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In general, the best time to come to Vietnam is from August to April of next year. But no matter when it is, each of the months will have suitable places to visit. With over 2000 miles of coastline, divided into three distinct weather patterns varying from North to South, Vietnam weather is changeable yet predictable. Seasons alter after seasons so the landscape is ever-changing and every time of the year. There is a traditional festival or holiday occurring somewhere.
At the beginning of the year, North Vietnam is usually greeted with cool weather, light rain, and fresh air. The temperature in the flat plain ranges from 15 to 22 while in the higher area like Sapa. It can fall down to near 0 degrees. This is the only time can visitors in Sapa can behold the majestic wonder of snowfall in mountains and hills. The South is always much warmer than the North, with the temperature varies between 28 and 35.
This period is also the rising time for various festivals and holidays, including the largest festival in the year: Tet holiday or Lunar New Year Eve. The roads painted in the color of cherry-blossom and the air fragrance with Chung cake or other traditional foods. Next, comes the festival of Huong Pagoda in which thousands of tourists traveling to the Huong Pagoda in Hanoi to pray the new year’s fortune.
On the 10th of March, there is a national holiday celebrated in the memorial of the first Royal Ancestors of Vietnam – the Hung Kings. On this day every year, hundreds of people gather on the Phu Tho Temple to pay their respect and worshiping to their ancestors.
This is a rather unpredictable period with the season changes from spring to summer. The air is hotter, the temperature rises and also does the humidity. In such time the people in North Vietnam can experience the direness of tropical storms. The South is hot and sunny most days.
However, the halfway between spring and summer is the blooming season of myriad kinds of flowers. White-snow ban flowers in the high hills of Tay Bac or scarlet “do quyen” flowers in Sapa are just two examples. June is also when the long summer vacation begins. Beaches in Nha Trang, Ha Long Bay or Sam Son, Cua Lo are at their peak of beauty. In this early summer, the beach is still quiet and lack of visitors, so nature is for you alone to enjoy.
For the sea and sun lovers, this is an ideal time to pack your things and go to coastal Vietnam. Famous sight-seeing like Halong Bay, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc is crowded with tourists, both domestic and international. The good thing is, when the number of tourists arises, hotel services, tours, available activities increase as well. Beaches in Vietnam may not be suitable for surfing. But they are the optimal choice for a romantic vacation with calm waves, luxurious cruises and diverse coral systems below the sea.
However, if the sunny weather can be uncomfortable for you. Then an escape in the mountainous area would deserve consideration. Da Lat city is only hours travel from Nha Trang coastal city, and it has amazing cool weather in the mid of summer. In the North, we have Tam Dao, where you can indulge in the air of autumn in every time in the year.
Winter does not come unexpectedly. It caresses the land by the autumn’s early cool wind and the hot air of summer slowly fades away. This is a golden time to visit the North of Vietnam. Hanoi – the capital of the country is covered by gentle morning mist. Historical buildings and ancient houses rest solemnly on one side of the tree-covered roads. You will not even feel like being in a tropical country anymore, the city looks like a peaceful town in England or France.
October is the blooming season of the lotus flower in Dong Thap (South Vietnam). Lotus is Vietnam’s national flower and nowhere it can appear as captivating as in Dong Thap. Then between October and December is the season of Tam Giac Mach flower in Ha Giang. A vast sea of dreamy purple flowers dominates the whole hills of Ha Giang.
December is the coolest time of the year. The weather can be dire, but it is pale in comparison to the business of people anticipating the upcoming Tet holiday. A month before Tet, the local markets are already filled with traditional cuisine