9 Best Asia destinations in July of 2017

July is the trickiest month to visit Asia because it’s one of the wettest months in most of the Tropical destinations, and the hottest (and often rainiest) month in most of the northern destinations. The good news is that there are still at least 9 good choices, and a few of them may surprise you.

In a few cases you might still be getting a quick rainfall a few days a week, but it’s almost always over within 30 minutes and then things feel even nicer for a couple hours after that. There are even a few very cheap places on the list below, as well as a couple of traditionally expensive ones.

9 Best destinations in Asia for July

Bali, Indonesia

  • July avg high: 83F/28C
  • July avg low: 76F/24C
  • July avg precip: 2.0″/5.0cm

With its location just south of the equator, Bali actually has its “winter” in July. In this case it just translates to the dry season and lower humidity in general, since temperatures are pretty much the same all year. In other words, Bali is one of the best places to go in south Asia in July, even though it’s part of high season.

Hotels in Bali are quite cheap by international standards, even in high season. But that said, you have to choose carefully because quality is uneven. The main tourist area of Kuta/Legian/Seminyak is now so over developed that we don’t really recommend it unless you only care about partying in large crowds. Head to Lovina on the north coast if you want something resembling the magic that Bali once had all over.

Tokyo, Japan

  • July avg high: 84F/29C
  • July avg low: 73F/23C
  • July avg precip: 6.4″/16.0cm

July is fairly hot and steamy in Tokyo, and it can rain a bit here and there as well. Still, this city is so modern that it has air-con everywhere, and you don’t usually spend all that much time outdoors anyway. Hotel prices aren’t nearly as bad as you may have heard.

Tokyo is the obvious place to start a visit to Japan, but it’s easy to take high-speed trains to Kyoto and Osaka, which are also very interesting, not to mention a bit cheaper as well.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • July avg high: 90F/32C
  • July avg low: 74F/23C
  • July avg precip: 5.0″/12.5cm

Similar to Bangkok (below), Kuala Lumpur is very hot every day of the year. Fortunately, July is one of the dryer months, even if the rainfall total below doesn’t seem too dry. The good news is that rain tends to come quickly and heavily, and is almost always over in 30 minutes or so.

Kuala Lumpur is truly one of Asia’s best tourist cities (and my personal favorite) because it offers so many different things from traditional to ultra modern, and it’s available in any price range. You can probably afford a 5-star hotel here, but bargains are available up and down the scale.

Singapore

  • July avg high: 87F/31C
  • July avg low: 78F/26C
  • July avg precip: 6.7″/16.8cm

Singapore is only a bit south of Kuala Lumpur (see above) and so it has basically the same climate. That means that you might see a bit of rain, but it’ll be over quickly and you’ll be back outside or maybe still enjoying food and drinks at some of Asia’s best restaurants.

Some things in Singapore have become insanely expensive in recent years, with hotel rooms being the prime example. But if you can find a bed that you can afford, you can probably afford everything else. Excellent food is available for very cheap from hawker centers all over the city.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

  • July avg high: 86F/30C
  • July avg low: 77F/25C
  • July avg precip: 4.8″/12.0cm

The entry here is for Colombo, which is the capital of Sri Lanka. In reality, it’s probably only worth stopping in Colombo for a day or two because Sri Lanka is all about the scenery and beaches and even wild life. You might get some rain, especially in some of the popular hill towns, but still July is one of the more pleasant months in Sri Lanka.

Many people divide their visit between the hill region for scenery and some of the beaches along the southern coast. In either area, things in Sri Lanka are pretty reasonably priced. They still don’t have many cheap hostels or 1-star hotels, but you do get good value up the scale from there.

Bangkok, Thailand

  • July avg high: 91F/33C
  • July avg low: 77F/25C
  • July avg precip: 6.1″/15.3cm

Like everywhere in Asia in July, Bangkok is hot, although it’s not as hot as it is in April or May, believe it or not. You’ll get afternoon cloud covers on many days, and that actually cools things off enough to make it somewhat pleasant. And if you do get a thunderstorm, it’s usually over within 30 minutes or so.

Bangkok is wonderful most of the year, and July is an ideal time to sample its amazing culture, food, and world-class shopping. Hotels here are quite cheap by international standards, and there is a great selection even in the bottom of the price range and hostels.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • July avg high: 89F/32C
  • July avg low: 75F/24C
  • July avg precip: 6.3″/15.8cm

Chiang Mai is known most of the year as a place to escape the heat of Bangkok, but in July it’s pretty much the same weather. Again though, the storms tend tom come and go pretty quickly, and they often leave behind a more pleasant feeling than just before the rain.

Bargain hunters adore Chiang Mai because it is one of Asia’s cheapest cities and possibly its best value. Hostels and hotels here are so cheap that the prices look like mistakes. The food and drinks are quite cheap as well, and there is plenty to see and do in the area. If you are looking for a place to just chill out for a few days or longer, this is a good one to consider.

Malé, Maldives

  • July avg high: 84F/29C
  • July avg low: 79F/26C
  • July avg precip: 5.9″/14.8cm

You actually don’t want to spend any more time than you have to in the capital city of Malé, but you might want to come to the Maldives anyway. You probably know that the Maldives is the water villa capital of the world. But you might not know that July is one of the cheapest months of the year at those resorts, so you can get some surprising deals.

July can be a bit wet, but it rarely rains for more than an hour or two here or there. And the temperature is pretty much exactly the same all year round. Even if you don’t want to book a water villa, there are some affordable hotels near nice beaches on the island attached to the airport, and many other modestly priced resorts on nearby islands.

Nha Trang, Vietnam

  • July avg high: 89F/32C
  • July avg low: 79F/26C
  • July avg precip: 1.7″/4.3cm

If you haven’t toured Vietnam, you probably have never heard of Nha Trang. It’s the country’s largest beach resort, on the southern coast just east of Saigon. Nha Trang gets very little rain itself, so it’s one of Asia’s rare beach destinations that isn’t in its wettest months in July. However, most of the rest of Vietnam is very wet in July, so it may not be the best time for a full tour.

Nha Trang is a relaxing beach town with a decent expat population so there are restaurants from many cuisines to go along with the ubiquitous and excellent local food. Again, if you just want a cheap beach city to relax in during July, this could be perfect.




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