Speaking of the North of Vietnam, many of you would think of rippling mountains, cascading terraced fields and the winnowed-out karst topography, ethnic minority people in their indigo clothes. But the Northern Vietnam has its more that only you come and see it yourself, you will feel truly beauty of this majestic and mind-blowing place.
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North Vietnam in January & Febuary
+ Peach blossoms, plum blossoms bloom all over the villages
When freezing winds of winter is gone and warm spring sunbeam comes, peach blossoms begin blowing boomingly all over backs of mountains hillsides and villages of Northwestern Vietnam. The peach blossom in the far northwest mountain area is big with thick petals, significantly different from it is in the lower land, thus it bloom strongly even in the piercing cold weather.
January and February is time for Lunar New Year in Vietnam. Northern people say that peach flowers blossom in spring – during Tet holidays while most other flowers still stay silent, symbolizing the strong vitality and a brave heart. Moreover, the pink colour of peach flowers shows the love and joy spread among people in this unique time of the year.
Visit Northern of Vietnam at that time will be absolute memorable.
If you still have time, visit North of Vietnam to witness the most beautiful mountain scenery in this year!
+ Love Market
When Spring comes, People from young to old, boys or girls are eager to buy new clothes, make up and get ready to go to the Love Market. Almost province in The North West of Vietnam have love market in the period of January and February.
Love Market are took place in vacant lots, the center of the surrounding villages. It is a place where people bring local specialties to sell, as well as where men and women meet and talk to each other and make friends after a year of hard work with fields, pigs, buffaloes, cows…
Love market is a very special characteristics of the Northwestern people and it is not happened all the time, so try to arrange time to attend the Northwest love market to feel special about the special culture.
North Vietnam in March
+ “Ban” flowers, Northwest
The flowers blossomed in the dense forests of the northwestern part of Vietnam marks the coming of March. Spring is about to end and people start preparing to go to the forest to collect honey, pick mushrooms and hunt wild animals.
With pristine white, “ban” petals create a limpid beauty for northwestern forests and mountains. Over Mai Chau, Dien Bien, the sceneries become poetic, touching souls and hearts of anyone.
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North Vietnam in April
Streams, beautiful waterfalls
April is the beginning of the rainy season in the Northwest of Vietnam. At this point, the stream began to be filled with clear and pure water, many shrimps and fishes, waterfalls began to appear fiercely, creating the impressive spectacle.
Coming to the Northwest, you definitely have to try Pa Pong Tap (grilled stream fish) – the delicious specialty of the Thai that nothing is compared to those of this place.
North Vietnam in May and June
Clear blue sky, beautiful natural wonders on Halong Bay
In May and June, summer officially starts in Halong bay with the mild climate: not too hot and not to cold. Those months can be seen as the best months in the year to visit Halong Bay, this sunny time allows you enjoy many outdoor activities and have a relaxing time on the sandy beaches. In addition, storms normally do not reach Halong Bay in this early time of summer.
Sunny time, clear blue sky, beautiful natural wonders on water that will make you exciting to visit Halong Bay. Swimming on immense sea water of Halong Bay is amazing in the morning or late afternoon. Imagine you are on a wild beaches and witness the sunset over thousand limestone islands, it can be a lifetime memory lasting long during your life and travel.
Kayaking on calm sea water is another interesting outdoor activity to discover natural beauty that you can’t miss, especially in summer. Paddling to get close to limestone island while get low to sea water and taste the beauty all around is a must do when you visit Halong Bay on a cruise.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Falling Water Season
When rivers and streams are full, it is also the season of falling water. Water from rivers and streams was brought into the field with water treads, just after a few nights, the seemingly wild, dry fields began to sparkle like water mirrors, reflecting the color of Northwest mountains.
Mu Cang Chai landscapes in falling water season, Vietnam
North Vietnam in July
New Crop of Rice Season
In July, The hill tribe people in North of Vietnam all come to their field for preparing the new crop of rice.
During this time, the whole tremendous terrace rice field in Mu Cang Chai will be covered by lovely and peaceful carpet of rice. The color of green on the field even can cool you down in the hot summer sun. You will not see much local people activities on the field in this season, but the greenness of the rice field can be very good compensation.
North Vietnam in August
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Ban Gioc Waterfall is one of Vietnam’s most impressive natural sights. Located in the northeastern province of Cao Bang, the falls are 30 metres high and 300 metres across, making Ban Gioc the widest (but not the highest) waterfall in the country.
Experienced travelers say that the best time to visit Ban Gioc Waterterfall is from August to September, when the water is pure green. The early rainy season is often opaque, and in the other months, the waterfall is less frequent.
Ban Gioc waterfall can be combined with a visit to the nearby Nguom Ngao caves (which are included in the guide below).
North Vietnam in September and October
Ripe Rice Season
In September and October in the Northwest, wherever you go, you will see the spectacularly beautiful rice terraces, especially in the big granaries of the North West such as Sapa, Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai), Bac Son (Lang Son), Ninh Binh.
North Vietnam in November
The season of Northwest white cauliflower is around November every year.
Cauliflower everywhere in the northwestern mountains, but the most beautiful may be the large and sprawling fields in Moc Chau (Son La).
Moc Chau in the cold weather with bright sunshine on Southwestern sky is weared by white clothing of splendid cauliflower.
Fields and hills are covered by charming white colour of cauliflower, but the most beautiful place is behind of Ban Ang pine forest. A dozen of hectare is blossoming on all fields and hills of Moc Chau plateau. Freely walk around in the pine forest on pretty small way, you can see while fields stretching to the horizon. The white colour of cauliflower, bright pink colour of peach flower and large pine forest in a romantic and charming space will make you feel more convenient in the autumn of the Southwestern
North Vietnam in December
Buckwheat flower season in Ha Giang
From late November to early December is “tam giac mach” flower season in Ha Giang. “Tam giac mach” tree is grown to get grains, which are used for making cakes. When blooming, this flower has a white-light-pink color really beautiful, inadvertently creating a specially lovely and scenic scenery. Thus, this is an expected time in this rock plateau.
Winter in the Northwest, the temperature is extremely low, sometimes down to 0 degrees C. If you go to explore the Northwest on these days, you may encounter extremely beautiful and romantic snow, but remember prepare warm clothes and raincoats to keep them cool.
Snow falls in the Northwest around December – the coldest time of the year.
If you want to watch the snow fall, perhaps the most favorable location and wonderful in Sapa (Lao Cai). Be sure to check out the weather forecast carefully to be sure to get there on the snow day!
Feel like to get rid of your busy daily life? Why not give yourself a little break with a wonderful adventure in North Vietnam.
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