When to Go in Hanoi

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When travelling to Hanoi, when to go is something that you should consider, though it won't drastically alter your plans as it might in the rest of Vietnam. The northern and southern monsoons play a part in creating Hanoi and Northern Vietnam's two seasons: summer and winter. Here's a look at what to expect during each season, so that you can make an informed plan for your trip to Hanoi. When to go won't seem a problem anymore--at least as far as weather is concerned.


From May through September, the winds from the south and southeast hit Hanoi. The south monsoon comes, bringing with it the summer weather in Hanoi. This is the high season for tourists, when the days are warm, sunny and long. Temperatures tend to fluctuate between 22 and 32 degrees Celsius, with the hotter months being June through August. Be aware that the top picks in accommodation can fill up quickly, so book in advance if you're going to be travelling to Hanoi during the summer season.


The north and northeast winds descend upon Hanoi during the winter months from October through May. The north monsoon brings the cold air from China down into northern Vietnam. The days are often cold and cloudy, with light rains being frequent, but thankfully, not long. Therefore, winter is still not a bad time to visit Hanoi. In fact, the crowds have dispersed somewhat, and the city loses the intense heat of the summer in favor of cool days and cooler nights. Temperatures dip to 12 degrees Celsius, which means you'll want to pack a few sweaters in with your clothing, though the climate can also be as warm as 28 degrees Celsius. Often it's the nights that see the cooler temperatures, rather than particular days. You'll find prices to be cheaper during the off-season of winter, though you'll have tio pay the price of carrying an umbrella with you.

Peak Season

There are two times of the year that you'll probably want to avoid altogether when visiting Hanoi: Christmas and the Lunar New Year. Both of these times see a dramatic rise in airline ticket costs, as Vietnamese living abroad attempt en masse to buy tickets home. Once in Hanoi, you'll find that the accommodations available are expensive and probably booked solid. Furthermore, most of the shops and restaurants are closed, as the city folk return to their ancestral villages to be with family for the holidays. So while Hanoi is beautiful at any time of year, it's probably best to avoid these holidays.

March 25, 2010 new by tiffanymparker

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