There are so many cool holiday getaways in this region to book with the family. And if you are a fan of skiing or snowboarding, you’re in luck! One of the best family skiing destinations in the world is within your reach and we can tell you all about it.
Snow, snow, snow in Niseko
Yes, France has miles of pistes, the US have Whistler and Austria has the best apres-ski, but if there is one place with all the powder snow in the world, it’s in Japan! Niseko is perfect for your next family ski holiday; there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy with so many slopes, lessons, and challenges to choose from. And it has a ridiculous average snowfall of over 15 meters. Bring a snorkel!
How to get to your family ski holiday in Niseko
Niseko is on the Northern Japanese Island of Hokkaido. From Saigon, you fly to Tokyo and from there, you need to fly another 90 minutes to Sapporo (New Chitose Airport). Arrange pick-up if you can or book one of the coach bus transfers. Check your arrival and departure times, because the bus has a limited schedule. Note that the drive to Niseko is about 2 hours. True, this family ski holiday is not next door, but boy oh boy, it is so worth it!
What to do in this Japanese ski region
Niseko has not one, not two, and not even three ski resorts: there are a whopping four snow resorts in Japan’s official number one skiing region! The area of Hokkaido includes the ski slopes of Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu, and Hanazono. No wonder it attracts families, ski buffs and beginners from all around the world.
Niseko has great facilities for a family ski holiday in Japan. The awesome ski instructors come from all over the world and speak decent English, and there’s enough choice for accommodation to stay with and without children. Also, the ski rental companies are efficient and more than equipped for all kinds of snow fans, whether it’s kids, adults, ski amateurs or board professionals.
A ski holiday for all levels
The most important facility here; there are runs for all levels of ski- and snowboard expertise. Head to the easier slopes of Annupuri with your younger kids or if you’re feeling less brave. And advance onto the off-piste and more challenging courses at Grand Hirafu, Hanazono, and Niseko Village once you’ve found your steady feet!
Top tip for lunch: make sure you visit Boyoso. It’s the only lunch lodge right on the piste that is not owned by the resorts but is run by the first Japanese man that climbed the Mount Everest. Go early so you can get yourself a nice noodle soup and a seat at the fireplace before the crowds come in.
Where to eat and drink in Niseko
After zooming down the pistes, life starts in the town center. In the center of Niseko, lower Hirafu, you’ll find cozy restaurants, little bars with sake on the menu and a few nice boutiques here. A great place to have a family lunch or dinner, or just a hot cocoa with the kids is the Green Farm Cafe, which is situated in the middle of town. We really liked Wild Bill’s, which looked like a cozy wooden chalet in the middle of a winter wonderland. It has a decently priced menu of western and Japanese food. Just don’t get in there too late, when it becomes more of an Aussie bar instead of a nice dinner cafe.
If you are a meat lover, you can have an excellent meal in the more pricey and upscale Steak Rosso Rosso, which is near the perfect place for a nightcap: The Buddha Bar. The kids will love this snow-hut where they can draw on the walls while you sip your sake.
Another great one for the family in Niseko Village is Kabuki 2, which serves delicious teppanyaki right under your nose. Or get some takeout from the various food trucks that are parked near the Seicomart. Able to arrange a babysitter? Go to The Barn, which is hip and happening, but less suitable for children. Don’t forget to make a reservation well in advance for all these dinner spots.
Apart from the steep costs of your perfect family ski holiday, a real downside of this area is that the supermarkets are pretty far out of town. Without a rental car, they are difficult to reach. There are some small supermarkets, but they don’t offer much. You can take a taxi to do some grocery shopping at the bigger supermarkets, but better do it at the beginning of the week and stock up, because, like the rest of Japan, taxis are expensive.
What to bring to your family ski trip in Hokkaido
On average, Niseko gets over 15 meters of top quality snowfall each season, which is spectacular. Besides the stellar ski and snowboard experience, it also means that it snows constantly. So bring the right kind of snow goggles and ski gear, because it’s cold out there; minus 15 degrees on the piste is normal. The good thing is, it’s dry snow, so with the right thermowear you will be A-okay. And otherwise, just warm up in one of the fabulous onsens (hot water springs)!
Where to stay in Niseko
For those traveling with kids or groups, check out the various apartments and chalets you can rent via the Niseko Tourism site or via Airbnb. They offer some perfect options for your family ski holiday. You can easily stay in one resort since you still have the option to catch a shuttle bus to the others slopes in Niseko.
If you rather stay in a hotel, the Aya Niseko has a variety of rooms as well as a kids’ club to keep the children entertained. We also like Ki Niseko, which has a fabulous location right on the slope and next to the ski school.
When to go on this awesome family snow trip
What do you know, the TET holidays are the perfect time to visit the snowy hills of the Hokkaido area. But Christmas is also excellent for your next family ski trip here; the season starts in December till March. Nine gates of pow, pow and more pow are waiting for you!
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Having some travel fever? A need to get your feet in the sand? There’s no time like island time! And you’re in luck: you can find the most beautiful holiday islands near Vietnam. From luxury private islands to budget friendly family beach havens: here’s our epic island list.
The best island holiday on Bintan island
Just a 90 minute flight away, off the coast of Singapore, lies the island of Bintan. Also known as Singapore’s playground, it’s filled with great resorts that will suit everyone’s taste. You can book yourself a luxurious stay at the Banyan Tree or The Sansaya or go for a family vacay at Club Med. Bintan also has some more budget friendly options such as The Bintan serviced appartments.
Getting there is easy. Just fly to Singapore and take the Tanah Merah ferry (1 hour) to Bintan.
Cast away at beautiful Nikoi Island
Near Vietnam lies one of our favorite islands for a sunny escape; the almost unreal Nikoi Island. It’s a top of the bill private island, on the other side of Bintan. Surrounded by white sandy beaches and beautiful coral reefs, this is the perfect place to unwind and relax! The driftwood beach houses are in balance with nature, the food is fantastic and the staff is great with kids. Just put your feet in the sand and chill away.
Getting there: fly to Singapore and take the ferry from Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal (1 hour) to Bintan. You’ll be picked up by the Nikoi Island staff, who’ll drive you to the jetty on the other side of the island. From there it’s a short boat tour to Pulau Nikoi.
Family time: Rawa island, Malaysia
Back in the days, Rawa Island was the spot for your beach holiday. And it’s still very popular among families. Kids get hyper when they see the cool slides from the jetty, straight into the sea, and parents marvel at the pretty, white beaches surrounded by coconut trees. Stay in one of the stilted cabins, right on the beach and see the sun go down at cocktail time.
Getting there: fly to Singapore and drive to Mersing (3 hours). From there it’s a short speed boat ride.
Stay at Blissful Batu Batu
One of the most beautiful islands near Vietnam is this one. True, it’s a bit longer than an hours flight but it’s sooo worth it.
Whether you favor the beach or the infinity pool, there’s no need to choose at this stunning private island resort. Located in Malaysia’s uninhabited Pulau Tengah, this island is a slice of heaven in itself. You can chill at the beach, go snorkeling or diving or just reconnect with your loved ones. Next to that, Batu Batu has a strong ecological drive and organises conservation missions like Turtle Watch Camp. Yep, we’re fans!
Getting there: fly to Singapore and drive to Mersing (3 hours). The resort can tell help you arrange. From Mersing it’s a short speed boat ride.
Explore Whale Island, Vietnam
Not only near Vietnam, but actually ín Vietnam, is Whale Island. An option that’s a bit friendlier for the wallet and only a short flight away. The sea here is clear and shallow, making it ideal to watch the beautiful fish with the little ones. The Whale Island Resort organizes tours to the stunning coral reefs nearby if you like to do some more serious snorkeling or diving. Visitors can stay at the Whale Island resort, which is basic but pleasant and has a nice bar overlooking the bay.
Getting there: From Ho Chi Minh City, fly to Thuy Hoa. From there it is an 80-minute drive to the jetty, via a beautiful, scenic route. Alternatively, you can fly to Nha Trang, from where it is a 3-hour transfer to the jetty. A boat will take you to the island in about 15 minutes.
A romantic island stay at Con Dao
The ultimate romantic island of Vietnam must be Con Dao. An island with a history and home to the exquisite Six Senses resort. Not your cheapest stay, but it’s the ultimate zone-out place. And a treat for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts as it’s one of the best snorkeling- and diving areas of Vietnam.
Or borrow a motorbike from the resort and go for a drive around the island. Officially Con Dao still is a protected National Park and has many treasures. If you’re lucky you’ll get to see turtles eggs hatching on one of the hidden beaches.
Getting there is easy. Just hop on the direct flight to Con Dao from Ho Chi Minh City.
Feeling fantastic at Phu Quoc island
Once a black pepper island, Phu Quoc now offers something for every visitor. From white sandy beaches to starfish shores and zipline attractions. You have a varied choice of stay too, as the resort is packed to the brim with all sorts of all-inclusive swanky resorts, cool boutique resorts and budget cabins. We love the Mango Bay eco resort but some rather opt for a stay with aircon, such as The Salinda or one of the other bigger resorts.
Getting there is easy. There are several direct flights to Phu Quoc.
Islands near Vietnam: top ranking Phuket
Phuket has been in the top beach vacay ranks for years now and with good reason. This island is home to dozens of unspoiled beaches with clear blue waters. And since there are direct flights from Vietnam now, it’s one of the islands that is so near to Vietnam that you’re there in an hour. Just make sure you avoid the dreadful Patong area.
A resort that is hitting all the right notes in our book is the The Cove. Set up in a bay at the Andaman Sea, this small resort offers beautiful rooms, a perfect beach restaurant and a shallow sea to dip your toes in.
Getting there: there’s a direct flight from about anywhere to Phuket. Most resorts will pick you up at the airport.
Have a great family holiday in blissful Bali
Of course the king of all holiday islands is known as Bali. Despite the fact that it’s getting busier on the island, it will still give you that peaceful feeling straight after touchdown. There’s something to do for everyone: chill at the beach, go snorkeling or finally take that surfing lesson! Stay in Seminyak, the hip and happening Bali hub, known for its great restaurants, boutique shops, and lively beach clubs. Or go to the laidback Uluwatu, on the Southern tip of Bali, a nice alternative to the crowdy areas. The green and lush Ubud is popular for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies. Read this, if you want to know exactly where to go in Bali this holiday.
Getting there: there’s a direct flight to Bali. But be careful, Christmas is not the best Bali time.
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In need of a romantic romantic getaway with your soulmate? Somewhere beautiful, in or near Vietnam and peachy perfect? We’ve got a helluva list of lovey dovey spots lined up- you’ll be sipping mojito’s in paradise in no-time. Oh, and here’s a thought. Copy this link and send it right over to your better half!
Romantic getaways in South Vietnam
Just one hour away from Ho Chi Minh City by plane is the ultimate romantic destination of Vietnam- the magical island of Con Dao. An island with a history and home to just two stunning hotels. It’s the ultimate zone-out place, but also a treat for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. Without a doubt, a place to get some child-free relaxation. You can either stay at the charming boutique hotel Poulo Condor or go all the way and stay at the stunning Six Senses.
If you prefer to travel by car, this hidden gem in the Mekong Delta might be the perfect romantic getaway for you and your loved one. Overlooking the Mekong River while enjoying the beautiful swimming pool or the yummy Vietnamese and French cuisine, The Island Lodge has all the ingredients for the perfect getaway for just the two of you. It’s only a 2-hour drive from Saigon, but paradise doesn’t have to be far away!
Longing for some fresh air, green, lush surroundings and all this in a romantic setting? Oh boy, then Dalat is your destination. Dalat is also known as Asia’s little Paris. We wouldn’t go that far, but it sure is a great getaway and you’ll love the peace & quiet. Built in the 1920’s, the Ana Mandara Resort & Spa has 17 romantic superior villas with mountain views and crispy air. No need to go to Switzerland after all!
Romantic getaways in Central & North Vietnam
You wouldn’t necessarily think of Hanoi when thinking of a romantic getaway, but here’s why you should. The legendary Métropole Hotel is one you will remember. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous, you will have shared your experience with people like Jane Fonda, Bill Clinton, Charlies Chaplin, Vladimir Putin and many, many more. Built in 1901, this historical hotel has many stories to tell. Dig deep, ’cause it ain’t cheap, but so worth it.
What is more romantic than spending a few nights together on a private boat in one of the most magnificent areas of Asia? Exactly. Halong Bay is home to the intriguing limestone islands and one of the world’s natural wonders. Indochina Junk offers 1-cabin boats and the experience is more than amazing. To wake up in UNESCO world heritage is something you have to see for yourself to believe it. Halong Bay is packed with tourists on boats these days, but Indochina Junk picks a different area where there are fewer boats. And if you go two nights, you’ll go further than the day-trip tourists. We also advise to go in 2019, because as of 2020, boat companies are only allowed to organize 1-day trips.
Only 25 minutes from one of the most charming cities of Vietnam, Hue and the alluring Perfume River (although the actual ‘perfume’ of the river might not be so alluring this time and day…) is the truly stunning Villa Louise. Ridiculously romantic with lovely rooms, gorgeous interiors and beautiful surroundings. And not to forget a private beach. This recommendation comes with a risk though, because after staying at this gem, you will want to extend your stay to…forever!
Romantic getaways near Vietnam
Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in Cambodia
If you and your alter ego are looking for a romantic getaway, but want to do some sightseeing as well, this is one to put on your must-visit list. Siem Reap in Cambodia has lots to offer on the romantic menu. The Beige is just about as romantic as it gets and will score you big points with your partner.
The famous FCC Hotel Angkor in town used to be the mansion of the French colonial Governor and is one of Cambodia’s most famous hotels. Only 8 minutes away from the Angkor Wat premises, this hotel oozes colonial charm and offers a unique experience.
For tips on what to do during your stay in Siem Reap, here is a great overview.
Phuket in Thailand
Phuket, Thailand used to be a hassle to go to from Ho Chi Minh City, but now there are daily direct flights and those days are over. And lucky you, we know just the place for a romantic getaway. The Cove Phuket has beautiful boutique cottages right at the beach. And it’s not a full-moon party beach you’re trying to avoid on your just-the-two-of-you-escape. This is one of the most striking secret beaches of Phuket; Ao Yon Beach on the Panwa peninsula in Southeast Phuket. And pssst, The Cove belongs to the same owners as The Deck and Mekong Merchant so you’re covered when it comes to delicious food too.
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Having a holiday abroad might be a challenge the coming period…What a bummer! But we try to look at it from the bright side: it’s a great opportunity for traveling in beautiful Vietnam. And pssst…there are some amazing deals now!
Traveling in Vietnam: bucket list destinations
Of course we should pay attention to the bucket list destinations in Vietnam. The summer months are not the best period for North Vietnam, but hey, we’re used to hot temperatures and rain in Saigon as well.
In Vietnam, adventurous Halong Bay is a must do destination. Named on all the global travel lists as one of the most beautiful places on earth, it will take your breath away. Spending at least 2 (better 3) nights on the water is ideal and will give you enough time to explore the caves, go kayaking, enjoy the scenery and get zen. But make sure to visit the right area in the right time of year, mid summer can be quite hot and humid. Best to go a bit before or just after summer. Check out our tips here.
Hanoi is a perfect city trip, with or without the family. September an October are perfect months to visit the capital. Packed with history and full of great sight seeing and the yummiest street food ever, it’s a family friendly hotspot you shouldn’t miss. We have summarized all our tips for the perfect city trip here.
We highly recommend to combine your Hanoi trip with some days in Sapa, where the Sapa sisters can organize a nice hike for you. Take the night train or arrange a car transfer via the hotel (5.5 hours drive). Hanoi is also a great combo with a visit to the beautiful Ninh Binh area, which is only 2 hours away.
Traveling in Vietnam: let’s explore further
For all adventurous souls, we recommend a trip to the caves in Phuong Nha. As you might know, the biggest cave in the world is in Vietnam and people from all around the world come to experience it. Not a light expedition though. But luckily for us there are other, smaller caves around it. The caves are situated near Phong Nha National Park, which is also perfect for medium trekking.
If your travel companions are old enough, you can do a bike- or hike tour to explore this fantastic green area. The whole family will be happy the peppy! Check out Chay Lap Farmstay for your stay and Oxalis for all kinds of hikes and tours.
Zip lining and hot springs
Another great tip for traveling in Vietnam is an adventurous slash relaxed stay at the Alba resort in Hue. Next to the historic site of Hue, this resort is known for its relaxing hot springs and its awesome zip line park. Something for everyone!
Cool down in green Dalat
Did someone say fresh air? As the temperatures can rise high in Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat has one big fat plus and that’s the climate. Set in the Central Highlands, most of Vietnam’s flowers, coffee and strawberries come from here. There’s lots to do around Dalat: you can visit a coffee- or flower farm or go ziplining with the kids. Take one of the lovely hiking trails in the woods of Dalat, check out the mind boggling crazy house or let yourself go at rafting.
Visit between November and May to see Dalat at its best; when the flowers are blooming and everything’s green. After May it can be a bit more wet but we love to go there anyway.
Long weekends in Vietnam: let’s hit the beach
It’s lovely to be traveling in Vietnam and to explore, but sometimes you just need some beach time. Vietnam has great beach destinations, like Hoi An, Na Trang or the hidden gem Whale Island and they’re perfect for a quick getaway. Plus, it will be much more relaxed without the hundreds of tourists now. All the inside tips for our all time fav destination Hoi An can be found here.
Of course Con Dao is the ultimate beach destination. Relax, enjoy, relax seems to be the motto of this small island of the coast of Ho Chi Minh City. Chances are you’re overwhelmed with its beauty and the magnificent views. It’s the ultimate zone-out place, but also a treat for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts.
If you’re traveling in Vietnam and want to avoid air travel, then head off to Mui Ne. It’s a 3.5-hour drive from Saigon and has many amazing resorts to choose from. The weather is beautiful this time of the year, which makes Mui Ne the perfect, hassle free destination. Check out our great tips for hotels and activities in Mui Ne.
Great stays just around the corner
Let’s start with some great options just around the corner. For a stay in the Mekong, it’s only a 90 minute drive to the lovely Island Lodge. Perfect for a quick getaway, it offers a lovely scenery by the river, beautiful rooms and a nice pool to relax by.
The five star alternative in the Mekong is called The Azerai. It’s a bit further, in Can Tho (3.5 hour drive). But if you’re in need of some serious pampering, it’s sooo worth the drive. Enjoy a trip to the floating market, take a Vietnamese cooking class or take some laps in the extensive pool, it’s all bliss!
Up for some glamping in the green? The Hippo Farm is perfect for you. The Hippo Farm is situated at a convenient 40 minute drive from Ho Chi Minh City, in the green countryside. Bring your own food and drinks, fire up the BBQ and sit at the lovely pool. Or do some walking or horseback riding (the hippo part refers to the lovely horses they keep here). You can even take riding lessons. And if you want to stay over, you can rent one of the 4 basic cabins. Very kid- and dog friendly and great for groups.
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So you want to go to the beach... and see some more of Vietnam… and enjoy some culture… You’re in luck! Travelling to Hoi An will bring you all that and more. A beautiful Vietnamese village, with cozy little restaurants and views that just shout ‘Instagram me’.
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Travelling with the family in Asia: one of the great things about living in this corner of the world is the number of fantastic travel destinations surrounding you. There are some great escapes like Singapore and Hong Kong which are easy to reach and will give you that instant sunny feeling. And then there are some perfect bucket list destinations for anyone who has a week or more.
Have a great family holiday in blissful Bali
Ah Bali. The big plus of living of travelling in Asia is Bali. Despite the fact that it’s getting busier on the island, it will still give you that peaceful feeling straight after touchdown. And for families there is loads to do: chill at the beach, go snorkeling or finally take that surfing lesson! Stay in Seminyak, the hip and happening Bali hub, known for its great restaurants, boutique shops, and lively beach clubs. Or go to the laidback Uluwatu, on the Southern tip of Bali, a nice alternative to the crowdy areas. The green and lush Ubud is popular for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies. Read this, if you want to know exactly where to go in Bali this holiday.
Travelling with the family in Asia: visit the elephants in Sri Lanka
If you have travelled a bit more with your family in Asia, you are ready for the next level. Have you thought of Sri Lanka for your next family holiday? It’s getting more and more popular and for good reason! Sri Lanka is becoming a nice tourist destination. A country that has it all; beaches, wildlife, great food, and lovely people. Visit the ancient city of Galle, which has history, style and nice restaurants all packed into one. Take the kids on safari at Yala National Park to see crocodiles, elephants and more. And top it off with the beautiful beaches near Unawatuna. Not sure when to go or where to book? We’ll tell you all about it in this awesome Sri Lanka itinerary.
Camper Galore: driving through beautiful New Zealand with the family
If you have done some travelling in Asia and are ready for something completely different, this it it. Enter New Zealand. The South Island of New Zealand, land of the Lord of the Rings, is just as breathtaking as in the movies. The fresh air, the spectacular views and the variety in nature make this trip the ultimate zen holiday for the whole fam clan.
Fly to Christchurch or Auckland, rent a camper and visit all the New Zealand highlights. Lake Tekapo, Queenstown, the Marlborough Sounds and Akaroa are only a few of the must-visits in this beautiful country. We set up the perfect South Island itinerary for you.
West Australia: kids travel heaven
If you are exploring travelling in Asia with family, you should check out Australia -okay, Asia Pasific- as well! Because the Margaret River Area is a true treat for all members of the family: there is great food, wine and craft beer for the adults, while the kids can choose between hundreds of activities and end their fun day at the ice cream farm. Whether you book a camper or go by car, there are several highlights that will make the whole family very very happy. Think of the beautiful Smith Beach, the charming town of Freemantle and the wildlife park in Perth. Read our feature for the full list of must-do’s in the Margaret River area.
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A breathtaking and majestic, the rocks of Halong Bay are a famous Vietnamese tourist attraction and for good reason. But here is our inside scoop: within Halong Bay, skip the regular tourist area and go to Cat Ba- an area that is equally beautiful, but does not have the masses of tourists.
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Looking for a few days away, not too far from home? Head to The Island Lodge, a beautiful hotel in the Mekong. Great ambiance, a stunning pool and lovely food awaits you. And the best thing? It’s only a 2 hour drive away!
Set up in 2015 by French owners Michel and Francoise, The Island Lodge is the perfect getaway from Saigon. Although only a few hours a way from the city, you’ll find yourself in a completely different world. Greeted by lush green gardens, spacious rooms and a fresh breeze coming from the water, it’ll feel like a holiday immediately!
The Island Lodge is the right place for relaxing
If your itinerary is relaxing, reading, lounging, spa-ing, dining and soaking up natural beauty, you’re at the right place. The Island lodge has a beautiful pool overlooking the Mekong river, the perfect setting to create instant bliss. If you need some extra relaxation, there’s a spa, sauna and jacuzzi. And let’s not forget some taste bud pampering; after signature cocktails at the lovely lounge bar, it’s time for dinner. The chef at the Island Lodge is known for his Vietnamese and French fusion cuisine and has created a tasty menu.
Go with friends, family or sans kids
Offering spacious rooms, The island Lodge is perfect for a weekend away from the city with the kids. Or take friends and let them get a feel of the Mekong. The various tours will give them enough options to see what this bustling region is all about. But for us, this boutique resort is also the perfect romantic getaway; no need to take a flight, but far enough to finally have some time together!
Exploring the Mekong
Did enough relaxing? The Island Lodge is the perfect spot to explore the Mekong. The hotel organizes bike- and boat tours that will give you a good feel of Mekong life; the orchards, the floating markets, the coconut factories and the Mekong villages. If you’re the adventurous type, they offer tours that go off the beaten track. Taking it easy? Rent your own bike and explore the neighborhood. There are electric bikes as well.
How to get to The Island Lodge
Getting there is the easy part. The Island Lodge is situated in My Tho, on an island in the Mekong River. It’s a 2 hour drive by car from Saigon. Transport can be arranged if needed.
Special discounts apply from May till August!
The best time for visiting is between September and April. The months after December are relatively dry and up until March, it is not too hot. A big bonus of these months is that it is the fruit season and the Mekong area is full of orchards. The raining season starts in May and lasts until August. But the good news is that The Island Lodge offers a summer package for the May to October period: if you stay for 3 nights, you only have to pay for 2. The rains usually don’t last that long and are quite refreshing, so we say go for it!