The Weather - the Monsoon

South of the Asian land mass the northern hemisphere is influenced by the weather phenomenon the Arabs called mawsim, (season or time) from which we derived the word: Monsoon.
From June to September the SW-Monsoon brings moist winds to the western shores of northern SE-Asia.
From November to March the NE-Monsoon brings rain and strong winds to the eastern shores of northern SE-Asia.
Those two distinct seasons are separated by a transition period during which the winds and the rains are variable and lighter.

This seasonal reversal of the prevailing wind was the driving force behind the spice trade: Half a year the heavy laden ships sailed north and east, the other half a year they sailed west.
Since Malaysia is situated favorably and has a central mountain range that prevents the rains from crossing the peninsula, it always enjoys one coast with good weather.
Like the sailors of old, Naga Pelangi plans her cruises in tune with the Monsoon, to be at the right place at the right time.
As a general rule, the good sailing time for the South China Sea, from the east coast of the Malay Peninsula to Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo, is from March through October.
The Andaman sea with Langkawi, Phuket and the Mergui Archipelago are good from November through April.
It will be easy for you, to choose the right area for your holidays accordingly. Check out the destinations folder as well.

 
 

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