Seeing the real Vietnam with GoHop.ie
Vietnam is an intriguing destination. At the crossroads of tradition and modernity, an eclectic mix of old and new, this country will reveal astonishing finds to every type of traveler. The old world charm is still retained amid the French influenced architectures, wide tree-lined boulevards gracing the cities and former imperial capitals. History buffs can learn about Vietnam's recent hard fought wars in the museums. Culture seekers will delight in the discovery of the diverse landscapes and everyday sights, from bustling floating markets, lush paddy fields to colorful hill tribes in the highlands. For beach lovers, Vietnam's long coastline is framed with sandy beaches and clear seas with lots of opportunities for water-based adventures.
Whatever your interest may be, we assure you that travelling with GoHop.ie to explore Vietnam's hidden treasures will surely be an impressive trip.
Where should I go in Vietnam?
That depends how long you've got, what you want to see and what you want to do. The guide below should help you make those decisions.
If you want to really discover Vietnam, you should set aside a couple of weeks to travel, meet the people and get some kind of understanding for this beautiful and fascinating country. Our shortest tours are half day excursions but the longer you've got the better. At GoHop.ie we pride ourselves on being able to fill everybody's travel plans with just the right mix. It will be our pleasure to make the suggestion and arrangements to allow you to make the most of your precious leisure time. After all, our team of Vietnamese and western travel enthusiasts work, live and travel all over the country and we would be happy to share our new discoveries with you.
When to go to Vietnam?
Vietnam's weather varies greatly from north to south with each area marked by slightly different seasons and climates. Because of these regional variations, a part of the country is seasonable at any time of year.
The north, overall, tends to be cooler than the rest of the country. During the winter, from November until February, the day time temperature is pleasantly cool and the weather is often damp. To the far north in places like Sapa, there is occasionally freezing temperatures during this time. The north begins to warm up in March and stays dry and warm until May. From June to October, the north is hot and rainy making it a fairly unpleasant place to travel. Overall the best time to visit the north is from November until April.
Central Vietnam experiences warm weather from July to October and wet, colder weather from November to May. Frequent typhoons hit the central coast from August to October which can cause flooding and disrupt travel plans. Although the temperature remains fairly steady throughout the year, Southern Vietnam has two seasons. The dry season lasts from December to May, while from May to November is the rainy season. Most of the rain is in the afternoon and only lasts a short time so it is unlikely to disrupt touring plans.
The Chinese new year of Tet is celebrated throughout Vietnam in late January or early February. During this time, transport options fill up quickly and lots of restaurants and tourist sites are closed so it is not recommended to travel to Vietnam then.
As a country with a troubled past and economic repression, Vietnam is a destination that is often misunderstood. Regularly painted as a war ravaged country, Vietnam is a lot more than a battle field. It is a terrain of natural beauty with ascending mountains, traditional rice fields and an amazing coastline all blessing this fantastic country. Stroll along white sandy beaches, battle against fast flowing rivers and explore dense forests, or view the strange rock and cave formations scattered throughout the country.