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 Vietnam Quick Facts          Vietnam Climate          Vietnam Top 10 Destinations

Vietnam is a land of contrasts; a thin elongated country stretching over 1,650km in length from top to bottom. With this length comes a wide range of diverse scenes and settings. From the cool hills and mountains of the north to the warm and sunny beaches and waterways of the south, there are activities and sights to please everyone. A land of both untouched customs and vibrant fresh imagination. People working, worshipping, celebrating in the mountains or delta as they have for hundreds of years contrasts strongly against the mixing of tradition and new ideas in the cosmopolitan cities.

Vietnam Quick Facts

Official Name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Capital: Hanoi
Population: 86 million
Total Area: 329,560 sq km
Official Language: Vietnamese
         

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Vietnam Climate

Average Temperature – 22°C to 27°C
Average Rainfall – 1,500 to 2,500mm
Averages Humidity – 80%

Because of great variations in climate throughout the country, good weather can be found somewhere in Vietnam, any time of the year. Winter monsoons from October to March bring damp and chill to areas north of central Nha Trang, but leave the southern half of the country dry and warm. From April to October, summer monsoons bring humid heat to most parts of the country but leave the mountainous regions fairly cool. The best option for a comfortable visit is during April, May and October or stay in the south from November to March.

Wet season for most of the country is May through October. The rains, which tend to be concentrated for an hour or two in the late afternoons, provide a welcome relief to the heat, but do not normally interfere with your trip and the country is arguably at its most beautiful at this time.

Packing with this changing weather can be tricky; it’s cool in Hanoi and Northern Vietnam from December to February (average 17 – 20°C). The summer months are the perfect time to visit Halong Bay in the north as the water is warm enough for swimming. And Northern Vietnam is at its loveliest from September to December, when there’s a good chance of clear skies and low humidity.

It is always warm to hot in southern Vietnam and hot throughout the entire country (35°C) from June to August.

The hottest months in Ho Chi Minh City are April and May, although there is generally a decent breeze.

                  

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Vietnam Top Ten Destinations

Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh is on its way to being established as one of South East Asia’s major metropolis. Vietnam’s commercial capital with French colonial buildings standing alongside newly built skyscrapers, Ho Chi Minh is a buzzing city 24 hours a day. Buying, selling, building, moving, partying, shopping everyone is always busy with something.

Mekong Delta

The delta is a deep patchwork of rice paddies, swamps and forest intertwined with rivers and canals. It is the agricultural centre of Vietnam, with fruit orchards and fish in abundance. A great area to explore by boat, visiting Khmer temples, floating markets and local villages.

Dalat

Vietnam’s most popular honeymoon destination, Dalat is a cool mountain retreat with fresh air in abundance and some of the best preserved French colonial architecture in Indochina. Sightseeing can be done to waterfalls, lakes, springs, hilltops, fruit orchards and lush coffee plantations.

Nha Trang

One of Vietnam’s most developed beaches, this coastal town boasts 7kms of golden sand beach. Enjoy the sun, surf and numerous fresh seafood restaurants dotted along the beach. Along with the beach Nha Trang also has mountain scenery, natural hot springs and numerous cultural attractions.

Hoi An (UNESCO World Heritage Listed)

With a distinct Chinese atmosphere, Hoi An has low, tile-roofed houses and narrow streets. There are still many original streets and houses which were made of rare wood and decorated with carved panels and ornamental pillars. Visit relics of ancient cultures and the beautiful scenery of the river and beach.

Danang

Used mostly as a transit point for accessing Hoi An and Hue, Danang has some of its own significant attractions. China Beach and Marble Mountain are rewarding sights on the outskirts of town, the Cham Museum in Danang is also advisable for those interested in the history of the area.

Hue (UNESCO World Heritage Listed)

An important city in Vietnam’s history, this quiet town remains one of the most important cultural, religious and education centres in the country. The magnificent architecture of citadels, palaces, royal tombs, pagodas and temples sit in the stunning backdrop of the green banks of the Perfume River.

Halong Bay (UNESCO World Heritage Listed)

One of Vietnam’s most beautiful scenery, 3,000 limestone islands rise from the crystal clear turquoise water. Cruising through Halong Bay is a must on any Vietnam itinerary; discovering hidden beaches, caves and lagoons or watching in amazement at dusk when the bay takes on shades of grey, mauve and olive.

Hanoi

This capital is a slow paced, pleasant and charming city with lakes, shaded boulevards and lush green parks. An architectural masterpiece with many French colonial buildings still standing. Covered markets and street vendors sell silks, textiles, silver jewellery and antiques, with street cafes the perfect resting place in between shopping and sightseeing.

Sapa

A colourful mountain area is perfect for hiking through mountain valleys or experiencing quaint ethnic villages. Sapa’s market is where various local minority groups congregate to sell their wares; young girls learn to grow and weave hemp, dye cloth, sew and decorate their tribes’ distinctive style of dress.

         

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