With its remarkable cultural and historic treasures, interesting outdoor activities in abundance, an increasingly vibrant cuisine, and cheap price services, Northern Vietnam makes for an unforgettable visit at the best of times.

Best time to travel to Northern Vietnam

Best time to visit Northern Vietnam

Best time to visit Northern Vietnam

The weather in Northern Vietnam can be split into 2 distinct seasons: winter and summer. Any time can be the best time to visit this region. It all depends on where you are going or what kind of holiday you are looking for. It might be assumed that thanks to the more desirable weather, the peak months from the beginning of March to the beginning of May and from the mid-September to December are your best bets. During that time, the dry air, the clear and blue skies, and the gentle wind make your trip really enjoyable.

If you are looking for fewer crowds while in Northern Vietnam, but do not want to give up the pleasant climate, these months of January and February are the time to go. It is also the best time for sightseeing and festival experience. If you find yourself in Northern Vietnam during that period, you should not miss experiencing some of the most exciting festivals of a year, including Tet – Vietnamese Lunar New Year. Those who want to enjoy swimming or water sports at the beaches to avoid the scorching heat in the North of Vietnam should be aware that sunshine hours are typically long enough in June and July.

Both summer and winter have its ups and downs. The sheer variety that you will find in the Northern cities makes it a stunning and action-packed destination in 12 months of a year.

Must-see destinations in Northern Vietnam

Hanoi

Hanoi

Hanoi capital city

From its culture and architecture to its history and food, Vietnam’s capital city is one of many tourist attractions in Northern Vietnam and those cities on most people's "to visit" list.

Not only the chaotic atmosphere, the historic buildings, and monuments but also the unique café culture makes the 1,000-year-old city famous. Whatever part of the city you are staying in, you will easily find a great local café, where you can drop in at any time of day for a quick break, to read a newspaper, or engage in conversation with other fellow travelers or Hanoians.

May I suggest a stroll around Old Quarter, a sundowner (and the views) at Hoan Kiem Lake, the centerpiece of the city, dinner at Hanoi Old Quarter – a foodie heaven, a water puppet show at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, and a beer on Ta Hien Street? In term of the dining experience, it really is possible to start the day with a large bowl of Pho and then washed down with real Vietnamese coffee. Made from Vietnamese coffee powder, chicken egg yolk, sweetened condensed milk, butter and cheese, egg coffee, which tastes almost like a coffee flavored ice cream, is the pride of Hanoians. Do not miss it!

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

Halong Bay

When you think about traveling through Northern Vietnam, Halong Bay is always a top answer.

Staying aboard a Halong Bay cruise ship might not offer the same cultural experience as a land-based holiday. Cruising in Halong means an opportunity to visit several different grottoes, caves (Thien Cung, Bo Nau, Dau Go, Trinh Nu, Sung Sot, etc), beaches (Cat Co, Ti Top, etc), islands (Lan Ha Island, Cat Ba Island, Bo Hon Island, etc), and floating villages (Cua Van, Ba Hang, Vung Vieng, and Cong Dam) over a relatively short period of time in a low stress way.

Halong Bay cruise is not a new way to travel but always the best way to truly see this UNESCO World Heritage site. With the world-class service, great facilities, mouth-watering dishes, a wide range of water sports activities such as swimming, kayaking, diving, and squid fishing, and cultural experiences like a cooking course in a mix, it sounds like a dream come true and an experience of a lifetime.

Thanks to the development of tourism service in harmony with already-existing rich culture and history and impressive natural charm, Northern Vietnam offers a diversity of tourist attractions that frequently confounds first-time travelers.