|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 5% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||November||Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop|
|Average price||R13 164||Average for return flights in December 2021|
|Return from||R7 686||From Johannesburg to Denpasar Bali Ngurah Rai|
|One-way from||R4 764||One-way flight from Johannesburg to Asia|
Currently, April is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Asia. Flying to Asia in December will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.
ZA1 - DPS
R9 681 - R14 595
26 - 28 °C
20 - 340 mm
The world’s largest and most populous continent, Asia is also one of the most fascinating with diverse countries, cultures and landscapes – a real feast for the senses. From the glittering skyscrapers of Hong Kong and Zen gardens of Japan to the temples of India and beaches of Thailand the hardest part of your holiday will be deciding where to go!
Global superpower China has emerged as a popular new travel destination, a vast country with bustling cities and ancient villages that would take years to fully explore.
Thailand is a traveller’s favourite drawing seven million visitors each year, to its idyllic beaches, ancient ruins, luxury resorts and its bustling metropolis, Bangkok.
India is a kaleidoscope of different cultures with more than 1,652 languages, eight major religions and fascinating people with an infectious joie de vivre.
Straddling Asia and Europe is the largest country in the world – Russia. The former communist empire has rebounded as one of the hot new destinations for travellers.
The climate in Asia differs considerably depending on which country you’re visiting and there are extreme variations across the continent. Southeast Asia is tropical, India and Thailand have monsoons, Japan has typhoons and Russia is blanketed in snow in winter.
Given the climate variations across the continent, you need to check each country for the best time to visit. Tropical Southeast Asia is typically hot and sticky year-round, with plenty of rain and seasonal monsoons in different regions at different times. Stick to the dry season as much as possible.
Generally speaking, the best months to visit India and Sri Lanka are from November to March – avoid the monsoon season (May to September).
Japan is beautiful between March and May when cherry blossoms bloom. Although the weather is mostly pleasant late August and September, it is also their typhoon season. In the Philippines, it is also lovely March to May, but from June to October comes the wet monsoon season.
Russia gets bitterly cold during the long winter (November to early April) and unbearably hot in summer. The UAE is generally warm year-round, except for August, when temperatures reach the mid-high 40s.
Travelling around Asian countries can be quite an experience, ranging from efficient and comfortable to chaotic and frustrating.
While flying might be an easier and quicker option in many larger countries, the best way to get a feel for a country and its people is to travel by rail. A slightly more expensive option is to hire a car and driver, especially in Sri Lanka and the Philippines.