Hanoi (the capital city of Vietnam) is a beautiful city at any time of year, but depending on the types of activities you enjoy, the weather may affect your journey. Generally, Hanoi has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
When is the best time to travel to Hanoi and nearby Halong Bay for your trip? We're here to answer that question…
The Best Times to Visit Hanoi (and nearby Halong Bay)
For great weather...
Weather-wise, the best times to visit Hanoi and nearby Halong Bay are February to April and October to November.
February to April marks the time of spring, with warm and sunny days, comfortable temperatures, and plenty of flowers in bloom. Average daily high temperatures rise from 20°C to 28°C (68–82°F) during spring.
From October to November, the city experiences its sunny and drier fall season. During this time, the weather is mild and pleasant, with lower humidity and average high temperatures decreasing from 29–25°C (84–77°F).
For fewer crowds and lower prices...
If you want to avoid crowds and get lower prices, the best time to visit Hanoi is during the low season, which runs from May to September. During this time, you will find fewer tourists, cheaper accommodations, and more deals. However, it's worth noting that this period coincides with the hot, humid, rainy season, which means you may experience frequent showers and storms.
For high season...
If you prefer to visit Hanoi during the high season, which runs from October to February, you will experience cooler and drier weather. However, you can expect higher prices for accommodation, tours, flights, and larger crowds at popular tourist attractions.
The peak season coincides with holidays and festivals, such as the Lunar New Year (Tet) and Christmas, so you may also need to book your accommodation and tours well in advance. Contact us to plan your trip early.
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The Worst Times to Visit Hanoi (and nearby Halong Bay)
With regards to weather, the worst time to visit Hanoi and Halong Bay is during the summer months from May to September.
During these months, the weather is usually hot and humid, with daily high temperatures averaging around 35–38°C (95–100°F) and high levels of rainfall. Additionally, there is a high chance of typhoons (with the highest risk period being from August to September) and heavy rains.
During the typhoon season, your Halong Bay cruise may be canceled and the visibility can be poor due to the mist and fog that often covers the bay during this time. Contact us for alternative recommendations.
On the bright side, at those times you can find the most favorable prices and enjoy less-crowded attractions. The heat can also be avoided as much as possible by organizing your schedule wisely. Although rain is a bit of a nuisance, it usually rains in the late afternoon or early evening. So, it wouldn't affect your whole visit.
The Dry Season (November to April)
From November to April, Hanoi experiences its cool and dry season. The average daily temperature range is from 15 to 20°C (68–75°F) and precipitation is the lowest. The average rainfall in June is 270 mm (11 inches), as compared to 20 mm (1 inch) in January, so you can see why many people choose this time of year to travel.
The dry season comes with blue skies, few clouds, cool breezes, and warm afternoons. The streets are always full of activity during this time of year as people enjoy the best months outside.
What to Do:
If you're visiting Hanoi during the dry season from November to April, here are some things you can do:
- Explore the Old Quarter: You can take a walking tour or rent a bicycle to explore Hanoi's Old Quarter, with its narrow streets, colonial architecture, and street food stalls.
- Have an Overnight Cruise in Halong Bay: You can enjoy panoramic views of the bay and watch the sunrise or sunset over the water. You can also participate in activities and excursions, such as kayaking, swimming, visiting local fishing villages, or exploring caves and grottoes.
- Take a day trip to Ninh Binh: Ninh Binh is a beautiful province located south of Hanoi, known for its stunning natural scenery and historical sites. You can take a day trip to Ninh Binh to visit the Trang An Scenic Landscape Complex, the Bai Dinh Pagoda, or the Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.
- Attend a cultural event: Hanoi has many cultural events during the dry season, such as the Tet holiday in January or February, the Hanoi International Marathon in April, or the Hanoi Craft Week in November. You can enjoy live music, traditional performances, and other cultural activities.
The Hot and Humid Season (May to October)
The hot and humid season in Hanoi is from May to October. During this time, temperatures can reach up to 35°C (95°F) and the humidity can be quite high. The hottest months are June, July, and August, with temperatures averaging around 32-33°C (90-91°F).
It's important to stay hydrated and wear light, breathable clothing during the hot and humid season in Hanoi. Many locals and tourists prefer to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day and venture out in the early morning or evening when it's cooler.
The hot and humid season can be a challenging time to visit Hanoi, but it's also a great time to experience the city's vibrant culture and festivals. Just be sure to take precautions to stay cool and hydrated.
What to Do:
If you're visiting Hanoi during the hot and humid season from May to September, here are some things you can do to beat the heat and enjoy your trip:
- Visit indoor attractions: You can explore the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, or the Vincom Center for shopping and entertainment.
- Take a boat ride in Ninh Binh: If your Halong Bay cruise is affected by bad weather, Ninh Binh boat trip is can be a good alternative option.
- Take a cooking class: This is a great way to stay indoors and beat the heat while also learning about the local cuisine.
- Visit temples and pagodas: Hanoi has many beautiful temples and pagodas that offer a peaceful escape from the heat.
- Take a night tour: The temperature drops slightly in the evening, making it a great time to take a night tour of Hanoi. You can explore the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and the French Quarter while enjoying the cooler temperatures.
- Experience traditional Mid-Autumn Festival: In late-September/early-October Hanoi celebrates Mid-Autumn Festival by decorating the city with red lanterns and giving toys to children. Combined with moon-cake selling in the streets, the red lanterns can give the city a truly exotic and pleasant ambiance.
The Four Seasons of Hanoi
Hanoi has a subtropical climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
In spring (February to April), the weather is mild and pleasant, with temperatures averaging around 20-25°C (68-77°F). This is a great time to visit Hanoi if you enjoy blooming flowers and clear skies.
In summer (May to August), the weather is hot and humid, with temperatures averaging around 30-35°C (86-95°F) and frequent rain showers. This can be a challenging time to visit Hanoi due to the heat and humidity.
In autumn (September to November), the weather is cool and dry, with temperatures averaging around 20-25°C (68-77°F). This is a popular time to visit Hanoi due to the clear skies and comfortable temperatures.
In winter (December to January), the weather is cold and dry, with temperatures averaging around 15-20°C (59-68°F). While it can be chilly, winter is a great time to visit Hanoi if you enjoy cooler temperatures and festive holiday celebrations.
Overall, the weather in Hanoi can be unpredictable, so it's important to check the weather forecast and pack accordingly. Bring lightweight, breathable clothing for the hot and humid summer months, and warm layers for the chilly winter months.
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