NORTHERN VIETNAM IS THE OLDEST REGION WHERE
THE CULTURE ORIGINATED OVER 2000 YEARS AGO
IN THE RED RIVER DELTA
Map of Northern Vietnam (Image: voyagevietnam)
Northeast contains most of the mountainous provinces that lie to north of the highly populated Red River lowlands. Four of them are along Vietnam's border with China.
Northwest contains inland provinces in the west of Vietnam's northern part. Three of them are along Vietnam's border with Laos, and two border China (Dien Bien borders both China and Laos).
Vietnamese Regions (Image: Wiki)
Red River Delta contains the small but populous provinces along the mouth of the Red River. The Red River Delta has the smallest area but highest population and population density of all regions. It is also the only region without any land borders with neighboring countries.
Hanoi - Capital City belongs to the Red River Delta area.
Welcome to a country with 2000+ miles of coastline and three different weather systems. Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the country's length.
It pays to imagine the country as three separate destinations when researching weather for your intended visit and the following information will hopefully help you unravel the complexities.
Mountainous Far North
Sapa, Ha Giang, Bac Ha, Mu Cang Chai
The climate in Sapa and Vietnam’s north-west region including Mu Cang Chai is divided into two seasons: the dry season runs from October to late March with the wet season lasting from April to September. It can get very cold and frosty in December and January, especially at night.
The best months to travel in the north-east (Ha Giang) is during the dry season, from October to April, although December and January can get very cold. We recommend avoiding travelling in Ha Giang during the rainy season (May to September).
"Trekking and adventure"
The best trekking conditions in Sapa and around Mu Cang Chai can be experienced between September & November, and from March to May.
Daytime temperatures range from 15-28°C, and night-time temperatures from 10-18°C. Trekking and cycling are possible year round, however the winter time can be rather chilly, and the summer rather wet.
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cuc Phuong, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh
Hanoi and North Vietnam has a distinct winter and summer season. The cool but mostly dry winter lasts from November to April when temperatures average 17-22°C with the coldest months being January - March.
Summer lasts from May to October when it is hot and humid and the region experiences its highest rainfall. July to September are often the wettest months of the year. During these months severe weather can prevent junks sailing in Halong Bay although such weather is rare.