When to Travel to Vietnam?

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When to travel to Vietnam?

Travel to Vietnam

Vietnam Weather

The question is often asked: “Should I travel to Vietnam?”  Vietnam has been gradually rising in popularity as a tourist destination in Southeast Asia. You should check it out when planning your next vacation. If you start planning travel to Vietnam then it’s worthwhile to find out the best time to travel weather-wise.

The ideal time to travel to Vietnam is “year around.” The primary lure of the country is Vietnam’s travel weather. Generally there aren’t any extremes of weather conditions there, nor are there notable temperature swings. What you have are principal seasons, hot, rainy and chilly, together with variations in temperature. Rainfall varies across regions of the country.

Vietnam has variations in altitude and, therefore, temperature and seasonal variations in the different regions of the country. In mountainous regions of the country you have cooler climates, so temperatures the winter can drop below the freezing point. If the mere thought of cold weather makes you cold, then don’t go to the mountainous areas of Vietnam during the winter.

In northern Vietnam, the winter weather from November to April is chilly and clammy,and the summers are hot (the summer is from May to October), but usually comfortable.

If you are traveling in the southern areas of the country, avoid the sweltering summer season from the end of February though May. In the South, the rainiest months are from June to August, and this is not the best time to visit Vietnam. The months of December to April are reasonably dry in the South.

You might want to avoid traveling in the months from July to November. This is the typhoon season and it’s best to avoid them. Heavy rains, wind and floods are normal during the wet monsoon. Monsoons are most prevalent in central Vietnam.

Climate of Vietnam

The climate of Vietnam varies considerably from north to south, and low lands to mountains. Although most of the country is in the tropics and subtropics, conditions vary from frosty winters in far northern mountains to year-round, sub equatorial heat in the Mekong Delta.

Vietnam’s weather is characterized by two monsoons. The winter (wet) monsoon comes from the northeast from October to March, bringing cold wet weather to all areas north of Nha Trang, and drier warmer temperatures to the South. From April or May to October, the southwestern (dry) monsoon brings warm, humid weather to the country except for those areas sheltered by mountains.

* For the best holiday result, travel to Vietnam from April or May through October;

* For those sticking to the south, November to February is dry, and a bit cooler;

* From July to November, violent and unpredictable typhoons can pound central and northern Vietnam.

It gets crowded from November to March and in June and August. tend to go up over the Christmas, New Year and Tet holidays, but to compete with the big crowds, stay away during these busy times.

Some travelers like to travel to Vietnam during Tet (Vietnamese New Year), which is the major Vietnamese festival on the calendar in late January or early February. Both overseas (Viet Kieu) and domestic Vietnamese travel home for this holiday – transportation is a major problem. The will likely be a shortage of hotel and restaurant staff during these days.

Popular destinations for travelers to Vietnam are: in the North – Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa. the Central Coast – Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Dalat. Moving to the South – Mui Ne, Vung Tau, Saigon / Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta. The are day tours departing from these areas, so there are always things to do.

Vietnam Airlines and other domestic carriers offer competitive Vietnam travel deals through out the country, Vietnam train travel is cheap and convenient; and open tour buses make travel exciting and cheap. You can catch an open tour bus in Saigon and travel to Hanoi for about US$30-$35.

You don’t even need the services of a Vietnam travel guide, just check a Vietnam travel blog (like Your Vietnam Tour Guide), buy a tour book, apply for an tourist entry visa at a Vietnamese Embassy or arrange for a “Visa on Arrival”.

Luxury travel in Vietnam has at great deal to offer also. There are hotels and resorts that will cater to your every need or desire. A luxury Vietnam land tour can be arranged through any service oriented travel agency.

If you are a hardy traveler, travel to Vietnam need not be influenced by weather – either hot or chilly – just plan on having a good time.

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The Rough Guide to Vietnam

by: Mark Lewis

publisher: Rough Guides US, published: 2009-10-19

ASIN: B004G8QFZ6

sales rank: 131495

The Rough Guide to Vietnam is ideal for people who want to travel independently and discover more about this incredibly diverse country. It includes lively reviews of the best places to eat, from street kitchens to the upmarket restaurants of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and practical advice on activities, from home-stays in ethnic minority villages to boat trips around Ha Long Bay and visits to its national parks. There are extensive, user-friendly descriptions of Vietnam’s many sights, including Hué’s Imperial city, temples and pagodas and Vietnam’s impressive colonial architecture, as well as its deserted beaches and the waterways of the Mekong Delta.

This is a great guide for travel to Vietnam.

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