HANOI IN MARCH - WEATHER CONDITIONS & TOP THINGS TO DO 

Visiting Hanoi in March is highly recommended for those who want to have the best experience from cultural - traditional festival and sightseeing activities. The Hanoi weather in March is quite nice for traveling with low rainfall and a warm atmosphere for most of the month.  

Table Contents
  • I - Overview of the March weather in Hanoi 
  • 1 - Rainfall
  • 2 - Hanoi temperature in March 
  • 3 - Humidity 
  • II - What to do in Hanoi in March?
  • 1 - Temple of Literature
  • 2 - Bat Trang Craft Village Festival
  • 3 - Huong Pagoda festival
Mar 09
Hanoi in March
Source: Astgh Vardanyan

Hanoi reaches the mid-spring period in March, so the weather appears to be cold and drizzly for a long time. At this time, tourists can feel the humid environment, relatively uncomfortable and unsuitable for sightseeing or outdoor activities. Therefore, what activities will be ideal for tourists to experience when they come to Hanoi in March?

I - Overview of the March weather in Hanoi 

Hanoi has typical spring weather in March, due to the influence of the tropical monsoon climate, the temperature is not high at this time - still quite cold. What's more, combined with frequent drizzles that last during the day or day after day, the feeling of cold increases even more. This causes the humidity in the air to increase dramatically, so it's easy to get wet, especially the marble floor which seems as if it is "sweating" gets quite slippery.
These are also the optimal conditions for the growth and increase in numbers of fungi, viruses - bacteria. Therefore, seasonal flu, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, typhus fever, or other respiratory diseases must be vigorously avoided by tourists to Hanoi in March, etc. Also, according to indigenous people's experience, visitors can improve the natural resistance of the body by supplementing such foods as garlic - preventing flu, vitamin C - improving resistance,.... 

March weather in Hanoi

Hanoi flower in March - Source: Kenh14

1 - Rainfall

March is also the time when Hanoi has the lowest total number of sunshine hours in the month, just 47 hours. The rest of the time is drizzle and foggy. The precipitation is not heavy, just around 34mm / month, but it is continuous and unpleasant. Therefore, the traveling activities and experience of tourists may be influenced. When going out during this time, it is best to bring an umbrella or a thin raincoat.

2 - Hanoi temperature in March 

In March, the temperature base in Hanoi is not high, around 20°C, the day's lowest time (early morning - night) may drop to 18.1°C, and the highest is 22.9°C. However, the temperature can drop deeper depending on the effect of the northeast monsoon and north wind on the city region - the lowest temperature ever recorded at this time was 6°C, but may also rise abnormally high about 37°C.
Visitors should therefore actively follow the weather forecast information to prepare suitable attire for the day's weather. The indispensable items in Hanoi are umbrellas, umbrellas, raincoats, and a thin coat.

3 - Humidity 

The humidity of weather in Hanoi Vietnam in march is measured at around 87.9 percent, at the highest level of the year due to the effect of regular and prolonged drizzling rains; a 5 percent difference compared to the annual average humidity of the capital. This also leads to a variety of drawbacks, such as the climate is favorable for bacteria - mold develops, so respiratory diseases are easily gotten and objects are vulnerable to mold attacks.
Furthermore, it normally takes a long time to dry outdoors, clothes may have an unpleasant odor. To ensure that the clothes are always dry - fragrant, visitors should choose a well-designed accommodation facility and use the laundry service at the hotel.

II - What to do in Hanoi in March?

Although March is not the most perfect weather time of the year, as the calendar year, it coincides with the beginning of the new year of the lunar calendar, also coinciding with the festival season in Vietnam. March - A fantastic time for Hanoi cultural tourism when visitors can therefore participate and experience many enjoyable cultural activities when traveling to Hanoi during this time, such as: 

1 - Temple of Literature

The beginning of the new year is when Hanoi people spend their time visiting and experiencing cultural and spiritual events in the Temple of Literature with the desire of a new school year with steadily increasing academic achievement, particularly for families with children of school age. Coming here in the early Hanoi march time, visitors can admire and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area, offer incense, explore the stele area,...Visitors also can wear “ao dai” - the traditional Vietnamese costumes and get beautiful pictures here. 
- Location: No. 58 QuoC Tu Giam Street, Van Mieu Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi. 
- Ticket price: 20,000 VND/person/way ($ 0.86)

2 - Bat Trang Craft Village Festival

One of the annual events to honor the pottery profession is the Bat Trang village festival, to pay tribute to the merits of the ancestors - the custom of "When you eat a fruit, think of the man who planted the tree". At the same time, it is also an occasion for local people to convey their beliefs, pray for a new year that is peaceful and windy, and good business luck. During the festival, villagers will also present to the Emperor of God precious gifts and pray to the "sages" who bring prosperous people and a powerful country. 
Having a trip to this village is one of the best things to do in the Hanoi march weather when visitors can admire the ceremony of offering the Emperor of God with buffaloes, 6 trays of the big feast, and 4 sticky rice trays. Also, during the festival, tourists will have the opportunity to take part in several special games, such as human chess, worship singing,...
Along with that is the sightseeing activity, experience the traditional pottery-making activity, and select lovely little ceramic souvenirs here. Thus, accompanied by the talented hands of the pottery village maker, we understand more about the beauty of the labor of the people of Bat Trang.
- Time: February 15th of every lunar year.
   2021: March 27, 2021 (solar calendar)
   2022: March 17, 2022 (solar calendar)
- Location: Bat Trang ancient village, Bat Trang commune, Gia Lam district, Hanoi (about 15km from the city center - equivalent to 35 minutes by car).

3 - Huong Pagoda festival

What to do in Hanoi in March

Huong Pagoda Festival - Source: Internet

Huong Pagoda - a beautiful suburban attraction recommended for visiting in Hanoi in March is the place of a famous festival held every year from 6 January to 30 March in the lunar calendar. This is a festival that attracts hundreds of Buddhists to come here every early spring when the plum blossoms are blooming in the mountains.
Attending the festival, visitors will be able to sit on a boat downstream of the Huong pagoda, then attend the procession ritual, climb the mountain and visit the surrounding area of the pagoda. Thereout, visitors can have a better understanding of the spiritual culture of the Hanoi people, as well as they can convey the expectation for a new, favorable rain, wind, and good harvest.  
- Location: Time: January 6 - March 30 in the lunar calendar
   2021: February 17 - May 11, 2021 (solar calendar)
   2022: February 6 - April 30, 2020 (solar calendar)
- Location: Huong Pagoda, Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, Hanoi.
Huong Pagoda is about 62 kilometers from the center of Hanoi City, Huong Son commune, My Duc District, Hanoi City. This is a cultural and spiritual tourist destination, so tourists should pay attention to how they dress. The short or too revealing clothes like shorts, two-wire tops, etc should not be worn. At the main festival, January 15-February 18, it is quite crowded, so there may be congestion, lack of ferry boats, packed with people waiting in line; visitors should consider coming here at this time.
Hopefully, with the sharing of The localtravelidea about Hanoi in March weather and some should-visit attractions will bring more wonderful experiences to visitors.

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