When considering the best time to travel to Vietnam, take a look at the best picks of the country in summer and winter.
Summer in Vietnam
For those who say summer is the best time to travel to Vietnam, they’re particularly attracted by the balmy temperatures the area between Hue and Nha Trang are experiencing at this time of year. Summer is the perfect time for beach time in this region, although there’s plenty of culture and nature in the area ripe for soaking up at this time of year too.
For culture, Hue is an ideal place to spend some time during summer. The former seat of the Nguyen Dynasty, there’s a lot of regal architecture to explore here, as well as the mystical Perfume River. Hoi An is a must-visit too – a traditional port town perfect for wandering the wending streets. There’s a coconut grove community by the river here which is fascinating to visit too – visit by bicycle or boat and spot buffalo lazing in the sun as well.
When it comes to nature, be sure to visit Ke Bang National Park, Phong Na Lake and the amazing Paradise Cave and Phong Nha Cave – both of which were only discovered recently. The Hai Van Pass must be traversed for some of the best views in the world, leading towards the equally amazing Marble Mountains.
For some beach time, pay a visit to the Lang Co Beach on the journey between Hue and Hoi An. Further south, the beaches of Nha Trang are some of the most popular in the whole country.
Given all this, summer may well be the best time to visit Vietnam!
Winter in Vietnam
Others hail winter as the best time to visit Vietnam. This is particularly because both the northern and southern parts of the country are experiencing warm and dry weather at this time of year, with temperatures mild enough for people to get out and about to explore.
This is a great time of year to make the most of the city of Hanoi and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. In Hanoi, wander around the vibrant winding roads of the Old Quarter, take a cyclo ride to soak up city life and to visit some of the temples. In addition, go on a food tour to taste some of the best flavours hailing from the city. In Halong Bay, it’s the perfect time of year to climb about a boat and set off on a cruise in the karst-studded emerald waters. Stop off at deserted beaches, do Tai Chi on the sundeck in the morning and eat traditional Vietnamese meals whipped up by talented on-board chefs.
In the south of the country, Ho Chi Minh City is a place that blends modern Asian vibrancy with traditional Vietnamese trimmings. Explore the city for a mixture of historical splendour and contemporary foodie culture, and go underground to explore the Cu Chu Tunnels, used by the Vietnamese Army during wartime. Further south still, a trip to the Mekong Delta cannot be missed, complete with its enchanting waterways, agricultural islands and vibrant floating markets.
Whether you decide summer or winter is the best time to travel to Vietnam, Mr Linh’s Adventures has an experience perfect for the season