Vietnam Travel Guide
Weather and Climate
The best word to describe Vietnam’s climate is diverse. Although the country lies in the tropics and sub tropics, the climate varies from one region to another. In the north, you can expect occasional snow and frosts while in the south, you can expect temperatures to reach up to 40°C during the dry season. The weather is largely dictated by two monsoon seasons. Between October and March, the winter monsoon that comes from the northeast brings chilly winters in the north and warm temperature to the south.
Meanwhile, April – May is summertime in Vietnam where you can expect humid and hot weather throughout the country except for those areas that are sheltered by mountains.
So, when is the best time to go? If you’re planning to visit the south, November to February are the best months to go. However, if you’re not yet sure on what regions to visit, your best bets are April, May, and October.
Although some people would describe the food in Vietnam as “typical” it can never be described as boring. If you travel up and down the country and if you eat at different restaurants, markets, or even on night markets that are filled with sidewalk vendors, you’ll realize that all type of food features the right balance of herbs, sweetness, heat, bitterness, and sourness.
What make Vietnamese cuisine extremely special are the fresh herbs that you can find in each dish. Pho noodles, which is the most popular food in the country, for example, typically contains redolent of mint, lemongrass, cilantro, star anise, garlic, white onions, and ginger with chillies, long-simmered beef bones, and a couple drops of fish sauce.
Aside from Pho, rice is another staple food for lunch and dinner. It is served with different types of dishes, which consist of fish,pork, shrimp, and vegetable cooked in oil.
There are hundreds of different attractions in Vietnam making it a must-see not just for people in the neighboring countries but also for travellers who coming from different parts of the globe. Some of the attractions that you cannot afford to miss are the following:
Being a UNESCO special biosphere and a World heritage site, this is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vietnam. The astonishing bay is a fine mixture of stunning limestone karst islands and beautiful clear seas. Over the years, Halong Bay has received several accolades and it was included in the Seven Wonders of Nature. They say that you haven’t really been to Vietnam if you don’t pay this amazing site a visit.
Hoan Kiem Lake (Hanoi)
Found in the historical center of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the best scenic spots in the city. Its name translates to Lake of the Restored Sword or Lake of the Returned Sword to English. Although it’s not Hanoi’s best lake, it is definitely one of the most important. So much of the city’s past and present is tied up in this scenic lake. It serves as a cradle for legends as well as a place of worship.
Sa Pa Terraces
Located in the remote northwest mountains of Vietnam, Sa Pa terraces is a sight to behold. Sa Pa town lies in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range and is extremely picturesque. It is host to many rice terraces, hill tribes, and lush vegetation. It is also here where you can find Vietnam’s highest peak called Fansipan.
TNK Travel Team