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Typhoons continue to pound Japan with heavy rains and wind into early autumn, but by October the temperatures cool and the rains stop. October and November see the leaves change and the landscape turn to the dramatic hues of autumn.
April is a spectacular month to visit Japan because of the sakura (cherry blossoms), which burst into bloom, gracing the country with elegant pink and white petals. November is also a good month, when the splendid autumn foliage and pleasant temperatures beckon visitors to the stylish Japanese gardens.
Japan is absolutely beautiful in the spring. Cherry blossoms bloom and the vegetation comes alive. The temperatures become comfortably warm with sunny days and cool nights.
Summer in Japan is hot and very humid, with the rainy season falling between June and July. Although it doesn’t rain every day the clouds stay heavy and grey. The end of summer sees the beginning of typhoon season.
Japan has brief winters with cold and sunny days. Occasional snow falls in the lower regions such as Tokyo with more snow falling and bitterly cold temperatures in the mountains. Days tend to be very short, with the sun setting around 4.30 pm.
Singapore’s weather does not vary much throughout the year, encountering a mix of gorgeous sunshine and brief, refreshing showers. Singapore also experiences high levels of humidity, but there are plenty of air-conditioned buildings to escape the heat.
Any time. Lying just north of the equator, Singapore basks in year round sunshine cooled by sporadic rainfall. A visit during the Formula One Grand Prix or festivals such as Chinese New Year will add to your cultural experience.
Brief rain showers are expected every month of the year, but rainfall is most consistent from November to January. Whenever you go, pack your waterproofs and consider a sudden shower or two just part of the Singapore experience.
Crisp weather and spectacular foliage accompanies autumn in South Korea. Starting in October, the clear air eliminates summer’s humidity and ushers in dry, clear skies and sunny weather.
We recommend visiting South Korea between September and November. During these spectacular autumn months the crisp weather ushers in colourful autumn foliage and warm, sunny weather with cobalt blue skies.
Spring weather comes to South Korea in April, bringing mild temperatures and stunning cherry blossoms. The temperatures gradually rise but some days can be cold and wet.
Summer features jangma, a rainy period, and hanyorum, a hot, humid period. Jangma arrives in June and July with summer monsoons while hanyorum arrives in July and August, bringing hot, humid air to the country.
Winter in South Korea is dry and bitterly cold, with Siberian winds causing the temperatures to plummet below zero. Snow falls occasionally in the lower regions while in the mountains numerous ski resorts receive high amounts of snow.
Laos’ dry season can be further broken into a cool dry season (November to February) and a hot dry season (March to early May). The cool dry season is peak travel season, so expect crowds, while the hot dry season is extremely hot.
We love visiting Laos in the cool dry season between November and February. During these months the temperatures are not too hot and there is less chance of rain, leaving you to explore the country under clear, sunny skies. This is also Laos’s main holiday season.
Nepal’s rainy season runs from mid May or June to October, with heavy downpours falling in sporadic bursts. Humidity is high but broken by the heavy rains, which bring cooler air and are followed by blue skies.