All four seasons, like in the famous musical piece of Vivaldi have their charm, but for me,undoubtedly, the most particular season in the year is autumn. And, in Poland, where I used to live this time is extraordinarily beautiful, gaining even the special name '
Polish Golden Autumn'
Just to remind, our fall lasts 3 months, starting astronomically, in our hemisphere on the 23rd of September,but a typical autumn weather is during the first two months, the rest of the period is maintained rather in the winter scenery. Although, in comparison with summer, it is less warm, with an average temperature 5-15c, with more precipitation and wind, but generally this not a problem if you are dressed well, you can be even charming as well in a warm autumn design, colourful as the world around you.
In fact it is a perfect time for a walking, hiking and just enjoying the changing nature, without a crowd of school children on the mountains' paths and with the best views.
Thus, this is the nature and its changes which are the most emotive, thought provoking,and pleasing to the eye. The play of colours and light like in an impressionistic picture you can experience in real. You haven't to go far, in our towns, around the houses, in our gardens and the most magic parks you can see the whole autumn's beauty. The leaves are the most appealing, really incredible, with the wide spectrum of warm colours- yellow, gold, glowing reds,oranges and brown or a mixture of all- at first on the trees, then flying with the wind, then creating carpets under our feet while walking on them. Of course, outside from the cities you might find much more miracles- wild mushrooms and bilberries, blackberries in the forest, heather on the hills and other goods to collect. I always loved to walk through the woods looking for mushrooms, hazelnuts or elderberries, I prepare some juices or store other things for later by freezing them or drying. One can say that it is some kind of a beauty in dying nature, I would prefer to say a transition, a preparation to sleep and restore energy before a renewal in spring. To add to this , birds migration, other interesting changing habits of other animals like hibernation are also worthy to mention.
And, it is a time to joy, it is a time for the thanksgiving, when nature shares their gifts, the farmers can collect their fruits of their hard work. Harvest is a great word, and many people enjoy with that, even special festivals are organised. I enjoy this time as well having, for instance, such good plums and apples in my garden. All of this makes autumn unique in their character. You can just walk and grasp all of these gifts.
Last,but not least it is also the time for reflection on the value of changes and our place in the world. For example, it is a particular feast in Poland, on the 1st of November , called All Saints, where all families gather around the graves of those beloved members who have already passed away, memorising them.
Autumn is my favourite season, corresponding to my reflective character, when I feel most connected to the natural world.
Weather in Vietnam
What would you like to know about the weather in Vietnam?
Vietnam weather map
Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate. Broadly speaking, the weather in Vietnam is dictated by two seasons -- the southwest monsoon from April to September and the northeast monsoon from October to late March or early April.
People often equate monsoons with rain, but that is only partly the case in Vietnam, as a number of regional variations affect the rain. What is worth remembering though is the southwest monsoon is warm and wet and the northeast monsoon cool and not so wet.
As far as planning goes, the easiest way to get your head around it is to break up the country into three areas -- the north, the centre and the south. Temperatures are fairly constant throughout, with the exception of Hanoi and the far north (which can be very cold in December and January) and the Central Highlands (which can be slightly cooler than the rest of the country year-round).
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Northern Vietnam has a cool to cold season (courtesy of the northeast monsoon from November to March) and a warm to hot wet season (from April to October). December and January in particular can get quite frosty in the far north of Vietnam -- pack accordingly. This time of the year can also see heavy mists that can run for days -- these can reduce visibility in places like Sapa and Ha Long Bay to frustratingly short distances. The wettest months of the year in Hanoi are July and August, the driest, December and January.
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Central Vietnam is kind of a transitionary area climate-wise from the north to the south. As the coast line is shielded by the Truong Son mountain range the rains that come with the southwest monsoon don't make it to the coast, so between April and September, while the coastal area does see some rain, it does see less than other parts of the country.
This advantage is reversed though come the northeast monsoon when, between September and December, the northern section of Central Vietnam (Hoi An and Da Nang through to Hue and Dong Ha) receive considerable rain. This region can also be affected by typhoon season in the Western Pacific, which can see severe storms lashing the coast from August to November -- Hoi An in particular often floods in October or November. Further south though, the southern coastal strip from around Nha Trang to Mui Ne is less affected by the rain and sees a longer dry and sunny season.
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Without the protection of the Truong Son mountain range, southern Vietnam, especially the Mekong Delta, gets plenty of rain and hot, humid weather during the southwest monsoon from April to September, with June and July being especially wet. At this time you'll most likely see some flooding in Saigon and the southern island of Phu Quoc can see persistently poor weather and rough seas.
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When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
There is no perfect time to visit Vietnam. Generally speaking, destinations in the north such as Hanoi and Sapa are great in October, November and December, as you'll see little rain and should have clear skies and temperate conditions.
The coastal stretch from Hue down to Nha Trang is great in the first half of the year, from January through to July, while Saigon and the Mekong Delta are best from November through to February or March.
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