Best Time to Visit Hanoi


Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is the second largest city and the political, economic and cultural center of Vietnam. Hanoi is an ancient city with a history of more than 1,000 years, with numerous historical sites and scenic spots. The best time to visit Hanoi is from November to April. The weather is cool and dry, suitable for tourism.


Where is Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi is located in the north of Vietnam, northwest of the Red River Delta. It is named "Hanoi" for its location between the Red River and the Suli River. The Red River is a cross-border water system originating from Yunnan Province in China, is the largest river in northern Vietnam. Because of its red sandstone formations in the basin, the river is red, it is called “Red River”. As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi's geographical location is not bad at all. It is not only convenient for transportation, but also has a pleasant climate. Hanoi is known as the “Hundred Flowers Spring City”.


The streets of the urban area of Hanoi are extended around the center of Hoan Kiem Lake. There are tall and dense plants planted on both sides of the street. In the summer, when you walk underneath, there will be bursts of coolness. Hanoi's main attractions are in the old quarter, west of the red river.


Weather of Hanoi

Hanoi is a typical tropical monsoon climate in northern Vietnam, with hot and rainy summers and dry and cold winters. The climate is divided into two main seasons: the rainy season (May to September) and the dry season (October to April). However, due to the existence of the transitional month, Hanoi still experienced distinct four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter.


The city receives plentiful sunshine and relatively high humidity throughout the year. The average annual rainfall in Hanoi is 1676 mm, the average temperature in June is 28.8 °C, and the average temperature in January is 16.5 °C. The minimum temperature is 2.7 °C and the maximum temperature is 42.8 ° C. Humidity is moderate, sometimes below 80%.


When is the Best Time to Visit Hanoi

In general, the climate in Hanoi is divided into two types: the rainy season and the dry season. During the rainy season from May to October, there is more rain and the climate is relatively humid. We do not recommend you travel Hanoi at rainy season. The dry season starts from November to April, the weather is cool and dry, which is the best time to visit Hanoi.


Visit Hanoi in Spring (February to April)

Tran Quoc Pagoda

Falling from February to April, Hanoi’s spring is warm with light rain and pleasant flowers. The average temperature is usually between 15℃ and 20℃. At this time, the flowers in full bloom can be seen everywhere in Hanoi, which is the most prosperous period of tourism in Vietnam. The most important and biggest traditional festival Tet or the Spring Festival is during this period. If you visit to Hanoi at this time, you can experience the Vietnamese Spring Festival, appreciate the ocean of flowers, and taste the special snacks of the Spring Festival.


Recommended tourist attractions in Hanoi: Tran Quoc Pagoda, Nhat Tan village, Ho Tay


Visit Hanoi in Summer (May to August)

Van Mieu

Lasting from May to August, the summer of Hanoi is hot and rainy and there is often a cool breeze in the afternoon to evening. From May to August is the rainy season of Hanoi. At this time, you will experience the hottest weather in Hanoi. The temperature is usually around 35℃, and even soared to 39℃. In addition to the hot weather, heavy rains hit the seemingly thin and fragile roofs from time to time. Travelers must always have a raincoat ready. Sometimes there are typhoons. In a word, summer is not the best time to go to Hanoi, Vietnam.


Recommended tourist attractions in Hanoi: Bao Tang Dan Toc Hoc; Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; Nha San Bac Ho; Van Mieu


Visit Hanoi in Autumn (September to November)

Chua Mot Cot

Autumn is from September to November and the best time to visit Hanoi. Hot weather has also become much cooler and the temperature will be around 25 degrees during this time. The weather is warm, cool and dry, which is suitable for traveling. Autumn is considered to be the most beautiful season of Hanoi. The autumn in Hanoi is charming and the Hoam Kiem Lake is full of more sunshine and smile than usual.


Recommended tourist attractions in Hanoi: Hoan Kiem Lake, St Joseph cathedral, Chua Mot Cot


Visit Hanoi in Winter (December to February)

Ha Long Bay

The winter of Hanoi starts from December to February, with the average temperature of 17.2 degree. However, sometimes the temperature might drop below 10 degrees, and high humidity makes the weather strongly cold. Visitors need to put on thick warm clothes in winter. In general, the weather is dry and not hot, as well as the less rainfall, which is the peak tourist season.


Recommended tourist attractions in Hanoi: Ha Long Bay, Hanoi Opera House

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