Halong Bay weather is quite inconsistent all year-round. Here are some tips given by Gonexp.com to decide which is the most ideal time to visit this marvelous place.
Just 156km away from Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, Halong Bay enjoys a tropical monsoon weather and also under the temperature zone. Which divides the place into not just two (dry and wet) seasons like in the South of Vietnam but four main seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
For your consideration, we had categorized for you over the weather condition and see when is the best time of year you should go to Halong Bay. Let’s take a look!
Best Time to Visit Halong Bay
The weather in Halong Bay between March and April is warmer than it is in winter, and less raining than summer with an average temperature of 24°C. Although, the humidity will start to increase this time, the weather is still pleasant with plenty of sunlight during the day. So any outdoor activity is perfect at this time, swimming or kayaking is recommended.
Spring is the time of flowers blooming all over the bay. And also there are a lot of traditional events, festivals or ceremonies taking place in March. Especially, mark your calendars for the Cherry Blossom Festival occur from March 17 to 21. Variety of flowers that only bloom during Lunar New Year, from different countries on display such as cherry blossoms and golden apricot blossoms.
March is also considered the low season which means you likely will not have to share Halong Bay with as many tourists as during other parts of the year. Why not start off the lunar new year in Halong Bay, cruising the glittering emerald waters with the views of the gorgeous seascapes, containing thousands of limestone karsts and islets in various sizes and shapes of this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site
October – December is considered a good time if you plan to visit Halong Bay with family, thanks to its pleasant weather. The humidity level drops considerably and the temperature is around 13°C-21°C.
There is less rainfall this season, so this is the ideal time for tourists to take a cruise on the bay, with many other exciting outdoor activities. The perfect weather will let you immerse how majestic and graceful this place can be. Also the seawater is just right, cooler than summer, still, allow you to swim in.
However, keep in mind that this is the peak season for tourists in Halong Bay, so expected this place to be more crowded than usual. Though, fall is still the perfect time for friends and family to enjoy together, having life-time experiences while sailing through Halong Bay.
In the summer, the average temperature is 34.9°C. From June, the dry and heat will blow all over the city. Though, the heat might be cool off a bit thanks to the light breeze from the sea. Nevertheless, the weather can’t affect too much on your experience while staying in Halong Bay. The sunny longer daytime allows you to have a clear view of every aspect of the Bay, with all the famous limestone karsts and islets, and astonishing seascapes while cruising.
Summer is the perfect time to get a sun-tanned skin also. Just imagine, on the white sand beaches of Cat Ba Island in Halong Bay, lying down sunbathing by yourself, then maybe have a swim later on. However, we don’t suggest to go out at noon or stay out too long under the sun; and remember to put on sunscreen. May be, in August, if you decide to sail through Ha Long Bay, remember to prepare for some predictable storms.
Lying in the tropical zone and consisting mainly of water, with the average temperature around 13-20°C, it may be a little bit cold and humid in Halong Bay. During the day there is a chance of sunlight, but mostly you will experience some fog and drizzle in the morning and afternoon.
It might be a little difficult to see the seascapes completely, but there’s a unique and different perspective you’ve got to experience. You would see a rather mystical, alluring Halong Bay, with all the rock formations and islet hidden under the fog. Especially, spending a day on the boat, well-equipped with heating systems, watching the sunset and sunrise over the bay is what we recommended.
Notably, this time of the year, Halong Bay is less crowded and you may join to celebrate Lunar New Year here, with a life-time experience. Why not miss it, a beach holiday to beat the cold blues?
Your choice to decide which is the best time to visit Halong Bay
Regardless, Halong Bay weather rarely fails to delight any time of year. With many unique, undefined charm, along with more than thousand marvelous sights appeared differently every season. No matter how you choose to spend your time here, amazing things are waiting for you in Halong Bay.