North Vietnam weather

Old Mar 3rd, 2005, 06:10 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 8,106
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
North Vietnam weather

I am arranging a trip to Hanoi, Sapa, & Dien Bien Phu (jeep & trekking) in December & January. The guidebooks & tour companies have conflicting infomation on the weather at this time of year. Some say it is very cold, some very misty and drizzly, and some say it is clear blue skys and 20c +. I have travelled in Northern Laos & Northern Thailand where it was cold at night/early morning but hot during the day. Has anyone been in NV at this time of year? Any information would be appreciated.
crellston is offline  
Old Mar 3rd, 2005, 02:23 PM
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 107
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We were in Hanoi in January this year and the weather was quite cool around 16-17C.We definitely needed light sweaters during the day and a jacket for night.As you go further north the weather becomes cooler and if you will be sleeping outside make sure to bring warmer clothes!We incidentally found the temperature quite pleasant for touring and as we went south from Hanoi(Hue,Hoi An,Nha Trang,Saigon)the weather became warmer,
Enjoy your trip!
shooshy is offline  
Old Mar 3rd, 2005, 03:47 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 3,977
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hanoi should be comfortable, but going to Sapa and DBP means that you will be going much higher in altitude. Quite mountainous, lots of mist, chilly at night. We slept under blankets every night in the Highlands. Burned wood in the fireplace for comfort. Warm clothing could be peeled, layer by layer, during the day. Insects, therefore, were not a problem.
USNR is offline  
Old Mar 3rd, 2005, 03:48 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 530
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We were in Hanoi and Sapa last year in Dec/Jan and I would say the guidebooks are correct on all of the above. The weather ranged from sunny and pleasant in Hanoi to chilly and misty, (but not freezing cold)in Sapa. We took light weight waterproof jackets with zip-out linings so we could adjust to the various temps and it worked very well. We did some trekking in Sapa and a good pair of hiking boots was a godsend to each of us, as the ground was pretty mushy. I would not want to do it in sneakers.
Lindsey is offline  
Old Mar 5th, 2005, 02:35 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 8,106
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for your advice everyone.
crellston is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
May 26th, 2011 10:27 PM
Jun 9th, 2010 02:51 PM
Dec 6th, 2009 07:10 AM
Dec 7th, 2007 09:53 AM
Aug 24th, 2002 02:31 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:31 PM.