Best time to visit Hanoi and Halong bay

Best time to visit Hanoi and Halong bay
West Lake - Hanoi was seen from above

I have read some articles about the best time to visit Hanoi on the internet and almost of blogs and websites have advised travelers that the best time to travel Hanoi that is the period of time from November to February - Western New Year or after New Year Holiday.

Some travel bloggers also advise that you can go to Hanoi during Tet (it is Lunar New Year or the traditional New Year or "traditional Tet" in Vietnam).

But in fact, the most beautiful season and the best time to visit Hanoi (same as Vietnam) is the autumn and the period of time from March to May (at the end of the spring). And I advise you should go to Hanoi in the autumn.

The autumn is also the season which many Vietnamese people make a plan to travel somewhere in Vietnam as Hanoi, Hochiminh City, Halong, Sapa, Nha Trang, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc Island...

In the autumn, Hanoi is the most beautiful in the year. The air becomes cleaner. The landscape is become brighter too. See more some Hanoi Autumn Photos

The autumn in Hanoi is starting from September (read more: Hanoi weather in September) to November and then is the winter will coming. And the most beautiful month is the October (Hanoi weather in October). If you can not travel to Hanoi in this period of time, you might go to my homeland at Christmas holiday (Hanoi weather at Christmas), during "traditional Tet" or in February and March - this is the period of time has many traditional festivals but the weather of this season is not good.

Best time to visit Hanoi and Halong bay
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
The summer is the season with the weather is hottest and severest in the year. And you should not go to Hanoi and Vietnam at this time if you do not like the heat of Hanoi (but the summer is the Vietnamese's holiday and summer vacation, all of tourist areas are very overcrowded).

In the summer, it usually has heavy rains and has many large storms in Hanoi. Many places will be flooded, the travel facing many difficulties, many tours and flights may be delayed. 

In summary, the best time to visit Hanoi (weather wise) is the autumn. In the autumn, the weather in Hanoi is better than in Saigon. If you are wondering between two choices: Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, you read this article: Should I go to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City

You should not go to Hanoi in the summer to avoid the rainy season.

Halong Bay in Quang Ninh Province is located at 200km from Hanoi. And what the weather in Hanoi is so the weather in Halong is same. The best time to visit Halong is in the autumn (September to November) and in April and May. Please read more: Travel from Hanoi to Halong City

Best time to visit Hanoi and Halong bay
Hanoiean florist

I am a Vietnamese man. I was born and living Hanoi now. All of what I write here are things I feel and have thought about. You should read more other articles about my Hanoi, but I hope that my articles on this website that will help you have some tips to travel to Hanoi.


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