Another reason why you should book for accommodations in advance even if you're traveling last minute to Asia is that at certain times of the year, especially on holidays, hotels in some countries close. This is common in Singapore, South Korea and Japan.
Get packaged deal type tours.
If you will be making last minute travel plans to Asia and it's your first time, consider booking a bundled travel tour. These can prove to be great deals if you want to save on cost (bundled tours include airfare and accommodation) and if you don't want any surprises.
Trips often include guided tours, which can be good if you want to see the most popular tourist spots only. Even if you like to explore on your own, most guided package tours still allow you some time off to go on your own.
Some seasons mean heavy traffic… as in heavy traffic.
Many parts of Asia celebrate certain times of the year as national holidays and festivals. These are also popular tourist attractions and as can be expected, many people – both foreign and local – flock to these areas. If one of these happens to be your destination during that particular time of the year, be ready. The influx of visitors means fully booked hotels, crowded streets, packed shops and traffic jams.
Watch out for the weather.
Last minute travel to Asia can sometimes be affected by local weather. You could probably be forewarned regarding climate – and it can differ drastically depending on your current location – but there are times when the weather can get nasty. In some places, weather can sometimes dictate business.
During monsoon season, for example, some hotels in Malaysia are closed. It would be good for your own safety to be informed.