I. WEATHER OF VIETNAM IN JANUARY
a. Far Northern and Northern Vietnam in January
January is one of the driest months of the year in Hanoi and the North. At this time the climate will remain quite cool with the average temperature of 18°C. Sometimes it has light rain in January and there is foggy weather, especially in coastal areas and around Halong Bay. Also, if you plan to go trekking to the Northern mountain like Sapa and Ha Giang, make sure you bring enough coat to keep warm. The temperature in these places can drop to 0 and there is even snowfall.
b. Central Vietnam in January
This is the end of the rain season, so the weather in the center of thí country is no longer rainy and quite pleasant (average temperature: 23°C for you to travel to Vietnam). In Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang, the beaches are getting back with their majestic beauty. Dalat and the Central Highlands are quite dry and chilly, especially at night so extra clothes are recommended.
c. Southern Vietnam in January
This seems to be the best time to visit the South its best conditions of the year; blue skies and very little rain. The sunlight is also not to hash in this time, which makes the weather a bit cooler than any time of the year.
II. THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT VIETNAM IN JANUARY
1. Visit Moc Chau Vietnam in January
Being a plateau located in the northern mountainous area of Vietnam, Moc Chau Plateau is famous for cool weather, beautiful landscapes with a lot of green tea plantations, many herds of milk cows, the huge garden of apricot trees and various flowers.
January is the perfect time to visit Moc Chau and enjoy the amazing beauty of white plum blossom. White plum blossom in Moc Chau origins from French cherry blossom. The plum blossom lasts for a short time about just two or three weeks before giving its place for plum fruits. At this time, Moc Chau has a stunning beauty with all mountain slopes covered with white plum flowers and other beautiful flowers. Plum blossom can be seen everywhere including roads, from villages to hills and also along two sides of the highways.
The best places to admire the beauty of white plum blossom is on the way from Kia PaCave to Long Luong Village – the village of Mong ethnic minority. This way is not only home to white plum but also the heaven of the pink cherry blossom as well as the fresh green of the plum-tree.
2. Visit Dalat, Vietnam in January
Dalat is widely known as “The Little Paris of Vietnam” thanks to its romantic beauty. Like Moc Chau, Dalat Vietnam in January is a gorgeous land with the beauty of cherry blossom. It’s the great choice to go biking from the center city to Cau Dat, and enjoy the cool, fresh weather. You will feel like being lost in dreamland with the pink color of the cherry flower.
Besides Cau Dat, The best places to enjoy the beauty of Dalat Vietnam in January include Tran Hung Dao Street, the old Cadasa Villa, Le Dai Hanh Street which is close to the city center, Pho Duc Chinh Street, Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street leading to the gate of Truc Lam Zen Monastery.
3. Visiting Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam in January
When visiting Dalat, Vietnam in January, don’t forget to visit the fresh, green tea field and wander around the night markets to enjoy some local foods.
If you have enough time, take a motorbike trip to Buon Ma Thuot – the home to the best Vietnamese coffee. It’s the special chance for you to enjoy the beauty of stunning roads with the yellow Da Quy Flowers. If luckily, you still have the chance to enjoy the charm of the white coffee flower. If you’re a fan of coffee, don’t forget to enjoy a cup of local coffee amongst the amazing natural landscape.
4. Visit Phu Quoc, Vietnam in January
Considered the largest island of Vietnam, Phu Quoc is ringed with many beautiful beaches of Vietnam including Ong Lang Beach, Sao Beach, Khem Beach and Long Beach. In addition to the amazing natural beauty, Phu Quoc is widely known as the place offering the best seafood in the country. Visiting Phu Quoc, you will have chances of tasting a variety of tasty seafood dishes such as crab soup, raw spade fish salad, sweet & sour cobia fish soup, and grilled catfish.
The high season to visit Phu Quoc is from November to March, and the best time is in January. In this month, Phu Quoc has lower humidity, bright sky, peaceful and calm beaches which are suitable for interesting outdoor activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, walking under the sea, sunbathing, and especially exploring the mountainous area by the jeep. In addition, it’s also the perfect time for going squid at night and enjoying the delicious seafood.
5. Visiting Sa Dec Mekong Delta, Vietnam in January
Sa Dec is a famous village in Dong Thap, Mekong Delta. Thanks to the gorgeous flower floating market in Tan Quy Dong Village, Sa Dec becomes one of the most favorite destination in Vietnam in January. There are countless kinds of flowers here including yellow daisy, roses, narcissus, daffodil, etc. This market is also the great place to discover more about the lifestyle of local people as well as enjoy the local food at amazingly reasonable prices. In addition to admiring and taking the pictures of flowers, the visitors can talk to the local people about how to remain the freshness of flower, the meaning of each kind of flower in the Vietnamese culture as well as the way of decorating with flowers.
6. Visiting Ban Gioc Waterfall, Vietnam in January
Ban Gioc is the fourth largest waterfall in the world among the beautiful waterfalls on the border between countries and is the largest natural waterfall in Southeast Asia. Ban Gioc Waterfall is located in Dam Thuy commune, Trung Khanh District, about 90 km from Cao Bang and 400 km from Hanoi. The path leading to the Ban Gioc Waterfall is winding, around the mountainside and has many narrow, fresh air, stunning countryside scenery.
Due to the difficulty of traveling, today, the waterfall is still visited by very few visitors. Maybe people call the beauty of Ban Gioc is “Sleeping beauty in the Forest”. Coming to Ban Gioc Waterfall, visitors will be delighted to admire the majestic and romantic scenery of the beautiful waterfalls from the high down to the Guilin Mountains in the smooth flow of the beautiful waterfall falls as water paintings. Ban Gioc Waterfall is also a source of inspiration for a lot of artists to create compelling works. Ban Gioc Waterfall is divided into 2 branches. Large branches with low elevations, flowing through low limestone steps. The branch is smaller but higher, flowing just like a lady’s hair.
7. Visiting Nhat Le Beach, Vietnam in January
Nhat Le Beach lies at the mouth of Nhat Le River emptying itself into the East Sea. Mother Nature favors Nhat Le Beach with pure white sand, glimmering blue sea and many layers of waves as suds flowers.
Nhat Le Beach is not only beautiful but full of interesting activities. When arriving, don’t hesitate to take a walk along the charming Nhat Le River. Let’s yourself unwind amongst the fresh air and the leisurely listen to the ripple of river waves.The early morning is the ideal time to enjoy the beauty of the beach. In this time when Nhat Le Beach is remarkably quiet, you may feel like there are only you and the beach existing in the world. When the sun rises, the sea shimmering in the sunlight looks like a mirror. Nhat Le Beach comes back to its untouched beauty and long-lasting tranquility.
8. Visiting Hanoi Old Quater, Vietnam in January
Hanoi Old Quater surely on the top of the list. You definitely must hear about Hanoi Old Quater lots if you know about Vietnam. It becomes one of the reasons that Hanoi attract so many tourists over the year.
The ancient streets of Hanoi are not too wide, but the streets here are interwoven together like the chessboard. No matter how tired we are, we can not walk all the streets. Each street is a place to preserve the historical memory of the capital, as well as preserve memories of the lives of people who have lived, worked and built the country.
Over thousands of years, Hanoi Old Quater has retained its traditional values. People often say Hanoi 36 streets but in fact, there are more than 36 streets starting with “Hang” (it’s mean product). Each street will have its own unique features that you probably can not discover in one day.
Come here, you get lost in a bustling city but also extremely ancient with thousands of years old. If you do not go through Hanoi Old Quater like you have not yet arrived in Hanoi. Here are a lot of activities as well as good food for you to try, make sure you want to come back for the second time.
9. Visit Mui Ne, Vietnam in January
Mui Ne is the name of a beach, a popular tourist center in Phan Thiet, which is included in the list of national areas of Vietnam. From a strip of pristine coastline with red sand hills like the desert lies very far from the traffic, only had a few sparse fishing villages, Mui Ne has sprung up hundreds of resorts.
Mui Ne is in the dry, tropical climate typical, windy, sunny, with little thunderstorms, no frost, and the average annual temperatures are usually from 26°C to 27°C. In, January, Mui Ne has the average temperature about 25.5°C and are cooler than other months of the year. It’s the best time to visit Mui Ne. During this month, Mui Ne makes people crazy by the mysterious nature of the sandhill in Mui Ne. Cold weather is suitable for these excursions to the mini version of the Saharan region to admire the sand dunes stretching as desert wilderness. Under the mild sunshine of winter, we suddenly see sand dunes sparkling colorfully. The wind blows make us see the shapes the sand dunes create.