Best Places to Visit in February in Asia

February is a fantastic time to travel in Asia as the weather is generally mild and pleasant, making it perfect for outdoor activities and sightseeing. In this article, we'll explore some of the best places to visit in Asia in February, including China, Japan, Myanmar, Maldives, Thailand, Nepal etc. We'll also highlight some of the exciting festivals and activities that take place during this month.

 

 

Best Places to Visit in February in Asia - OVERVIEW

  • Thailand
  • Maldives
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Philippines
  • Japan

 

 

1. Thailand

Thailand is a popular destination in Southeast Asia, known for its vibrant culture, delicious food, and stunning beaches. During February, the weather is mild, making it an ideal time to visit. Popular destinations include Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket, where visitors can explore historical landmarks, sample delicious food.

 

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Wat Traimit in Bangkok

 

Weather in February:  In northern Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai), the weather in February is usually dry and cool, with temperatures ranging from 14°C to 28°C (57°F to 82°F). In central Thailand (Bangkok, Ayutthaya), the weather is typically dry and hot, with temperatures ranging from 23°C to 33°C (73°F to 91°F). In southern Thailand (Phuket, Krabi, Koh Samui), the weather is warm and humid, with occasional showers and temperatures ranging from 24°C to 32°C (75°F to 90°F).

 

Best Places to Visit: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket

 

Festivals or Activities: Every year in February, Chiang Mai hosts the annual Flower Festival. The Chiang Mai Flower Festival, which is always a vibrant occasion, draws tens of thousands of tourists to the city to take in the natural beauty of flowers. The Floral Parade, which features many floats decked out in flowers and is accompanied by dancers wearing traditional clothes and members of the Hill Tribes wearing incredible colorful attire, is considered by many to be the festival's high point.

 

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2. Maldives

The Maldives is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, known for its stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and luxurious resorts. During February, the weather is mild, making it a perfect time to enjoy water activities like swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Visitors can also relax on the beaches, explore local islands, or enjoy a romantic sunset cruise.

 

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Riu Atoll Maldivesriu Atoll Maldives

 

Weather in February: February is a great time to visit the Maldives. It is the driest month in the Maldives, with less than 70mm of monthly rainfall, an average maximum temperature of 30°C and around 10 hours of sunshine every day. Visibility is excellent for diving and snorkeling.

 

Best Places to Visit: Kandima Maldives

 

Festivals or Activities: Maldives night activities are always mysterious and warm; you will inadvertently receive from the hotel surprise. On a regular or irregular day every week, the hotel will plan a romantic and active evening party, either in the main restaurant or in the bar or on the beach. As long as you go to participate, it will bring you a different visual and physical experience.

 

 

3. Myanmar

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a country located in Southeast Asia, known for its rich culture, ancient temples, and stunning natural landscapes. During February, the weather is mild, making it a perfect time to explore popular destinations such as Bagan, Yangon, and Mandalay.

 

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Bagan Hot Air Balloon

 

Weather in February: In the central regions, such as Mandalay and Bagan, the temperature can range from around 15°C (59°F) to 30°C (86°F) with low humidity and clear skies. In the southern coastal areas, such as Yangon, the temperature is warmer, with averages ranging from around 25°C (77°F) to 30°C (86°F).

 

Best Places to Visit: Bagan

 

Festivals or Activities: Visitors can attend the Ananda Pagoda Festival, held in Bagan, which honors the ancient temple and attracts thousands of pilgrims.

 

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4. Nepal

Nepal is a small country located in the Himalayas, known for its stunning natural landscapes, rich culture, and friendly locals. February is a great time to visit Nepal as the weather is clear and dry. The country offers stunning Himalayan views, ancient temples, and rich cultural experiences. Visitors can go trekking in the mountains, explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu, or enjoy the serene beauty of Pokhara.

 

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Phewa Lake View in Pokhara

 

Weather in February: In general, February is considered to be a relatively dry and cold month in Nepal, especially in the higher elevations.  In the capital city, Kathmandu, temperatures during the day can range from 10-20°C (50-68°F), while nighttime temperatures can drop to around 2-8°C (35-46°F).  The skies are mostly clear during this time of year, making it a great time to visit Nepal's cultural and historical sites.

 

Best Places to Visit: Kathmandu, Pokhara

 

Festivals or Activities: Shivaratri is a Hindu festival and an important one in Nepal. People from Nepal and India gather at Pasupatinath Temple, the main temple of Shiva in the east of Kathmandu city, to worship the Lord Shiva. 

 

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5. Cambodia

Cambodia is a small country in Southeast Asia, known for its ancient temples, beautiful beaches, and friendly locals. During February, the weather is mild, making it an ideal time to visit popular destinations such as Siem Reap, where visitors can explore the famous Angkor Wat temple complex. 

 

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Angkor Thom

 

Weather in February: In Cambodia, February is generally considered to be a dry and sunny month, with lower humidity than other months.  The average temperature in Cambodia during February is around 27°C (81°F) during the day and around 20°C (68°F) at night.

 

Best Places to Visit: Siem Reap

 

Festivals or Activities: Explore the famous Angkor Wat temple complex

 

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6. China

China is a vast country with many different regions to explore. In February, the winter season is still in full swing, and temperatures can be chilly. However, this can be an excellent time to visit popular tourist destinations such as Beijing and Shanghai, as there are fewer crowds, and you can enjoy some of the beautiful winter scenery.

 

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Huangpu River Boat Cruise

 

Weather in February: The weather in China during February varies depending on the region you plan to visit. In Northern China, which includes Beijing and Tianjin, temperatures in February can range from -10°C to 5°C (14°F to 41°F). In Eastern China, which includes Shanghai and Hangzhou, temperatures in February can range from 3°C to 12°C (37°F to 54°F). In Southern China, which includes Guangzhou and Hong Kong, temperatures in February can range from 12°C to 20°C (54°F to 68°F).

 

Best Places to Visit: Beijing, Shanghai

 

Festivals or Activities: One of the most popular festivals in China during February (sometimes in January) is the Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival. Celebrations take place all over the country, and visitors can enjoy Spring Festival activities, fireworks, and traditional food.

 

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7. Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago nation located in Southeast Asia, known for its stunning beaches, tropical climate, and friendly locals. During February, the country experiences mild temperatures, making it a perfect time to visit. Popular destinations include Boracay, Palawan, and Siargao, where visitors can enjoy water activities like swimming, snorkeling, and surfing.

 

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El-nido in Palawan

 

Weather in February: In the Philippines, February falls within the dry season or the cool season. The weather during this month is generally pleasant and mild, with average temperatures ranging from 25 to 29°C (77 to 84°F). In some parts of the country, February can also bring occasional rain showers, but these are usually short-lived and not disruptive to travel plans. Overall, February is a great time to visit the Philippines, with comfortable temperatures and relatively dry weather conditions, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities and beach hopping.

 

Best Places to Visit: Boracay, Palawan, and Siargao

 

Festivals or Activities: Panagbenga Festival is also known as Flower Festival or Season of Blooming. This festival is yearly celebrated in Baguio, the summer capital of the Philippines, during the months of February and March.

 

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8. Japan

Japan is a beautiful country that is known for its stunning natural beauty, rich culture, and delicious cuisine. February is an excellent time to visit as the country is blanketed in snow, creating a magical winter wonderland. Popular destinations during this time include Hokkaido, which is known for its skiing and snowboarding, and Kyoto, which is famous for its beautiful temples and shrines. 

 

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Hokkaido Ski Resort

 

Weather in February: Generally speaking, it's a cold and dry month. In Northern Japan, which includes Hokkaido and the Tohoku region, temperatures in February can range from -5°C to 3°C (23°F to 37°F). In Central Japan, which includes Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, temperatures in February can range from 3°C to 10°C (37°F to 50°F).

 

Best Places to Visit: Kyoto, and Hokkaido

 

Festivals or Activities: The annual Sapporo Snow Festival takes place in February and is a must-see for visitors to Japan.

 

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