If you want to explore the distinction of 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter in Vietnam, let’s take a trip to Hanoi and feel it. Each season, Hanoi has its own specificities, special foods and flowers.
With me, autumn is the most beautiful season in Hanoi, when the climate is cool and dry but still sunny. Autumn in Hanoi begins when people can feel the smell of alstonia scholaris (that means milk flowers) in the streets at cool nights and it lasts from September to November before getting cold. People need to wear a light overcoat or a cardigan when go out. Hanoi in autumn is truly romantic and peaceful. You can see the many yellow and red leaf trees along the streets, the sky is bluer, and the water in many lakes of Hanoi is greener. It is also good time to enjoy the mid-autumn festival, one of the biggest festivals each year in Vietnam celebrated on the lunar August, 15th. Besides milk flowers with special smell, daisy is an autumn’s specific flower, along with Cốm (green rice flakes) – a specialty of Hanoi in this season.
Hoan Kiem Lake in autumn
Fallen leaves in many streets of Hanoi in the autumn
Alstonia scholaris (milk flowers)
Autumn is the season of daisy
Hang Ma street (Hanoi) in the occasion of Mid-autumn festival
Cốm (green rice flakes) is a specialty of Hanoi
Hanoi Old Quarter in the autumn mornings.
The winter of Hanoi starts from December and may last until the February, with the average temperature of 15-17°C. Sometimes it drops to below 10°C and the high humidity will make the weather a little bit colder. Remember to bring warm clothes if you don’t want to get a cold when visiting a tropical country.
Winter often brings a sad feeling, because the sky is often dark and gloomy. However, Hanoi seems to have its busiest days of the year and streets are more crowded than usual during working hours as people are in rush to complete all the remaining works and prepare for Tet holiday. The cold weather enables people living in Hanoi or visitors to enjoy the tasty hot food like hotpot or grill dishes.
Students go to school in the winter
People who have to work in the street light a fire to keep warm in cold weather
Hoan Kiem Lake in winter. It brings a sad and gloomy feeling to everybody
Enjoying hotpot in winter is absolutely interesting
Grilled sweet potatoes and corn in street – typical local street foods in Hanoi in the winter
Spring in Hanoi is short and often from the last days of January to March or first days of April. Spring coming means a new lunar year is coming. People in Hanoi as well as other places in Vietnam are eager to enjoy the Tet holiday – the biggest holiday and festival of Vietnam every year. On Tet holiday, Hanoi is quiet and peaceful, different from the noisiness of daily life. Despite enjoying the Tet holiday of Vietnam, tourists travel to Vietnam at that time will have to meet some difficulties, because there are little services, so the price is much higher.
The weather in spring is much warmer, humid and has drizzling rains. This kind of weather is suitable for the plants to grow and flowers to blossom. The green buds appear on the trees and flowers seem to be more beautiful in the spring. Peach-blossom, especially Nhat Tan peach-blossom, is a very famous kind of flower of Hanoi in the occasion of Tet holiday. Other kinds of flower, such as rose, gladiolus, narcissus…, are also more beautiful than in other seasons. Tourists who love taking photos can have a chance to take photos with “Sưa flower” or “Mountain-ebony flower” (Ban Flower) in some streets of Hanoi.
Hang Luoc flower market is hold beforeTet holiday every year. People come here to buy flowers or trees, such as kumquat trees or peach-blossom…
People are preparing for Tet holiday
Nhat Tan peach-blossom garden is truly beautiful in the spring
All streets in Hanoi are so quiet and peaceful in Tet Holidays, especially in the morning of the first day of Lunar new year
Bac Son street in February, when mountain-ebony flowers are blossoming, is an attractive place for those
who love taking photos
Hanoi’s summers often begin on the middle April but it starts to get hot from May and lasts to the end of August. It is hotter and hotter (always over 30°C), and July is usually the hottest month of a year. Sometimes the temperature outside can reach 40°C. Moreover, heavy rain is one feature of Hanoi’s summer, along with high humidity. Be ready to be sweat under the sun during days, event at night, it is still too hot.
Based on the uncomfortable weather conditions, summer seems to be the hardest season for tourists to travel to Hanoi. However, Hanoi in summer is colorful with many kinds of flower. White Madonna lily on April, red flamboyant and violet Lagerstroemia speciosa (Bang Lang flower) on May, and WestLake lotus on June will attract people to take photos. Summer is a season of variety of fruits in the north of Vietnam. And you can taste them in the capital of Hanoi, such as: grapefruit, litchi, mango, watermelon, pineapple…
White madonna lily appears in Hanoi’s streets when April comes
You can easily meet many bicycles with madonna lily in every street of the capital
Thanh Nien Road is colorful with red flamboyant in the summer
Violet Lagerstroemia speciosa in Hoan Kiem Lake
Lotus in West Lake is one of the most famous flower of Hanoi. Lotus season is on June
However, Hanoi’s summer also has many heavy rains. It can make many streets flooded.
Article writen by Yang at Indochina Charm Travel