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1. Posted by jinxy_67 (Inactive, 1 posts) 22 Jun '08 13:23

I'm planning on travelling to Vietnam around October, November time. I will be travelling via China and the times of the trains means I can either go to be there in the last two weeks of Oct and the first week in Nov or the first three weeks of Nov.

I've checked every Vietnam Climate website there is and I don't think I've found two that agree!

I'm travelling the length of the country so want to try and hit the lowest rainfall time.

Any advice as to which of the two options would be best?

Cheers.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 22, 2008, at 1:25 PM by jinxy_67 ]

2. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru, 3535 posts) 22 Jun '08 13:52

Well l was in VN last Nov for 3 weeks - the weather was diverse!

In HCMC - Mui Ne - Nha Trang - beautiful - there was rain especially in HCMC - but it was at night and yes it was terriential and it flooded the streets but it was gone by morning.

There were floods in Hoi An before we got there - but we missed the worst and it was warm.

In Hanoi and in Halong Bay the weather was beautiful - sunny skies and gorgoeous.

The country is so big as so has what its doing in the North is the opposite of the South and in the midlands different again. November is as good a time to go as any.

Enjoy!

3. Posted by Thi_travel (Budding Member, 27 posts) 22 Jun '08 19:08

Hi,

October and November are usually good time to travel in Vietnam: not so hot, less rain in South Vietnam. However, if bad luck, you may hit into a storm or flood in the Middle as Purdy said.

It's peak season here. Try to book hotels, domestic tickets as soon as u can

Have a great trip.

Thi

4. Posted by vngreen (Full Member, 71 posts) 22 Jun '08 21:11

Hi,
It's good time to travel in Vietnam. This time, the wearther in the North is very good, The South and Centre sometime has rain.

5. Posted by gandk (Full Member, 100 posts) 23 Jun '08 08:37

hi there,

i was in vietnam in Oct - Nov last year and it rained and rained and flooded, all the locals said it was rainy season, especially in Na-trang it rained for 4 days non stop and flooded all the streets. Its [pot luck with weather in the end you may find perfect weather that timeof year. When we crossed the border into Laos the weather was amazing for the next 2 weeks in November. So enjoy and good luck.

6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru, 1940 posts) 24 Jun '08 06:15

I flew into Saigon on March 6th and out of Hanoi on March 31st - the weather was excellent (very much like California). Very little rain, and the little I had was really pleasant rain! Most of the time the sun was out and warm, but not hot. In Hanoi we had a day or two of drizzle, and one afternoon of rain. Sapa was overcast and cool, but cleared up to beautiful sunshine. Hoi An and Hue were beautiful, warm and sunny. I could not have asked for better weather, and that's why I'm planning on returning in March '09.

From what I know about VN weather, the only real problem for you in the Fall should be the rains along the Central Coast, but then again - what an adventure to be stuck in the beautiful town of Hoi An during the floods (just rent a boat instead of a cyclo)!!!

Seriously, don't let a little thing like weather upset your plans - just be flexible enough that you can change destinations at the last minute. Travel would be rather boring if we all knew ahead of time exactly what was about to happen.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 24, 2008, at 6:25 AM by Daawgon ]

7. Posted by paul j (Respected Member, 217 posts) 25 Jun '08 02:00

Am in Vietnam now i got here in May and have not seen 1 day of rain .. Am in Hoi an at the moment and its blistering heat every day ..

8. Posted by jjflies (Budding Member, 19 posts) 13 Sep '08 21:29

I am in Vietnam at October-November,the time is nice in Asia countries for trips...

Join us---Asia countries trips...

My time table:

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=53816

Enjoy it

9. Posted by J_Hertweck (Budding Member, 3 posts) 17 Sep '08 07:11

I guess Vietnam is really one of those countries that have an unpredictable weather. I travelled there for 3 weeks in July, which according to all guide books seems to be the raining season, yet during the entire two weeks it only rained briefly twice.

On the other hand I know people who went there during the dry season (November-February) and they told me they had rain every other day.

10. Posted by Bettinamc (Budding Member, 21 posts) 21 Sep '08 07:48

What is your question? - When to go?
Go now. It really doesn't matter when you go. You can't let weather interrupt your plans. If it rains today change your plans to something that is indoors.