Best time to travel Vietnam
Geographically located in the tropical zone, with the top North region on the temperate zone, Vietnam has two distinct monsoon seasons.
Nice weather in Vietnam (Source: Internet)
The North Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay) is described as monsoonal with four seasons in a year: winter from December to February, when the temperature may dip down to 5-6°C occasionally, sometimes even below zero in mountainous areas. The hot and rainy summer months of June and July witnesses the daytime temperatures reaching up to 40°C. The fall from August to November and the spring from March to April welcome drizzling rains and more pleasant temperatures. If you want to avoid the domestic tourist crowds and also enjoy a much more comfortable temperature and humidity compared with other months, October and November are the best time to visit the North Vietnam.
Receiving dry and hot Southwest wind which makes it strenuous for any brisk walk during the day, the Central part of Vietnam (Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An) has warm temperatures year round (from mid-January to late August), with temperatures often reaching the mid-30's °C with the hottest months in middle of the year, and cooler, drier days from November to April. These winter months see the increase of the rainfall with October and November achieving peak levels, occasionally in the form of typhoons. The paradox is that the Central Vietnam possesses the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam. The worst time to visit is from August to November when severe storms lash the coast.
Typically hot all year round, the weather of the South Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Mui Ne) is split into two simple seasons, wet (from May until early November) and dry (from November to April/early May). With late February to May being the hottest and most humid and the months from June, July & August receiving the highest rainfall of the year, the South Vietnam is the most predictable region in terms of weather. The summer lasting from May to August, when most tourist destinations are jammed with tourists and downpours happen quite frequently, is not the best time to visit.
Top things to do in Vietnam
Admire the pagodas all over the country
Thien Mu Pagoda (Source: Internet)
Vietnam’s most distinctive architecture can be found in its pagodas, which are not just historical monuments of the past but also a place the locals regularly visit to pray for luck, happiness, to receive blessings or to organize charity events. Used as shrines and temples and treasured by the Vietnamese people, pagodas are one of Vietnam’s top attractions. The best time to visit a pagoda, which is known for their beautifully intricate carvings, is early morning when it is not too busy. Pagodas are decorated more carefully and beautifully and more crowded than usual during a special holiday, for example, Tet – Vietnamese New Year Festival. Make sure to dress appropriately during your visit. Your shoulders and legs should be covered.
Some pagodas to visit in Vietnam are One Pillar Pagoda, Perfume Pagoda, Quan Su Pagoda, Tran Quoc Pagoda in Hanoi; Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue; Linh Ung Pagoda in Da Nang; Tam Son Hoi Quan Pagoda in Ho Chi Minh City; etc.
Get adventurous in Sapa
Sapa (Source: Internet)
Whatever you do, get to Sapa – the northern Vietnam’s premier trekking area. Famous for its hill tribes, picturesque hiking trails, lush vegetation and breathtaking mountains, Sapa is one of the most beautiful places you have ever visited. Sapa itself is different from other destinations in Vietnam. A visit to Sapa is a trip to fully experience all that this exceptional country has to offer. If you really want to get out and see it all, come to Sapa, which is hugely popular with all sorts of travelers. A true village homestay is really easy to base yourself here for outdoor activities such as biking, hiking or simply taking a cooking class!
Hanoi for tradition and Ho Chi Minh City for modernity
A Hanoi’s corner (Source: Internet)
Very much the governmental capital, Hanoi – Vietnam’s capital, which handsomely combines French colonialism with Eastern influences, is where you can feel Vietnamese tradition and culture at its best. While Ho Chi Minh City, where you can see the roar of motorbikes speeding through colonial streets, is the place to go for vibrancy, culture, and nightlife.
Enthralling and enraging in equal amounts, Vietnam should be recognized as one of the world’s best travel icons.