Hanoi was listed by CNN as one of the 12 most interesting fall travel destinations in the world, dubbed a “true highlight”. Autumn is considered the best time to visit Vietnam’s capital as the weather is dry and cool, perfect for strolling around the central area and observing the quiet old streets. Autumn also brings romantic colors to the city, with golden sunlight, yellow leaves falling on the streets, and small clusters of blooming tiny white milkwood pine flowers.
Autumn is a magical season, and there’s no better place to experience its beauty and charm than Hanoi, Vietnam. As the leaves start to change colors and the air turns crisp, Hanoi transforms into a breathtaking destination that beckons travelers from around the world. In this post, we’ll explore why Hanoi is the perfect place to visit during this enchanting season.
1. Enchanting Foliage
One of the most captivating aspects of Hanoi in autumn is the stunning foliage. The city’s streets and parks are lined with trees that burst into vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold. Taking a leisurely stroll along the tree-lined avenues is a sensory delight. Capture the beauty of nature’s artwork and make unforgettable memories as you immerse yourself in the autumnal colors.
2. Perfect Weather
Autumn in Hanoi brings relief from the scorching summer heat and the heavy rains of the monsoon season. The temperature is pleasantly mild, making it an ideal time for outdoor exploration. You can comfortably explore Hanoi’s famous landmarks, like Hoan Kiem Lake, the Old Quarter, and the Temple of Literature, without worrying about extreme weather conditions.
3. Festive Atmosphere
Hanoi comes alive with a festive spirit during the autumn months. One of the most significant events is the Mid-Autumn Festival, celebrated with colorful lanterns, traditional lion dances, and delectable mooncakes. It’s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture and join in the merriment with locals.
4. Culinary Delights
Hanoi’s culinary scene is exceptional year-round, but autumn brings some unique treats. Savor the warmth of a steaming bowl of pho or indulge in freshly grilled nem cua be (crab spring rolls). The city’s street food stalls and local eateries serve up comforting dishes that perfectly complement the season.
5. Less Crowded
Compared to the peak tourist season, autumn in Hanoi offers a more tranquil and intimate experience. You can explore its hidden gems, enjoy a peaceful boat ride in Truc Bach Lake, or simply soak in the serenity of the city without the crowds.
6. Rich Cultural Experiences
Hanoi is steeped in history and culture, and autumn is an excellent time to dive deep into its heritage. Visit museums, attend traditional music performances, and explore ancient temples. The city’s cultural richness comes to life in this season.
Hanoi’s autumn is a time of enchantment and wonder, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and delightful cuisine. Whether you’re an avid traveler or simply seeking a memorable getaway, Hanoi in the fall is a must-visit destination that will leave you with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the season’s charm.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore Hanoi in all its autumnal splendor. Plan your trip today, and discover why Hanoi truly shines bright as a must-visit destination this autumn.
Overall, Asia’s tourism industry has seen the slowest recovery (eg Japan). But Vietnam “is the real bright spot right now,” Keyes said. Autumn in the capital is drier and cooler as the monsoon season ends.
Hanoi has plenty to satisfy foodies. Chả cá (fish cooked with turmeric and dill) is so popular that a street is named after the dish. Hanoi style bánh tôm (prawn cakes) is another must try.
Be sure to stroll through the old town, with its historic streets and shops selling jewellery, fabrics and flowers. You can explore the neighborhood and beyond on a Soviet-era Ural sidecar motorcycle. On the outskirts of Hanoi, far from the tourists is a fellow industry, a “scholar’s village” that has barely changed over the centuries.
If accommodation is an important part of the experience, Hotel de l’Opera, near Hanoi’s beautiful Opera House, is a good choice. Or, for something more modern, try the Maison d’Orient in the old town.
John Reese of J5Travel outside of Charlotte, NC is currently enjoying Southeast Asia in general. Tesa Totengco, who travels with Tesa in New York City, loves otherworldly (but nearby) Halong Bay.
Source : CNN Travel / Photo by: 500px