By November, large parts of Asia begin to experience dry and pleasant weather conditions. China and Japan are brilliant this time of year, especially for seeing autumn colours, and in the south, countries like India, the Maldives, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar are well out of monsoon with very pleasant and dry weather conditions. Indian Himalayas, Bhutan and Nepal offer wonderful opportunities for trekking and in Bhutan, famed black-necked cranes begin to arrive in Phobjikha Valley. Pushkar Camel Fair and Diwali are celebrated in North India in November.
November is the second most popular travel season in Japan after the Cherry Blossom season in late March/early April. Beautiful autumn colours appear in central and southern regions and can be enjoyed through to early December. Cooler weather makes it an excellent time to enjoy a stay in a traditional ryokan where you can indulge in a soothing natural hot spring bath. Early November is excellent for hiking in the mountains.
November marks the beginning of winter season in China, especially in the north. Central and southern regions are still experiencing pleasant temperatures. Autumn colours can still be viewed around Beijing – the Great Wall looks stunning against the backdrop of yellow, red, brown and orange; the Yellow Mountains and along the Yangtze. November is particularly good for exploring the great outdoors.
Most parts of India are experiencing dry and mild weather conditions in November, especially in the first half, making it as good as February and early March. You can go hiking in the Himalaya in North India, immerse yourself in history and culture across the country, enjoy beautiful beaches in the west and south, and cruise on the mighty Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. It is also an excellent time to view the Taj Mahal and to go on a tiger safari in North and Central India.
Dry and very pleasant weather can be enjoyed across Laos and Cambodia in November making it an excellent month to travel to Southeast Asia. It’s a great time to hike in the lush mountains in northern Laos and pristine jungles in Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains. For an extraordinary coastal getaway, head to Song Saa Private Island Resort in Cambodia’s remote Koh Rong Archipelago, which offers ultimate indulgence without compromising on sustainability and conservation.
Same as Cambodia and Laos, November marks the beginning of the dry winter season in Myanmar, which is the best time to visit the country. It’s still not too cold in the mountains, so it’s a perfect time to go hiking or trekking to discover remote hill-tribe communities. River cruising on the Irrawaddy is back in full swing, and if you wish to go off-the-beaten-track, head to the remote Myeik Archipelago where you can stay in a beautiful eco-resort and immerse yourself in untouched coastal communities, pristine forests and stunning marine biodiversity.
Early November is still a great time to visit Bhutan, especially for trekking. The skies are exceptionally clear post-monsoon, so it’s a great time for appreciating panoramic Himalayan vistas. Famous black necked cranes can be observed in Phobjikha Valley.
One of the primary gateways to Southeast Asia, Thailand enjoys glorious weather conditions throughout November, especially in the second half. Besides the amazing beaches in the south, November is an excellent time to explore Bangkok as well as the northern regions of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The forests are lush after monsoon making it an excellent time to visit various national parks including Khao Sok National Park near Phuket.