Typhoon season usually appears in tropical countries, including Vietnam. Vietnam is one of tropical monsoon countries in the world. Vietnam has four seasons every year in the North: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and it is divided clearly into two seasons: typhoon and dry seasons in the South. The changes of climate in the world affected seriously to Vietnam. It made the summer is hotter than before very much, and the winter is colder too. Beside, typhoons are stronger than before in Vietnam, they destroyed so many things and are dangerous for people. Vietnam typhoon usually starts from May and June in the North and moves to the South through the end of December. In three months September, October and November most often have typhoons. On average, every year there are from 4 to 6 typhoons and tropical depressions on coasts of Vietnam.
Vietnam typhoon season in three regions
The typhoon season in Vietnam three regions has a few differences you should remark if you are planning a trip to our country. Check it out!
1. Northern Vietnam
The typhoon season in Hanoi and other Northern provinces doesn’t have the same like in the South, it doesn’t last many months, just alternates between periods of sunny and hot weather (in the summer). In July and August, it easily has rain lasting several days or a week. And alternating are tropical storms hit on the coast. Typhoon season in the North usually falls in the summertime, so the weather is bad, you may visit Vietnam when it is sunny or cool weather. To have the best Northern Vietnam itinerary, you should avoid traveling to the north of Vietnam at that time if you can’t help the heat or do not like the rain.
2. Central Vietnam
The Central is the area usually occurs typhoon in Vietnam. Vietnam typhoon season in the North Central occurs from July to October, in the South Central Coast usually occurs from October to December. The rains last several days on widespread causing big floods. Thua Thien – Hue is one of provinces with the most rainfall in typhoon season in Vietnam. Because the whole area of the Huong river basin over 80% is mountains, plain areas mostly remain lower than sea level, so most of the plain area will be inundated when flooding at level 3.
3. Southern Vietnam
The weather in Saigon and the South in general, including the Southwest region has very different characteristics compared to the North. In the North, there are four distinct seasons, but in the South only has two seasons which are dry season and rainy season.
The typhoon season in Saigon and South Vietnam started from May to October. Why? Because in May, the South begins to have winds blowing from the Indian Ocean to carry a lot of moist air so easily cause raining. At this time, the weather is always hot and humid, raining much and easily occur tropical storms due to tropical depressions attracting water vapor to become typhoons.
Tips for you when traveling in typhoon season in Vietnam
Because the weather of Vietnam has a clear division, you can meet the typhoon when traveling in Vietnam at any time. In this case, some travel experiences below will be useful to you.
1. Watching the weather forecast continually
Always watching the weather forecast before the trip to have plans to behave. In the typhoon situation, flash floods and road erosion can occur, especially if you are planning to climb a mountain or go to the sea and go camping, perhaps you must postpone the plan, switch to other options to ensure safety. Because of moving in adverse weather is very dangerous, and also, you can not visit anything but sleep in the hotel. This causes a waste of time and money.
When traveling in erratic weather and easily occur rain and storms, preparing luggage before the trip is extremely important. You should choose a large tourist backpack with the waterproof outer layer. Bring waterproof bags to prevent incidents that can damage your electronic devices such as cameras, phones, and other items.
Next, you need to bring a raincoat and umbrella with you. Napkins for easy cleaning when things get wet. Do not forget to bring a scarf, as they will help you keep warm, prevent colds and fever due to changes of weather.
You should wear anti-slip soled shoes or slippers when moving much. And if the shoes are wet, get shredded newspaper and place inside to dry the shoes quickly.
You will have to face to face with the risk of getting wet at any time while traveling in typhoon season. So you should choose the compact and simple clothes like a tank top, shorts or skirts instead of jeans or heavy knitted jacket. In addition, you should also bring the costumes that have easy dry material.
When the decision was made or still required to move in the stormy weather, make sure your moving vehicle has safety standards, good brake, tires have enough grip, the car lights bright enough, the turn signal is still working and full of gasoline.
Whether you go by cars or motorcycles, while moving in the storm, you should remember to follow traffic rules, moving a bit slower to make sure the vision is always in control. Do not stick after the car has a large load to avoid rainwater and mud splashed obstruct the driver’s vision. Do not move when it rains too heavily at night, special attention when driving through the underground to prevent sudden unpredictable incidents. Use reasonable brakes, slowly and steadily. If suddenly braking in case of raining weather, slippery roads can be very dangerous.
You also do not move much because stormy weather can cause risks such as lightning, fallen trees, flooding … Ideally, you should return to the hotel or find a safe place and just continue when making sure the storm passed and safety weather.
4. Visiting some places near the hotel
To keep yourself safe but still can go out, you can search for tourism addresses that stay near the hotel such as museums, cultural exhibitors, entertainment, food court, shopping … to visit. If possible, hire a taxi to a cafe at your destination. Thereby you can understand the lifestyle of the people here and feel the taste of local drinks.
5. Handling situations calmly
If unfortunately you have been isolated in the storm, first you need to keep calm, find a safe position and look for the assistance of local people. In case you are stuck on an island, notify your family or agencies, listen to information and instructions from the authorities, do not arbitrarily move and wisely choose appropriate solutions.
6. Follow the instructions of the guides or local officials
In case of the typhoon landfalls suddenly when you’re on the trip, stay calm. If traveling with a tour, you absolutely can follow the instructions of the tour guide. They have a lot of experiences in these cases. And if you’re traveling on yourself, do not fear. Please comply with the instructions of local officials, to help you ensure safety when the storm comes.
Although typhoon season in Vietnam can make you feel uncomfortable, you can make the typhoon seasonal journey to be a memorable experience, an unforgettable experience when adapting to circumstances, to enjoy and explore the beauty of the journey in the rain, you will have the opportunity to talk more with local people and partners. So do you wanna travel? Just go and don’t worry about whatever can make you falter.