The summer months are the prefect time of year to visit central Vietnam, which has a delayed rainy season and does not normally much rain until September. What’s more the centre of Vietnam has so much to offer! From the ancient capital of Hue, home to ancient tombs and the old imperial palace, to Hoi An – a UNESCO heritage town with a beach – many could just spend two weeks in the centre.
Whilst the north and the south of Vietnam are in the green season and have some rain it does not mean that they cannot be visited as they are actually quieter at this time of year and the rain tends to be just for a few hours, so Hanoi and Saigon work very well with this itinerary – many people choose to fly home from Saigon and add a couple of days on there at the end. You could also consider adding in Siem Reap in Cambodia to see the mighty Angkor Wat as it traditionally sees a lower rainfall and again, great to see this with fewer crowds.
We have also included Ninh Binh, which is described as “inland Halong Bay” by many and has similar and stunning karst like scenery. This is a great alternative in the summer months as often cruises of Halong Bay are cancelled if there are storms so Ninh Binh is a “safer bet”. In saying that, many of our customers choose to stick to Halong bay and if the cruise is cancelled we will organise excursions to Ninh Binh instead at the last minute.
Another great itinerary in the summer months is our Avoid the Crowds programme, which includes the caves and rural beauty of Phong Nha in central Vietnam, also great at this time of year!