Best time to visit North Vietnam
What is the best time for your tour in northern Vietnam? In short, due to the geographical position, northern Vietnam has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Take a look at the table below for the best destinations in northern Vietnam each season.
Spring in northern Vietnam
In the North, the climate in the spring is hot and humid with rain sometimes. It’s the perfect time to travel there and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere.
The best destination in northern Vietnam during the spring
Spring is the holiday season in Vietnam. We celebrate Lunar New Year – Vietnamese National Tet. Even though life in Vietnam is modernizing, we still keep our traditions for the Tet: cooking traditional dishes, visiting relatives, praying in pagodas and attending spring festivals after Tet. Some popular spring festivals in the North are the Lim Festival, the Yen Tu Festival and Huong Pagoda Festival (Perfume Pagoda).
Spring is the best time to visit Moc Chau. Located in the mountainous northwestern region, Moc Chau is attractive thanks to the cool weather around the year and the romantic flowering landscapes. Plum blossom and Ban flower can be found in Moc Chau from March to April. Be aware that the plum blossom will sag after two or three weeks!
Ninh Binh will be the main destination of your trip by traveling to North Vietnam. Do not forget to trek in Cuc Phuong National Park during the butterfly season in April. In May, the green rice fields of Tam Coc – Bich Dong turn into a yellow landscape during the harvest season.
Tips for traveling north of Vietnam in the spring
– Wear appropriate clothing when attending festivals in religious places.
– Bring an umbrella in case it rains.
– Bring medication, moisture can cause sneezing.
– Take care of your belongings when attending a festival. There may be pickpockets hiding in the crowd.
– Pack a few insect sprays: Mosquitoes can cause diseases, so do not go out without putting a protection against insects.
Summer in northern Vietnam
In summer, due to the effect of the monsoon, the northern region is very hot and humid and experiences heavy rainfall. The average temperature is around 28 to 30 degrees Celsius. It can reach 35-37 degrees some days.
The best destination in northern Vietnam during the summer
It is obvious that summer is the best time to go to the beach, enjoy the sun, the turquoise water, the mild wind and the fresh air. Co To Island in Quang Ninh and Cat Ba Island in Hai Phong will amaze you with unspoiled landscapes and friendly people.
Tam Dao is suitable for visiting throughout the year. However, if you want to get away from the city of Hanoi, it is recommended to visit the Tam Dao National Park and enjoy a nice time here.
In addition, the Pu Luong Nature Reserve in Quan Hoa District is definitely an amazing place for your ecotourism trip. There are two main rice harvest seasons in Pu Luong (in June and October) when paddy fields become yellow
Tips for traveling to North Vietnam in summer
– Water, water and water. Hydrate yourself all the time.
– Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. Protect yourself against aggressive sun rays
– Due to heavy rainfall, roads become more dangerous in the northern mountainous region (Sa Pa, Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Mai Chau, etc.). Check with your tour operator for the local weather.
– There may be storms on the northern beaches in summer. Pay attention to the weather forecast before your trip.
– Prepare an umbrella or raincoat in case of rain.
Autumn in North Vietnam
Autumn is the most pleasant season in northern Vietnam. The weather is cool and dry with a light breeze. The average temperature is 20 to 25 degrees.
The best destination in northern Vietnam during autumn
Hanoi turns into a romantic and dreamy city in autumn with clear skies and soft sunlight. The weather is a little cold but not as cold as in winter. Visit the old quarter and the French Quarter, take some pictures of the autumn leaves and enjoy the picturesque Hanoi.
Summer is the high season where local tourists come to admire Halong Bay. However, September is considered an ideal time for international travelers. The rainfall is decreasing and you can enjoy swimming, kayaking and visits to this UNESCO heritage site.
If you are interested in seeing rice terraces, we recommend visiting Sa Pa in late September or early October. This is the harvest season where you can admire a romantic view of the rice terraces yellow. In addition, the weather is pleasant with light breezes, which is extremely suitable for your hiking activities at Fansipan Mountain.
The best time to enjoy the spectacular view of the Ban Gioc waterfall in Cao Bang is autumn. This waterfall will not be as stormy as during the rainy season (April to September).
At 320 km from Hanoi, Ha Giang is located in the far north of Vietnam. Ha Giang is famous for its lush mountains, beautiful rivers, diverse culture and of course buckwheat flowers. Do not forget to see the buckwheat blossom at the end of autumn (September to November).
Tips for traveling north of Vietnam in autumn
– Choose a prestigious local travel agency for the Hanoi tour and Halong bay junk so you can enjoy the most appealing destinations in Northern Vietnam.
– Bring appropriate clothing. It will be a bit cold at night, especially in the mountainous region.
– Prepare adequate equipment for your hike in the mountainous region.
– Enjoy the mid-autumn festival and try the delicious moon cake.
Winter in northern Vietnam
Northern Vietnam suffers from wet and cold weather in winter. The temperature can drop below 10 degrees in the delta area. There may be snow in mountainous areas such as Sa Pa, Mau Son and Ha Giang.
The best destination in northern Vietnam during the winter
If you are interested in a romantic snowy landscape, the mountainous areas (Sa Pa, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Dien Bien, Cao Bang, Lang Son, etc.) are your destinations. The editing of Mau Son (Lang Son Province) is considered an attractive place to observe the snow. Surrounded by clouds and mountains, Mau Son is completely covered with white in winter, which is spectacular for taking pictures. From November to March, this is the perfect time to take pictures of flowered landscapes in Moc Chau. Wildflowers and cabbages are grown in the foothills, making Moc Chau more dreamy and romantic.
140 km from Hanoi, Mai Chau offers an off-the-beaten track experience with peaceful landscapes and a unique ethnic culture. The village of Lac is one of Mai Chau’s most remarkable attractions with emerald rice fields, beautiful houses on stilts and tasty specialties such as glutinous rice cooked in bamboo cylinders.
Tips for traveling north of Vietnam in winter
– Bring warm clothes, gloves, hats and boots to protect you from the weather in the mountainous area.
– Prepare all necessary medications, cold can cause the flu.
– Keep some snack in your bag, hunger can reduce the level of blood sugar that is very dangerous in the winter.
– Drink adequate water. Do not forget the lip balm.
– Do not forget sunscreen: The winter sun can harm your skin like that in summer.
– The circuits, routes in mountainous areas are more frequent in winter, so it will be difficult for you to prepare the transport and to book a hotel. Consult a reputable travel agency to plan your discovery trip to the area.