Best Time to Visit the North of Vietnam

Northern Vietnam is a cradle of the thousand-year history and culture of Vietnam. Traveling to the North Vietnam, visitors will be able to explore the fascinating natural beauty and many impressive architectural works created by the skillful hands of the people. With beautiful nature and scenery, the North is always an attractive rendezvous for tourists to come back many times. Here are some tips for you to choose the best time to visit the North of Vietnam.

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The climate of Northern Vietnam

It can be said that Northern Vietnam has the most special climate that no other place on this S-shaped strip of land has. The climate is divided into four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
  • Spring (from February to April): The weather is quite cold, less sunny and has drizzling rain lasting during the week.
  • Summer (from May to July): It is very hot with the maximum temperature in a day can reach 420C, and often has heavy rains lasting 1-2 hours.
  • Autumn (from August to October): The most beautiful season and the North that you cannot see in other areas of Vietnam. The weather is cool and comfortable. However, rain often lasts for weeks.
  • Winter (from November to January): The weather is cold, but doesn’t appear snow, except mountainous areas like Sa Pa or Ha Giang at certain times. People have to wear warm clothes when going outside.

Best time to visit Hanoi

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is famous for its thousand-year-old architecture and rich culture with the influence of Southeast Asia, China and France. Especially, this city will help visitors have the most obvious experience of 4-season weather changes. However, summer might not be the time for you because the temperature is so high and it is very hot, which may cause inconvenience when going around the city.

Best time to visit Sa Pa

Sa Pa, the misty town, is one of the must-visit destinations of Vietnam. Due to the location in the high mountains, the weather in Sa Pa is cool in the summer and autumn, and cold in winter and spring. Sa Pa in every season has its own beauty, so depending on the time, you will have opportunities to admire special seasonal landscapes. For example, you can see the shimmering terraced rice fields in the harvest season during August and September, or white snow covering all over town during December and January…

Best time to visit Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is too famous on the world tourism map when it is recognized as one of the new 7 natural world wonders. It has thousands of islands along with temples and historical sites. The wonderful beauty of Ha Long Bay has captivated many tourists' souls from inside and outside the country. To explore the beauty of the Bay, visitors will have cruising trips, so it is advised for you to visit the Bay in spring (March to May) and autumn (August to October). During these months, the weather is warm, less sunny with a clear sky, which is convenient for an enjoyable experience.

Best time to visit Ninh Binh

Recently, Ninh Binh is more popularly known by foreign tourists because of the magnificent beauty of the mountains, rivers and lakes here, along with the historical sites expressing Vietnamese culture. You can plan your trip to Ninh Binh between March to October. During the time from April to May, or September to October, visitors also can see the shimmering ripen rice fields in this poetic land.