Best Places To See In Vietnam In December

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December is a great time to have vacation although it is winter. This is because you ought to get a vacation in Vietnam where you can enjoy less rain and more pleasant weather throughout the country.

You will experience sunny days with a touch of wind in attractive beaches and spectacular sites in the South and the Center. Northern Vietnam may colder than the Central and the South with low temperature, even you can see snowfall in some remote provinces in the north.

Because of the big difference in weather from the North to the South, we should think of the time to go and destinations as well. Choosing the time by month is a fabulous option as you ought to decide “where to go” and making a plan.

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Here are Vietnam weather highlights in December:

North Vietnam: December in the north with little rain expected and moderate temperatures throughout the region (avg temp: 19°C). Infact, December is one of the driest months of the year in Hanoi and the north. In the far northern mountains of Mu Cang Chai, Sapa and Ha Giang the conditions remain excellent with dry, clear days however it can be cold, especially in the evenings, so suitable clothing is recommended.

Central Vietnam: December in central regions with a significant drop in rainfall, stormy weather is still a possibility especially early in December. More rainfall is expected in Hue than in Hoi An whilst throughout the region temperatures are close to their lowest for the year, although still far from chilly (avg temp: 24°C).  Towards the south, Nha Trang will be seeing rainfall, although this steadily declines through the month. In Dalat conditions remain excellent with dry, clear days however it can be cold, especially in the evenings.

South Vietnam: It’s all good news in the south with some of the best conditions of the year: blue skies and little, if any, rain can be expected across the region in December. The beaches within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City - Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai - are basking in sunshine. The southern islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao are also enjoying sunny days and warm weather, whilst Ho Chi Minh City remains a little cooler with low humidity (avg temp: 26°C).

 What to see in Vietnam in December?

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Hanoi Capital

Hanoi is a remarkable city in the center of North Vietnam and December is so wonderful to visit in December. This is a perfect chance to reveal the notable changes in Hanoi weather.

In December, Hanoi did not have rain days with a dry climate and a little cold. You are able to go around and join in several activities in the hustling road. You may even relish huge Hanoi street food dishes as well as the atmosphere in Hanoi during the last few days of the year.

Christmas Eve is also prepared in Hanoi in many recent years. All of the shops are garnished with tons of nice items for welcoming a new year. Travelers might take a tour in Hanoi Old Quarter area and other crowded places such as Dong Xuan Market, Ta Hien Street, etc. Sometimes, visitors probably feel cold and foggy; especially in the evening. Thus, we should take on warm outfits from coats to hats and walking shoes.

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Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay is the national scenic spots from 1962 in the North of Vietnam. Halong has total 1,969 islands and islets, the most famous ones are Hon Lu Huong, Fighting Cock Rocks, Ngoc Vung island, Ti Top island, Tuan Chau island. These have many shapes and sizes that we probably shout out loud because we are surprising for those.

To enjoy Halong Bay spectacular landscapes, you should take a junk boat or a cruise. There are many overnight trips in the small cruises that you can choose and relish the silent nights. 

Why should we book a cruise tour to Halong Bay in December? At that time, the ships were decorated with colorful lights and vivid songs. Several cruise trips also provide special holiday rates in December. See now:

Halong Bay is a place of heaven scene in Vietnam, it has never stopped spreading attraction for tourists in both domestic and international areas.

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Moc Chau Plateau, Son La

Yellow wild sunflowers and white mustard ones are iconic symbols of Moc Chau landscape in December. During many weeks before Tet Holiday, there are several forests of blossoming trees in Pa Co, Tan Lap, and Kia Cave. The white plum flowers are vast, so we can see a lot of snow blanketing around the valleys.

Visiting Moc Chau in December, you will have an opportunity to learn how to collect tea leaves, dry and brew them from a tea farm. You also try many local specialties from fried beef to fresh milk.

In Moc Chau Plateau, Ba Phach village is a stunning place with peach flowers and cauliflower booming between November and December. Therefore, do not miss out this site when traveling to Moc Chau.

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Ban Gioc Waterfall, Cao Bang Province

Do not surprise that Ban Gioc is among the best places to visit in Vietnam in December. This is because December is the blooming time of buckwheat flowers and wild sunflowers as well. Please keep in mind that reaching out the waterfall in Ban Gioc is not easy as pie, so it would be better to pick a private tour.

The waterfall is located in Dam Thuy Commune and on the border with China’s Guangxi Province. Ban Gioc waterfall is the fourth biggest border among world’s waterfall such as Iguazu (from Brazil to Argentina), Victoria (from Zimbabwe to Zambia), and Niagara (between the US and Canada).

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For those who love trekking, Sapa is the most incredible destinations with small villages and it was an old French station. Located in the remote part of northern Vietnam, with all of the beautiful mountain ranges and special terraces, Sa Pa is a tremendous spot in Vietnam in December.

Sapa also has a lot of valleys and the home of various ethnic minorities, including Red Dzao and Hmong. December is also a good time to visit Sa Pa because the weather is a little cold and the temperature is quite low (under 0 degree Celsius), making it a chance to see ice and snow.

To enter to Sa Pa, it is so easy. There are many ways for you to move to Sapa from Hanoi. The ways of going are detailed in the article:

After at least 6 hours, you totally spot this highland area. At night, the climate is really misty, so you should prepare warm clothes and shoes.

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Hoi An

Hoi An in December might not be breathtakingly beautiful as it is during summer season, but Hoi An in this time of year have a certain attraction. The old in December is sparkling with colorful traditional lanterns instead of electric lights for year’s end festivals like Christ mas and New Year.

In December, a trip from Hoi An to destinations like Cam Thanh village, Da Nang or My Son would be also perfect to do.

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Hue is located in two sides of the Hương River and Hue has some famous historic relics such as Tomb of Minh Mạng, Thiên Mụ Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Tomb of Gia Long, and Imperial Citadel.

Moreover, you can go to other scenic places such as Ngu Binh Mountain, Lang Co Beach, Tam Giang Lagoon, and Thuan An Beach. Do you know the Royal Refined Music of Hue (Nha Nhac Cung Dinh)? This was officially publicized as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Ca Tru (folk music) on the river: The Perfume River is the pride of Hue tourism and local people. In the evening, when the weather is pleasant, tourists can experience the city at night and listen to the traditional melodies on a boat.

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Phu Quoc

While the North of Vietnam experiences the cold winter days of December, South Vietnam in general and Phu Quoc island in particular have warm and pleasant weather.

Phu Quoc Island is a famous site with nice beaches and fancy resorts along the line coast of the beach. If you are a beach lover, you will not want to ignore Phu Quoc Island.

It would become a smart choice if you are able to try a lot of outdoor activities like kayaking (in the bays), diving, going around the National Park, and discovering crafts in night markets.

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Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

Most of the time, Ho Chi Minh City has hot weather or stormy days. Nonetheless, December is the first month of the dry season in this city and people often feel cool (at night) and warm enough (in the sunshine).

Unlike Hanoi, the local weather does not change but the temperature has! It ranges between 22 degrees and 33 degrees of Celcius. The humidity level is 77 percentages. This is an incredible time to walk around the streets and experience plenty of things during the last days of the year.

Aside from a good climate, HCMC has several events celebrating in shopping malls and outside shops. You will see how cool the decoration items are from hotels, restaurants, roadsides, and Catholicism churches.

Residents and travelers surely relish the joyful atmosphere in the city with various activities. So now, you cannot doubt that HCMC is also one of the best places to visit in Vietnam in December.

Vietnam is often a good place to travel and explore cultures and enjoying lush scenery. The traveling cost is not high and other necessities are also stay on budget.

The last quarter of the year is an ideal season for enjoying a holiday in Vietnam. We can take many photos in beautiful beaches, learn local cultures while trekking or biking, hiking the North’s highland areas, and walking around the streets in vibrant cities. So, do not forget to make a list of the best places to visit in Vietnam in December.

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