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Shoulder season in Bali. PCHUM BEN In Cambodia, respects are paid to the dead through temple offerings. Many Khmers visit their home villages and try to pack in seven temples in seven days. Trung Nguyen is a similar festival celebrated in Vietnam, usually the preceding month. RAMADAN The Muslim fasting period is observed in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and parts of southern Thailand. The holy period occurs in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (usually August or September). Muslims are required to abstain from food, drink, cigarettes and sex between sunrise and sunset.
Diving Diving depends on visibility and visibility depends on calm waters and storm-free days. This means that most diving locations have sub-par conditions during the rainy season. Luckily the double monsoon means that you’ll find a dry spot in one corner while another is soggy. The Gulf of Thailand stays divable most of the year. Trekking Rain, not temperature, is the primary consideration when planning a trekking trip. When the rains come to the northern mountains of mainland Southeast Asia, the forests spring to life, the rivers transform from sluggish mud pits into watery bulldozers and remote roads are prone to flooding.
Times to Avoid �June to August High season on Bali and Ko Samui; great weather but crowded and expensive. �August to September Wettest months for mainland Southeast Asia and the west coast of the Malay peninsula (Phuket and friends). On small islands hotels shut down and boat travel is interrupted by storms. �December to February Peak tourist season for mainland Southeast Asia and west coast of Malay peninsula. Some showers on Bali. Surfing & Kiteboarding When the weather is too crummy for sunbathing, it is just right for hanging ten.