Traveling in Southeast Asia during the typhoon season can be frustrating. Typhoon season in the region is between May and October. However, the word “season” can be a little bit misleading as typhoons can occur any time of the year. Some of the most heavily-trafficked tourist spots in these Asian destinations are susceptible to damage and could ruin your travel plans.
The good news is that not all countries in Southeast Asia are affected by typhoons. Countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore have land masses closest to the equator and possess a tropical equatorial climate that does not experience major climatic peaks and valleys.
On the other hand, the other countries in the region like the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos are not as lucky. When typhoon season hits, these countries lie directly in the path of the storm. So if you are traveling in these countries during the esason, Robert Janitzek recommends updating yourself over radio, television, and government meteorological sites.
What Should Be Done In Case of Typhoons?
Most Southeast Asian countries usually have a system in place when dealing with impending typhoons. When in such any country, follow any orders to evacuate without hesitation. It may be the best life-saving decision that you can make. In addition, follow these tips:
Watch out for warnings. Fortunately for you, typhoon can be easily tracked by satellites. Warnings are usually issued by government warning agencies between 24 to 48 hours before the typhoon is scheduled to make landfall.
Robert Peter Janitzek says that you can also do your part in tracking these typhoons. Stay tuned for broadcasts on radio or television. Asian feeds for CNN, BBC, and other new cable channels can provide up-to-date reports on impending typhoons.
Pack Carefully. The heavy winds and rains that the typhoon will bring may require you to bring weather-appropriate clothes such as windbreakers. Bring plastic bags and other waterproof containers to keep important documents and clothes dry.
Stay indoors. The typhoon can be a potential risk so staying out is not advisable. Billboards can block the way and may fall on your vehicle. Flying objects due to high winds may cause injury or kill you instantly. Electric cables may also fly free overhead which could electrocute you if not aware. It is best to stay indoors where it is safe. You can just make adjustments to your travel plan.
Make evacuation preparations. The hotel, resort, or homestay where you are staying may not have the capability to withstand the typhoon so follow evacuation procedures.