WHY TRAVEL AND WHAT TO DO IN RAINY SEASON IN VIETNAM

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Customers joining a tour in the rain

Most people are afraid of rain because the rain ruins their journeys. However, in Vietnam, you will see the differences. Traveling to Vietnam during rainy season brings you a fresh and unique experience. There are still a lot of things to do in the rainy days during your trip. Here are what you need to know about wet season and what to do in Vietnam in rainy season. 

Why travel to Vietnam in rainy season?

Generally, Vietnam rainy season starts from early August to the end of February. The heaviest raining time varied depending on the regions. In the North including Hanoi – Vietnam capital, November to March is the heaviest raining time; In the middle regions (Hue, Danang, Hoi an, etc), it’s from September to February; The heaviest rainy time is from June to December in the South including Ho Chi Minh City. There are even flooded areas in Ho Chi Minh City.

So, why traveling to Vietnam in those rainy days? What can you benefit from the rain? Here are some factors making you interested in traveling Vietnam in the rainy season:

  • You can enjoy lower prices on accommodations, transports, and others.
  • You have better services because of the off-season.
  • It’s time for you to have deep discovery of the local culture.
  • Trying to enjoying romantic spaces in Vietnam rainy days.
  • Avoid the severe hot weather in this tropical country.

What to do in Vietnam in rainy season – Outside activities

Sightseeing in Hue City

Hue is particularly popular with the rainy seasons. Not much heavy rain, but just drizzle all day creates romantic spaces on each corner of the ancient city. Therefore, it will not be too tough to exploring tourist spots here. However, the rain lasts day by day and rarely stops in the rainy season.

There are many natural wonders in Hue for you to discover. The beauty of landscapes will keep your mind away from the rain. Many tourists say that they find it cool to discover Hue city in the rain by motorbike. You should pay a visit to Vong Canh Hill, Lang Co Beach or Thien An Hill. If you love nature, it would be amazing to immerse yourself in the beauty of rivers and mountains. See more in Hue Sightseeing.

Khai Dinh Tomb view

Khai Dinh Tomb view

Visit Mui Ne

This place has the lowest rainfall, so the rain just lasts for a short time. Specially, Mui Ne’s climate is so cool in the wet seasons. Therefore, you are not afraid that the rain stop your awesome trip here. Some wonderful destinations you might be interested in:

  • Fairy Stream

Address: 67 Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan province

Open hours: 6 a.m – 6 p.m

  • Mui Ne fish village and enjoying fresh seafood

Address: Huynh Thuc Khang Street, Ham Tien Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan Province. (the way to Fairy Stream)

  • Ong Hoang Hill – Poshanư Cham Tower

Address: Han Mac Tu Street, Phu Hai Ward, Phan Thiet City, Binh Thuan province.

Open hours: From Monday to Friday: 7 a.m – 8 p.m

     Saturday and Sunday: Close

Fairy Stream in Mui Ne (Phan Thiet Vietnam)

Fairy Stream in Mui Ne (Phan Thiet Vietnam)

Wander in Hoi An Ancient Town and Hoi An Villages

Although it’s raining, Hoian Old Town not only keeps its original beauty, but also looks more romantic in the rain. Therefore, many people love walking around the pretty streets with their umbrellas. At night, when all the lanterns lights, it seems like you lose yourself in a fairy tale. You definitely can take some amazing photos. If you don’t want to go around, you can stop at a coffee shop for a hot coffee.

Besides, the countryside in Hoi An is a good choice. If you visit the top 4 villages in Hoi An, you can experience some interesting traditional activities with the local people. Pottery making, wooden products making, sightseeing by boat and vegetable planting are included.

Hoi An on rainy days

Hoi An on rainy days

Must-do indoor activities while traveling in Vietnam in the rain

Relax in Coffee shops

Enjoying a cup of coffee while it is raining outside will be an amazing experience for you. In Vietnam, coffee is considered as the national drink. Almost everyone loves coffee because of its flavor. In addition to black coffee, we also have some different versions such as salt coffee, coconut coffee or egg coffee. Let’s bring your favorite books, then choose a pretty corner in a small coffee shop. Having hot cappuccino and listening rhyme of soft music will brings you peaceful moments that refresh your mind. You can find out such coffee shops in Hoian Old Town or Dalat City. We have some good recommends for you.

In Hoian City:

  • Reaching Out Tea House: 131 Tran Phu Street, Hoian city – Price: 80.000VND – 150.000VND
  • Cocobox Juice Bar and Coffee: 94 Le Loi Street, Hoian City – Price: 20.000VND- 50.000VND
  • The Chef: 166 Tran Phu Street, Hoian City – Price: 30.000 VND
  • Faifo Café: 130 Tran Phu Street, Hoian City – Price: 20.000VND – 70.000VND
  • Hoian Roastery: 47 Le Loi Street, Hoian City – Price: 35.000VND

In Dalat city:

  • Windmills Coffee: 133 Phan Dinh Phung Street, Dalat City – Price: 20.000VND – 55.000VND
  • Leo’s Kitchen: 22 Yersin Street, Dalat City – Price: 20.000VND- 50.000VND
  • Texas Cowboys Coffee Shop: 310 Bui Thi Xuan, Dalat City – Price: 20.000VND – 50.000VND
  • The Married Beans Coffee: 6 Nguyen Van Troi, Dalat City – Price: 35.000VND – 50.000VND
Egg coffee in Hanoi

Egg coffee in Hanoi

Enjoy the food

Trying local cuisine in the local food stalls is certainly on top of things to do in Vietnam in rainy season. There’s no need to worry about the heavy rain outside, you just enjoy delicious foods in the local areas.

Each destination has its specialities. For example, Hue is famous for Hue beef noodle or Hue royal dishes. Hoi An has Quang Noodles, Cao Lau or Banh Mi (Bread). Don’t forget to try Pho and Bun Cha Hanoi (grilled pork with rice vermicelli) in Hanoi. You can find some recommended dishes in Top Vietnam food.

See more in Local Food.

Banh Cuon Hanoi - Spring Rolls

Banh Cuon Hanoi – Spring Rolls

Joining cooking classes

The next activities we suggest doing when you have a trip to Vietnam in rainy season is joining cooking classes. As you want learn how to cook Vietnam food and bring the recipe home, come to cooking tour with local chef. There, you will be instructed how to cook in details and make friends with some local people. It’s really worth trying. Let’s have new experiences by joining indoor cooking classes.

See more in Cooking Class 

Cooking Class Tour in Hue

Cooking Class Tour in Hue

Visiting Art Gallery and Museum

The history and culture of Vietnam are kept in the Art Galleries and Museums. Therefore, you’d better visit those places if you want to learn more about culture. Also, a space for exhibition of art and history might help you keep out of the rain. Exploring Vietnamese glorious history in the museums or enjoy exquisite paintings in the art gallery will be your good choices. You can check some famous places below:

    • Ho Chi Minh Museum: 19 Ngoc Ha street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.
    • Museum of Vietnamese History: 1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    • War Remnants Museum: 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
    • DOCLAB Art Gallery: 56 – 58 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
    • Apricot Gallery: 40B Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem District , Hanoi./li>
    • The Factory Contemporary Art Center: 15 Nguyen U Di Street, Thao Dien Ward , District 2, Ho Chi Minh City.  
Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi

Royal Show in Hue or Hue Traditional Music on Perfume River

Besides, you also have a chance to discover Vietnamese royal time when joining Royal show in Hue. Traditional values of ancient royal life will be revealed by our smart tour guides. At the same time, you can enjoy some royal tea with harmonious royal music inside. Check more information in “Hue Royal Show”.

Listening to the traditional music by boat on Perfume River will be an unforgettable experience for you in the rainy day. For those who love learning new culture and preferring the peacefulness, we highly recommend you trying this kind of tour.  

Hue Royal Show

Hue Royal Show

Going shopping

Another interesting activity in Vietnam in rainy season is going shopping in the local market. There, you can feel the atmosphere of REAL Vietnam easily. From the sellers to the buyers, they are all busy with the purchases. The products there are also varied. However, remember to ask for prices before buying something and know how to bargain is a good skill you need to know.

Shopping in local market in the rain

Shopping in local market in the rain

Travel tips during trip on rainy days

Check weather forecast before starting your trip. This helps you avoid natural phenomenon such as typhoons, floods.

Sandals or rubber rainy boots are suitable for you on this season. Besides, your shoes need to have slip on design that makes you safer when moving on slippery ground. You can also ask for rubber sandals which is the specific pairs in Vietnam.

– Keep your things dry by putting them on waterproof bags or zip lock bags.

– Wear simple clothes with materials easy to dry. It will be uncomfortable for you to put on tight trousers or something like that. Besides, you also could have formal clothes if you intent to visit formal places, pagoda for example.

– Don’t forget to prepare your personal medical kit in case you have a fever or unexpected accidents on your trips.

– There are many types of transport in the tourist destinations, particularly taxi, pedicab and so on. You just need an umbrella for sudden rain.

– If motorbike is your favorite vehicle, make sure your motorbike is on the best conditions. Your vehicle should be full of good equipment, brake, hazard lights, exhaust pipe. Be careful with slippery ground.

In conclusion, there are still a lot of things to do in rainy season in Vietnam. The life in wet season is totally the same as it in dry season, so you don’t have to be afraid of having nothing to do. RAIN IS ONLY WATER! Keep exploring if you can.

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