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first time -northeast vietnam in November

Posted by sdl68 on 31/7/2009 at 01:26


Im so glad Ive stumbled upon this site. I'm a Canadian and will be traveling to Vietnam and other SE Asian countries for 5 weeks in November. I will be traveling solo with an emphasis on photography and plan to spend 10-14 days in Vietnam.

My interests will be both city and street life as well as landscapes and agricultural rural life. Aside from iconic places such as Halong Bay im intrigued about NE vietnam with some of the tiered agriculture.

Unfortunately it seems that at this time of year it is what Vietnamese consider winter (which is probably warmer than my summer) and most of the rice crops are harvested. If anyone has traveled through this area in November I would be interested in what I can expect. Is is still green, do I need to bring warmer clothes, as how cold is cold. From my research it seems I can only find historical weather info for Hanoi but the mountainous areas Im sure are considerably cooler.

Can anyone provide me with information on where I can find active agricultural activities for this time of year even if its further south.



#1 sdl68 has been a member since 16/7/2009. Posts: 14

Posted by TheGoose on 31/7/2009 at 05:55

The best bit of advice I can give you if you're into photography is go to Sapa.

Stunningly beautiful.

#2 TheGoose has been a member since 30/1/2009. Posts: 29

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Posted by BruceMoon on 31/7/2009 at 08:57


As a photographer, you'd appreciate that there is never a 'right' time of year for photography. Rather, that seasons produce challenges/opportunities.

As for SaPa, September through November and March through May are the best weather periods for trekking and cycling. Daytime temperatures range from 15-28 C, and night-time temperatures from 18 down to 10 Celsius.

I don't know what part of November (late, early?) but while some rice will have been harvested, many fields will not yet have been harvested.

Remember, in the north-west, much of the labour is done by hand so rice planting is undertaken to ensure harvesting CAN be achieved over the (longish) time available.

I was in those parts in October, have a look at my 'blog' here.

I don't know how you plan to travel, but a most amazing photogenic journey would be achieved if you secured a motorbike and travelled along route 279 from Pho Rang to Dien Bien Phu.

Hope this helps.


#3 BruceMoon has been a member since 27/12/2008. Location: Australia. Posts: 1,941

Posted by sdl68 on 31/7/2009 at 09:23

Thanks for the replies...
BruceMoon...your blog is great, nice photos and lots of interesting info.


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Posted by tingers on 17/8/2009 at 13:56

Posted from within Vietnam.

Depending on how you are travelling I don't think the cold will bother you too much.

If you're on a motorbike, definitely rug up!!

There are other places where you'll find the terraced rice paddies. Obviously you've got Sapa and the surrounds, but also in Ha Giang province (and a great place to photography minority people/markets).

In addition you could visit Pu Luong National Park which is about a day's travel from Hanoi. It's stunning. Seriously doubt you'll see another tourist inside the park, and the homestays with the local White Thai and Muong people are wonderful experiences.

#5 tingers has been a member since 9/4/2009. Posts: 36

Posted by fivesilver on 17/8/2009 at 14:26

Posted from within Vietnam.

He doesn't mention it in his post, but as Bruce's blog points out, for photographs, Bac Ha market is magnificent.

#6 fivesilver has been a member since 3/8/2008. Posts: 39

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