Winters can be a good time to visit the lower parts, but then the highest areas are freezing. Spring (March, April and May), Summer (June, July and August), Autumn (September, October and November) and Winter (December, January and February).
They don’t just provide an excellent trip but take the trouble to really get to know their clients and can make recommendations and suggestions that will enhance an already great experience. It’s the tiny details that can make the difference between a good holiday and an amazing experience.
When the world opens up again, Selective Asia won't just be my first port of call, they will be my only and I would urge anyone to support this superb, small and ethical company, From the time I first contacted Selective Asia, when I had a very useful conversation with Aaron about the type of trip we had in mind, to the very end of our holiday and return home, they provided excellent service.
Aaron worked hard to create an itinerary that would suit us, we were very happy with the hotels and tours they booked for us, and on the whole were more than satisfied with the local guides. We booked a holiday of a lifetime to Borneo, which was extremely well planned, accommodation was great and very much enjoyed it until the Malaysian government closed the country due to COVID-19 and we had 24 hours to leave the country.
Selective Asia were responsible for all travel while in Malaysia but I’d booked the flights to and from the country through BA. While Nick and his team were working at 1am in the morning to get us out the country, BA wouldn’t answer the phone and refused to get us home.
Once this was all confirmed we had access to a great app that had all the information required to make a stress-free trip. Quarantine Support: There was nothing that Nick or the team could have done about this it was simply the Viennese government being ultra cautious.
HOWEVER, whist most tour operators abandoned their quests Selective ensured we had a rep onsite at the facility who would bring us food and drink and even a pack of cards. Nick was always available day and night to answers questions and update us on what they were doing to support our early release.
Post Quarantine Support: Once back in the UK unlike many of the big tour operators Selective managed to refund a significant portion of our trip which meant insurance paid out on the rest quickly. Horrible experience as we lost our dream holiday to Vietnam but this wasn't Selective fault, and they did they best to help us.
The team have an excellent knowledge of each destination and do include unusual and interesting details to the itinerary which allows for a rich experience of the culture and daily life of the country in question. The team also pay attention to each customer’s budget and tailor make the holiday accordingly.
“A comprehensive, informative, personalized, enjoyable tour of North India” 18 March 2020 A carefully planned trip through North India personalized using quality accommodation transportation and guides.
They carefully listen to your requirements and needs, add a considerable amount of value with their experience and knowledge of the location, then craft you the perfect holiday. Frequent communication, listened to what we wanted to be offered advice when asked for.
The itinerary was perfect with plenty of time for thorough exploration of Angkor Was and other very interesting temples, great excursions to discover village and town life with local interaction in Said Reap and Phenom Pen. Lunch with a local village family following a ride on an oxen cart was particularly memorable.
The guides were knowledgeable and pleasant, the drivers courteous and careful, and the suggested itinerary suited us well. The partners in the countries are equally amazing making the whole adventure very special.
The logistics worked like clockwork, the guides and drivers were always there when they were supposed to be and were very helpful and informative. In Bhutan, a small Asian country crossed by the Himalayas, the climate is influenced by altitude : it is subtropical in the lowlands, and becomes progressively colder as you climb the mountains slopes.
In addition, the climate is influenced by the summer monsoon, which brings rains and widespread cloudiness for almost six months per year, but especially from June to late September. Spring, from March to May, is hot, especially in April and May, when the temperature can reach as high as 40 °C (104 °F); in addition, afternoon thunderstorms become more frequent.
From June to mid-October, it's the monsoon season, with abundant rainfall, sometimes torrential, which are enhanced by the proximity to the mountains, and muggy heat. In hilly and mountainous areas up to 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), the climate becomes progressively milder, with relatively cold, dry winters and warm, rainy summers, with monsoon rains on the southern side, while in some inland valleys, the summer rains are less intense.
For example, in Punk, located at 1,300 meters (4,250 feet), the average temperature ranges from 11 °C (52 °F) in January to 24 °C (75 °F) in July, so the summer is quite hot and humid despite the altitude. In the capital, Thimphu, located in a valley, at an altitude varying between 2,200 and 2,600 meters (7,200 and 8,500 ft), the average temperature ranges from 5 °C (41 °F) in January to 20 °C (68 °F) in the period from June to August.
In some inland valleys, like that of Dakar, at 2,500 meters (8,200 ft), the monsoon penetrates with more difficulty, so much so that the annual precipitation is lower, and doesn't go above 750 mm (29.5 in) per year, though it still follows the same pattern, with a winter minimum and a summer maximum. Above 2,800 meters (9,200 ft), the daily average temperature in January drops around freezing, and even summer nights become cold.
During the summer, the rains can make the roads muddy, so travelling can be difficult, in addition, clouds can hide the mountain peaks. In winter, the weather is generally good, but it's cold in the mountains, in addition, snow can fall at high altitudes, and it can also block some passes.
For Punk and around 1,500 meters (5,000 feet), bring spring/autumn clothes for the day, warm for the evening, a jacket, a hat, a scarf, sunglasses, sunscreen. For Thimphu and above 2,000 meters (6,500 feet), warm clothes for the evening, but during the day, a fleece and a light jacket may be sufficient; hiking shoes.
At higher altitudes, cold weather clothing, synthetic, thermal long underwear, a fleece, a parka, a wind jacket, warm boots. In summer: for the plain, bring lightweight clothing of natural fibers, a light raincoat or umbrella.