The rainy season in Vietnam: expectations and harsh reality

The rainy season in Vietnam is, perhaps, the only climatic feature of this country, which brings certain inconveniences to both tourists and local residents. But we all know the saying: “Forewarned means armed.”

Who did not dream to go to an exotic country, the homeland of the “trees of life” – coconut palms with useful and tasty fruits, where a supportive sun and delightful tropical beaches with golden sand, transparent with a turquoise gleam of the sea? Not everything is as rosy as the travel agencies try to show us, but if you know what to expect, then the inconvenience can be minimized.

Similarly, as with the Vietnamese New Year Tet , when not a single store operates all week and this is a surprise for many, in the rainy season there is nothing to worry about if you are ready and treat everything with a share of positive and humorous.

Will the precipitation period prevent productive recreation?

Every year the flow of tourists to this country is increasing, because here you can enjoy a rest on the warm sand in the arms of the warm sun, not only in summer but also in the winter season. Tropical Vietnam with a lot of bright sunny days in the year is a great opportunity for residents of northern countries and cities to spend the winter season in the warmth, near the sea.

However, it should be remembered that for this country is characterized by a fair amount of precipitation. However, due to the fact that the territory of Vietnam spanned a long distance from north to south, the climatic zones are slightly different. So the rainy seasons in different regions of the country do not come at the same time. The main thing is to know when and where they start in the period of your interest.

Climatic zones of the country:

  • Central – in this area are the favorite places of tourists for exotic beach holidays in such cities as: Danang, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Hue;
  • South – in this part are located the famous resorts of Vung Tau, Dalat, Kondao, Mui Ne, Ho Chi Minh, Phan Thiet, Phanrang, Fukuok Island;
  • North – here will please the guests of the country wonderful landscapes and original places of Hanoi, Halong, Sapa, Haiphong, Namdin, Thaybin.

Precipitation season in the Central region of Vietnam

In this part of the country should be sent vacationers who have planned a vacation for the summer. The dry beach period here begins in April and ends in August. And since the end of September it's time to pour rain, which stretches for the whole autumn, actively capturing December.

Sometimes precipitation is accompanied by piercing winds and squalls, raising large waves on the sea, so swimming in it becomes unsafe. In October and November – in the peak of the rainy season – powerful and quite dangerous typhoons sweep through the central zone of Vietnam. Given this, planning a trip to this part of the country is better still not in the “wet” season.

The time of high humidity in the Southern region

Pretty strong downpours, accompanied by active wind gusts, in this part of Vietnam are beginning to plague the inhabitants and guests of the country in May and continue their vigorous activity until November. In cloudy weather, the street is cool and naturally, the temperature level of the air is reduced. But the petals of strange plants and flowers, rare trees and shrubs, sparkling with transparent rain drops, exude a delicious aroma. A wonderful exotic fruits and berries, full of life-giving moisture, give guests an incredible delight in their taste and smell.

Many tourists are afraid of rains in Vietnam. But the south of the country provides an excellent holiday almost year-round. There is an opinion that rains do not stop for days, so, without getting wet, you will not be able to walk and enjoy sights. But this is not so. Precipitation in the southern part of the country prevails at night. Tropical rain during the day lasts about half an hour, and this time it is quite possible to wait for a cup of tea in a cafe, rest in a hotel. And enjoy the contemplation of the interior of ancient religious buildings. The rest of the time the weather in the south of Vietnam is deliciously hot and sunny, the temperature of the air holds steady at +30 ° C, and the sea, warmed up to +28 ° C, is tempting to bathe.

The season of “tears” in North Vietnam

In this climatic zone a dynamic rain period comes in April and remains until September. It is accompanied by a tangible coolness. It is not uncommon to lower the temperature to +6 ° C. Therefore, if you do not like the “wet” weather, it is better not to come to the north of the Asian country at this time, but to choose a more favorable time for acquaintance when the rays of the tropical sun warm up the air magnificently. This is October-March.

The rainy season by months in the northern climatic zone is characterized by a different level of humidity. For example, in April the sky “cries” most actively. During the day, air is warmed up to 20 ° C, and at night the thermometer bars drop to +10 ° C. January in the north of Vietnam is the most difficult month of the year. However, the whole winter period in this part is quite cold. In mountainous terrain, zero temperature is not uncommon, and snow on the territory of Sapa. But the rain is less.

Features of the “wet” season by months

January . In the first month of the year should be preferred to the southern resorts, where at this time the most warm and comfortable. Planning a trip to the central part is better in the second half of the month.

February . Beach rest is difficult only in the north. At resorts in other regions, the rainy season goes away, giving way to supportive sunny days.

March . Provides guests with a comfortable pastime throughout the territory. Even in the north in the daytime you can do without warm clothes.

April . The ideal time for traveling through fabulous Vietnam. Everywhere is surprisingly warm.

May . Excellent rest will be provided at all the resorts.

June , July , August . The most favorable weather at this time – at the resorts of Central Vietnam.

September . In the south and in the center is the rainy season. In the north you can go to the popular beach resort – the island of Catba. It's just not rainy and warm here. However, if short-term precipitation, which is replaced by a gentle sun and clear sky, will not spoil your resort mood, then you can book a ticket to the central part.

October . Quite a bad month for beach hanging. In the center – bad weather, not in the typhoon wonder. In the south, the “sputum” season has not yet ended, so there may be sharp weather changes: it's sunny, it's raining. In northern Katb – grace, the weather inspires. Good time for walking around Hanoi, hiking to the mountain peaks in Sapa, voyages along the Halong bay.

November . Weather conditions in the north and south are simply magnificent, in the center – a high probability of typhoons.

December . Guests of the country will be welcomed by any resort in the whole territory.

Rains in Nha Trang

The rainy season in Vietnam: expectations and harsh reality
The rainy season in Nha Trang starts in October and lasts about 2-3 months.

As you know, Nha Trang is the most popular city in Vietnam for Russian tourists. A huge number of Russians already live in Nyachang on an ongoing basis. More and more tourists come here to relax, and at any time of the year.

The rainy season in Nha Trang begins in October and lasts about 2-3 months - until the end of the year.

The Vietnamese went out on the street to check the situation

At this time of year, almost every day it rains. At this time of year, “watering” almost every day. But most often it's a little rain, which starts in the evening and ends at night. Though sometimes there are exceptions.

Мнение эксперта
In 2016, we were “lucky” to watch the strongest downpours for several weeks, which almost completely flooded the Big C shopping center .
Rains in Nha Trang
Flooded street

Not far from the shopping center, in 5 minutes by bike ride, there is a small rivulet. It immediately turned into a full-flowing river and washed away the only bridge that day, which affected the inhabitants of the area.

People move knee-deep in the water
The entire residential area was flooded. People moved knee-deep in the water.

River water quickly overflowed nearby storm sewers. As a result, literally the entire residential area was flooded. People moved knee-deep in the water, and in some places it reached the waist.

Nha Trang flooded
In some places, the water level reached the waist.

It was amazing to watch boats passing by the cars. A half of the bikes immediately glooped, and the owners had to roll them further on foot.

It is quite logical that the next morning all these bikers lined up in the queue near the repair shops.

The rainy season in Nha Trang in 2016.
Almost immediately, electricity was cut off in all houses.

That's what a downpour looks like on a weekday:

How to spend a wonderful holiday

By duration, the period of precipitation can last up to six months. But this does not mean that rains do not stop. It happens that the sky does not pour for a week, or even a few.

In any case, if the precipitation catastrophically does not suit you, you can simply move from one city to another. If the tropical resorts in the central part of the country began to rain, you can change the resting place to the cities in the Southern region, then make a trip to the north of Vietnam. Thus, no matter what month you have a vacation, in this country you can always enjoy the beautiful weather and have a great time.

As the hero of the famous film Forrest Gump spoke about Vietnam: “There was always where to go.”

A modern traveler to choose an interesting route in this wonderful country and does not be difficult.

Practical advice for those who travel to Nha Trang

So, if you still decided to take a chance and bought vouchers in Nyachang during the rainy season (and how come they cost much less during this period), here are some tips that will help you to transfer this trip more easily and not get upset about the lost time .

Buy a raincoat and rubber boots (sneakers)

This will allow you to calmly move around the city and not be afraid to get wet. Are raincoats pennies (up to 40 000 dong), and help out very much. Immediately make a reservation that the umbrella here will not help, because the wind will easily turn it inside out, and the passing biker will pour water from the puddle.

Shoes such as rubber boots or Crocs help to easily overcome wet areas.

Make a list of places to visit

In order not to waste time in vain, you should have 2 lists of places: one for sunny weather and one for rain. On a rainy day you can quickly navigate and choose those places that you can visit, despite the rain outside the window.

We advise you to read the following articles:

  • “What to do in the rain” ;
  • “Article about massage and massage salons” ;
  • “Night life and night clubs” ;
  • “Shopping centers and shopping” ;
  • “The markets of Nha Trang” ;
  • “Gyms . ”

We hope that our recommendations will help you. If you already had a similar experience and you know something that we did not mention, we will be happy to discuss your ideas in the comments.

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