When the winter blues hit, the usual solution is a ski weekend or quick trip to the beach. But if you’re up for a different kind of adventure, head for Vietnam’s UNESCO listed Halong Bay aboard a traditional junk boat.
Most visitors come to Ha Long Bay in the summer, but if you visit in the winter, you will find many more different experiences. The world seems to turn into a gray picture is accented with limestone cliffs and the ship is high and low. This image is like “The endless dream” in the mind of foreign tourists.
A trip to Vietnam is hardly a trip without visiting Halong Bay
The trade-off is, of course, the weather! Winter usually begins from November to April next year, the average temperature is 16.7°C, sometimes cold as 5°C. Winter may have drizzling rain, it will be cloudy which is suitable for tourists who prefer quietness. At this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing and enjoying the various activities Halong Bay has to offer.
The temperature is low in winter, but not as cold as that in the temperate zone. During the wintertime, you can enjoy outdoor activities without getting dehydrated or feeling the pangs of heat. Most Western tourists find it more comfortable traveling in winter. Regardless of the weather, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay is a major tourist draw and the batches of eager visitors arriving at Ha Long wharf were increasing every minute.
Check out: Halong Bay weather & temperature ultimate guide.
Worry about the gloomy sea that may let you down? You will have to change your mind when floating on a lightly foggy sea among enormous limestone and karsts, which gives off a fairytale-like feeling. Halong Bay turns into a mystical lady once the winter comes. You will be attracted by the foggy sky which slightly flies around and around.
Entering the mist
Even in winter, never leave Halong without immersing yourself in luxury cruises. The legendary sunset and sunrise of the bay are covered in a mystery background that proves why it ranks among the top destination in Asia. After a night-sleep at sea, you should wake up at 6 a.m. and exercise Taichi while waiting for the dawn between the cold wind and the fresh air. This is what visitors described as “the best of Ha Long in the winter”.
Sunset in the bay leaves a golden glow
Do keep in mind that part of the enjoyment is the low crowds during this time of the year. Summer visitors often complain about being stuffed like sardines…. making winter the best season to get that in-awe-of-nature slack-jawed moment you’re looking for when you come to a place like this! You will have nature for yourself, revel in it, and live it to the fullest.
Coming to Halong Bay in the winter is also a good opportunity for you to enjoy a dip in the hot water tub, relax dangling feet when your eye view of the sea and breathe cold air.
Learn more: Best time to visit Halong Bay for great weather.
The limestone formations seem to go on forever
Visit the caves in the bay in the winter, visitors can admire the stalactites column uniquely shaped like a sumptuous banquet with cold humid air and very pure.
Another pleasure you may only find in winter is to enjoy a cup of hot coffee or tea on the cruise’s sundeck. Let the flow warm you up inside in a relaxing afternoon after a long day of exciting activities on the water.
Whether or not you chose peak time or maybe the quieter winter season months, you're certain to be absolutely enthralled, taking house recollections to the very last a life span.
If you are planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Halong Bay in winter after reading this entry, sure, you have made the right decision. Don’t waste your time!
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