February also witnesses the change of seasons from winter to spring in Hanoi. Sudden drizzles can appear more than about 12 days/month raising the humidity, so the trees start to sprout the first young shoots to welcome spring. Sometimes, there are still a few days with severe cold.
1 - Temperature
In the early days of February, the cold of winter in Hanoi eases gradually. Hanoi temperature in February during the day fluctuates from 15.3oC to 17.2oC. Therefore, you still need to prepare clothes to keep warm...
Peach blossom (Source: Spiderum)
2 - Humidity
The air humidity in February in Hanoi is about 83.4% which is an improvement compared to January. As a result, the feeling of dryness during winter is somewhat reduced. However, tourists should not sunbathe for too long because Hanoi still suffers from the effects of dry monsoons in the north. Instead, you should prepare for appropriate sun protection while you’re outside, especially at midday.
3 - Rainfall
Rainfall in February is not high which is only about 47mm. However, drizzle and small showers happen frequently and last for a long time. The temperature does not increase much and the air humidity is high, so fog may appear in some areas in the early morning hours.
Rain in Hanoi (Source: Vnexpress)
Hanoi in February is famous for the drizzle of spring. Although the rain is not heavy, you should prepare an umbrella or a light raincoat. On the other hand, this is the right time for you to experience the beautiful flower villages. Moreover, walking in the drizzle is also a very romantic experience.
II - Exploring Tet Holiday in Hanoi
1 - Experiencing Hanoians’ Tet Holiday
February is usually the beginning of the new year according to the Vietnamese lunar calendar, Hanoi's streets are often crowded with people passing by. Nevertheless, in the early days of spring from 1st to 3rd due to the lunar calendar, all streets become strangely quiet, and peaceful. The passersby are also somewhat sparse and leisurely different from the usual hustle. So what to do in Hanoi in February these days? You should try these experiences:
Participating in the New Year’s celebrations: with the Hanoians such as outdoor music, fireworks, spring travel on the city's brilliant red streets, ...
Experiencing community activities: wrapping Banh Chung (Sticky rice cake) on Tet holiday, taking pictures of spring with Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional dress), enjoying the typical Tet holiday meal of the North people, visiting and shopping in big local markets which have many attractive promotions to welcome the new year.
Wrapping Banh Chung (Source: Tran Ngoc)
Note: During the first three days of the lunar new year, most of the accommodation, and restaurants in Hanoi are temporarily shut down. The bus stops running on the 1st of the lunar calendar. Therefore, tourists can face some trouble while traveling these days. Convenience stores such as Circle K, Mini Stop, 7 - Eleven, Family Mart will remain open, so you can buy some basic necessities and food there.
2 - Admiring blooming Peach blossom
Cherry blossoms have been a famous symbol referring to spring in Hanoi as well as in North Vietnam for a long time. Visiting Hanoi in February, you can easily see the typical bright pink of blooming peach stumps along Lac Long Quan road. There, you can admire several types of cherry bosom mixed with extremely beautiful small green buds.
If you want to see and experience more Tet flowers in Hanoi, you can visit Nhat Tan Peach Garden and Bai Da Song Hong - the two largest, and most diverse flower gardens in Hanoi. This 50-hectare peach garden will surely surprise you by the beauty and feats of a peach farmer with decades of experience. You can rent traditional costumes and take some nice pictures there, the rental price is about 150,000 - 250,000 VND / set (~ 6.46 - 10.77 $).
Nhat Tan Peach Garden: Alley 264, Au Co Street, Dong Village, Tay Ho District, Hanoi; Ticket price: 50,000 - 80,000 VND / person (~ 2.15 - 3.44 $)
Bai Da Song Hong: No. 264, Au Co Street, Nhat Tan, Tay Ho District, Hanoi; ticket price: 50,000 - 100,000 VND / person (~ 2.15 - 4.31 $); Opening hours: 7:00 - 21:00 daily.
3 - Visiting religious destination - interesting things to do in hanoi in February
This is also the time Vietnamese people drift to cultural and religious destinations such as pagodas, temples, tombs, communal houses, etc. Hanoian also takes the time to go to these places and pray for a peaceful, prosperous new year, as well as a peaceful nation.
Visiting to the pagoda (Source: Vnexpress)
Therefore, this is also a great time for you to explore more deeply the beliefs of the Vietnamese people. There are some typical destinations:
Tran Quoc Pagoda: Thanh Nien street, Yen Phu ward, Tay Ho district, Hanoi.
Ngoc Son Temple: Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hang Trong ward, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.
Ha Pagoda: No. 86, Chua Ha Street, Dich Vong ward, Cau Giay district, Hanoi.
February is not only one of the special times for Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular, but also the best time for travelers to explore traditional Vietnamese culture, especially the activities - festivals associated with the Lunar New Year of the Vietnamese. Hopefully, with suggestions from us, you can choose for yourself a suitable experience when coming to Hanoi in February.