Seasons in Vietnam
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Vietnam is one of those places that has everything. Looking for beautiful beaches with golden sand and turquoise water? Vietnam has them. Desperate for fragrant, mouth-watering meals? You’ll find them in abundance in Vietnam. Want to snap photos of lush jungles and misty highlands? Yes, you guessed it, it’s all right there in Vietnam. And, best of all, you can see, do, and eat everything you want on even the tightest of budgets. Vietnam really is a dream from true for travelers and if it isn’t on your bucket list already, you should put it on right now.
Whether you sling on your backpack and explore the country by train, or hop on a cruise and float through Vietnam on the Mekong River, you should be aware of its different seasons and how these might affect your trip. In North Vietnam the weather pattern falls almost into a spring, summer, fall, and winter just like we have at home. However, in South and Central Vietnam there are just two seasons: the dry season and the wet season.
The seasons in the North follow what you are used to back home. Winter and spring are cool, with the highland areas, such as Sapa, getting pretty chilly and even snowy. Summer and fall are hot and humid with a lot of rainfall. Hanoi and Halong Bay tend to follow this climate trend more or less as do the more northern sections near the border with Laos.
The Dry Season
The rest of Vietnam, including its central and southern regions, is ruled by the wet and dry seasons. The dry season runs from November through to April and is generally considered the best time to travel to Vietnam. The temperatures are lower than they are during the rest of the year, with January and February being the coldest months (although the temperature rarely drops below about 60). There is far less rain during the dry seasons, as the name suggests, making it ideal weather for exploring Vietnam’s sensational nature, hitting the beach, and checking out the cities.
The disadvantage of traveling to Vietnam during the dry season is that flights and accommodation will most likely be more expensive due to it being peak season. There will also be larger crowds, which could be bothersome if you are trying to sight-see.
The Wet Season
The wet season is exactly what you expect it to be: rainy. The wet season runs from May to October. Throughout the day there will be short but heavy bursts of rain that will pummel the ground for half an hour or so and then disappear, leaving blue skies in their wake. If you can cope with these intermittent showers, the wet season is a great time to travel. The landscape is fully hydrated and glows a bright, lush green and there are far fewer crowds to boot. On top of that, prices tend to be a lot cheaper as most people are put off by the thought of being caught in a monsoon on vacation.
Of course, the downside to the wet season is that it can be so wet that your plans end up being cancelled. It can also be very hot and humid during the periods when the rain has abated. In the southern parts of the country the temperature can hit the high 80s, making it too sweltering to spend much time outside.
Seasonal patterns are an important factor to take into consideration when booking a vacation. The last thing you want is to spend all that money flying to an exotic land only to have to stay inside every day because the rain is too heavy. Nevertheless, Vietnam is a year-round destination despite its monsoon season as the temperature is always high enough to explore outside and the rain is only temporary when it comes. For more information about seasons in Vietnam or booking a Mekong River cruise, please contact us or call 1-888-215-3555.