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typhoon season, safe to visit Northern area's?

We're leaving Australia for Vietnam over two weeks.
10 years ago, August 29th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #118390  
I've read that July till November is typhoon season in central and north Vietnam. Any experience or suggestions are very welcome. Also about the temperature during these months.

thank you !
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10 years ago, August 30th 2010 No: 2 Msg: #118407  
Hi Roel & Anka,

Yes, Jul till Nov is typhoon season in north and centre Vietnam, but it is rare not many. And it is very easy to move out of typhoon because Vietnam is vertical from north to south. Normally, tourist stay 2 night in each main city: 2 nights in Hanoi, 1 or 2 nights in Halong Bay, Hue, Hoian, Nha Trang and Saigon, 1 night in Can Tho, Chau Doc...
No problem for typhoon if you face, that is lucky sooooo, becasue you have a good change to share with local people. Ussually, typhoon eye is created between Phillipines and island of Vietnam, so it will take at least 3 or 4 days to come in land.

Do not worry about that, but rainning is not so fun, right

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10 years ago, September 7th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #118782  
What is the climate like in Vietnam?
Vietnam has a particularly complicated climate and, like elsewhere in the world, weather patterns have been changing over recent years. The situation described below is therefore only an indication of the type of weather you can expect.

Northern Vietnam Climate
Starting in the north, autumn (September to December) is undoubtedly the most pleasant season. At this time of year it's generally warm (average temps above 20°C), dry and sunny in the delta, though you'll need warm clothes up in the mountains and on the waters of Ha Long Bay. Winter (December to February) can be surprisingly bitter as cold air sweeps south from China bringing fine, persistent mists and temperatures as low as 10°C. Things begin to warm up again in March, which ushers in a period of good, spring weather before the summer heat begins in earnest in May, closely followed by the rainy season in June. This combination makes for hot, sticky weather which takes many people by surprise. Temperatures, which can occasionally reach 40°C, average 30°C, while humidity hovers around 70-75%! (MISSING)The rain comes in heavy downpours, causing frequent flooding in Hanoi and the delta. By mid September, however, the rains are petering out, and from October onwards it's perfect sightseeing weather.

Central Coast Vietnam Climate
The coastal region from Hanoi south to Hué lies in the typhoon belt. Around Hué, typhoons seem most prevalent in April and May, while further north the season generally lasts from July to November. However, typhoons are incredibly difficult to predict and it really is a matter of luck - or bad luck, rather - if you are caught. Flights are usually only disrupted for a matter of hours, but in recent years the main road and rail routes heading south have been cut by floods at least once during the typhoon season. The good news is that they usually get everything moving again incredibly quickly - within four or five days, depending on the severity of the damage.

The central region of Vietnam has a notoriously wet climate, particularly around Hué, where the annual average rainfall is a generous 3m. The so-called "dry" season lasts from February to May, though you'll need an umbrella even then. After this it gets wetter and hotter (av temps 30°C) until the rainy season begins in earnest in September, gradually easing off from November through January. Winter temperatures average a pleasant 20°C or above.

Southern Vietnam Climate
Southern Vietnam is blessed with a more equitable - and predictable - climate. Here the dry season lasts from December to late April/May, and the rains from May through November. Most of the rain falls in brief afternoon downpours, so you can still get out and about, though flooding can be a problem in the delta. Daytime temperatures rarely fall below 20°C, occasionally reaching 40°C in the hottest months (March to May). Once the rains start, humidity climbs to an enervating 80%! (MISSING)

Central Highland of Vietnam Climate
The central highlands follow roughly the same weather pattern as the southern delta. In the rainy season (May-November) roads are regularly washed out, but it can also be very beautiful at this time, with tumbling rivers, waterfalls and misty landscapes. You just have to build a bit more flexibility into your schedule.

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10 years ago, September 8th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #118829  
Because of the differences in geography and topography, the climate of each region in Vietnam is significantly distinguished. The North is blessed with the climate of four seasons in a year: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Spring is the first season of a year which last from February to April with warm weather. It is featured by fine drizzle that helps plants grow fast and flowers bloom brightly in Spring. It is also a season of festivals – in which The Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet Nguyen Dan) is celebrated.

Summer begins from May and ends in August with hot and showery weather. During a day, the sun shines brightly and the weather is hot mostly until midnight. Besides, sometimes it is the sudden thundershower that makes summer less hot and become cooler. When the shower of summer has passed, the Autumn comes with cool air, and dry and lightly windy weather.

Autumn is considered as the most beautiful season of the year with yellow leaves falling on the streets and yellow bright shines in day time – which is the forever inspiration for the poets. However, there are sometimes typhoons that threaten people’s life and agriculture in the country.

Lastly, Winter is the coldest season which ends the year. It is generally cold and dry in winter. Although the weather is “frozen to the bone” in Winter, you still hardly find snow in Vietnam. The Winter in the Northern of Vietnam is said to be different from in other country, which make foreign travelers – who are familiar with the winter in their countries – still have to spend times to adapt to this special coldness.

Although the winter is the coldest season of the year, there is no snow in winter. However, frost and snow can also occur in the mountains (over 1000m above level sea) such as in Sapa (Lao Cai Province), that make not only Vietnamese people but also some foreign tourists eager to go up to enjoy the beautiful sightseeing and take nice photos of such scare event of a year.
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