Wednesday, September 15

Vietnam Travel Guide

Vietnam is located in both a tropical and a temperate zone. It is characterized by strong monsoon influences, but has a considerable amount of sun, a high rate of rainfall, and high humidity. Regions located near the tropics and in the mountainous regions are endowed with a temperate climate.
The annual average temperature ranges from 22ºC to 27ºC. In Hanoi, the average temperature is 23ºC, in Ho Chi Minh City it is 26ºC, and in Hue it is 25ºC.

There are two distinguishable seasons. The cold season occurs from November to April and the hot season from May to October. The difference in temperature between the two seasons in southern Vietnam is almost unnoticeable, averaging 3ºC. The most noticeable variations are found in the northern provinces where differences of 12ºC have been observed. There are essentially four distinct seasons, which are most evident in the northern provinces.

Weather forecasts are only of value for a week or so in advance and even then they are not very reliable. Weather averages are better indicators of what to expect in a particular month. In each of the pages describing the weather patterns in specific locations, there is a table of average temperatures, rainfall, and so on. Also keep a close eye on short-range weather forecasts and warnings of possible storms.

December to March is a good time to visit the Central Highlands when conditions are usually dry and cool. We visited the region in late November when the weather was beautiful with fine, warm days and pleasant evenings. We had a few light showers as we headed north towards Hoi An. Along the central coast there is a rainy season from December to February. June to October tends to be very dry and hot.

If you're planning a trip to cover all of Vietnam the best time to visit is from September to December or from March to April. Also to ensure a complete peace of mind experience take a Vietnam SIM card for a GSM international cell phone is the most convenient and economical calling solution while you travel Vietnam. The Vietnam SIM card includes FREE incoming calls with service across Vietnam. Pay the local rate for local calls and use a cellular phone in Vietnam like you do at home. And unlike home, your Vietnam SIM card and cell phone service is free of a contract or minimum commitment.

If you are struck with your US carrier & don't have a unlocked cell phone then you may also , rent a cell phone for Vietnam at $1 a day. Rent a Cell with a Free Activated SIM & you are ready to stay connected to your friends & Family where-ever you go. 

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