Vietnam is such a standout country that no matter where you visit up and down the length of it, you can possibly find a good place to go regardless of seasons and time. When October comes, autumn is gradually taking over the place, and apart from its distinctive chilling weather, each specific region serves its own climate feature that matches your need. According to the words of mouth from our local wanderlust community, here are the finest places across Vietnam for your autumn Vietnam holiday.
Hanoi when Autumn comes
What is it like to visit Vietnam in October?
The beginning of autumn in Vietnam marks the return of the high season for outlander tourists to the country. This moment of the year may welcome you with rainfalls as a norm, yet depending on where you head to around the country. Central Vietnam coastline is subject to storms, so think again if you are about to visit Danang or so during this time. Halloween may be something you should not expect as of the country’s culture. Yet local iconic festivals are still taking place.
Admire Hà Giang’s buckwheat flowers in Vietnam’s Northwest
The magnificent natural scenery in Vietnam’s Northwest whenever Autumn is coming closer has never let any of its visitors down. A great harmony of sunny light and early drops of dew creates such an emotional “Chinese ink painting – like” landscape.
Hà Giang curving trails
Chasing along the curving trails of the Northwest lands, you would easily catch sight of the fields that are lush with ripening rice across the vast terraced fields. This saffron-colored natural carpet is fenced by the gigantic greenish mountain ranges under the high white clouds, and more especially, the pinkish buckwheat flowers scattering all over the scene.
Each year, in the middle of October, Hà Giang welcomes thousands of tourists due to its phenomenon buckwheat flower season. Hà Giang buckwheat flowers mostly gather around the trail of Đồng Văn – Mèo Vạc, or Xí Mần – Hoàng Phu Sì, which is widely known as “A paradise of buckwheat flowers”. When visiting this site, not only will this spectacular type of flowers be a highlight your sightseeing trip, but a secret will also be revealed that buckwheat leaves, stems, and flowers are used as one of the main food for the ethnic community’s daily consumption. As a consequence, you can be offered their wine and an authentic cake made out of buckinis (activated buckwheat).
Buckwheat flower season
Wallow in the deep blue sea of Phú Quốc
For the time being, change your vision further down south towards the end of Vietnam and wallow yourself in the deep blue sea of Phú Quốc Islands. October marks the time of Phú Quốc freshly waking up after a long-lasting rain season. This brings you an ideal trip since rainfalls would be slightly reduced, leaving behind a clear sunny sky and calm sea. Bãi Sao (Sao Beach) in Phú Quốc is always ranked as a big name for beach lovers. For your information, Bãi Sao is the most beaches across Phú Quốc with their remarkably silky white sands. If you are in a mood of a relaxing Vietnam holiday, consider Phú Quốc a must-see site.
A sunny day on Phú Quốc
The dry season that lasts from the end of October to the next March would be a high season for tourists. Accordingly, the price range of all services can be lifted a little higher.
Drifting with the flooded-water of the Mekong Delta
From the middle of September to October each year, the Mekong Delta welcomes its annual flooding season throughout this wetland. If you are getting stuck in a wide range of ideas on what to explore in Southern Vietnam, a visit to the Mekong Delta during this time would be highly recommended.
Flooding season in Trà Sư Forest
Trà Sư Mangrove Forest or Trà Sư Bird Sanctuary in An Giang Province is at its best appearance when flooding season arrives. Other than that, Tràm Chim Bird Sanctuary in Đồng Tháp Province will bring you to an infinite landscape of water as well as unique flora and fauna species. The scenery is not the only thing you are capable of experiencing. Authentic cuisine is what you should not skip, which can be listed as steamed rice wrapped in lotus leaf, grilled catfish, common sesban hotpot with Siamese mud carp and so on.
Tràm Chim Bird Sanctuary
A true traveler will choose to live as a true local. An exceptional Vietnam holiday comes up in various forms. Coming to Vietnam at any time throughout the year brings you with an endless source of inspiration and experience, from eating to sightseeing. Each season in Vietnam comes with its spectacular feature that is hard to find elsewhere on Earth. Hence, October is waiting to disclose its best outlook for its visitors, especially at those destinations above.
More Vietnam travel guides in Autumn:
- Why Mộc Châu is a must when visiting Vietnam in September
- A diversified and vivid outlook of Vietnam’s Full-moon Festival
- A Cultural Insight of Ok Om Bok Festival of the Khmer (Lunar October)