5 reasons why Autumn is the best time to visit Hanoi

Hanoi is a beautiful special city in Vietnam. This capital owns a lot of typical features of culture, cuisine, and attractions. And, the first destination to explore Vietnam of many guests in the world.

Hanoi in North Vietnam is different from Ho Chi Minh in South Vietnam, it has 4 seasons: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring.

Autumn is the best time to visit Hanoi
Photo: @nganthai1410

Many people like the autumn in Hanoi because the autumn from Sep to Dec is also the best time to visit Hanoi. Why this season is voted as the best time to explore Hanoi? Here are some reasons for you to check.

1. The cool temperature of the weather in autumn covers Hanoi.

Autumn in Hanoi lasts from early September to December. The nice weather creating a suitable temperature in Autumn in Hanoi is one of the top choices to visit this city during this time. The degree is from 18-degree Celcius to 25 degrees Celcius. What an ideal temperature to travel!

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Autumn in Hanoi -Photo: @trang137

About other seasons, summer is from May to the end of August, the temperature is really high, up to 39 degrees for some days. The average temperature during these months is around 32 – 33 degrees Celcius. Do you want to cook yourself during Summer when you travel to Hanoi?

Winter from December to January is really cold for most of the Vietnamese people and Asian guests when it can drop down at 12 degrees Celcius additional to rains for many days. It becomes wet.

Spring from February to April is also cool temperature, many tourists also choose this season to travel. But, someday the temperature can go up to 35 degrees with humidity.

2. Hanoi looks romantic in autumn.

Perhaps, autumn is the most pleasant weather of the year in Hanoi, when the sun is no longer too harsh. That thing brings chilly winds that are very gentle, easing the sultry of last summer but not making people feel cold.

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Hoan Kiem in Autumn – Photo: @congdat28

The golden sunlight of autumn in Hanoi is also impressive. The sunshine of the early morning is beautiful and dreamy, dying a fresh color on the ancient and gentle features of the capital. Not only Hanoians but also the tourists are also easy to fall in love with the specialties of the autumn sun.

Autumn in Hanoi changes into new clothes, yellow leaves falling down bring a romantic look, fondly walking through each street. During this season, if you go under the trees of streets such as Kim Ma, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hoang Hoa Tham, Phan Dinh Phung, or Tran Phu, surely you will have to linger to feel the poetic features tinged with the yellow of time.

“… August fall, leaves are yellow yet?
Since you went, remember in secret
Are you autumn Hanoi?
Age of dew, we also try to find
Is it you, the old autumn? … ”
(Translated from “Are you autumn Hanoi”, the poem: To Nhu Chau, the musician Tran Quang Loc)

It can be said that the autumn of Hanoi with its simple and passionate beauty has created deep emotions and conquered generations that have been lived in this city.

3. Autumn carries typical gifts and fragrances and colors of flowers.

Autumn brings the cold temperature and lucky gifts to Hanoi. And, this time is really suitable for blooming flowers with a nice flavor. It is very impressive with milk flowers. When it comes into autumn, the passionate smell of milk flower creeps through the streets.

The flowers are white, tiny, clumped in small clusters, creating a white area in the sky. Just a tree of milk flower is enough for a town corner to smell fragrant.

Milk flowers in Hanoi
Milk flowers in Hanoi – Photo: @dungkims

People still tell the story of the long streets with the soft fragrance of milk flowers when the autumn wind comes as if it is a piece of the soul of Hanoians. When you can walk around the streets, such as Nguyen Du, Le Duan, and Quan Thanh, you will clearly feel the specific scent of these flowers.

Besides, this is also the time for daisy, chrysanthemum, heather, and butterfly flowers blooming to show off their colors and embellish the yellow autumn of Hanoi.

In the early morning, you may see many people carrying yellow flowers along the streets in the old quarter to sell them to the locals. Actually, Hanoi people love flowers and autumn.

4. Autumn gives a lot of typical local food.

Autumn comes, not only brings a romantic space but also gives its own specialties. The gift of autumn must be mentioned first is Com and other products made from Com such as sweet soup of com, com cake… They are soft and delicious.

Com, a kind of young sticky rice, has been considered a specialty of Hanoi autumn. During Autumn, all over the streets and the Hanoi markets, everywhere is passionate about Com. The ladies and the girls carried baskets along streets that were the old image of Hanoi.

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Com in Hanoi – Photo: @hiencham

Nowadays, Com is sold in many shops and supermarkets, so it is easier to buy. You can come to buy them at famous shops at Yen Hoa Street (Cau Giay District), or Hang Than Street (Ba Dinh District). This is also an autumn specialty that every visitor who has the opportunity to visit Hanoi does not miss to bring home as the gifts.

Another fall gift is persimmons. Although persimmons are not a specialty of Hanoi people, they come to Hanoi and become a popular fruit in this city.

Com and persimmons combine each other to create a solemn and sophisticated gift for joyful and filial occasions. These two things are good gifts to parents and grandparents, showing gratitude and respect to them.

And one more fruit is mentioned, it is Sau fruit which is a little sour and sweet. When the autumn comes, people can enjoy the ripe Sau fruit. Hanoi people often use this fruit to cook sour soup for the daily meals for their families.

5. The best time to take pictures in Hanoi is Autumn.

Autumn is not only the best month to travel but also a great time to take pictures of the scenery, life, streets, and people in Hanoi. One of the top things to support for beautiful photos is nice weather. The sun is not too bright, so all of the days are almost good for photography.

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A beautiful photo of a girl in Hanoi – Photo: @chunglungtung

Many streets with the lovely yellow colors cover the footpaths, creating romantic views and incredible background for the photos. You may find many couples taking pictures along Kim Ma, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hoang Hoa Tham, and Phan Dinh Phung Street.

And, another site to have impressive photos is Hoan Kiem Lake in the old quarter of Hanoi. If you come here in the morning, you can find a lot of themes for photographs, such as the lake with the turtle tower, The Huc Bridge on the lake, the local people training exercise. I like the big scenery of the lake in fog, it looks romantic, both real and dreamy.

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Flowers in Hanoi Street -Photo: @mm_jas

Visiting the flower gardens in Autumn in Hanoi, tourists will find full of tiny buds and flowers that make people feel strangely excited. Beautiful flowers in the gardens, on the streets, or at the markets are the next topic for taking pictures. The colors of flowers can make our minds feel peaceful and love life more. Flowers and sellers on the street in the old town are loved in many photos of Hanoi. And, now is your turn. Please show us your beautiful photos of Hanoi!

Autumn is the best time to travel to Hanoi. It is gentle but impressive, gentle but profound, making many people when going away anxious to remember it. And, the guests who visit Hanoi once look forward to coming back soon. Even the people who live in the heart of Hanoi tell themselves to enjoy these beautiful days in autumn.

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