December

Celebration Time

Oc Bom Boc Festival is a celebration of cultural pastimes in Soc Trang, Vietnam. Once a year the Khmer community from all over Vietnam and even Cambodia turns out for this festival, with longboat races taking place on the Soc Trang River. Races are held according to the lunar calendar on the 15th day of the 10th moon. The races start at noon but things get jumping in Soc Trang the evening before.

Thai Silk Festival gets underway at Chalerm Phrakiat Park in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) with silk fashion shows taking place each day.

Lovely December is an annual event held by the government of Tana Toraja, featuring a variety of works, artworks from the Tana Toraja culture.

International events

The Angkor Half Marathon takes runners past Angkor’s magnificent temples. Starting and finishing at Angkor Wat, the course is pleasantly flat and as expected, visually stunning. Luang Prabang Film Festival is another December event not to be missed, as is Christmas Wonderland in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, and the Hong Kong International Horse Races.


Of course, New Year countdown is a big event in many of the larger Asian cities with celebrations and parties going on through the night.

Weather Patterns

It turns very cold in China and Japan (where the ski season starts), while in Southeast Asia the weather is reliably sunny and dry (great for Con Dao Island in Vietnam. Rain can be expected in parts of Indonesia though in Maluku and Raja Ampat, the weather is dry. Expect rain in Singapore and Malaysia.

An excellent time to travel in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar) while the weather is sunny and dry.

Take advantage of the great weather with trekking in Myanmar (Shan state around Inle Lake, Hsipaw, Kyaing Tong, Putao, Chin State). Now is the best time for a cruise between Mandalay and Bagan in Myanmar.