The climate in Hanoi is characterized by its tropical monsoon climate. The cold season is from November to the end of March. In this cold months, the weather in Hanoi is often cold and dry, sometimes there is a long cold period with drizzling rain. Dry season starts from April to the end of September, the weather is hot and humid with heavy rain. The average temperature is 23°C. The highest average temperature can reach up to 30°C in June. The lowest average temperature can be down to 17°C in January.
Compare to the central and southern provinces, Hanoi has a clearer distinction between four seasons include Spring – Summer – Autumn – Winter. To find out the best time to travel to Hanoi, it will be difficult to give the accurate answer because Hanoi always has its own beauty in every season. Our suggestion might help you find the best suitable time for you below.
Spring is supposed to begin from the last day of January to March. It is said that, spring is the idea time in year for traveling to Hanoi. At this time, people in Hanoi will enjoy the Tet holiday – the biggest holiday and festival of Vietnamese people. On Tet holiday, Hanoi is quiet and peaceful, different from the noisiness of daily life.
The weather in spring is much warmer, humid with a little bit drizzling rains. The weather is suitable for plants to grow and flowers to blossom. The city is filled with pink color of peach blossom. It is also the time for many kinds of flowers blooming such as roses, gladiolus, narcissus… and also much more beautiful than in other seasons. Photography travelers have go good chance to take photos with many flowers on some streets in Hanoi.
Summer in Hanoi often begin in the middle April but it starts to get hot from May and lasts to the end of August. Hanoi’s summer is very hot with the average temperature of 32°C. Heavy rain is also a feature of Hanoi’s summer. Based on the uncomfortable weather conditions, summer in Hanoi seems to be the hardest season for tourists to travel to Hanoi. However, summer is the most bustle season of the year with many kinds of flower, white Madonna Lily, red flamboyant which is the symbol of Hanoi’s summer or West Lake lotus will attract tourists. Trees are green and lush in summer. There also have many kinds of fruits sold on every street of Hanoi such as: grapefruit, litchi, mango, pineapple,…
Autumn in Hanoi lasts from September to November before getting cold. When the weather turn into autumn, the weather in Hanoi has stable average temperature with light sunshine and mild climate, it has little cloud in the evening, creating cool feeling for tourists. Hanoi in autumn is truly romantic and peaceful. Yellow leaves fall down and cover all of streets of Hanoi. You can see the many yellow and red leaf trees along the streets, the sky is bluer, and the water in many lakes of Hanoi is greener. Besides Cốm (green rice flakes) is also a specialty of Hanoi in this season.
Autumn is the most beautiful season of Hanoi in particular and in the North of Vietnam in general that the South Vietnam doesn’t have.
The cold season of Hanoi will start from December and may last until late February, with the average temperature around 16°C, sometimes it may drop to below 10°C. Bring some warm clothes is necessary in order not to get a cold while visiting Hanoi. The winter in the North Vietnam is the season of white cauliflower flowers and wild sunflowers. You will have chance to visit cauliflower garden and wild sunflower garden to have beautiful photos. In winter, the weather is very cold, the sky is often dark and gloomy. However, there are many famous delicious street foods for you to enjoy the tasty hot food and warm up in a chilly day such as hotpot or grill dishes..
In general, Hanoi capital has its own beauty in each season. If you love peaches or many other colorful flowers blooming and experience Tet holiday of Vietnam, the cultural story, you should visit Hanoi in spring. If you like cold weather seeing thin mist that covers streets in the cold days, winter is the best choice for you. If you love art, autumn is an excellent choice for artistic creation and great photos. Certainly that summer is an ideal season for tourists who love sports, out-door-activities and beaches.