Vietnam in January and February is peak tourism season, meaning popular destinations will be crowded. Nights in North Vietnam are quite cold, so if traveling at this time, it’s advisable to bring warm clothes for touring days, especially in the mountains of Sapa. In the morning, Halong Bay is covered in a thick mist, a serene and cloudy backdrop for a calming excursion. Along the coast of central Vietnam, the winter is warmer: the average temperature ranges from 20°C (68°F) in Hue and Hoi An, to 24°C (75°F) in Nha Trang. Phu Quoc and Con Dao islands in the south are around 27°C (81°F) and guaranteed sunshine.
The country is very colorful and charming this time, as the Vietnamese is preparing for their biggest traditional New Year Holiday. Visiting Vietnam this time of the year is therefore interesting, however prices will also be higher as of their New Year.
Everage Temperature in Cities:
|Sapa||Hanoi & Halong Bay||Hue & Hoi An||Nha Trang||Saigon & Con Dao Islands|
|8°C/ 47°F||15°C/ 60°F||20°C/ 68°F||24°C/ 75°F||27°C/ 81°F|
HOLIDAYS & EVENTS
February 5, 2019 (Pig): Tet or Lunar New Year (same as Chinese’s New Year) is Vietnamese’s biggest traditional holiday, when people travel home to enjoy family time for a week. Streets, shops, houses are well cleaned and decorated with red and yellow, which are considered good luck and prosperity. In Ho Chi Minh City, and virtually everywhere else in the country, parades - rife with dancing and music - fill the streets. See stunning fireworks displays in larger cities.
February 17: The Lim Festival takes place in the town of Lim to celebrate Nguyen Dinh Dien, an 18th-century resident of the area who, according to Buddhist tradition, amassed much merit for the community. Stages are built in several communities, featuring folk music and dancing.
Tet New Year - the most important holiday in Vietnam - brings a striking shade of red that dominates cities and towns. Ornate parades and dragon costumes take over the streets, and thrilling fireworks displays in larger cities, such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, take over the skies.
Hoi An Lantern Festival - The festival takes places every 14th day of every lunar month in the town of Hoi An in preparation of the full moon. Small paper lanterns with candles inside are set down the Thu Bon river as an offering to ancestors and local gods.