoyed across the country. If you are planning a multiple-country trip, February is amongst the best months to travel in Southeast Asia.
February is an excellent time for game viewing and birdwatching in India, especially for visiting the renowned tiger reserves in Rajasthan and Central India.
Some of India’s finest cultural festivals, including the World Sufi Festival in Nagaur, Jaipur Literature Festival and Jaisalmer Desert Festival. If you are interested in performing arts and literature, it does not get better than this.
Hosted at the historic Ahilya Fort on the banks of the Narmada River, the Sacred River Festival celebrates the region’s rich history and artistic flair featuring exceptional performances of Indian classical music and dance.
India is home to fascinatingly pristine and diverse landscapes, and horseback riding is one of the best ways to go off-the-beaten-track. There are fabulous riding opportunities in Rajasthan in the north, Madhya Pradesh in the centre, and Assam in the northeast.
By mid-February, the temperatures in the foothills of the Himalaya begin to rise marking the beginning of the hiking season in many northern and northeastern parts of the country. The regions of Kumaon and Sikkim are particularly good for a multiple-day hiking trip taking in pristine mountainscapes and untouched rural communities.
February continues to be an excellent time for river cruising in India – from the mighty Ganges and Brahmaputra in the east to Kerala’s serene backwaters in South India.
Forming almost a thousand kilometres away on the Russian-Chinese border, the drift ice travels on winds and ocean currents towards Japan’s northern most island of Hokkaido and by early February, the entire sea of Okhotsk gets covered in thick ice. Throughout the month of February, you can witness this extraordinary phenomenon along Hokkaido’s northernmost coastline.
Whether you are looking to explore the stunning temples and pagodas of Bagan and Mandalay, immerse yourself in the pristine countryside and unique hill-tribe communities in the highlands, or discover the marine biodiversity rich waters of the remote Mergui Archipelago with world-class diving and snorkeling, all regions across the country enjoy optimal weather conditions in February.
Dry season continues across Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in February making it one of the best months for a multiple-country trip. Cruise on the Mekong or amongst the towering karst mountains of Halong Bay, hike in the lush mountains and jungles, explore the temples of Angkor, or enjoy the fabulous beaches of Vietnam and Cambodia – you can enjoy this incredible region to the fullest in February.
Sri Lanka’s most popular regions located along the south and southwest coast as well as the regions across the Cultural Triangle and Central Highlands continue to enjoy glorious weather conditions in February. You can still observe blue and sperm whales on the south coast and enjoy excellent game viewing and birdwatching in the jungles.
February is one of the driest and sunniest months in the Maldives. The visibility is excellent for snorkeling and diving.
Dry and warm weather continues across Thailand in February. Chiang Mai’s renowned Flower Festival takes place in the first week of February.
Good diving and snorkeling conditions can still be enjoyed in Raja Ampat throughout February with a possibility of spotting manta rays. You can discover the region staying in a beautiful private island resort such as Misool or aboard a luxury yacht or a cruise ship.