The end of the tourist season promises to be early in Thailand and the Philippines following an exceptional heat wave

A Disruptive Climate Phenomenon

Thailand and the Philippines, two jewels of tourism in Southeast Asia, are facing an unprecedented heat wave. Caused by the El Niño phenomenon, this rise in temperatures reached records which significantly impacted daily life and the end of the tourist season. In Bangkok, temperatures felt close to 52°C, forcing authorities to recommend indoor confinement. In the Philippines, temperatures of nearly 47°C even forced the closure of many schools.

Tips for Tourists During Heatwaves

If you find yourself in these areas or are planning an upcoming trip, here are some vital recommendations: stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, limit your exposure to the sun during the hottest hours, and focus on indoor activities. Local authorities also advise the use of sunscreen and suggest staying alert about air quality, which is often degraded during periods of high heat.

Impact on the Tourism Sector

Traditionally, the peak season in Thailand and the Philippines is from November to April. However, this year the heatwave precipitated a drop in tourist numbers. Regular visitors during this period choose to either postpone their trip or select destinations with milder climates. Tourism professionals are forced to adapt their offers, potentially by developing activities adapted to a warmer climate, or by strengthening the appeal of the cooler season.

Long-Term Forecasts and Measurements

Climate experts predict that these extreme conditions could become more frequent, thus endangering not only the well-being of the local population but also the tourism economy, an essential pillar of these two countries. Investments in climate-resilient infrastructure and urban planning that take into account higher temperatures become essential to enable Thailand and the Philippines to continue to welcome tourists while ensuring their safety.