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.