16 Best Asia destinations for March of 2019

March is the last great month of the high season in southern Asia, but still a bit too cold for the northern countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea. Still, as you'll see on the list below, you've got a lot of excellent choices, including a few amazing cities and some fantastic beach areas.

One great thing about March is that it's sort of an in-between season month, so you can get cheap flights in and cheap hotels in many places as well. The list below contains many beach destinations and quite a few very interesting cultural destinations as well. Mixing a couple from each category can make for an even more memorable trip.

16 Best destinations in Asia for March

Bangkok, Thailand

  • March avg high: 93°F/34°C
  • March avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • March avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

March is another pleasant month in Bangkok, or at least it's not yet scorching as it will be in April. The days are hot and fairly humid, but at least the evenings cool off enough that you can enjoy yourself at the many outdoor restaurants and bars, rather than just the air-conditioned places.

Hotel prices in Bangkok will be a bit lower than during the slightly cooler months, and crowds will be a bit smaller. It should also be a bit easier to get a cheap flight here as well as cheaper flights from Bangkok to other cities in the region. If you are flying in from Europe or the US it's probably best to start in Bangkok and then build your trip around that.

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Phuket, Thailand

  • March avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • March avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • March avg precip: 1.9″/4.8cm

Those looking for a beach destination in Asia will find that March is another ideal month in Phuket, and the final month of the high season. It's hot every day, but if you are spending your time on or near the beach it doesn't feel bad at all.

As the last month of the high season, you can get some pretty good bargains with hotels and flights. Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and it's actually got about a dozen different beach towns and areas to choose from. Patong Beach is the main beach town and it's got most of the nightlife and shopping. Families and many others will prefer to be in Kata or Karon Beach, just a bit to the south.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • March avg high: 95°F/35°C
  • March avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • March avg precip: 0.5″/1.3cm

Chiang Mai is the capital of northern Thailand, and an excellent additional stop for those coming to Bangkok. This is also one of the world's great travel bargains, as hotels and hostels are some of the cheapest in Asia even though quality is quite high. Getting a cheap flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai is usually easy, and you can also get here by train.

March is yet another great month to visit Chiang Mai as the evening temperatures are still mild. If you are on a longer trip around southeast Asia it's easy to get tired of blistering heat every day and every night, so having a little break from it in Chiang Mai is a welcome change. This is a very popular stop for digital nomads and those who are looking to spend a month or more in a cheap apartment or even a cheap hotel with a pool.

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Singapore

  • March avg high: 88°F/31°C
  • March avg low: 77°F/25°C
  • March avg precip: 7.6″/19.0cm

Singapore is just a bit north of the equator so it's hot every day and warm every night of the year. March isn't one of the drier months in Singapore, but the storms tend to be short and the city is extremely well adapted to them so don't let that average rain total keep you away.

Hotels in Singapore are now the most expensive in Asia, and it's important to be aware that most of the cheapest rooms here come with no windows at all. After you find an affordable hotel, most other things can be cheap if you need them to be. The excellent food at the famous hawker centers all over Singapore is very affordable, and quite an experience in itself. Alcohol in bars is very pricey, but beers at hawker stalls or cheaper restaurants isn't bad.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • March avg high: 95°F/35°C
  • March avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • March avg precip: 1.1″/2.8cm

If you are looking for another great destination to add to your Bangkok trip, consider Siem Reap. You may know that this city is famous because it's built at the entrance to the amazing Angkor Wat temple complex, which is easily the most impressive sight in southern Asia.

This is a small and touristy town that is actually a lot of fun on its own. It's the kind of place that many people come for two days and end up staying a week or more. Hotels and food here are quite inexpensive as well.

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Luang Prabang, Laos

  • March avg high: 92°F/33°C
  • March avg low: 64°F/18°C
  • March avg precip: 1.3″/3.3cm

Yet another excellent stop on a tour of southeast Asia is Luang Prabang, which is still very pleasant in March. It's also in the north of the region, so the cooler evening temperatures are very nice after spending a week or more in the sizzling cities down south.

Laos in general is a very laid-back country, and Luang Prabang is its best tourist city. There is plenty to see and do, but it's also just interesting to experience the contrast of Laos compared to the frenetic pace of Thailand or Vietnam.

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Hanoi, Vietnam

  • March avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • March avg low: 65°F/18°C
  • March avg precip: 1.6″/4.0cm

March might be the best month to visit Vietnam, at least if you plan on touring Hanoi as well as Saigon in the south. As you can see, the March weather in Hanoi is pretty much perfect, with warm days and mild nights. Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City (see below) is very hot all year, so being able to mix in a cooler place is very welcome.

Hanoi is also home to Vietnam's best food, and the blend of French and traditional Asian influences is a pure delight. This is also another very affordable cities with surprisingly nice hotels and restaurants at far lower prices than you'd find in Bangkok or even Saigon.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • March avg high: 93°F/34°C
  • March avg low: 76°F/24°C
  • March avg precip: 0.5″/1.3cm

The hottest month in almost all of southeast Asia is April, so March is getting up there, but still not too bad and still very dry. Most people who visit Vietnam either start in Hanoi and then take the train down to Ho Chi Minh City (called Saigon locally), or the other way around. Hoi An is most people's favorite stop in the middle, so consider adding that one as well.

Hotels and restaurants in Saigon tend to be a bit more expensive than Hanoi or other Vietnamese cities, but still very good value by international standards. This is a very large and spread-out city, so staying near the center can save a lot of time and hassle.

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Hong Kong

  • March avg high: 71°F/22°C
  • March avg low: 62°F/17°C
  • March avg precip: 2.8″/7.0cm

March is one of the best months for a visit to Hong Kong, since this city is extremely rainy from mid April to mid October. March has pleasant temperatures day and night, and the city can easily handle the little rainfall this time of year.

Hotels in Hong Kong are fairly expensive for Asia, but unlike Singapore, you still can find good bargains even in central locations such as Hong Kong Island itself. The food here is amazing and it's still possible to get cheap meals if you follow the locals into noodle shops rather than other tourists into hotel restaurants.

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Boracay Island, Philippines

  • March average high: 86°F/30°C
  • March average low: 76°F/24°C
  • March avg precip: 1.8″/4.5cm

Boracay Island still feels like a secret for many of us, and many of those people come back each year. This island is not easy to reach compared to most other places on this list, and that is partly why it's so pleasant and not overly built up. Boracay is lined by excellent beaches, and yet it still feels like an old-school resort because there is almost no car traffic and most people get around on the sandy footpaths along the beach.

Hotels here are good value, even if there are very few cheap hotels on the island. The good news is that almost every hotel is either on the beach or no more than a three-minute walk from the beach, so there are no bad locations at all. The eastern sided of the island is usually windy, and it's where people stay who are doing kite surfing and such. It's worth noting that the entire island was closed to visitors for six months in the middle of 2018 so they can improve their plumbing and infrastructure. It's open again and should be in fantastic shape to welcome visitors back.

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Malé, Maldives

  • March avg high: 86°F/30°C
  • March avg low: 81°F/27°C
  • March avg precip: 2.9″/7.3cm

Most likely you don't actually want to spend any time in Malé itself, as it's small, crowded, and has almost no worthwhile attractions. But you probably DO want to fly into the Maldives in order to visit one of the amazing resorts here, and March is yet another great weather month in this area.

Maldives water villas, which are known as overwater bungalows elsewhere, start at around US$300 per night, but the best value places are the all-inclusive resorts starting around US$500 per night. I highly recommend Meeru Island Resort which usually has the best deals of the all-inclusive resorts, with huge Jacuzzi water villas at rates similar to much smaller water villas elsewhere.

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Pokhara, Nepal

  • March avg high: 72°F/22°C
  • March avg low: 50°F/10°C
  • March avg precip: 1.2″/3.0cm

Until you start planning a trip to Nepal, you probably haven't heard of Pokhara. Kathmandu is the capital city and main entry point, but Nepal is all about trekking and scenery, and Pokhara is the main hub for those things, so most tourists fly here or take a bus after only a couple days in the crowded capital.

The March weather is very pleasant with very little rainfall, so this is one of the most popular months of the year here. Even still, things in Pokhara are famously cheap, at least until you hire a guide and go on a trek into the nearby mountains. This has actually spent time as the world's cheapest tourist city for a few years based on our annual Global Backpacker Index.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • March avg high: 89°F/32°C
  • March avg low: 75°F/24°C
  • March avg precip: 5.0″/12.5cm

Colombo is one of Asia's large cities that can be frustrating for a visitor, and the real charm in visiting Sri Lanka is elsewhere, so don't plan on lingering in the capital. March is a good weather month in most of the south of the island, and it's even cooler in the tourist-friendly towns in the hills.

Sri Lanka still feels fairly undiscovered because it was off the tourist trail for so long due to a civil conflict. Now that it's safe and welcoming again, the tourism industry is starting to grow. There still aren't many cheap hotels, but the mid-priced places are very good value.

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Delhi/New Delhi, India

  • March avg high: 86°F/24°C
  • March avg low: 56°F/8°C
  • March avg precip: 0.6″/1.5cm

The winters in Delhi are cold and the summers are insanely hot, so March is one of the best months to come. New Delhi is actually a small district in the middle of the enormous metropolis of Delhi, and there is plenty to see here. Many people come in order to do a day-trip to Agra in order to see the Taj Mahal, and that is the best way to do it since Agra itself is kind of a nightmare aside from the Taj.

There are now many good and cheap hotels in Delhi, and many new hostels have opened recently so it's a far more backpacker-friendly destination than it was just a few years ago. Food here is very reasonable as well, and of course you'll get the best bargains from the street carts.

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Goa, India

  • March avg high: 90°F/32°C
  • March avg low: 74°F/23°C
  • March avg precip: 0.0″/0.0cm

March is the last excellent month of the season for the famous beaches of Goa, and it's also one of the least crowded of the main season. This is actually a state that has about 12 different beach towns and areas, and each has its own personality. It's very wise to research the area you are booking in, because getting between them is not as easy as it should be.

Hotel prices in Goa are very low by international standards. There are quite a few large chain hotels and those aren't much cheaper than you'd find elsewhere, but the independent places can be very affordable and offer amazing value. Alcohol in Goa is also the cheapest in India, so those who like to sip a few beers on the beach will be very happy here.

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Mumbai, India

  • March avg high: 91°F/33°C
  • March avg low: 69°F/21°C
  • March avg precip: 0.0″/0.3cm

If you are coming from Europe it's easiest to fly into Mumbai, but this actually isn't one of the better tourist destinations in India. At least the March weather is dry and pleasant, but still you probably don't want to plan more than 3 days here before heading elsewhere.

Hotels in Mumbai are the most expensive in India, mostly due to the crowded nature of the tourist areas in the south of the downtown area. As with everywhere in India, the cheapest hotels can be an unwelcome shock to newcomers to the country, so it's usually best to pay a bit more for something a bit higher on the scale.

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