Planning a trip to visit Halong Bay, a UNESCO Heritage Site – also the New 7 Wonders of the World? Great! But still wondering when is the best time to visit Halong Bay? Keep on reading our guide to have in mind the regional weather variations over seasons in Halong Bay, then you will know which month is best to visit Halong Bay at your own judgement.
Halong Bay weather overview
As Halong Bay is located in the North of Vietnam, the climate is characterized by four distinct seasons. The rainy season of the North usually takes place during the summer season from June to August, and the weather is gradually cooler from September to November, and it gets cold from
Halong Bay seasonal breakdown
Halong Bay in Spring (February-April)
Is Spring the best time to visit Halong Bay?
Spring is the start of the wettest season of the year in Halong, of which the temperature ranges from 19 to 24 degrees Celsius. With this type of climate, you are very likely to observe spring drizzle and early morning mist. Also, humidity will start to increase during this time.
During Spring, the gentleness and elegance of Halong Bay are ignited. In this time of love, the blooming orchids flourish in the refreshing air and the growing buds create a majestic new year of nature. The caves in spring are reborn with new mysterious outfits of mist, so they’ll make you feel as if you have found a wonderland! However, there may be days with thick fog that make you barely see things in front of your eyes. But in these foggy days, Halong Bay is very quiet and also looks like a romantic watercolor painting as you can feel the calm of the ocean, the precious air in your lungs, and the hug of the mountains.
Moreover, during springtime, walk on the beach under the shimmering moonlight, your soul will be set free and all your stress will be washed away. When it comes to April, you can say this is one of the most wonderful times of the year!
The best things to do in Halong Bay during Spring
In spring, the weather is cool, so rock climbing, biking, kayaking, or cruising are the ideal activities. If the weather is warm enough, this is the time for you to jump right into the sea! Spring is also the squid season in Halong, so you should spend a night catching squids with Halong fishermen.
Besides, the New Year (Tet) Celebration frequently occurs in February, so Halong Bay is less crowded and you can get a glimpse into Vietnamese Tet culture in the days and weeks leading up to the holiday, when the cities are abuzz with people shopping, buying flowers and plants, and otherwise preparing for the most important holiday of the year.
However, keep in mind that most of transportation and tourism services may be out of order. So make sure that you check it carefully to make the most of your trip!
Halong Bay in Summer (May-July)
Is Summer the best time to visit Halong Bay?
During summer in Halong Bay, the weather can be hotter and more humid compared to other months with the temperature ranging from 31–39 degrees Celsius. Rainfall will visit the bay more often, along with the heat and sultriness. Especially in late summer, the weather can quickly turn to long downpours! Also, beware of typhoon, mostly in comes in July.
Nonetheless, Halong at this time is charming with crystal clear sky and emerald water. When sunset falls, the water reflects the peaceful yachts, the sleepy flowers, and the flock of birds returning home. You may delightedly stay up all night as the air begins to cool to watch the moonlight reflecting on the ocean and karst monoliths!
The best things to do in Halong Bay during Summer
Summer time is ideal for a clear view of the bay and outdoor activities like swimming, kayaking, climbing … If having a rainy day, you may consider to go to local markets, buy souvenirs, or join a cooking class. Just make sure you don’t forget to bring sunscreen to have the most fun on the beach, or prepare an umbrella on hand to make sure that you won’t catch a cold from sudden rain!
Halong Bay in Fall (August-October)
Is Fall the best time to visit Halong Bay?
The weather of Halong Bay in Fall is sunny, windy, and the temperature is moderate, lowers two to three degrees in comparison to the previous month. In the middle and late fall, when the weather is consistently cool and is less rainy, The sky is clear, and the wind is gentle.These months may be the most pleasant time of the year for Halong Bay.
Standing atop the mountains, watching the sailing boats gradually appear with the rising sun, or enjoy the sundown giving way for the majestic night, you may realize that joy is best found in the simplest moments.
The best things to do in Halong Bay during Fall
When the rainy season is over, it means that outdoor activities are coming back to town! Apart from swimming at the beach, you shouldn’t forget to experience exciting activities such as kayaking, mountain climbing, and on a side note, if you are into squid fishing, mark these months in your calendar because you have the best chance to catch big squids.
Halong Bay in Winter (November-January)
Is Winter the best time to visit Halong Bay?
As summer and fall go by, The temperature of Halong Bay in Winter is around 13-20 degrees Celsius, which is very pleasant for relaxing at Western travelers’ taste. There is sunlight during the day but mostly you will see fog and drizzle in the morning and late afternoon.
In contrast with the insane number of people buzzing to the bay in summer, Halong Bay in winter is less busy and touristy. If the sky in summer is an energetic teenager, it looks more mature and thoughtful in winter since it has grown up. The highlights of the Bay are the limestone cliffs, the meek fog, and the boats going back and forth unendingly.
The best things to do in Halong Bay during Winter
During winter time in Halong Bay, as the weather gets colder, it’s more for lying in the sun than swimming. However, if you’re willing to brave the chilly water, a very refreshing dip awaits! If you were on a cruise touring Halong Bay, there are lots of activities to do, on and off the ship, including watching the sunset and sunrise over the bay, waking up early for a Tai Chi session on the deck of your boat, or sleeping in and enjoying a lazy breakfast.
Winter is also considered to be a fantastic time for leisure travel. So don’t hesitate to come here, experience the sheer beauty of this amazing bay, immerse yourself in hot tubs, and get ready to be wonderstruck!
As you may see, there is no right or wrong answer to when it is the best time to visit Halong Bay. Depends on your time and taste, any month can be fine for your trip to Halong Bay. Hope you enjoy the guide. In case you wish to book a perfect trip to Halong Bay, please hesitate not to contact us for your own request.