In the recent years Vietnam has caught the fancy of travelers and features on every travel bucketlist. The country once known for its gruesome war is today famous for its tranquil beaches and lagoons, sleepy mountain villages with terraced paddy fields, bustling cities with world renowned streetfood and a nightlife to rival any metropolis in the world
January is the perfect time to visit Vietnam. In the north the paddy fields are lush and green and enveloped in fog, making for beautiful photos. Head towards the coast and you will find warm clear oceans for scuba diving and snorkeling. The month is also low in humidity making it comfortable to explore the country.
January is also festival time with Tet, the lunar new year and Vietnamese New Year both falling in this month. You may want to avoid traveling from one city to another in Vietnam during Tet though as many locals travel back home and flight costs can be high. The festival generally shifts between January to February and we plan in a way so you can enjoy the New Year celebrations in either Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi with spectacular fireworks.
Vietnam is a long country that expands vertically and hence when it comes to weather it can be divided in 3 regions the north, the central and south. While each region tends to have different weather January is when all three regions have great weather. In January expect around 18°C in the north, 24°C in the central regions and 28°C in the south. Rainfall is also at a minimal.
Enjoy sweater weather in this jewel of the north. There is nothing like seeing the green terraced paddy fields covered in rolling fog from your hotel perched on the hill. It is also a great time for trekking to small villages and valleys in the north. It is also the least crowded month to visit the quiet paradise of North Vietnam.
There is nothing quite like misty early morning and late evenings on the deck of your cruise boat in Halong Bay.
It’s the perfect time to visit the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang. The humidity is at a minimum but the waters are pleasantly warm. Try to coincide your visit with the Hoi An lantern festival.
January is the best time to visit this region comprising of a network of swamps, rivers and little islands. There are many floating markets to be found here and January is the least humid and much cooler than other months.