October can either be best, or worst time to visit some countries in Asia. Be it the Golden Week of China, Monsoon season in South-East Asia, or the festive season in India, these can all have a huge impact on your holiday plans. Let us bring you through some of these October Holiday Destinations, Hits and Misses.
China’s National Day falls on 1st October, hence the first week of October is also the National Golden Week for Chinese to take a break from their work and have fun. The crowd at the airport is immerse during this period, and places of attraction will be filled with visitors. Train and entry tickets will be extremely hard to get too. This year, the Mid-Autumn Festival will fall on the Golden Week too, so do expect lots of festive celebrations. If you really like to experience the festive mood over there, be sure to book the tickets and accommodation in advance. Otherwise, it may be better to avoid the Golden Week when you’re planning to visit China.
2. Kyoto, Japan
Jidai Matsuri (时代祭) is an annual festival that takes place on 22nd October in Kyoto, Japan. During the parade participants will dress themselves up with Samurai armour or traditional costumes from the various eras of Japanese history. There are usually about 2000 participants, and the entire parade will last about 2 hours, which stretches over 5km in length, from the Kyoto Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine. This is one of the most famous festivals in Japan, so you can imagine the amount of spectators during the parade. The crowd is usually the most dense around the Imperial Palace, and towards the surrounding of the Heian Shrine, which are the starting and ending points of the parade. It is best to be there early to get a good spot to experience the parade process. Of course, if you would like to enjoy the usual, serene Kyoto, it is best to avoid the festival period.
3. Bali, Indonesia
Though October will be the Monsoon Season for most countries in South-East Asia, Bali is usually spared from rain till mid-November. In fact, it is also one of the hotter and lower seasons in Bali, so there wouldn’t be too much crowd over at the beaches and attractions. But it is also best to prepare some wet weather programs too, just in case. Thankfully, Bali also offers lots of alternatives like spa massages or shopping. There are no lack of activities in a tourist paradise like Bali!
Ready for October?