Vietnam for Beginners: When to Visit the North of Vietnam

If you’ve been making research on Vietnam before, you’ve probably realized that it has a pretty peculiar geographic position. Owed to having more than 1,000 km in length, Vietnam is the country that beautifully unites diversities in many terms.

Depending on your timing, you can get the most out of different regions and subcultures, beautifully contrasting landscapes, and various climate conditions. And this is what makes it challenging for travelers to decide when to visit Vietnam. (This is especially true if you want to explore the entire country at once!) However, there are some main recommendations that you can consider in order to organize an awesome travel adventure.

North Vietnam (Image source: north-vietnam.com)

In this series of posts, we’re sharing the essential timing information with you, starting with the optimal conditions for visits to the north of the country. So, if you want to begin with your exploration of northern Vietnam wisely, read on.

When to Visit the North of Vietnam?

Generally speaking, you won’t regret traveling to northern Vietnam in the spring or autumn. These seasons offer moderate temperatures and heavy rainfalls in this period are not so frequent. So, if you really want to avoid rainy days, you may want to consider traveling in March or April. These months are well-known for pleasant temperatures and the lightest rainfalls during the year.

But are there major changes in the climate among the cities of northern Vietnam that you should consider before traveling? These are the questions we’re answering below.

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Weather in Sapa

While summers in the mountainous Sapa let you enjoy the pleasant 29°C, winters are pretty freezing in the north of Vietnam. The rainfalls are most frequent in July and August.

Sapa (Image source: palmvietnamtravel.com)

So, if you want to enjoy moderately warm and dry weather, you should visit Sapa in March or April. Visits in October and November are reserved for those who prefer pretty cooler climate and clear weather.

Weather in Hanoi

As we move on to Hanoi, situated in the central part of northern Vietnam, we can feel the increase in the average temperatures in summer, which now go to up to 32°C. But we’re also experiencing short, sudden and heavier rainfalls. Winters are famous for bringing fog and not so much rain, with the average temperature of about 17°C.

Hanoi (Image source: vietnam-guide.com)

The experienced travelers recommend visiting this area in October and November, when moderate temperatures (about 21°C), lots of sunshine, and not so frequent rainfalls provide a great traveling experience.

Weather in Halong Bay

The misty landscapes of Halong Bay definitely offer a unique experience. While you can expect pleasant temperatures and clear weather from March to May, humidity and showers are common from May to November. When it comes to winters in Halong Bay – well, they can be pretty tough, with significantly lower temperatures from December all the way to February.

Halong Bay (Image source: travelsmart.com.my)

Finally, generally recommended timing for visits to Halong Bay and the surrounding area is during spring and autumn, as the days are warmer and skies clearer compared to other seasons.

Which of these parts of Northern Vietnam would you like to visit the most? If you’re more interested in other parts of the country, stay with us – in the next post, we’re covering the weather conditions and recommended timing for the exploration of Central Vietnam. 

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