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When is the best time to visit Dubai? It depends on what you are wanting from your vacation. Whether you are looking for sightseeing, hot air ballooning, dune bashing, quad biking, sunbathing or shopping holiday, do not fear because Dubai has it all. A strong factor of deciding when to visit will be the weather, specifically the humidity and temperature, hotel prices and crowds.

 
Spring (March - April - May)

Best Time for Beach Fun!

  • Hotel Rates: Medium - High
  • Crowds: Medium - Low
  • Sightseeing and Outdoors: Still excellent in March. Otherwise not perfect, but good
  • Shopping: Great indoor and outdoor
  • Beach: Warm water and cool golden sand

This is a great season to visit Dubai because the weather is heating up but is not incredibly humid. It's bearable to be outside in the sun, even in May. It's a great time to head to the beach in April and May because the sea is a comfortable 26°C to 28°C and the sand won't burn your feet yet. In March it could still rain sometimes with a little cooler water temps around 23°C. However, it's very unlikely than rain will spoil your trip as the rainy days are few and far between. Also, in early spring nights get slightly chilly sometimes. While it is not hugely common, sandstorms can occur during March and April, but very rarely in May. As the season passes there are fewer tourists because temperatures often reach around 37°C by the end of May.

 

Summer (June - July - August)

Best Time for Budget Travellers!

  • Hotel Rates: Lowest prices all year!
  • Crowds: Low
  • Sightseeing and Outdoors: Too hot for some tours. Evening desert tours are still good
  • Shopping: Summer sales have started
  • Beach: Too hot, except for early mornings or short late afternoon visits


Summer in Dubai is incredibly hot and very humid. Average high temperatures exceed 40°C. Is it still ok to visit? Yes, if you can tolerate heat or are used to it. For us, it was still great. For other visitors these conditions are a no-go. Full days at the beach or a visit after lunch is definitely a not something you should try. However, visiting the beach in the morning or in short bursts later in the afternoon is definitely possible. Destination experts suggest beach visits in the extreme summer months from 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. and in the afternoon after 4 p.m. Otherwise stick to the hotel pool. But still, wear sandals or flip-flops at the beach any time to avoid burning your feet. It's also not a great idea to visit the beat during the extreme heat with younger children.

Due to the boiling heat there are fewer tourists than any other time of year, which is a major plus if you plan on visiting the cities sightseeing hot spots because the queues are short. Don't worry about the heat if you'd like to do late afternoon/evening desert tours: It's a little cooler in the desert, and vehicles are air conditioned as well. Also, hotel prices are low. If you have a strict budget this is your time to experience all that Dubai has to offer.

 

Autumn (September - October - November)

Best Time for Sightseeing Tourists!

  • Hotel Rates: Medium - High
  • Crowds: Medium
  • Sightseeing and Outdoors: All tours are open
  • Shopping: Still good for indoor and outdoor malls
  • Beach: Still not very comfortable until mid-September. More fun in October and November

Although we included September in the autumn section here, you'll definitely experience summer temps until mid-September. Which means you are dealing with the same challenges as in the summer months in early September. Temps get more pleasant at the end of September. If you are looking for comfortable weather and smaller crowds as well, then the end of Autumn is the best time for you to visit. All tours are operating, meaning you don't need to miss out on anything. The only con is the hotel prices are increasing, so book well in advance. The beach is a common activity when the average high temperatures fall to 35°C - 31°C in October and November.

 

Winter (December - January - February)

Best for Shopaholics!

  • Hotel Rates: Most expensive! February is the cheapest month in winter.
  • Crowds: High
  • Sightseeing and Outdoors: Places get crowded. Besides that, it's a good time for sightseeing and other outdoor tours
  • Shopping: A great time for shopping!
  • Beach: Not the best time for sunbathing or general beach fun but possible on certain days

The desert heat is at its weakest making it a pleasant time to be outside in the fresh Dubai air. Rain can also be expected, especially in February. However, it usually doesn't rain for days in Dubai. It's more like brief rain showers which can occur. Due to the colder temperatures, beach days are irregular, but some days can provide beach fun. The temperatures vary from 20-25°C. Sandstorms occur every now and then, so take appropriate precautions.

Is winter still a great time for being outside at the beach? Yes, especially in December. However, in January and February the weather becomes a little unpredictable. A lot of days are not sunny and very windy in both months. It really depends on someone's luck to get sunny days in a row for beach weather. Just keep in mind that the water temperature is too cold for most visitors. But still, some enjoy swimming regardless of the sea temp. What about the desert in winter? The desert is comparatively cooler on these months than the rest of the year.

Due to Dubai Shopping Festival this the best time to visit Dubai, if you are a shopper. The festivals take place in January and February. But don't forget about Christmas because the many extravagant and luxurious malls have amazing sales pre-Christmas. The most popular malls are the Mall of Emirates and The Outlet Village in Jebel Ali.

 

Weather Overview

Dubai has the typical desert climate. Especially the summers are extremely hot and humid. For weather details for each season, read our guide above. Most days are sunny throughout the whole year.

If you're looking for some water recreation and swimming, the water temperatures are usually great from spring through autumn. In winter it's a little to cold for many visitors.

 

Time of Day (Safari Tour - Things to Do)

Morning Safari Tour
Morning desert safari tours start early in the morning around 8 am and offers a calming desert expedition. The serene drive to the outskirts of Dubai city takes about 45 minutes and the whole experience takes about 3 hours to complete. Morning Desert Safari is the best way to enjoy the desert in the mellowed sunshine and enjoy activities like dune bashing, camel riding and hot air ballooning in the desert. A sunrise desert safari offers an incredibly serene experience to witness the beauty of the Arabian Desert. This tour starts at pre-dawn where you can watch a tranquil sunrise on the desert horizon. The tour departs at 4.30 am and continues for approx. 4 hours.

Afternoon Safari Tour
Afternoon desert safaris are for the adventure junkies. Those who don't mind the sultry desert heat can have a great time enjoying adrenaline rushing sand sports. Gear up for an exhilarating day teeming with sand dune bashing, quad biking, sand boarding, and many more thrilling desert sports. These tours start around 3 pm and extends for 6 hours where you wind up the tour with a scrumptious Arabian dinner and traditional entertainment.

Evening Safari Tour
For those who feel they cannot bear the stifling desert heat can forgo the adventure options and opt for evening tour which starts with a serene desert sunset view followed by a night filled with cultural activities. An evening tour offers you the scenic splendours of the Arabian Desert with quintessential Arabian hospitality and entertainment. A dinner in Desert tour lets you enjoy a blissful evening in Bedouin styled campsite. These tours start around 4.00 pm and wind up in 5 hours. The overnight tour stretches your pleasant evening to an all-night experience filled with recreational activities, mild adventure sports, traditional folklore and fine dining experiences. An overnight desert tour starts around 4.00 pm and ends the next day with drop off to the hotel.

 

More Outdoor Activities

For incredible tours in Dubai, check here: Dubai Tours and Outdoor Action (they have the best guides!) These are the most amazing activities you'll love (they usually include transfer/pick up from your hotel - very comfortable):

Sandboarding | Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Driving by the most gorgeous landmarks of Dubai and finally finding yourself in a gorgeous desert surrounded by red dunes. The real fun starts now ...


Sunset Buggy Excursion - Red Desert | Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


You enter your dune buggy or quad bike, and start your adventure with an amazing drive deep into the Red Desert ...

Stunning Hot Air Balloon Flight | Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


First, you step inside and watch as they release the balloon. Starting to ascend over the Dubai's iconic sand dunes, you already know  it's such a fascinating experience. But something else makes it special, while gliding up to an altitude of 4,000m ...

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You might be wondering: What's the best time to experience Wadi Rum desert? Get ready for our fascinating insights and let us help you finding your best time to visit this amazing scenic desert landscape as well as a complete Wadi Rum guide (updated 2019!).  Don't forget to take a look at our complete Petra guide as well: Petra - Jordan | Complete Guide & Tips. Now, here is everything you need to know abou visiting Wadi Rum (click the links to jump directly to your desired section):

  1. Season Guide | Best Time
  2. Where to Stay | The Best Camps
  3. Tour Tips | From Amman or Aqaba
  4. Quick Facts
  5. Quick Guide | Itinerary
  6. History and Facts
  7. How to Get to Wadi Rum
  8. What to Do | Activities
  9. How to Spend the Night
  10. Must-Know Tips


Quick Tip | Organized Tours from Amman: If you're coming from Amman or staying in Amman and want to experience Wadi Rum, as well as Petra,  Dead Sea and maybe Aqaba within 2-3 days and hassle-free without taking care of everything, book an organized tour! However, please don't book any random tour. We picked 2 tours from our own experience with the best guides. You'll be safe and have an amazing experience. Also important: Within both tours you'll spend one night in Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum. Other tours don't offer this. We'd never recommend going there without spending at least one night (read our tips in the main section below).

3 Day Tour: Petra - Wadi Rum - Aqaba -  Dead Sea | Includes pick-up at your hotel in Amman and excellent guides. You spend the night in Wadi Rum (highly recommended). Perfectly organized tour!

2 Day Tour: Petra - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea | A private 2 day tour including pick-up in Amman and spending one night in Wadi Rum. Quote from a visitor: 'An excellent organized trip, perfectly safe and comfortable'

 
March - April - May (Spring)

  • Season: Peak season
  • Tourists: Medium - high
  • Weather: Excellent

In March the temperatures are getting pleasant. Often ranging from 15-20°C (59-68°F). From mid-March to late March it's getting even warmer. However, keep in mind that especially in early March the nights are still cold. Definitely bring additional layer of clothes and a jacket. Later in the month nights are getting warmer and you usually don't extra clothing any more during nighttime. In April and May the average daytime temperatures are climbing and reach around 30°C (86°F).

 

Are there a lot of tourist crowds? Besides autumn, spring is the most popular time to visit Wadi Rum. It's also the busiest time. However, since you are on a tour in a vast desert during the day, tourist crowds are not a big issue. Except for Wadi Rum Village, which is busier of course as well as hot spots visited during desert tours. Book your accommodation well in advance. Another great thing about spring are the desert flowers which bloom in March/April. It's not unlikely that you'll see gorgeous carpets of purple wildflowers during that time.

 
June - July - August (Summer)

  • Season: Low season
  • Tourists: Low
  • Weather: Hot - very hot

While in summer the average highs hover around 33°C (91°F) 'only', temperatures can in fact reach 40°C (104°F) and more sometimes. That means it boiling hot at times, especially in July and August. However, you can get lucky as there are days when it's not that hot, even in the summer. On the other hand you could experience heatwaves with extreme temperatures. Even in June there are already days when it gets very hot up to 40°C. For many visitors that's not the time for a pleasant visit. This is why this is low season in Wadi Rum, with the big advantage of having less crowds in Wadi Rum Village and quiet camps.

So, is summer a good time to visit? It depends! First of all, the heat is easier to tolerate than in other regions. Mostly, because it's a dry heat. However, if you're not good with boiling temperatures, don't go in summer. We think it's a great time. Tours in summer take the heat into account: Lunch breaks are longer and in a shady place. If you travel with kids, we'd say choose spring or fall instead. For children it's more difficult to tolerate the heat.

 
September - October - November (Autumn)

  • Season: Peak season
  • Tourists: Medium - high
  • Weather: Excellent

In September temperatures are still high up to 35°C (95°F). Especially until mid-September some visitors say it's still too hot for them. Towards the end of September it starts to get cooler. Weather wise from mid-September until end of October it's the most pleasant time to visit. Temperatures range from 20 to 30 °C. Although, evenings, mornings and in particular the nights in October are getting a lot cooler with temps ranging from 8 - 12°C (46 - 54°F) Also, there can be a little rain in October.

Is autumn really that great? In general a fall visit is an excellent time with a lot of daylight (8 - 11 hours of sunshine), beautiful clear skies, less dusty wind and fascinating migrating birds. Another big advantage: You can experience sunrise without getting up in the night. Sunrise is between 6 and 6:30 in autumn. From mid-October through November it's also the perfect time for trekking/hiking tours. While you need warm clothes in the evening and morning already in October, it's even cooler in November (about 10°C / 50°F mornings/evenings) but still not as cold as in winter. In general autumn is a busier time tourist wise. That means places like Wadi Rum Village and some popular tour spots can't be enjoyed in solitude.

 
December - January - February (Winter)

  • Season: Low season
  • Tourists: Low
  • Weather: Cooler but not cold (except during nighttime)

Like summer, winter is low season in Wadi Rum. Which results in quieter hot spots and less busy popular sunset places, which you now can enjoy almost in solitude. Is it cold? Not during the day. It's just cooler with average temps between 10-15°C (50-59°F), which is excellent for tours, in particular hiking/trekking tours. But still, prepare for cold evenings and mornings as well as much colder nights. Alle three months, from December to February, are equally 'cold', with January being slightly cooler. Bring layers of clothes, gloves and a warm jacket (rainproof) for the evenings and nights. Warm blankets are provided by the camp. In the night temps can drop to zero degrees celsius.

Can it rain in winter? Yes, Wadi Rum experiences about 15 days of rain every year and most of them in the winter. However, rain showers are usually not very long. Rainfall which is going on for days is very rare and it's very unlikely hat rain will spoil your visit during winter season. Despite popular opinions, we highly recommend a visit to Wadi Rum in the winter.

Weather

It can get very hot in the summer months. However, the heat in Wadi Rum area is more tolerable since it's a dry heat. Unlike in Aqaba for example, where it's getting uncomfortable humid and even hotter. In Petra on the other hand it's slightly cooler due to the higher elevation. From late April throughout May, you may experience 'khamsin' in Wadi Rum. This means hot, dry and dusty winds which may cause heavier sandstorms. Wind, although not as as extreme as 'khamsin', can be present in summer, especially in the afternoon. Good to know for photography are the sunrise and sunset hours: Sunrise and Sunset Times

 
Avoiding Tourist Crowds

Wadi Rum is still (2018) significantly less busy than Petra for example. However, during spring and fall it gets busy at Wadi Rum Village, as well as at the popular desert hot spot sites. Booking a remote camp (see below) with knowledgeable local guides helps. They can take you to stunning hidden spots, away from all tourists.  Also visiting in the low seasons of winter or summer means enjoying even the popular spots in solitude.
 

JO Jordan

Welcome to our 'Definitive Melbourne Guide'! Updated in December 2019. Everything you need to know before visiting: When is the best time to visit and which are the 15 outstanding and unique activities in Melbourne for you? All written by a Melbourne local with insider tips. Jump directly to the 15 THINGS TO DO,  in case you'd like to skip our season guide.

Now, our unique season/monthly guide. As one of the world’s great cities, Melbourne has plenty going on all year round, so there’s not really a bad time to visit the city. That said, there might be a few things to consider depending on when you’re visiting – so before we dive into the '15 Amazing Things to Do' here’s our guide to the seasons in Melbourne with tips for each month as well as weather details:

 
Summer (December - January - February)


Summer on the boardwalk by Chris Leishman, CC BY

  • Pros: Warm, sunny weather that’s perfect for the beach or the many summer festivals
  • Cons: It can get HOT, and also busy

For many people, a visit to Australia is synonymous with enjoying the sun, surf and sand – so it’s no wonder that summer is peak tourist season in Melbourne. With blissfully warm temperatures and many great events, summer is a fantastic time to visit the city and especially enjoy attractions like St Kilda beach and the bustling nightlife. Summer is also cricket season, so it’s the perfect time to check out the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.

 

That said, there are a couple of drawbacks about Melbourne in the summer. Firstly, it can get very hot: temperatures often hover around 30 degrees and even climb above 40 degrees sometimes – so be sure to be sun smart! Also, prices can be higher and accommodation options booked out, so it’s a good idea to plan your trip and book ahead. Especially for your summer visit: Make sure to check out our comprehensive guide with 15 things to do in Melbourne below (scroll down!). They are all written by a local and include so many useful tips you can particularly benefit from when visiting in the summer. 

 
Autumn (March - April - May)


Easter Monday Melbourne 2018 by Peter Myers, CC BY

  • Pros: The climate is usually very pleasant, and there are lots of great festivals
  • Cons: It can get a little colder the closer you get to winter

Fall can be a lovely time to visit Melbourne, when the climate is not too hot but not too cold, averaging around a maximum temperature of about 20 degrees. Plus, there are several exciting events that happen in autumn, such as the Melbourne Grand Prix and Melbourne Fashion Week, which both happen in March. The Botanic Gardens are also beautiful, as many trees turn to golden autumnal hues.

Autumn can still see some extreme weather events, where it be late heat waves or early cold snaps, so you may need to pack a wider variety of clothes to be ready for whatever the weather brings.

 
Winter (June - July - August)

Beach Boxes - Brighton Beach in Melbourne
Our top tip for the evening; scroll down to the end of the article

  • Pros: The quietest time to visit Melbourne, the city has a very cosy feel
  • Cons: There isn’t that much rain in winter, but it’s cooler and sometimes foggy, which is not exactly beach weather

Winter is the quietest time for tourism in Melbourne, which means that there are fewer queues and more opportunities to truly live like a Melbournian. Plus, although it is winter, the city certainly doesn’t entirely hibernate! There are still lots of fun things to do, including lots of all-weather activities such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image or the SEALife Aquarium.

Of course, winter does mean the weather can be a bit gloomy, so make sure to pack a warm coat to keep you toasty warm since the average winter low temperature is 6 – 7 degrees. That said, the climate is rarely too cold in Melbourne and rain spells don’t tend to last, so even outdoor activities such as visiting St Kilda can be great fun in winter.

 
Spring (September - October - November)


Coop's Shot Tower in spring by Bernard Spragg

  • Pros: The weather in Spring is glorious, yet the crowds aren’t quite as overwhelming.
  • Cons: There aren’t many!

Spring is a wonderful season in Melbourne, where the weather is starting to warm up and so too is the social calendar. There are many great festivals, such as the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, and of course, the usual attractions such as catching a gig at the Tote or swinging by the Astor Theatre are great fun in the springtime. A particular highlight is a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens while all of the flowers are in bloom.

Although temperatures are usually pretty warm, with an average high in the low to mid-twenties, spring can still see late wintery weather, so we recommend chucking a coat in your bag, just in case!


Monthly Weather

 

AU Australia

The best time to visit Milford Sound without the crowds and enough daylight is on a morning cruise tour around 10 am. The best season is autumn as temps are mild (9-14°C). To experience this wet place with a sunny blue sky, you must monitor the weather forecast a couple of days before you visit.

Milford Sound is just mesmerizing and also one of the wettest regions on earth with up to 9 meters of rain each year. It's one of the most visited places in South New Zealand. Depending on the season you plan to come, we provide you with lots of useful tips. Continue reading to get the insights we got told by local rangers or get answers to your questions by using our quick navigation (most popular are the 7 Must-Know Tips):

  1. Essential Cruise Tour Tips
  2. Driving Tips from Te Anau
  3. Monthly Weather & Crowds | Best Times
  4. Hotel Booking Tips
  5. Scenic Flight & More Cruise Tours
  6. 7 Must-Know Tips Before You Visit
  7. A Perfect Day | Milford Itinerary
  8. Hikes and Walks

 

Milford experiences a minimum of 200 days of rain, 7 meters of rain on average each year. One of the few places where rainfall is measured in meters. Usually, it rains 2 days in 3. In 2017 the precipitation was even 9 meters, and on the opposite, the summer in 2018 was pretty dry even accompanied by forest fires. Nevertheless, rain occurs quite often throughout the year. With a high amount of rainfall, the fjord is full of awesome temporary waterfalls, and the existing ones are at its peak. It’s spectacular when waterfalls thunder down from the cliffs.

Milford Sound - Waterfall after rainfall

We wanted to experience the sound on a clear day, and we did. We just monitored the weather forecast and booked our tour just two days before. We drove 10 hours from Christchurch to Te Anau and another two for the 120 km from Te Anau the next morning before sunrise. Yep, that sounds a little crazy, but we got rewarded with fantastic views and a sunny blue sky. It was worth the strenuous drive.

 
Essential Cruise Tour Tips (Crowds & Booking)

Crowds at Milford at midday

Milford is the most popular place in New Zealand with more than 500.000 visitors each year. If you like to go on a cruise at midday advanced booking is recommended. These tours are frequently fully booked, that's why you must book these in advance, regardless of the season!  During peak season, every tour should be pre-booked. In shoulder and low season, you may book the early morning and afternoon tours on the spot, as they are less crowded.  Our favorite cruise is this one: Milford Sound Nature Cruise. To make sure you get on a cruise we recommend, book at least one or two days before. There are different tours being offered at different times. The first starts around 8.30 am, but at this time of the day, there is still not enough light for taking a good picture in the sound. It improves a lot an hour later. However, you should always arrive early at Milford Sound. Why? Read on below:


How to Get to Milford Sound (With Tips for the Drive)

Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound
Homer Tunnel

You should (or must) drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound: Google Maps - Te Anau <> Milford Sound. It's one of the most gorgeous drives we've done! Start early and arrive around 8 latest 8.30 am at Milford Sound parking from December to March. This ensures you don’t need to park far away and have to take the shuttle to get close. The shuttle is offered at the busiest time of the year only. The two different parking areas fill up soon.

Milford Bus and Car Parking

It takes about 1 hour 45 minutes from Te Anau very early in the morning.  If you start later schedule two hours minimum for the drive plus half an hour for the shuttle. The sunrise in the morning and the sunset on the way back were breath-taking. Keep in mind there isn’t any gas station or fuel stop along the Milford road just an un-manned in Milford. Between May and November, snow chains are required. The Homer Tunnel at an altitude of 945 m above sea level is just one narrow single lane, 1.2 km long, and traffic is controlled by a traffic light.

Update March 1 for the Hiking Season in 2020

Due to significant damage from the weather event, the Milford Track was closed.  A part of the Milford Track called Southern Milford-Mackinnon Experience got reopened. Walkers have to depart from Glade Wharf in Te Anau. This hike lasts three days and two nights. The last part of the Milford Track is closed for the rest of the hiking season; too much got destroyed. It takes lots of time to repair the last 7 km of the track. Unfortunately, the entire Routeburn Track is closed for the rest of the season, too. The track needs considerable repair work. Day visits to the sound are not affected. Most of the day hikes are open to the public.

Milford Sound Weather & Crowds (Seasons/Months)

Read our detailed Milford Sound weather guide for every season and month below. We also included information about peak tourist times with possible crowds and less busy periods. 

Spring (September/October - November)

Milford Sound in Spring

It’s still chilly in the night, but days tend to be warmer and longer. It’s the shoulder season, less crowded and overrun. There are hundreds of waterfalls gush down from rocky cliffs due to the spring rain and the melting snow. The countryside is covered with wildflowers. In November and December, the rata and the pohutukawa trees are in full bloom. These trees are also called Christmas trees. Mountains are still snow-capped. The Fiordland Crested Penguin can be seen until November or December by the latest raising the cheeks.

Summer (December - February)

Milford Sound during summer rain

December and January have the highest amount of precipitation but these months are also the warmest and busiest. The average temp is almost 20°C, and it can increase up to 28°C. In turns of sun and rain, the humidity is quite high. The Christmas Trees are in bloom until December. A shuttle service from the overflow parking is offered from December to March.

Autumn (March-April)

Milford Sound during the beginning of Fall

Crowds thin a little bit out and the shoulder season starts around mid-March. There are still many hours of daylight. The temps may be still close to 20°C at daytime. Nights become already chilly. It's the best time of the year for hiking. Waterfalls are not at their peak. There is a slightly higher chance to experience Milford on a clear day as we did at the end of March.

Winter (May - August/September) 

Milford Sound during winter

That's the low season, and it’s less busy. Snow is common on the road to the Milford Sound, especially in higher altitudes. This makes the mountains even more photogenic. Seals and especially penguins are more active during colder temps. The Fjordland crested penguin comes to the same beach for mating each year. They lay their eggs in August and cheeks fled between November and December. The downside the road to the sound can be closed due to avalanche warnings although the roads are accessible. Often the rangers get asked for the reason for closing the way. There is a team monitoring the mountains and snowfields if they ascertain a high risk for an avalanche the only route to the sound can be closed for days. Hiking isn't possible everywhere. Avalanche-prone bridges get removed to prevent destroying by flooding or debris avalanches. The average daily temp is around 4°C. This makes the cruises pretty cold outside on the deck. Most of the ships offer indoor and outdoor seating and viewing area.

NZ New Zealand

Stunning view regardless of the season. However, the TWTC is busy almost year-round. Don't miss the view to the World Trade Center 101 from the Elephant Mountain Hill, which is less crowded and for free. Regarding the weather, December to March are the best months to come here. Read on for our detailed 'when to go' insider tips or check out our unique Taiwan Guide:

Taiwan Guide 2019/2020 before you go with free TOP TIPS – Must know destinations and insider hints

Time of Day / Opening Hours

Elephant Mountain – Skyline View:  Most impressive and perfect for a good shot in the early morning or early evening. In the afternoon, the sky is often not clear. The trail is well-lighted in the evening.

Taipei World Trade Center 101: The outdoor observatory opens if weather permits, check the large billboard above the ticket counter before you purchase the tickets. Opening hours from 9 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.

How to Avoid Crowds on the Elephant Mountain and the Top of TWTC

Crowds inside the TWTC 101 in Taipei

Elephant Mountain is a popular place, and the view is for free, the reason that it is always a little busy. However, the view of the skyline is spectacular and a must when visiting Taipei. Even in the rain, people walk uphill for this incredible experience as we did. For Chinese New Year's (usually late January or early February) fireworks; people even come here a day before to occupy the right spot. Our tips to avoid the crowds at almost any time for the top of the TWTC 101 and the Elephant Mountain:

  • Get there early to avoid the crowds. It’s trendy for the sunset and the city lighting.
  • Avoid visiting on a weekend which already starts on Friday midday.
  • If the weather is fine, it’s more crowded.
  • June is also a favourite month due to the Computex; the biggest IT Show in Asia.
     

The iconic landmark may be one of the top attractions apart from museums and temples in Taipei. During our visit on a Friday, Already too many people lined up, waiting time around one hour to get up and one hour to get down. We decided to see the skyline, including the enormous 101 Tower from above and walked to Elephant Mountain.

On the top of the Elephant Mountain Hill with spectacular view to the TWTC 101 in Taipei

Taipei Weather

From April until October temps can be unpleasant hot with high humidity at daytime. In summer (June/July/August) day temps are around 30°C and in winter (December/January/February) about 20°C while nights are cold with less than 10°C. Most precipitation from May to September but a dry season does not exist. The driest months are November to January with rainfall on average less than 100 mm. February, March, and April are also a good time for Taiwan and Taipei.

Peak Season

Your experience can get spoilt during the summer months and Chinese New Year. There are sky-high prices, accommodations are often fully booked, and many places are overrun. Same in June when the Computex takes place.

Top Accommodation Tip

Taipei is the capital city of Taiwan, with an estimated population of almost three million people. Choosing the perfect location for a visit to Taipei is important. For example, if you stay close to the airport, you may need a minimum of 1 1/2 hour with public transport to get just to the Xiangshan metro station red line. You may also like to visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Therefore, it makes sense to stay in the city centre close to these attractions. We recommend the Dandy Hotel-Daan Park Branch with an excellent location. Breakfast is provided, and there are many outstanding restaurants within walking distance. 

TW Taiwan

Great to visit any time of the year. Gets crowded on holiday weekends....but its still ok.

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