Is there ever a time when we need a holiday more than January? We’re fat and cold and grumpy. Spring is a lifetime away. So here’s one easy New Year’s Resolution: book a trip to Vietnam. It can be long-haul and life-changing, or small and beautiful enough to lift our mood til the trees start to green again. Vietnam in January is perfect – dry, warm, sunny and everywhere is a little quieter (and cheaper) after the flurry of the holidays are over. It’s a strange sensation, to find oneself longing for January. Here are our top 10 picks of the best places to go in Vietnam in January.
Vietnam Weather in January
January weather is cold and occasionally chilly in the Northern Vietnam but gradually warmer when heading southwards. The temperature in the Northern parts, typically, Hanoi, is around 150C. Meanwhile, in the Central and Southern regions like Hoi An or Saigon, the temperature fluctuates around 200C and 300C respectively. With the weather conditions like this, the best places to visit Vietnam in January is in the Central and Southern cities/ provinces such as Saigon, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Hue, Hoi An, etc. Nonetheless, if you still desire to visit Hanoi or other Northern provinces, you can visit Huong Pagoda (Perfume Pagoda), Halong Bay, and Sapa. Perfume Pagoda in January is cool and windy but pretty tranquil. The main festival of Perfume Pagoda often takes place in Late-February, therefore, it is hardly crowded in this month. Besides, it is a bit chilly to visit Halong Bay and Sapa as well, however, if you want to avoid the crowd, this is the best time to go.
Recommended Vietnam tours in January:
Best Places to Visit Vietnam in January
1. Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island is a peaceful tropical paradise, floats in the warm turquoise waters in the Gulf of Thailand, 50kms from the Vietnamese mainland and a 50 minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).
In January, when the sunny skies dominate, with consistent temperatures around 25-28 Celsius (77-82 Fahrenheit) and lower humidity make it a great time to visit Phu Quoc Island. All tour and dive operators go out on a daily basis, weather permitting.
2. Mekong Delta
In January, the weather in Mekong Delta is mostly dry and the water is calm. This is perfect time to visit Mekong Delta to relax and enjoy clear blue skies and get to remote areas of Vietnam. Travelling Mekong Delta in January, you will have chance to see mekong Delta in a very unique way as it is time for flower booming all over the region, creating stunning spectacles for visitors.
You can visit the floating markets or just take a stroll around to enjoy the nice weather and plentihood of fruits and flower around you. This period is not only the best for travelling to Mekong Delta, but also a good time to visit Ho Chi Minh city, since the early summer weather is still quite clear and warm.
Moreover, you can buy plenty of local foods at the floating markets – boats filled with goods that are sold by local people.
3. Mui Ne
If you are looking for top Vietnam beach resorts in January, then heading to Mui Ne.
Mui Ne is famous for its string of beach resorts as well as a few shops bars and restaurants, which have fused into one long coastal strip. The most popular destinations is Rang Beach in Ham Tien wards, which extends west of Mui Ne. Because of strong sea breeze, the area is well known for kitesurfing and winsurfing.
Coming to Mui Ne in January, you can experience the perfect weather of Mui ne since the average temperaturé is 27 °C and the climate is among the most hot and dry of the year, which perfect to get you some tan.
Mui Ne is also well known for unique white sand dunes, featuring several lakes and even swamps straight in the middle of sandy terrain. It is also the only place in Vietnam with hot air balloon ride service for adventurous tourists.
4. Nha Trang
Moving northward from Mui Ne, it is Nha Trang – the coastal resort city in southern Vietnam known for its beaches, diving sites and offshore islands.
Together with the heavenly beaches, the hot springs, diversified kinds of fish, and the colorful coral reef underwater have made Nha Trang become one of the best spots for scuba diving and snorkeling. Coming to Nha Trang in the period from January to August, one will have the chance to experience the most wonderful weather for swimming and sunbathing.
Besides beach activities, you will be amazed at Nha Trang’s delicacies, mostly from various kinds of seafood. Nha Trang is well-known for producing the highest quality with best flavor fish sauce in Vietnam, thus, fish sauce plays an important role in the secret recipe of cooking Nha Trang’s specialties and making dipping sauce.
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Your Vietnam itinerary wouldn’t be completed without Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam – which is also the heart of Vietnam – the Cradle of heritage. Hanoi in January is completely different from ones in the summer, which the temperature sometimes goes down to 8°C. This comfort weather with sunshine and cool temperatures makes it great for any outdoor activities. You can walk to explore the super small alleys, try some best of food nation ” Pho” or hop in a cyclo to explore Hanoi Old Street in a chilly weather without breaking a sweet. January is also the best time to explore Hanoi Street Food.
7. Moc Chau
Coming to Moc Chau from January to February, you will be greeted by a white paradise of plum flowers. The picturesque scene becomes more colorful with pink French peach flowers, wild peach flowers and green grasses.
The most suitable spots for seeing plum flowers are Ban Ang pine forest, Ba Khe minor area, Long Luong, Thong Cuong, etc. Because of the fast withering phase, rush yourself to Moc Chau in January now.
8. Ban Gioc Waterfall
Ban Gioc Waterfall is one the most impressive natural destinations in Vietnam. This is of four greatest waterfall on earth. Coming to Ban Gioc Waterfall, you can hear the thundering of the water hitting the cliffs and even feel the spray on your hair and skins.
Despite improved road access and public transportation connections, and the popularity of several recent viral drone videos showcasing the majesty of the falls, Ban Gioc is still a relatively off-the-beaten-path sight.
For where to go in other months, see our Vietnam Holiday Calendar:
- JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE | JULY | AUGUST| SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER
- WHERE TO GO IN VIETNAM 2019: THE TOP HIGHLIGHT IETNAM DESTINATIONS BY MONTH
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