Blue skies, little humidity, and clear seas make March an appealing time to visit the Maldives and Barbados. Meanwhile, late-summer-to-early-autumn brings warm but not intensively hot weather to Argentina’s capital and New Zealand. On the other hand, if constant sun and sultry, tropical heat make your heart sing, look to Thailand, or consider a Mekong cruise.
Snorkelling and diving is often rewarding in the Maldives, but March’s clear waters make for particularly good visibility — especially if you’re looking to spot some of the smaller inhabitants of your resort’s house reef. Warm daytime temperatures and low humidity also make this an ideal time of year for dolphin-spotting cruises.
Type of heat in the Maldives in March: The weather is generally warm and dry without much humidity, although short tropical showers are still possible. Maximum temperatures can reach 31°C (88°F).
Average temperature in the Maldives in March: 29°C (84°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in the Maldives in March: 9 hours
Average flight time to the Maldives: 11 hours (London to the Maldives)
Settled, dry, sunshine-filled days and calm seas make Barbados a great place to go for some beach time in March — whether you’re looking to lounge on one of the lively West Coast strips of sand or discover a deserted cove on the more undeveloped East Coast.
Type of heat in Barbados in March: Sunshine-filled, dry days with moderate levels of humidity are the norm. There may also be the occasional (often welcome) breeze thanks to trade winds. Maximum temperature can reach 30°C (86°F).
Average temperature in Barbados in March: 29°C (84°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Barbados in March: 8 hours
Average flight time to Barbados: 9 hours (London to Barbados)
The tail-end of New Zealand’s summer, March sees pleasant, often sunny days. It’s warm enough to be out in a T-shirt. But, it’s also cool enough to explore the country’s (now blissfully uncrowded) wilderness walking trails, plus its many outdoor adventure activities, without working up too much of a sweat.
Type of heat in New Zealand in March: The beginning of autumn in New Zealand means you’ll generally experience dry, bright days. It’s a spring-like warm rather than intensely hot, with maximum temperatures of around 23°C (73°F), although rain can occur, especially in the South Island.
Average temperature in New Zealand in March: 19°C (62°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in New Zealand in March: 6 hours
Average flight time to New Zealand: 25 hours upwards dependent on airline (London to Auckland via Hong Kong)
With the heat of summer dissipating, March is an excellent time to wander around Buenos Aires — the weather is hot enough for idling over alfresco drinks or coffee, but not usually stifling. Meanwhile, in the Mendoza wine region, the grape harvest kicks off and is celebrated with the Mendoza Wine Festival.
Type of heat in Argentina in March: Expect sun-filled, very warm days with low humidity. Maximum temperatures can reach 30°C (86°F) during the day, but can get much cooler after dark, so bring layers if you’re out sampling Buenos Aires’ bar scene.
Average temperature of Argentina in March: 26°C (79°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Argentina in March: 7 hours
Average flight time to Argentina: 15¼ hours (London to Buenos Aires)
Cruising the Mekong, from Vietnam to Cambodia
March is a great time of year for cruising one of the world’s greatest rivers, starting in Saigon and disembarking in Siem Reap, where you’ll visit the temples of Angkor Wat. There’s little rain and blue skies. Expect high temperatures and humidity, but both are manageable on board your air-conditioned river steamer.
Type of heat in Vietnam and Cambodia in March: Both countries have a tropical climate. During March, it’s generally sunny and can feel very hot and sticky during the day, with temperatures reaching up to 34°C (93°F). Although it generally drops by ten degrees or so at night.
Average temperature of Vietnam and Cambodia in March: 31°C (88°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Vietnam and Cambodia in March: 6 - 8 hours
Average flight time to Vietnam and Cambodia: 13½ hours (London to Phnom Penh, via Bangkok)
Day-long sun and very high temperatures are the norm throughout Thailand in March. So, if you’re happiest in this constant heat, you could go almost everywhere and anywhere you like: the beaches and limestone karsts of Krabi, the ruins of Ayutthaya, even the excited frenzy of Bangkok…
Type of heat in Thailand in March: Bright sunshine combines with extremely high humidity, the air so thick you feel you could cut it with a knife, with temperatures reaching up to 36°C (97°F), dropping by around ten degrees or so at night.
Average temperature of Thailand in March: 34°C (93°F) depending on region
Average daily hours of sunshine in Thailand in March: 8 hours
Average flight time to Thailand: 11½ hours (London to Bangkok)