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Weatherwise, what months for visiting both Hanoi and Hue?

Posted by EdwardTrunk on 9/9/2013 at 05:33

During which months would it be good to visit both Hanoi and the area around Hue? We're trying to avoid extreme heat, rain and cold and most definitely the smog from spring crop fires. Are there any months which would suit both these areas?

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Posted by daawgon on 9/9/2013 at 12:55

March is my favorite of all - I too dislike extreme heat/humidity, and March is downright beautiful all around

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Posted by EdwardTrunk on 9/9/2013 at 15:43

But isn't March the time when crop stubble is widely burned in the fields and there's dreadful smog everywhere? I'm sure I read strong warnings about that somewhere. I had ruled out March for that reason. When then does the smoky period come?

I'm getting so confused about Vietnam's weather. We were in in Bangkok then Chiang Mai in north Thailand, further north than Hue , during the last week of March and both places were intensely hot - exactly the sort of heat we're trying to avoid. I had ruled out March for that reason too, since Hue is one of our key aims.

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Posted by LolaNguyen on 11/9/2013 at 20:21 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hi, Central Vietnams seasons are very similar to those in the U.K. March to May is our Spring - So March is cooler with a good few heavy showers and the occasional sunny day - the heat is not oppressive and traveling is comfortable. As you head north it'll get colder and wetter. From my experience living in C. Vietnam I'd go for April when there is less chance that you'll get days of rain, the air is fresh and the heat manageable, then head north where it will be colder.
The crop burning happens after the rice harvest. In Central Vietnam we have three harvests a year. The first harvest is around May - planting takes place normally around Tet so in April the crops are at their most beautiful. I'm not sure about the far north, but as the seasons are different I imagine that there first harvest will be later.

I commute daily between miles of paddy fields and they don't set fire to them all at once, just small areas. I've never been bothered by it at all - there is just not that much smoke. The June/July harvest is probably the worst (as there is less of a breeze), but I really wouldn't be so worried as to book my holiday around them.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 12/9/2013 at 21:14 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

For Hanoi I'd suggest later in March or in April. I'm not sure on crop burning but you won't be bothered by it in the city anyway.

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