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10 Best Places to Visit in November 2023 (Southeast Asia)

Best Places to Visit in November

With the cold weather and dark nights closing in on us, you may be wondering what are the best places to visit in November. Today I’m going to share with you some warm places to visit in November.

With the challenging year we’ve had I’m sure you’re looking to escape and relax. I know for me, I’m looking to find a warm-weather destination, and South East Asia is one of the best regions for a winter trip.

I hope to provide you with some inspiration today for your next trip abroad.

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1Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Thailand

November marks the end of the rainy season in Thailand, and so this time of year welcomes back tourists from around the world. One destination that is particularly great to visit during this time is Chiang Mai, located in the north.

The first of the month sees the Loi Krathong festival, where you can see lanterns and flower boats throughout the city. Chiang Mai offers great night markets and nightlife, making it a vibrant and exciting destination.

If you love nature and wildlife, enjoy meeting Asian elephants and going on day or two long hikes in this region.

It’s one of the best places to visit in November in Thailand and offers a lot of affordable accommodation options. Also, consider twinning this destination with Chiang Rai or Bangkok.

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2Boracay, The Philippines

Boracay The Philippines

If you are looking for the best beaches to visit in November, head to the Philippines. My top choice for a beach trip is Boracay, which offers stunning white beaches.

My favorite beach is called White Beach, and I love strolling along the White Beach Path. Also take the Diniwid Beach Road down to a small, peaceful beach.

If you are looking for some shopping following a day of relaxing, enjoy the D’mall de Boracay, which is a busy shopping street.

In November, the average high temperatures will be around 31°C, and the average low is 24°C. Boracay is a great option for travelers of all budgets, with accommodation available to suit all needs.

From the other side of the island, you can get a quick ferry boat to the Negros Island, the 4th Largest Island in the Philippines

If you looking to stay more in the Philippines, check our guide for the best time to visit the Philippines.

See also: Discover the Best Places to Visit in the Philippines


Marina Bay Singapore
Marina Bay. Source:

For a unique city break, head to Singapore to escape the winter weather. Singapore is an incredible city, with something for all tastes and interests.

In November, expect an average high temperature of around 30°C and a low of 25°C. However, prepare for rain at any time, due to Singapore’s tropical year-round climate.

My favorite places to visit in Singapore include the incredible Marina Bay Sands hotel. Enjoy a day or evening strolling around the Gardens by the Bay, and don’t miss going on the OBCB Skyway.

For families or adrenaline-junkies, head over to Sentosa and Universal Studios Singapore. And for nature lovers, enjoy the Singapore Night Safari.

If you enjoy dining out, experience the amazing Chinatown street food market.

Also, Singapore offers many opportunities of having fun after dark so you should check what are the best places to party in Singapore.

This is a great place to dine on a budget. You will be surprised that Singapore has some good hostel choices, which makes traveling here much more affordable than you may expect.

This city really will keep you busy for a good week or so, which is why it’s one of my favorite places to go in November.

4The Gili Islands, Indonesia

Gili Meno Indonesia Underwater Statues
Gili Meno. Source:

Another great destination in SouthEast Asia is Bali, and in particular, the Gili Islands. For some of the best beaches in November, the Gili islands offer something to fit everyone’s desires.

The great thing about visiting Bali is that it is very safe and affordable for any travel budget. There are amazing hostels and budget accommodation options that will help your money go much further.

There are three different islands to choose from: Gili Air, Gili Meno, and the most visited island, Gili Trawangan. The most developed island of Gili Trawangan offers great beaches and nighttime parties.

Located between the other two islands, Gili Meno is the smallest island and is perfect for couples. Gili Air offers an authentic Indonesian island experience. All three islands are great for scuba divers, or beginners who want to complete their Open Water certification.

See also: 13 Best Places to Visit in October and Travel Ideas

5Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Thailand city overview

If you are looking for another city option for November, consider visiting Bangkok.

The bustling capital of Thailand has direct flights from many places around the world and is a great hub for starting a trip around Thailand. Check our guide for the best time to visit Thailand.

Enjoy experiencing the Thai culture by visiting The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. I love experiencing the floating markets here, as well as the Chatuchak Weekend Market.

For backpackers, don’t miss the famous Khaosan Road nightlife, where many of the budget accommodations are based. Bangkok offers a great contrast between traditional and modern offerings within the city.

See also: Best Time to Visit Bangkok by Month


Ha Long Bay Vietnam
Ha Long Bay. Source:

If you are looking to do an extended trip around SE Asia, I’d also highly recommend adding Vietnam to your travel plans.

Start your trip in Ho Chi Minh City, where I’d highly recommend taking a day trip to the nearby Củ Chi tunnels. Also, you should check the best restaurants to eat and the nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City.

One of my favorite places to visit, which is nice and warm in November, is Hoi An.

This ancient town is lovely for relaxing and strolling around and offers some great shopping and dining opportunities. It’s very walkable, so wherever you stay, you’ll enjoy popping out for dinner and drinks in the evening.

Ha Long Bay is an incredible sight, and I’d highly recommend taking a cruise here if time affords it. Make sure to book the right time as the temperature in Ha Long Bay could be very low in the winter season.

Finally, Hanoi is another excellent destination, with the Bach Ma Temple and affordable markets. Check these day trips from Hanoi if you would like to see what northern Vietnam has to offer.

See also: Best Places to Visit in Vietnam


Angkor Wat Temples Overview
Angkor Wat.

One of my favorite destinations in the whole of SouthEast Asia is Cambodia, and it’s one of the best places to travel in November.

Throughout the country, you can expect high temperatures. For example, in the beach region of Sihanoukville, high temperatures usually reach up to 28°C. This only drops to 20°C after dark.

The capital of Phnom Penh has temperatures in November of between 25°C and 30°C. Of course, no trip to Cambodia is complete without visiting Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.

If you enjoy the nightlife, this is also a fantastic area for partying in after a busy day of sightseeing. Dining and drinking are very reasonably priced here, so make the most of it!

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Vientiane Laos overview
Vientiane. Source:

A great country to link with Cambodia is nearby Laos. Luang Prabang makes a good starting point for any trip, with its various temples and cultural sites to introduce you to the country.

Personally, I loved my stay in Vientiane, with the Pha That Luang temple and the Mekong river nearby.

Vang Vieng is also another popular tourist destination. Located on the Nam Song River in Laos, there are also the Tham Poukham and Tham Nam caves to visit.

Also, there are some centuries-old monasteries here that are fascinating to see. In Vientiane and Luang Prabang, expect average temperatures of 23°C.

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Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur.

Linking Thailand and Singapore, Malaysia is one of my favorite parts of this region and is one of the best places to go in November.

Start your visit with Kuala Lumpur, where you can visit the world-famous Petronas Towers (aka Petronas Twin Towers). Enjoy the local food markets and savor the Malaysian cuisine here.

Next up, head to Penang, where you can indulge in even more of the delicious food this country has to offer.

The Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill are two highlights for any visitor.

I find Malaysia to be a very affordable travel destination, and so if you are looking for an extended trip on a budget, this is a great choice this year.

You can also easily combine this trip with Thailand and Singapore by starting in Bangkok and making your way further south.

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Brunei, Borneo

If you are looking for a stop-off on the way to your final destination, consider a few days in the tiny nation of Brunei.

Located on the island of Borneo, the capital of Bandar Seri Begawan is home to the incredible Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque. There are some great hotel options here, and it’s the perfect new destination to explore on a stopover.

The average temperature for November is a delightful 27°C, perfect for relaxing at your hotel pool.

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If you are looking for a destination a little closer to home, I’d also recommend considering European cities and countries. My top choices for November include Greece, Paris, Austria (especially for skiers), Croatia and Portugal.

South-East Asia is the perfect region for any traveler at this time of year, regardless of timing and budget restraints. Whether you enjoy an active or relaxing vacation, one of these destinations listed above will be a good choice for you.

Of course, with these challenging times, take time to check out the travel restrictions for your destination from your home country. You wouldn’t want to have any issues when it comes to entering the country on your trip!