We began our Round the World 2018 travel adventure in Vietnam, arriving in Hanoi in January. We spent a couple of weeks in the northern zone (Hanoi and Cat Ba), but then headed to the mid-section of Vietnam for warmer weather (Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park). We were surprised just how cold northern Vietnam gets in January! We were in winter jackets and gloves. We found the heat in Ho Chi Minh City and enjoyed the ocean breeze and perfect temperatures on Con Dao island. As the weather warmed up in the north, we headed back to Hanoi for trips to Ninh Binh National Park and a motorbike tour of Ha Giang province. When traveling to Vietnam in January/February, a South to Northbound itinerary may be preferable if you want to avoid the cold season in the North. This is a great time of year to be in Vietnam as the entire country gears up for and celebrates the Tet holiday. The cities and parks are cleaned and fresh colorful landscaping installed. 

Vietnam Travel Stories & Inspiration

Vietnamese Food


History of Hue: Travelers' Cliff Notes

Short E-Book describing Nguyen Dynasty that ruled Vietnam from 1802-1946.

Running Routes in Vietnam