WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT HALONG BAY VIETNAM?

When is the best time of year to visit Halong Bay Vietnam is one of most  frequently asked questions to foreigner tourists when planning to visit Halong bay. From the experience and acknowledgement of a local, the best time to go is suggested in the late spring and late autumn. The article below will give you a deeper look at Halong bay best time to see. 

Table Contents
  • I - Is summer the best time to visit Halong Bay?
  • 1 - May
  • 2 - June
  • 3 - July
  • 4 - August
  • 5 - September
  • 6 - October 
  • II - Best time to visit Halong Bay in the winter
  • 1 - November
  • 2 - December
  • 3 - January
  • 4 - February
  • 5 - March
  • 6 - April
  • III - Conclusion
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Best time to visit Halong Bay
Source: Peter borter

Ha Long Bay - a world natural wonder recognized by UNESCO, is a tourist destination not to be missed whenever mentioning the beautiful country of Vietnam. This destination consists of a lot of natural islands with beautiful stalactite caves such as Sung Sot Cave, Luon Cave on Bo Hon Island or Me Cung Cave located on Lom Bo Island and Ti Top Island with blue sea and dreamy white sand ... Not only does it have a rare wild beauty, this bay also has a rich cuisine with specialties such as fried squid pies, sipunculus nudus... 

I - Is summer the best time to visit Halong Bay?

Summer in Halong bay lasts from May to October. The typical weather patterns of this season are hot and rainy 

1 - May

May is a good time to visit HaLong Bay. The average temperature is about 29 ° C, the weather is hot and humid. However, do not worry too much, because the breeze on the bay will make you feel more comfortable. Along with that, you can comfortably participate in activities under the cool sea water. Note that this is a time of heavy rain so you need to see the weather forecast before deciding to set sail.

2 - June

It is the beginning of the peak heat waves, the temperature is about 32 ° C and this is also the time when heavy rain occurs, storms start appearing on the bay. Therefore, to ensure safety, you should only consider and have a backup plan when traveling to HaLong at this time. At the same time, with a lot of rain, you should not join climbing because it is easy to be slippery.

Park in best time to visit Halong Bay

Ha Long park (Source: Flynow)

3 - July

This is not the right time for you to visit and travel in HaLong Bay as well as inland. Because July is the wettest month of the year, the rainfall in this month is very large and storms often occur. If you go, you must regularly update the weather forecast for a safe trip.

4 - August

In general, the weather in August in the bay is the same as July, heavy rain and occasional storms. Therefore, this is not the appropriate month to visit the bay.

5 - September

September with early, mild and pleasant weather, the temperature dropped to 28°C to 32°C and rainfall dropped significantly. This is an extremely ideal time to visit HaLong Bay. You can participate in activities on the mountain, underwater. This time also attracts quite a lot of tourists because there is a National Day holiday on September 2.

Seaplane in best time to visit Halong Bay

Source: Seaplanes

6 - October 

In October, the rainfall is no longer significant, the heat is no longer there, the sky becomes clear, the temperature is only about 26 ° C. This time is suitable to see the whole of Ha Long Bay from above by seaplane or visit beautiful stalactite caves, mountain climbing, boating.

II - Best time to visit Halong Bay in the winter

1 - November

The temperature of Ha Long Bay in November is about 20 - 24°C , the weather is dry. That's why a lot of tourists come to visit the bay this month. Perhaps, they wanted to immerse themselves into the cool blue sea before the cold winter began. You should also wear a thin jacket to prevent the night breeze on the cold bay.

2 - December

In December, the weather starts to get colder and drier, with temperatures around 19 ° C. During the day the weather is sunny, suitable for experiencing activities on bays and mountains, underwater activities will not be suitable anymore. The weather is quite cold at night, so if you intend to relax outside the bay, prepare warm clothes so you do not catch a cold.

Moutain in best time to visit Halong Bay

Bai Tho moutain (Source: Foox)

3 - January

The weather in January in Ha Long Bay is quite dry with little rainfall accompanied by low temperatures of about 18 ° C. Therefore, if you visit the bay this month, you should only admire the scenery and experience interesting activities such as watching the bay on a yacht or by seaplane, visiting Thien Cung cave, Dau Go cave, climbing Bai Tho mountain. ... Underwater activities need to be considered when participating. Therefore, around this time most tourists are foreign.

4 - February

Like January, the February temperature in Ha Long Bay is even lower, only about 16 - 17°C. This time period usually falls during Tet holidays, so some places are closed.

5 - March

The temperature of March is slightly higher than that of January and February, about 19 - 20°C, the sky is clear, less foggy and slightly sunny. So in addition to watching the bay and climbing, you can bring a bathing suit, soak in the clear blue water if the temperature is a little warmer.

Carnaval in best time to visit Halong Bay

Carnaval in HaLong Bay (Source: Dulichtoday)

6 - April

The weather in April starts to get hotter by about 24 ° C and sometimes it will rain a bit at the end of the month. Take advantage of the early sunny months to participate in relaxing activities such as swimming, kayaking, climbing, cycling, visiting the bay …
This month, there is another prominent event that is the Carnaval Ha Long festival. This festival is usually held in late April and early May every year, in order to promote tourism of the coastal city of Quang Ninh to domestic and foreign tourists. Each year, Carnaval will be organized with a certain theme, but generally a lot of unique activities such as organized in the street, fireworks, special music programs are held. Therefore, it has attracted a lot of domestic and international visitors to come and visit.

Scene in best time to visit Halong Bay

Beauty scene (Source: Gary Cacciatore)

III - Conclusion

It can be seen that from March to May and from September to November is the best time to visit Halong Bay. At these times, the weather is mild, rainfall is low and there are no storms, so you can experience all the activities in the bay from underwater to the mountains. Therefore, these are also the peak tourist seasons in Halong Bay. If you are planning to visit the bay, book in advance. Have a nice trip to HaLong Bay!

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