The most alluring and best places to visit in Vietnam in May
Where should you visit in May? May welcomes an energetic summer and stunning natural landscapes. There are no storms and floods in May, which is really appropriate for tourist activities, especially sea tourism.
Vietnam map from North to South
Exploring Halong Bay, swimming in Phu Quoc Sea, going to Nha Trang beach, watching uniqueness of the praying-for-rain festival in Mai Chau and walking around Hoi An ancient town are the most interesting tourist activities that you, visitors, should do when you travel to Vietnam in May.
Hesitate no more, let’s start with the first best places to visit in Vietnam in May.
Start of summer in Hanoi
May is the start of summer in Hanoi. You can hear the sound of cicada on tall trees in French Quarter area along Hang Bai street, Ba Trieu street, Hai Ba Trung street, Tran Hung Dao street or at the most beautiful street – Phan Dinh Phung street or Hoang Dieu street. Both streets are located near the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
Summer time in Hanoi
If you come to Hanoi in the early summer, especially in May, you should come to visit the famous tourist attractions in Hanoi in the morning. This time is the most ideal time in the day since the temperature is not too high and you don’t sweat a lot for outdoor activities.
However, note that it can be rainy during this season. Bring hat, umbrella or raincoat for the sudden rain. The rain usually doesn’t last long but it might happen anytime in the day.
Hanoi is a capital of Vietnam and this is also the entrance you must pass through to reach other destinations in North Vietnam such as: Sapa, Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau,…
Go to Ninh Binh to admire the beauty of nature
You can’t miss out Ninh Binh on the list of best places to visit in Vietnam in May.
May in Ninh Binh is a ripened rice season. This ancient capital of Vietnam embraces as well a lot of beautiful spots which attract millions of tourists every season of the year
The beauty of Trang An
Trang An is a rare place where long-standing rice cultivation still maintains. This is the most beautiful area to visit in May. You will see the bright green paddies turn yellow gradually. The golden paddies twinkling under the sunshine would be the most scenic experience you could have in Vietnam. This is a perfect timing to sharpen your photography skills.
Another place you can go to Ninh Binh in May is Cuc Phuong National Park. Cuc Phuong National Park is Vietnam’s first national park and is the country’s largest nature reserve. The park is one of the most important sites for biodiversity in Vietnam. Cuc Phuong National Park in May is also called “butterfly season” for those wishing to be surrounded by the colorful creatures.
Travel in May – The praying-for-rain festival in Mai Chau (Hoa Binh)
Every year the Thai people in Mai Chau hold a festival to pray for rain in the 3rd or 4th lunar month at a bright full moon with a red halo around. Muong praying for rain festival takes place in Tech Lim yard, My Hoa ward, Tan Lac district, Hoa Binh province. The festival of the Thai occurs in Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh province. In the festival, the people go to all houses in the village and sing to pray for rain, and they light torches then bring them around the village.
When travelling to Mai Chau in this time of the year, you can not only enjoy the fresh atmosphere and observe stunning landscapes, but also participate in the intriguing and unique praying-for-rain festival of the Muong and the Thai. If you have not got any ideas of where to visit in May, Mai Chau is worth to make your list of best places to visit in Vietnam in May.
Going to the beach and Relaxing in Halong Bay in May
An ideal destination for your May is Halong Bay, which you should not miss. From May to June is the most suitable period of time for you, visitors, to travel to Halong Bay. At this time of the year, it is cool (not too hot), and it is really appropriate for going to the beach and sightseeing. Please remember not to visit Halong Bay both in September due to storms and whirlwinds and in winter due to chill and fog.
Cruise along Halong Bay
Ha Long Bay is in the west of Gulf of Tonkin, a stunning gulf including many islands belonging to Ha Long City and a part of Van Don Island (in Quang Ninh province). Containing 1,969 small and big islands and having intriguing landscapes, Ha Long Bay is ranked as one of the 29 most spectacular bays in the world that are loved most and chosen to relax by a lot of visitors.
Tuan Chau and Bai Chay are typical examples of spectacular beaches in Ha Long. You can swim and go around these places to enjoy stunning sceneries that the Mother of nature has given to them. In addition, you have chances to take part in so many interesting sports such as mountaineering and kayak sailing.
Hoi An – a can’t-miss destination in May
There are 2 seasons in Hoi An that are the rainy season and the dry season. May may be the most suitable time, and its atmosphere is fresh and appropriate for sightseeing and going to the beach in Cu Lao Cham.
Hoi An is famous for its simple but intriguing beauty. In addition to traditional values and unique architecture, Hoi An is an important place that stores a huge cultural base. This is why it’s one of the best places to visit in Vietnam in May.
Travelling to Hoi An helps you get more chances to explore and experience customs, beliefs, folk arts, festivals and picturesque landscapes. Besides, you can explore unique cuisine of Hoi An including many famous dishes such as “Cao Lau”, “Quang Noodles”, and “white rose cakes”.
Travelling to an alluring sea city Nha Trang in May
Nha Trang is one of the most lovable destinations in May. Nha Trang is famous for its fresh and cool atmosphere, endless expanses of white sand coming along with offshore islands, a spectacular coral system, and alluring ancient temples.
The most suitable time to visit Nha Trang is from May to August. At this time, the sun is quite calm, and there are few storms and some sudden rains. Nha Trang has a number of tourist spots such as Vinpearl Land, Hon Mun, Hon Tam, Ninh Van Bay, Aquarium Institute, Po Nagar Cham Towers, Dai Lanh Beach, Dam Market, etc.
Intriguing visit to Pearl Island of Phu Quoc in May
Phu Quoc is the biggest island in Vietnam and the most alluring tourist attraction in May, especial on the summer days. May is the ideal time to make a journey to Phu Quoc. The weather is cool. The sunshine is light. It doesn’t rain much. The sea is calm, which is suitable for swimming and going by boat from Rach Gia.
Swimming in Phu Quoc
Please remember that there are a huge number of visitors to Phu Quoc from June to September, so in order to enjoy delicious dishes with reasonable prices and to save money in boat tickets, plane tickets and hotels, you should go to Phu Quoc at the beginning of summer.
That was the list of Best places to visit in Vietnam in May. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam in May, consider those and you won’t be disappointed.