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Geography & Climate

Tropical weather…

Vietnam’s climate is characterized by strong monsoons, a considerable number of sunny days, high levels of rainfall, and high humidity. Although the entire country lies in the tropics it presents a very diverse climate according to its different altitudes and latitudes. Winters can be quite cold in the North while the South offers sub-equatorial temperature all year-round. Some mountainous regions have temperate climates. Annual average temperature for the whole country ranges from 22 to 27Celsius degree. The average temperature is 23 Celsius degree in Hanoi, 27 in Ho Chi Minh City, and 25 in Hue.

The climate is generally divided into two seasons: the cold season (from November to April the next year) and the hot season (from May to October). Differences of 12 Celsius degree can be observed in the Northern provinces. However, in Southern Vietnam, the difference in temperature between the two seasons, estimated at 3 Celsius degree, is almost unnoticeable. Since there are more mountainous regions in the north, it gets colder in many regions than in the south. Explore Vietnam and get a feel for the numerous atmospheres that distinguish this country.

Springboard to other destinations…

Lying on the eastern part of the Indochina peninsula, Vietnam is a strip of land shaped like the letter “S”. China borders it to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west, the East Sea to the east and The Gulf of Thailand to the west and south. The country’s total length from north to south is 1,650 km. Its width, stretching from east to west, is 600 km at the widest point in the North, 400 km in the South and 50 km at the narrowest part, in the Centre. The coastline is 3,260 km long and the inland border is 4,510 km. Vietnam is also a transport junction from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. With its strategic location, Vietnam is not only a destination but a convenient site from which to go out further and explore other surrounding countries like Laos or Cambodia for a weekend trip.

The landscapes…

As for its terrains, they can vary from forests to swamps to mountains as well as beaches. This tropical land is filled with forests mostly in the central highlands and mountainous regions in the north. For example, in Quang Binh province where the largest cave in the world is located, as well as by the mountainous regions in the northwest region of Vietnam there stands alluring and breathtaking forests to be explored! Descending from the highlands, you will eventually run onto one of Vietnam’s many beaches. With a whole coastline hugging the ocean, you will have many options to find a beach that best suits you. Besides the coasts Vietnam also has many swamp-like areas, particularly along the Mekong Delta Region. This is where the Mekong River meets the ocean and where you will find people on small boats and rafts, well adapted to travelling on water. The mountains, beaches, and marshlands are some of the most common terrains in Vietnam but you can also discover other topographies like the sand dunes of Mui Ne!

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