I'll be in SE Asia, during September and October during this time I hope to do a month in Vietnam. I realise it is the wet season, and I know the variations along the length of the country.
Most things tend to say rain will be only in short intense showers, is this right?
From what I can make out, the weather in the north shouldn't be too bad?
Would there be potential flooding in the Mekong delta?
Are there anythings that the wet season makes difficult to do?
#1 timmy2legs has been a member since 25/7/2010. Posts: 3
In the north weather shouldn't be too bad, but you could get bad storms (typhoons) along the central coastal areas at that time of year.
As you say typical wet season is short sharp heavy rains, rather than all day torrential affairs, but you will get the occassional day where you're just better off staying indoors.
Flooding may occur and may effect bus and train links. Boats and planes less effected.
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Best thing for you to do is to stay flexible and make last-minute decisions while you're there and keep an eye on weather development.
We're talking about the weather in September (or in general) and that's very difficult to plan since you have a chance of hurricanes reaching Vietnam and those are really unpleasant. Luckily Vietnam is very big and it usually doesn't rain in the whole of the country at the same time.
The bad weather generally goes from northern Vietnam towards the south. So you can travel in front, behind or opposite.
If your plan allows for it spend the worst period in Laos or Cambodia where the effects of hurricanes are far less.
Rain is not so much an issue if you're in a city since you can visit museums and I always find it great to see how the locals deal with sudden showers.
In some parts some roads might be affected but this usually results in minor hassles (delays etc.)
There will definitely be flooding in the Mekong Delta (as it happens every year) but people are used to that so it probably won't be a big problem. As with the rain I find it fascinating to see how people adapt to that life.