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When to travel to avoid the monsoon

Which cities have a monsoon? Top 25 rainiest cities; Colombo, Phuket, Bali and other budget destinations

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Nothing puts a damper on a good city break quite like being stuck in a rainy monsoon. Save yourself some research, by having a quick look at this list of the rainiest months in 25 budget destinations. Travelling to Asia takes especially careful planning, not only are some months very hot but other times of the year are best to avoid because of the rain.

When is the rainiest month in Asia?

If you are travelling to Thailand, you may want to avoid the rainiest months of August and September. Phuket gets 361 mm (14.22 in) of rain in September and Bangkok comes close to matching that. If you are travelling to Bali, the rainiest month to avoid is January with 345 mm (13.16 in). Colombo tops the list with November’s averaging a very wet 414 mm (16.32 in).

No need to worry about monsoon rains when travelling to the South American cities of Lima or Santiago though. Both cities are sunny and dry.

City Rank Rainiest Monthly Average
1 Colombo November 414 mm 16.32 in
2 Phuket September 361 mm 14.22 in
3 Bali January 345 mm 13.58 in
4 Bangkok September 334 mm 13.16 in
5 Hanoi August 318 mm 12.52 in
6 Johor Bahru December 287 mm 11.32 in
7 PlayaDelCarmen October 284 mm 11.19 in
8 Antalya December 263 mm 10.37 in
9 Delhi July 237 mm 9.33 in
10 Chiang Mai August 217 mm 8.54 in
11 Bangalore September 212 mm 8.38 in
12 Mexico City July 190 mm 7.46 in
13 Buenos Aires March 172 mm 6.78 in
14 Bogota October 137 mm 5.39 in
15 Johannesburg January 125 mm 4.92 in
16 Istanbul December 122 mm 4.80 in
17 Lisbon December 122 mm 4.80 in
18 Cape Town June 93 mm 3.66 in
19 SaintPetersburg August 83 mm 3.27 in
20 Prague May 77 mm 3.04 in
21 Warsaw July 73 mm 2.87 in
22 Santiago June 70 mm 2.75 in
23 Athens December 69 mm 2.72 in
24 Budapest June 63 mm 2.48 in
25 Lima September 5 mm 0.21 in

@NomadicYou How many days of #monsoon can you cope with? What is the best distraction on a rainy #Phuket day?