HALONG BAY, September 7, 2017 – Halong Bay is a strikingly beautiful landscape with its emerald waters and thousands of limestone islets. This UNESCO World Heritage site lies in the Gulf of Tonkin and within a relatively easy journey from the capital Hanoi. A relaxing, overnight cruise on a traditional junk-style boat is the most delightful way to experience the bay’s all-round beauty.
Best time to visit Halong Bay
The Vietnam weather and climate for the Halong Bay area can easily be split into two distinct seasons: October to May is windy and cool and from April to September is hot with the occasional rainfall.
There is a favoured time to visit Halong Bay – typically April-May (spring) or September-October (autumn) – but not every tourist in Vietnam has the opportunity to travel at this time of the year. However, a cruise on the bay can be pleasant at any time of the year. Every month of the year can have its own positives and negatives. For instance, the water activities, such as kayaking and swimming are certain to be quite appealing at this time.
The weather in the summer (June, July and August) is certain to be extremely hot, but there is also a chance of an unpredictable typhoon and regular showers. The month of August is both the wettest and hottest time. The heavy rain or a typhoon can increase the risk of having a trip cancelled.
Also, with the months of June to September being the domestic tourist time, the beaches and local attractions are certain to be quite busy.
Tips for travelling
For travellers planning to visit Halong Bay in the hot and humid summer months it is practical to prepare correctly and pack the right gear and accessories. Useful items to take on the cruise include: a light sweater/sweatshirt for the chilly evenings and mornings, waterproof sandals, a wide-brimmed sun hat, swimsuit and changes, insect repellent, sun cream and sunglasses.
However, the hot summer months are the time the jellyfish is most active. Simply asking your captain or guide for advice before swimming should help to minimize the risks of rashes or hives.
Summer promotion rates
If you are travelling on a budget and looking to get the best deals on the Vietnam tour, a visit to the Halong Bay during late May to August can be a very appealing time. This period is seen as the low season with plenty of summer promotional rates and great discounts on cruise ships.
Compared to the high season, the prices for the summer can have discounts in the region of 10% to 20%. However, there is the risk of bookings being cancelled at short notice. In the even of the unpredictable typhoon which results in the boats staying in port, it is practical to visit other parts of northern Vietnam until the weather improves. It is worth the effort to search for last-minute deals for the Vietnam travel while also keeping a keen interest on the weather forecast.
Read more: Halong travel guide