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Weather in Vietnam - Best time to travel


Undoubtedly, weather is one of the determining factors for your traveling
decisions. If you are heading to Vietnam, then, take it easy to make up your
mind. Vietnam's climate is not just steamy hot as what you are frequently
exposed to on movies. All year round here, there is always a perfect place where
it is pleasant to stay. Basically, the whole country falls into the tropic and
subtropics but its stretching length and diverse topography allow it to span
several different climate zones. The weather thus, tends to vary considerably
from season to season and also from region to region.
Northern Patterns
The North of Vietnam is generally cooler than other South East Asian regions in
the same longitude. It experiences two main distinct seasons. In winter months,
the weather gets colder and colder fromNovember to March and considerably warmer
in April (a leap into summer). This is also time to observe much cloud and
frequent drizzle. The average winter temperature is 17.2°C (62.9°F).
Particularly, the mountainous areas (Northwest) are often much colder,
temperature may keep below 10°C (50°F) for long period. Ice and snow even cover
Hoang Lien Son Mountains and nearby Sapa town for some times with the lowest
record of -3°C (26.6°F) in Feb 2008.
In the summer (from May to October), the whole region is quite hot. Temperature
may rise to 37°C (98.6 °F) in the peaks of June and July. Hanoi and coastal
provinces around the Red River Delta generally enjoy equitable weather with high
average humidity (80%) all year round though they may occasionally be subjected
to typhoons and heavy rain in late summers (September to November). Vietnamese
people even identify four seasons in the Northern provinces (from Hai Van Pass
toward the north) with their distinct features: pleasant spring (typically
March-April) and autumn (October-December), a chilly winter (December- February)
and a hot summer (June – July).
Central Pattern
The Central Vietnam with two sub-regions, coastal lowlands and central
highlands, can be seen as an in-between climatic area of the North and the
South. The coastal strip is usually dry and hotter than the rest in the summer,
as the Truong Son Mountains do not allow it to enjoy most rainfall of
south-western monsoon (from April to October). Unprotected coasts in their turn,
however, make it wet and colder than the rest in winter-monsoon season (from
November to March). Also, storms and typhoons strike this area more frequently
than the northern coasts in summer months (from July to November). The Central
Highlands in particular enjoys nearly double the average rainfall of the
country. Two biggest towns in this plateau, Dalat and Pleiku, are ideally cool
throughout the year. Near-the-south coastal cities, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang and
Phan Thiet, on the contrary, experiences steamy hot weather (21°C-32°C /
70°F-90°F) all year round.
Southern Pattern
The South of Vietnam, merely 8 degrees north of the Equator, is typical of humid
tropical climate which is excellent for growing rice. The region's temperatures
experience little variations in a year (around 27-32°C/80-90°F). There are two
main seasons: the rainy and the dry. During the rainy/monsoon season (from May
to November), downpours are expected to happen nearly every afternoon, resulting
in occasional street flooding in and around Saigon. In the dry season, it is hot
from late February to April then slightly cooler when first downpours come. Ho
Chi Minh city (Saigon) enjoys rather equitable tropical climate with high
humidity all year round. December to March is said to be the most pleasant time
to hit this region's center.
Note: In all, Vietnam climate is so diverse that there is almost no definition
of an average temperature for the whole country. Thanks to these regional
variations in weather, generally, you can drop in Vietnam at any time of year.
Commonly, based on the duration of your stay, you should plan to catch the good
weather and places by either dropping in Saigon in February or March then
following the coast to north or hitting Hanoi in October-November then tracing
southward. The choice is entirely yours.
Whichever way you choose, however, it is important to keep your luggage as light
and loose as possible. Vietnam is not subject to extreme weather, thus loading
up with clothes is never necessary. And a final word, stay with us for
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