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
As part of the Tet New Year celebrations, villages hold rice cooking contests on the first day of the lunar year. You won’t find any electric rice cookers here; contestants must use dried sugar cane for fire whilst floating in bamboo boat. Expect the action to start at sunrise, with over 200 people all cooking to the sound of a drum.
Location: Hoi An, Vietnam
Tet Dancing Festival
January - February
This lively two-day dance festival in Sapa District (Lao Cai Province) is held as part of Vietnamese New Year (Tet). The elaborate dance styles on show represent heavenly figures who are supposed to come down to earth to join in the Tet celebrations. Vibrant colors and statue bathing are also on display throughout the village.
Location: Sapa, 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.