In February, Vietnam experiences varying weather conditions across different regions. Here is a general overview:
1. Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay): February is winter in this region, and it can be cold and dry. Average temperatures range from 14°C (57°F) to 20°C (68°F), but it may occasionally drop below 10°C (50°F). Light rain is also possible.
2. Central Vietnam (Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang): February marks the transition from the wet season to the dry season in central Vietnam. The temperatures are pleasant, with average highs around 24°C (75°F) and lows around 18°C (64°F). The central region may experience some rain, but it is generally less frequent than in the preceding months.
3. Southern Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta): February is part of the dry season in the south, characterized by warm and dry weather. Average temperatures range from 24°C (75°F) to 34°C (93°F), with high humidity. It is the best time to visit this region due to the pleasant weather.
Overall, February is considered a good time to visit Vietnam as it generally has more stable weather conditions, especially in the southern and central regions. However, it is always advisable to check the specific weather forecast for the region you plan to visit before traveling.
What to expect if you travel to Vietnam in February
February is the month of celebration and relaxation for Vietnamese, especially from the Tet holiday on. Most Lunar New Year falls between late January and mid-February, making the month mostly a time for celebration. Do not miss an opportunity if you are invited to join one of the family’s meals during this holiday.
Vietnamese are strong believers- they try to pay off all debts before the New Year day and on the first day of the year, all they do is to feel happy and make other feel happy so that the same sentiment can last for the rest of the year.
2 weeks exactly after the New Year is Tet Nguyen Tieu- an important event to celebrate the first full moon of the year. In Hoi An, every full moon night will be lit up by floating lanterns on Thu Bon River or those hung by the stores in the Ancient town. At the centre squares, there will be live music and revived traditional games. In places like Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City, you can also get a sense of Tet Nguyen Tieu as most families will burn incense and clothes-shaped paper for their ancestors.
In addition to these cultural events, the 3rd of February is the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party. Though celebrated nation-wide, it is most vividly witnessed in Hanoi and on TV. There are parades and music shows that praise the success and important of the Party in the liberation and governance of modern Vietnam. All houses that face the street are required to hang national flags. Overall, a great opportunity for taking photos!
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