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North Vietnam - clothing at this time of year

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1. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

I'm off to Hanoi in a couple of days time and I was just wondering how cold it is at this time of year? What sort of clothes will I need? I've got a thin fleece and a long sleeved t-shirt but was thinking about buying a thicker fleece.

I'll also be heading to Sapa at some point so will this be even colder than Hanoi?

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

It was cool in HaNoi, Feb. 2006. My windbreaker over a long sleeved shirt was enough. It can be damp, so something waterproof is a good idea. Clothes are cheap in VN. I would buy a windbreaker to wear over your fleece.

3. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

A windbreaker would be sufficient... I was in the mountains in Lao (which i presume is similar to Vietnam) and a waterproof windbreaker like what Mike said is a good idea. Not too bulky and did well to keep out the cold...

4. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

I'm in Hanoi now and it's totally freezing (apparently this is an unusually cold winter) so anyone else heading here I would recommend bringing as many warm clothes as possible.

5. Posted by itchyfeet2 (Budding Member 58 posts) 8y

When you say freezing/....... How freezing exactly??? - im boiling in Thailand - Railay island.... but flying to Hanoi on 6th feb.... it'll obviously still be cold then ... but lacking in warm clothes!! ...

Does it stay cold all day???

6. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 8y

Quoting itchyfeet2

When you say freezing/....... How freezing exactly??? - im boiling in Thailand - Railay island.... but flying to Hanoi on 6th feb.... it'll obviously still be cold then ... but lacking in warm clothes!! ...

Does it stay cold all day???

Freezing she means 9 degrees Celcius, both during day and night....at least that is the fact I just checked for the city of Hanoi. And I mean above zero

7. Posted by DoA (Budding Member 84 posts) 8y

Freezing she means 9 degrees Celcius, both during day and night....at least that is the fact I just checked for the city of Hanoi. And I mean above zero

I'm in Northern England & I'd be sweating in that heat! We're currently getting the good news from the Arctic winds so its snowing & about -5 -> -10 deg. Celcius w/ wind chill here!

Get me to 'nam!

8. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

Aye, when I say freezing it's not literally zero degrees Celsius. If you were coming here from England it would just be normal, but I came from Koh Pha Ngan which was totally hot, so the cold here was a shock to the system.

I'm basically wearing five layers (2 t-shirts, a long sleeved top, a jumper and a body warmer), plus I've also bought a hat and gloves. I particularly don't like the cold but everyone else seems to be commenting on how cold it is as well. It stays cold all day (and night). Today has been a little bit warmer, but it's still cold.

If you're coming to Hanoi via Bangkok I'd recommend buying a couple of thick fleeces while you're there.

Someone at the hostel I'm staying at was telling me that it's the coldest winter here in 20 years.