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, May to October is hot, humid and wet with temperatures invariably between 25 and 32 °C (77-90°F). Rainfall is usually over 150 mm per month in Hanoi, the nation’s cultural capital, though it peaks in July at almost 250 mm per month. The heat of the north, particularly inland, gets too hot for some and many people chose this time to head for the cooler areas such as the beautiful Halong Bay, a coastal area set among towering limestone cliffs, and also a Unesco world heritage site, which receives an almost constant sea breeze.
The central region of Vietnam experiences a hot and dry ‘winter’ from mid-January to mid-August, with March, April, and May the best times to visit as the central highlands are a lot milder than the much more stifling heat suffered in the south, where it can reach 40°C (104°F). Temperatures in central areas are between 20 and 25 °C (68- 77°F) in January, steadily rising to a peak of around 25 to 35 °C (77-95°F) in June. Unlike the north and south, central areas receive almost no rainfall at this time. It is a fine time to visit ancient capital of Hue, the charming Unesco world heritage site of Hoi An, or the beautiful white sands of Lang Co replete with shady palm trees.
In the south, May to October is monsoon season, and it can be quite humid in the ‘Rice Bowl’ of Vietnam. Temperatures are usually between 24 and 33 °C (75-91°F) , with rainfall of around 100 mm per month, the brief heavy showers rarely disrupting travel – but regions around the Mekong may occasionally flood. September or early October sees Mid-Autumn Festival (full moon between September and October): a harvest festival celebrating that sees dragon and lion dances performed across the country with many wish lanterns being hung and lit.
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
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
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.