It's the perfect time of year for pottering around the Gili Islands, Indonesia (image courtesy Shutterstock).
Rain sweeps across the country this month. Temperatures remain high, around 28 degrees, and the humidity can soar to 70% during the day. Short, sharp showers make everything slightly more bearable.
Expect the heaviest rainfall on the south coast and in the Cardamom Mountains. There is still sunshine between the showers, however, and being low season, tourists are fewer and further between.
If you’re heading to areas in the more rural north, check road conditions before you go.
June is a bit of this and a bit of that in terms of the weather in Vietnam. The centre is hot, dry and bright while the wet season has begun in the south. Expect daily downpours. In the north, summer has eased in with plenty of heat and rain. If you’re looking for a beach holiday, the central coastal areas - including Hoi An, Nha Trang and Dalat - are still relatively sunny. But it’s inadvisable to trek in the northern mountains as it will be too wet. Southern areas - including Ho Tram, Con Dao and Phu Quoc - will be rainy but there is also plenty of sunshine.
It’s a wet story here too this month, although the downpours tend to be short and sharp. Expect temperatures in the mid- to high-20s with plenty of humidity.
As a general rule, the higher you are, the wetter it is. Vientiane, down on the riverside, experiences the least rain. Both Luang Prabang and Vientiane are cooler than the south of the country. If you’re looking for adventure in Vang Vieng, the waterfalls come to life at this time of year and the countryside turns lush and green. It is possible to travel around, but wet conditions will make more rural areas inaccessible.
It’s a rainy tale here too, as the wet season sets in up north and makes its way south by the end of the month. Expect heavy rainfall across the whole country. However, if you’re desperate for a beach stop, Bohol, Cebu and Siarao experience less rain than the north.
However, as with other regions in southeast Asia, the rain turns the landscape lush and green. The Chocolate Hills of Bohol lose their brown hue and turn green.
Expect highs of around 30 degrees, particularly in Manila.
It’s a tale of two coastlines this month. The west coast and islands, including Langkawi and Penang, are hot and humid, with heavy downpours as the southwest monsoon blows over. Don’t be surprised to experience thunderstorms and the seas are choppy.
Over on the east coast, including Tioman Island and Perhentian Islands, Malaysia enjoys sunshine and great conditions for snorkelling and diving. Expect blue skies, sunshine and plenty of visitors.
The weather is still reasonably good with lots of sunshine but with the increasing chance of a shower. Temperatures remain high, at around 30 degrees. On the islands, Koh Chang and Koh Kood are especially wet. There is a chance of rain also in Phuket, Khao Lak and Krabi. Hua Hin and the east coast islands of Koh Samui and Koh Pha Ngan have the best of the sunshine at this time of year. Diving remains good off the east coast.
This is a great time to visit. Dive conditions are great throughout the country - think clear, warm waters and plenty of marine life. Head to Komodo National Park and the Gili Islands for some great underwater encounters.
June is one of the best months to visit the popular holiday island of Bali. Expect sunshine, blue skies and temperatures around 27 degrees.
Nusa Tenggara, which includes Lombok, the Gilis, Flores, Komodo National Park and Sumba, is best visited at this time of year, too.
However, in West Papua and Raja Ampat, June is one of the wettest months of the year. Expect short, sharp showers and quite windy conditions by the middle of the month. Boat journeys can be rough.
The summer monsoon has arrived for Tea Country and western and southern coastal areas. The wind increases the chance of rainfall in the west and south. However, it doesn’t always rain every day, and sometimes just in the afternoon, so there’s still a chance of a few beach days. Swimming in the ocean is not recommended.
Expect chillier weather up in the hills.
In the north and on the east coast conditions are dry and bright.
Peak rainfall typically arrives in June. There is also an increased risk of storms. The wet season begins in May but downpours tend to be short-lived. Average maximum temperatures are around 30 degrees with around seven hours of sunshine a day. Around 14 days of rainfall are expected at this time of year.