As a long narrow country, Vietnam’s climate varies depending on if you are in the north, central areas, or south, which is great for travelers as the weather is always perfect somewhere.
In the north, November to April is winter and despite being in South East Asia it has a cool (mainly dry) winter as it is close to the Tropic of Cancer. The temperatures can drop to 10 °C (50 °F), though it usually hovers somewhere between 15 and 20 °C (59-68°F), with rainfall of about 25 mm per month. There are sometimes monsoons in the north east in January, so an umbrella can prove useful.
While in central Vietnam, September to December is rainy season, and it is the wettest in October when rainfall is over 200 mm per month and temperatures a warm 22 to 28 °C (72-82°F). Many avoid the rains by taking time to visit the famed Phong Nha caves in the central coast region, a complex underground cave and river system that is also a Unesco world heritage site. For those who prefer clothes shopping, Hoi An is a beautifully preserved town famed for its innovative tailoring, where you can find unusual pieces you cannot find anywhere else.
In southern Vietnam, November through April is hot and very humid, with temperatures generally between 22 and 32 °C (72-90°F) and limited rainfall. Late January or early February sees Tet Nguyen Dan, the lunar New Year. People clean their homes, cook special dishes and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Tet festivities last up to a month, and include firecrackers, fireworks and masked dances, not to mention vast arrays of flowers used to decorate prey much anything. The hot weather the perfect season to take in the breeze and enjoy a lazy sail in and around the Mekong delta in a classic wooden junk boat
At Khau Vai Love Market festival you won’t find anything on sale. This unique one-day event is an opportunity for long lost lovers to meet, offering a sanctuary for couples that couldn't marry, due to being from different tribes. Monks also give their blessings to the once broken-hearted lovers at this happy yet poignant festival.
Location: Khau Vai, Vietnam
Hung King Temple Festival
Set on the top of the spectacular Nghia Linh Mountain, Hung King Temple Festival is an ancient and sacred event marking Hung King’s death. Celebrations start the night before, with 100 flying lights being released into the night sky. The main day features elaborate ceremonies worshipping Hung King, big feasts, elephant marches and songs.
Location: Phu Tho, Vietnam
Huong Pagoda Festival
February - May
One of the most spectacular Buddhist festivals in northern Vietnam, this epic three-month event in My Duc District is split into two parts: ceremonial rituals and entertaining activities. Expect monks giving blessings, alongside beautiful dances and flower shows. Pilgrims also take boat trips and go mountain climbing.
Location: My Duc, Vietnam
Yen Tu Festival
The three-month Yen Tu Festival, held within a majestic mountain range in north-eastern Vietnam, starts on the 10th day of the first lunar month. After holding a small ritual at the base of Yen Tu Mountain, tens of thousands of pilgrims journey to a shrine at the summit in an effort to realize personal dreams or get rid of sorrow.
Location: Yen Tu, Vietnam
Elephant Race Festival
The Elephant Race Festival is a full-day event held in Don Village, usually in spring. People from all over come to watch the race and also show off their colorful outfits. Trained elephants gallop across the 500m track with frightening speed and power. After the main event, the elephants also compete in swimming and tug-of-war contests.
Location: Dak Lak, Vietnam
Theroux in Southeast Asia: Revisiting The Great Railway Bazaar
Author : John McMahon
When Paul Theroux set out from his local stop on the London underground to the farthest reaches of Asia by rail, he would go on to write one of the greatest travelogues of the modern age. But Asia has changed.
JW Marriottâs Pink Pearl Brings French Fine Dining to Vietnamâs Phu Quoc Paradise
Author : Travelogues
Phu Quoc just got a little bit tastier with the addition of French fine dining at the JW Marriott's Pink Pearl, a highly anticipated F&B addition featuring Chef Amine Lakhdari in the kitchen and Bill Bensley behind the design.