How cold is it in Northern Vietnam Winter?

December 16, 2021 - 4483 views

Wintertime, the coldest time during the year, is when you see snow falling, freezingly cold temperature, wind blowing all around, day becoming shorter, night becoming longer and you do not want to go out. Is it the same in Vietnam? How cold it is in the coldest place in Vietnam in Winter? Read this article and you will know. 

Winter in Vietnam falls sometime between November to February, and you will feel cold, but it is not as cold as it is in spring in your country. A lot of tourists travel in the winter as it is the holiday season and Vietnam is among the best choices for holidays during this time. Outdoor activities like trekking, mountain biking, climbing in the north of Vietnam are popular activities in the winter. This article will give you more information about the Northern Vietnam weather in the winter, the recommended places to visit, and special things to bring for your holiday.

Winter in Nothern Vietnam

Winter Time


Winter weather in northern Vietnam

Northern Vietnam, which includes the popular tourist destinations of Sapa, Hanoi, and Ha Long Bay becomes cold in the winter. The temperature in this region in winter fluctuates from 10°C to 22°C. The mountainous regions like Mount Fansipan, Mau Son get the coldest in December & January, the temperature may drop below 0°C. Wintertime often starts in late November and ends in late February.

However, Winter in Vietnam is not as cold as it is in other parts of the globe. The temperature in the winter in Vietnam is still higher than it is in the spring or fall of other countries in North America or Europe. Even if there is snow in some places in the North like the top of Mount Fansipan, the mountains become incredibly beautiful. Winter in Vietnam is still a great time to travel.

Mau son coldest place in Northern Vietnam

Mau Son


Where to travel in Northern Vietnam in the winter?

1. Sapa

Sapa is beautiful all year round, and it even attracts more tourists to come to visit during wintertime, especially when it snows. Winter is a perfect time to trek off beaten paths to remote hill tribe villages or up high in the mountains because the weather is cool and dry with stable temperatures. Many people who love taking photos visit the town in winter because Sapa looks amazing this time.

Sapa Snow in Northern Vietnam Winter? sapa

Sapa in snow


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2. Mai Chau

Mai Chau is not as popular as Sapa, but it is closer to Hanoi. It is in a valley and home to different ethnic minority peoples such as Thai, Muong, and Tay. Arriving at Mai Chau in the winter, you can choose to trek around the villages like Lac village or Pong Cong village of Thai ethnic people, bike to the remote villages, or make your way to Chieu cave which boasts stunning stalactites. It is a great idea to homestay at a very simple rustic stilt house and experience the warm-hearted hospitality of the local ethnic people. Mai Chau in the winter has a tranquil atmosphere, beautiful nature with peach blossom, A wonderful escape from the bustling Hanoi.


3. Tam Dao

Tam Dao is a stunning sight with its three pristine and grandiose mountains. In the winter, it becomes more attractive & the scenery is more marvelous, fanciful and romantic. It is considered as Dalat in the north, beautiful with hidden floating clouds. In Tam Dao, you can visit Tam Dao National Park which has a rich biodiversity. There are eight types of forests and more than 800 species of animals in the park. You can also wander all day around the mountains, watch the Bac Waterfall, taste the delicious foods made by locals, or explore the mountain peaks to have a panoramic view of the area.


4. Ha Giang Province

Ha Giang is one of the best places to visit in the winter. The best time to visit Ha Giang is from October to December when Tam Giac Mach flowers (triangle oat) blossom. An endless number of Tam Giac Mach flowers cover this charming province in light pink, combining with the green color of lush trees of the forested mountains, creating a wonderful picture of Ha Giang. There are also beautiful rice terraced fields on the mountain slopes of the Ha Giang rocky plateau at the end of November. Visiting Ha Giang, you take a chance to taste diversified food such as Thang Co (a specialty of Hmong ethnic minority) with the flavor of herbs and citronella, or five-color sticky rice and caltrops soup…

Winter in Ha Giang - Northern Vietnam

Ha Giang in winter


5. Halong Bay

Halong Bay in the winter is calm with little wind, quieter than in the real peak season. Visiting during winter, you don’t have to worry about the rainy season or typhoons canceling your cruises. In fact, wintertime is a fantastic time for leisure travel in Halong Bay, the bay looks especially magical when it is misty! If you are an active person, you can not join water activities like swimming, kayaking, but you can still join land activities like hiking, having a barbecue, visiting local villages, shopping at local markets, and tasting Halong specialties.

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Winter in Halong Bay - Northern Vietnam

Visiting local villages in Halong Bay 

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Winter packing suggestions

Besides necessary items to bring for your travel in any season, we recommend you to bring the below items for winter in North Vietnam

  • A scarf & warm hat
  • A warm sweater or fleece
  • A thick & waterproof jacket
  • Hiking boots
  • Headaches and anti-flu drugs in case you cannot stand the cold in the mountains.
  • A box to cover and carry anywhere and anytime because the weather will be very erratic and may rain suddenly.

Traveling in Northern Vietnam in the winter is definitely a great experience. It is cold, but not freezingly cold. You can even enjoy the sunshine if you are lucky enough. Do not waste your time staying indoor, doing nothing. Just visit our website for the best North Vietnam tours to choose the best one for you. 

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Jenny Tran

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