17 Best Asia destinations in February of 2018

If you are one of the millions of people who will be extremely sick of the cold northern weather by the time February rolls in, we've got some good news for you. Almost all of Asia's top destinations have fantastic weather in February, and that includes almost all of the beaches and islands.

Below you'll find our list of the 18 best destinations in Asia for a February visit. Many of them are close together or at least have cheap flights between them, so visiting more than one city is usually cheap and easy. Backpacker types should probably start in Bangkok, while luxury travelers won't do any better than the Maldives. If you aren't locked into Asia you can find other choices on our main list of cheap destinations with great February weather.

18 Best destinations in Asia for February

Bangkok, Thailand

  • February avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • February avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • February avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

If you can make it to Bangkok in January you might find it a bit more pleasant, but February is almost as nice and it's still in the heart of the nicest time of year. Bangkok makes a perfect first stop on a tour of southeast Asia because it's got a big airport with great airfares from all over, and also convenient connections to islands and all other large cities in the region.

A modern city like Bangkok has its share of 4-star and 5-star hotels that are as expensive as anywhere, but it's also got a huge group of hostels and more affordable hotels that are always great bargains. Stay in the Khosan Road area if you are a backpacker or stay in the Siam Square area if you are coming more to shop.

>>>Bangkok prices and travel tips


Phuket, Thailand

  • February avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • February avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • February avg precip: 0.8″/2.0cm

As you can see above, the weather in Phuket is warm and almost completely dry in February, so it makes for a perfect beach location for those looking to get out of the gloomy weather elsewhere. If you haven't visited yet you may be surprised to find out how large Phuket is and how many different beach areas there are to choose from. Do some research and choose wisely.

There are amazing and posh beach hotels and resorts in the hills overlooking the beaches, but there are also more modest hotels a few blocks away from the beach. This can seem like an expensive area at first, though it doesn't have to be. Flights into Phuket are also usually good value.

>>>Phuket prices and travel tips


Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • February avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • February avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • February avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

If you are planning a trip around southeast Asia for more than a week or two, you should pay attention to the low temperatures in each location. In most cities it's sizzling during the day and still very hot at night, but Chiang Mai has pleasant and cool evenings that make it a wonderful pause from the heat.

Chiang Mai is also possibly the best value tourist location in the world, as hotels and hostels are typically half what they cost in Bangkok, and Bangkok is already fairly reasonable. The food here is different from the south, and also fantastic, at least for those who love spicy and adventurous food.

>>>Chiang Mai prices and travel tips


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • February avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • February avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • February avg precip: 6.5″/16.3cm

Kuala Lumpur is closer to the equator than Bangkok, and it has different weather patterns. This is an amazing city that is actually this author's favorite city in all of Asia, but it does rain here any time of year. The city is built to handle the quick downpours, so it's usually just a matter of ducking under a roof for 20 minutes.

Starting in March KL, as they call it, gets even more rain, so February is one of the best months. Compared to Bangkok this city is just a bit more expensive, but it's FAR cheaper than Singapore, which is also has a lot in common with. They also have a new and modern airport with cheap flights to and from everywhere, so this is a good hub or base.

>>>Kuala Lumpur prices and travel tips


Singapore

  • February avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • February avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • February avg precip: 6.8″/17.0cm

February is a cooler month in most of southeast Asia, but Singapore sits nearly on the equator, so it's hot every day of the year and you just want to avoid the rainiest months. February is one of the dryer months, so it's an ideal time to visit.

Singapore has become so popular lately that its hotels are now the most expensive in Asia, even surpassing those in Tokyo. But you can still get good deals on hostel beds and hotels in slightly remote areas. Just be careful of the many hotel rooms with no windows, unless that somehow doesn't bother you. Food here is also excellent and can be very cheap if you eat one or two meals a day at the famous hawker centers all over the city.

>>>Singapore prices and travel tips


Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • February avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • February avg low: 72°F/22°C
  • February avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

The main reason to plan a trip to Siem Reap is to visit the enormous Angkor Wat temple complex just to its north. But once you arrive in Siem Reap you'll probably decide that you like the town a lot on its own, and maybe you'll even extend your stay. Unlike so many Asian tourist towns, Siem Reap is mellow and manageable, as well as unusually cheap.

Plan on at least one full day at the temples and also a day ticket gets you in for the sunset on the day before, which is very worthwhile. There are many other things to do in town and in the area, and everything except for the temple entrance is refreshingly cheap.

>>>Siem Reap prices and travel tips


Luang Prabang, Laos

  • February avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • February avg low: 59°F/15°C
  • February avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

Most people visiting southeast Asia fly into Bangkok and then focus more on the islands, but those who go north to Chiang Mai (above) or Luang Prabang will see a whole other side of the region. Again, note that the evenings in February here are pleasantly cool, and that will be nicer than you imagine once you are in the heat for weeks on end.

Luang Prabang is Laos's main tourist town and it's far more interesting than the capital, Vientiane. Many people come or go on the famous slow boat cruise that goes between here and the Thai border. The 2-day version is pleasant while the 1-day version is expensive and sometimes dangerous.

>>>Luang Prabang prices and travel tips


Hanoi, Vietnam

  • February avg high: 67°F/19°C
  • February avg low: 60°F/16°C
  • February avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

As you can see by the temperatures above, Hanoi is far enough north that it actually has mild winters. On a longer tour of the region that will feel very nice. You can either start here and take the train down to Ho Chi Minh City or the other way around. The cities are very different and the cuisine is as well.

Another wonderful thing about Hanoi is that it's one of Asia's cheapest tourist cities. Rooms in clean and nice family-run hotels start around US$10 per night, and for US$20 or US$30 per night you can get something surprisingly nice in a great location. The food here is excellent, and incredibly cheap if you eat on the sidewalks in the tiny plastic chairs alongside the locals.

>>>Hanoi prices and travel tips


Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • February avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • February avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • February avg precip: 0.2″/0.5cm

While February might feel a bit chilly in Hanoi (above), it will be plenty warm in Ho Chi Minh City. It's best to visit both if you can, and stop in at least Hoi An in between as well. Saigon, as it's locally known, is much larger and more spread out than Hanoi, which makes it a bit harder to get around.

The hotels here are a bit more expensive than in Hanoi, but still great bargains by most standards. It's worth paying a bit more for a centrally located hotel, to avoid having to deal with public transportation or dodgy taxi drivers. The food here is also some of the most acclaimed in all of Asia, so study a bit and you'll probably love it too.

>>>Ho Chi Minh City prices and travel tips


Hong Kong

  • February avg high: 66°F/19°C
  • February avg low: 58°F/14°C
  • February avg precip: 2.1″/5.3cm

Hong Kong is one of the world's great cities with a fascinating history and culture, but it only has about 4 good months of weather each year. Fortunately, February is one of the better ones, even if it is often a bit chilly. This is mostly an indoor city with great public transportation, so it's always easy to get around.

Hotels in Hong Kong can be extremely expensive, but unlike Singapore, there are some good bargains mixed in as well. The newer hotels in the prime business districts on Hong Kong Island and even in Kowloon are expensive. Still, if you aren't visiting for business you can find something very nice for half that price not far away. The food here is also cheap if you follow the locals into the corner noodle shops instead of the expat restaurants with English signs out front.

>>>Hong Kong prices and travel tips


Boracay Island, Philippines

  • February average high: 82°F/28°C
  • February average low: 74°F/23°C
  • February avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

If you feel that Thailand has become too commercial or crowded, you will probably love Boracay Island. This small and low-key island isn't easy to reach, but that also helps keep the masses away, so it retains a low-key feeling where almost every hotel is on the beach and there is almost no car traffic at all.

Boracay Island isn't the cheapest beach resort in Asia, but the value is still fantastic. As mentioned, every hotel is either on the beach or a short walk away, so each of them has a great location. Drinks here are famously cheap, and you can get a surprisingly good dinner buffet on the beach for a modest amount.

>>>Check Boracay resort deals


Malé, Maldives

  • February avg high: 84°F/29°C
  • February avg low: 79°F/26°C
  • February avg precip: 1.5″/3.8cm

We mention the capital city of Malé because that is also where the Maldives Airport is, but you really want to spend as little time in this crowded (and actually dull) city as possible. The real reason to come to the Maldives is to have a sunshine holiday on one of its private island resorts. The Maldives is home to about two-thirds of the world's water villas, which is what they call overwater bungalows here.

Water villas in the Maldives start at around US$300 per night, but the best value places are the all-inclusive resorts starting around US$500 per night. Meeru Island Resort is the largest of these and almost always offers the best deals. It's not exactly cheap, but read the reviews and you'll see why it's worth it.

>>>Malé prices and travel tips


Pokhara, Nepal

  • February avg high: 64°F/18°C
  • February avg low: 43°F/6°C
  • February avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

Most people who come to Nepal come for the scenery and trekking, and Pokhara is the hub for all of that. Kathmandu is where you'll probably first land and it's interesting for a couple days, but if you want to spend time in the country and see the top non-Everest sights, it's best to base yourself in Pokhara.

The February weather is cool, but at least it's usually totally dry. This town only has 4 or 5 good months of weather each year, and February is one of them. The treks with professional guides aren't cheap, but everything else feels very inexpensive. This is actually the world's cheapest tourist city most years based on our annual Global Backpacker Index.

>>>Pokhara prices and travel tips


Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • February avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • February avg low: 73°F/23°C
  • February avg precip: 2.9″/7.3cm

To be honest, Colombo can be a frustrating city to visit, and the main sights don't justify a long stay for most people. However, it's the gateway to the rest of Sri Lanka, which has many wonderful destinations that are easy to connect together by trains, buses, and even (cheap) long-distance taxis.

The hill country just to the east of Colombo is rich with scenery and interesting towns and activities. You'll have to do some research, of course, but visiting Sri Lanka is fairly easy if you are prepared, and it's refreshingly cheap as well. There aren't many hostels for backpackers, but the 3-star hotels are very good value.

>>>Colombo prices and travel tips


Delhi/New Delhi, India

  • February avg high: 75°F/24°C
  • February avg low: 47°F/8°C
  • February avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

Much of the year in Delhi is insanely hot and/or rainy, so February is the perfect month to visit. This is a huge city with many excellent sights, and only a few of them are in or near the New Delhi section in the center of town. Even with the new Metro system, getting around can be challenging so hiring a car and driver is a good option since it's amazingly cheap.

Many people come to Delhi as a launching ground for trips to see the Taj Mahal. You have to book it in advance, but that is far better for most people than having to stay in the town of Agra and getting there yourself. The new Delhi Airport is also very modern and has great fares in from all over.

>>>Delhi/New Delhi prices and travel tips


Goa, India

  • February avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • February avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • February avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

india's most famous beach region for non-Indian people has perfect weather in February and usually no rain at all. Goa is actually a state with about 15 different beach towns to choose from, and each of them has its own vibe so choosing carefully is important.

Many people will fly directly into the main airport in Goa, but more adventurous people will fly into Mumbai (see below) for a few days and then head to Goa on the train. This is also a nice stop for those on longer trips around India because it's one of the few places where you don't deal with overwhelming crowds at each turn.

>>>Goa prices and travel tips


Mumbai, India

  • February avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • February avg low: 63°F/17°C
  • February avg precip: 0.1″/0.3cm

Mumbai often has the cheapest flights into India from long distances, but it's actually not much of a tourist city. This is the financial hub and of course the entertainment center of India, though there are also a few very worthwhile sights and experiences.

Hotels in Mumbai tend to be the most expensive in the country, partly because the tourist zones on the southern penisula have no available real estate. If this is your first trip to India it's probably wise to stay in Mumbai for no more than 3 days or so. Like all other large Indian cities, it can be overwhelming even for experienced travelers.

>>>Mumbai prices and travel tips





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