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“A Little Rain Never Hurt:” Why your travelers should be jumping on Southeast Asia’s “Green Season”

  • By Easia Admin
  • March, 15, 2019


Southeast Asia’s ‘Green Season’ – more commonly known and unfortunately feared as the ‘rainy season’ – can be an instant killjoy for travelers looking for this region’s beautiful beaches and tropical splendor. From May through to September, many tend to avoid these destinations – but this is truly one of the best times to take in all the full, blooming beauty Southeast Asia has to offer! Here are just five of many reasons why your travelers should be clamoring to get to one of our five countries during the lush Green Season.


1. More Beautiful Scenery: greener, fresher, and less crowded

Travelers really do catch more amazing photos – especially of natural vistas – during the Green Season; the rain nourishes beautiful new flora and the fauna that feed on it. Say goodbye to the dusty roads and scorching heat of high season! During Green Season, architectural gems also remain free of crowds, and one can take time for more in-depth and meaningful interactions with local people, like perusing Chiang Mai’s markets with an expert chef for ingredients to cook up authentic Thai dishes together.


2. Cooler Days: more time to explore

Of course, beach getaways are huge draws to Southeast Asia’s sunnier, sandier locales. However, when it comes to a whole day of hiking the rice-terraced valleys of Vietnam or biking around the mystical temples in Bagan, Myanmar, heat can really slow down an adventure. Throughout Southeast Asia, Green Season brings a rather stable climate, despite some rain, allowing your guests to savor the spectacular views, and not endure constant water breaks or heat exhaustion. Plus, days begin to grow longer, giving them more time to explore each day.

3. Sustainable Travel: making “Green Season” truly ‘green’

Seasoned travelers don’t fear the Green Season, and eco-conscious ones, especially, take advantage of this time to travel more sustainably. For one, the cooler weather encourages more walking and cycling, rather than using motor vehicles. Moreover, more daylight around springtime means one can fit much more into your day – or take it a little slower! No need to rush to catch a sunset, or finish an activity before the night falls – Green Season offers plenty of time to do and see it all.

Sustainable tourism is also about human interaction and making a positive impact on local people; traveling during the Green Season actually helps locals keep their tourism businesses running during this low season, from e-bike rentals in Mandalay, Myanmar to pearl farm excursions in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

4. More Delicious Food: fresher and more exotic flavors

Southeast Asia is in full bloom during Green Season, and it’s a perfect time to enjoy myriad fruits and vegetables that can’t always be found year round. Green Season is surely the best time to enjoy local flavors, from Cambodian pepper in coastal Kep and Kampot, to lush Lao mint, fresh from the stalk.

Foodies ought to be looking at the Green Season as a prime time to get the freshest ingredients in the most authentic dishes. From local market tours, sampling all kinds of street food, to the finest fusion dishes in 5-star establishments, food has always been key to our journeys, and some of the best comes out of the Green Season.


5. Better Accommodation, Activity and Guide Choices: more choices, lower prices

Fewer tourists, lower prices, and no overbooked hotels – this is what really draws travelers of all kinds to Southeast Asia in the Green Season. Looking to avoid crowds and visit Southeast Asia in a more authentic way? Green Season should be in your agenda with the travelers.

Increased availability at good hotels and far lower prices for exclusive trips are some of the many rewards that await wise Green Season travelers. No need to worry about “fully-booked” or “overpriced” tourist attractions, either – the Green Season is definitely one of the best times to discover any country in the region, undisturbed by massive crowds. Sometimes, it’s almost as if having parts of Cambodia’s Angkor temples or Thailand’s Grand Palace all to oneself…

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