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Exploring Asia – season by season: Where to go and when

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By Cecilia Yee

SPRING (March-May)
Hong Kong enjoys plenty of public holidays in spring, making it the perfect time for weekend escapes. Temperatures across the region are starting to rise but are still bearable, so you might want to hop on a flight to discover the rich culture in China and Japan, where it is also cherry blossom season. Other slightly warmer options include Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

SUMMER (June-August)
Summer in Asia is hot, hot, hot! While many choose to escape the heat and head west, there are lots of great beach destinations here in Asia for those who want to soak up the sun. Weather-wise, this is the best time to visit Bali, or if you’re looking for something a little different, try Java, its mix of rice paddies, temples and mega-cities offering something for everyone.

AUTUMN (September-November)
With typhoon season still in action, those looking to get away over autumn are best to look southeast of Hong Kong, where temperatures in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are starting to become more moderate and rainfall lighter. It’s also a good time to visit northern Asia (think Mongolia or South Korea), where the weather is comfortable—not too hot, but also not bitterly cold.

WINTER (December-February)
Winter offers Hong Kongers a whole host of travel possibilities. With typhoon season out of the way, options for exotic holidays abound. Top up your tan in Thailand (Phuket and Krabi) or learn to surf in Australia. If you prefer a white winter, take advantage of the fine powder in Japan (Niseko and Hakuba) or South Korea (Pyeongchang). Or why not check out the Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin around January? It’s an experience you won’t find anywhere else!

Contact Flight Centre on 2870 2776, visit www.flightcentre.com.hk, or contact DB-based rep Natalie Flyazhenkova on 2829 2006.

This article appears in The Best of Lantau 2017/ 18 annual guide. Read it online here or email [email protected] to request for your FREE copy.

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