What are the first things in your mind when being asked: “What’s it like in the mountain area and in coastal cities?” The common answers should be “Cool” for the first and “Hot” for the latter, right? Then, what will you say if your destination is “a coastal city in mountain areas,” as is the case of Vietnam’s Hoian city?
Though Hoian is just a small city, travelers come here all the time to enjoy unique specialties it has to offer. These include the loveliest sceneries and marvelous tourist attractions which are best to be admired on clear days. That is exactly why knowing how the city’s geography affects its temperatures and finding the best time to visit Hoian is important if you want to have a perfect trip to this beautiful ancient city.
Let’s see, Hoian Ancient City lies by the lower segment of Thu Bon River and belongs to Quang Nam Province. It’s approximately 50km northeast of the Province’s capital – Tam Ky City. With the total area of about 60km², Hoian city was noted since 1999 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mountains and the sea affect drastically on this small city’s weather. Said mountains and sea being the grant, western Mt. Annamite separating Hoian’s west side from Laos and the Eastern Sea kisses the city’s east shores.
What’s the Weather Like in Hoian?
The definition of best weather depends on your purpose and favorite travel time. But, no matter what your purposes for traveling here are, it’d be totally worth your while to be knowledgeable about the distinct climates of this region. This way, it’s easier for you to choose the best time to visit Hoian.
Also having a tropical climate, Hoian is warm all year round with high average temperature. Unlike those in the northern region, the old coastal city has two main seasons:
- February – August: The dry season
- September – January: The rainy season
In Hoian, there isn’t much difference in the annual temperatures. As the Sun shines for most of the year, so the wet season is also warm and overcast, whereas the dry season is rather hot and mostly cloudy. The atmosphere is said to be oppressive all year round. Though it can fluctuate from 20-39°C, the typically warm temperature averages 29°C and remains so for most of the year. Rarely does Hoian’s climate get anywhere below 19°C or above 38°C.
The important marks of Hoian’s annual weather are generally similar to those of Danang, for these two cities are only 30-35km away from each other. Even so, there’re still some slight, but noticeable, differences that travelers should know in order to set up the best time to visit Hoian.
- February – May: The most moderate temperatures, as the humidity is low, mild weather, warm sunshine, less rain.
- June – August: The hottest period of the year. The heat may hit a peak of 38°C in July during daytime and the lowest temperature at night only drops at 21°C.
- September – January: The season changing time, where heavy rains start and will end sometime in January. The temperature begins to cool down. In which most downpours occur in October, and the temperature may drop down more (19°C- 24°C) from November to January.
So, What Is the Best Time to Visit Hoi An?
Some people say that it’s from February to October, while others prefer to travel here from February to May, or late December to late March. Why these specific times? Because it’s how most people infer from the annual monsoon of the area:
February – April: The peak tourism period in Hoian.
May – June: Long, hot sunny days in June are perfect for lovers of warm-weather sports and activities, such as sunbathing. During this time, famous beaches near Hoian City (Cua Dai, An Bang, etc.) are most crowded.
October: The offseason of Hoian tourism because it’s affected strongly by the monsoon conditions. During this month and the next, the weather is usually unpredictable. Visitors can still visit the city, but they should prepare to experience lots of rainfall together with local flooding, and even cyclones or typhoon on the coast sometimes. In short, you’ll have to stay indoors mainly.
December: Quite perfect to visit the city because the winter-like weather falling will bring coldest days to Hoian. Such a pleasant climate is most favored by visitors from Northern Hemisphere and equatorial regions.