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Vietnam's Weather, Climate and Geography

 

Weather and Climate


When is the best time to visit?


Because of its diverse geography, the climate in Vietnam varies greatly from north to south with three distinct climatic zones. Tropical monsoons occur from October to April in the Center, and from May to September, in the North and South. It is almost totally dry throughout the rest of the year. It can get particularly hot, though, all year round, but the north has a cool period between October and April. Temperatures across the country can reach up to 40C in the height of the hot and rainy season (May to September), but the northern highlands and Hanoi can often seem cold and wet in the winter.


There is no 'ideal time' to visit Vietnam as a whole, because at any time of the year somewhere will be in the Sun. High season is from September to March, but bad weather can disrupt travel in the center of the country during this period, especially from September to December. For the beaches in the center of Vietnam (such as Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang) it is best to go between May and August. Autumn is the best time to visit Ha long Bay as the skies are clearest.


Clothing requirements:
Loose, natural fabrics all year, but warm clothes are needed in the highlands, and during the winter of Northern Vietnam. Raincoats are essential during the rainy season.


Geography
Vietnam is located in the tropics; the land is mainly agricultural with tropical rainforest in the center. 'S'hinh country shares a northern border with the People's Republic of China, and the West with Laos and Cambodia. The East coast looks onto both the South China Sea and the Pacific.


Northern Vietnam is dominated by the Red River Delta (which bisect Hanoi), and the Lo and Chay rivers. North and West of Hanoi lie lush green hilly areas, such as the well-known Sa Pa valley. East of Hanoi lies Ha Long Bay, with its stunning formation of over 3000 natural limestone islands jutting up from the South China Sea.


The South holds the Mekong River and its fertile plains that have provided nutrients for a thriving rice industry. Among the plains, in the center of the country is the thin mountainous area, known as the highlands, where farmers grow rubber, tea and coffee.

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