Cao Pha Tu Le Valley, Yen Bai, Vietnam
Cao Pha Tu Le Valley, Yen Bai, Vietnam

February Weather is Great for Adventure Tours in Vietnam

Vietnam is geographically a skinny stretch of land extending from the north to the south with different climatic zones. At a moment, it may be pleasant here and rainy there, or it could be freezing cold here and pleasant there…

 Taking adventure tours in Vietnam you’ll be taking part in outdoor activities most of the time: you’ll need pleasant weather more than anyone else! Let’s imagine you take bicycle tours in the Central Highlands of Vietnam during the rainy season, or that you navigate your way by rowing boat in the the Old Town of Hoi An in a torrential rain which never stops! Well, you don’t want that. Traveling through Vietnam in cheery weather, you’ll be more likely to have a fantastic holiday. February is among the best months that you get the best weather.Scenic mountains in Hoa Binh Vietnam

As Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate it is interesting to find the influence of monsoons per seasons in the country. In the north of Vietnam in February the winter monsoon (northeasterly wind) is getting weakened while the westerly wind and southeasterly wind may get stronger. Whenever these winds meet, it drizzles in the North for a couple of days. The rains are so light that you don’t need a raincoat traveling outdoors.

There may be a couple of spells of winter monsoons which affect the North, North of the Central Region and north of the Central Coast which may make the temperatures low for 3-7 days each time. At the other times of the month, it is extremely pleasant in the North: windy, mild sunshine and lovely temperatures (18-28oC).

If you happen to travel in the North of Vietnam in February be it you cycle in Ninh Binh amid the karst mountain, take an overnight junk cruise on Halong Bay, trekking in the far-northern mountains… you’ll definitely have a great time.

It is worth noting for those of you who venture further to the North-West of the country that Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau start being affected by the foehn wind which is dry and warm. You may feel the heat at mid day in Son La and Dien Bien Phu (30-33oC) and cool temperatures in early morning and late afternoon (15-32oC). Make sure you are prepared with all kinds of clothes taking outdoor adventures in these provinces.Ethnic villages and mountains at Son La, Vietnam

For those who plan to trek in Mai Chau (Hoa Binh) and Pu Luong Nature (Thanh Hoa), make sure you bring enough warm clothes as it is colder here than the other provinces due to high altitudes. And be informed that Sapa is cold and dry at this time, 8-19oC.

The North-East of Vietnam (Lang Son, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Ha Giang) is normally colder than the rest of the country which is due to that: it is higher altitude and it is where the winter monsoon brushes through first before the other provinces. If you take motorbike adventures or trekking tours in this region, before you are prepared with enough warm clothes also. The temperatures may range from 11oC to 27oC.

The Central Coast of Vietnam includes Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan Provinces. February is just the end of the rainy season which means it is absolutely pleasant with temperatures mostly 20-30oC and it is mild sunshine everyday. You’ll enjoy beach holidays in Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan, but it may be warm at mid day and the sun may be quite strong. The other provinces in the region have lovely temperatures and you can spend days on the beaches at Da Nang, Hoi An, Quang Ngai, Quy Nhon or Tuy Hoa (Phu Yen)… You can take trips by bicycle or motorbike and your adventures are all just pleasant.Landscape at Lai Chau City, Vietnam

The Central Highlands include Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Lam Dong. February is deep in the dry season here and it is dry, full of sunshine and lovely temperatures (18-33oC). Da Lat is beautiful at this time with mild sunshine, cool temperatures (12-25oC).

The South of Vietnam is about to get warm soon with full sunshine everyday and temperatures from 20-33oC. You’ll be comfortable in casual clothes in Saigon or in the Mekong Delta. Certainly February is a great time for wonderful beach vacations in Vung Tau, Long Hai or Ho Tram… You’ll mostly feel comfortable cycling in the Mekong Delta during the month.

So if you plan to travel to Vietnam, February is no doubt a great time for great adventures throughout the country: trekking, biking or motorcycling in the far-north; or caving or cycling or beach vacations in the Central Region; or cycling or beach holidays in the South.