Vietnam Cambodia River Cruise Weathers

 VIETNAM WEATHER:

Vietnam is located between 9 and 23 degrees north. Eastern Vietnam has a long coastline on the Gulf of Tonkin and the South China Sea. It has a tropical monsoon type of climate; from May-Sep the south monsoon sets in, and the country is dominated by south to southeasterly winds. From Oct-April, the north monsoon is dominant with northerly to northeasterly winds affecting the country. There is a transition period between each monsoon season when winds are light and variable.
The country is mountainous in the northwest and in the central highlands facing the South China Sea, with peaks reaching up to 8000ft (2450m) In the north around Hanoi and in the south around Ho Chi Minh City, there are extensive low-lying regions in the Red River delta and the Mekong delta respectively.
Vietnam has a single rainy season during the south monsoon (May-Sep). Rainfall is infrequent and light during the remainder of the year. Rainfall is abundant, with annual rainfall exceeding 1000mm almost everywhere. Annual rainfall is even higher in the hills, especially those facing the sea, in the range of 2000-2500mm.
For coastal areas and the parts of the central highlands facing northeast, the season of maximum rainfall is during the south monsoon, from Sep-Jan. These regions receive torrential rain from typhoons which move in from the South China Sea at this time of the year. The weather at this time is cloudy with frequent drizzle.
During the north monsoon, northern Vietnam has cloudy days with occasional light rain, while southern Vietnam tends to be dry and sunny.
Temperatures are high all year round for southern and central Vietnam; but northern Vietnam has a definite cooler season as the north monsoon occasionally advects cold air in from China. Frost and some snow may occur on the highest mountains in the north for a few days a year. In the southern Vietnam, the lowlands are sheltered from outbreaks of colder northerly air and the dry season is warm to hot with much sunshine.

Details of Weather in Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta and the southern region in Vietnam:
- In January: it is dry season in south of Vietnam with temperature from 22 to 32 degree celcious.
- In February: Good weather is expected in the south throughout February with the beaches of Mekong River Delta, Ho Chi Minh, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne enjoying clear blue skies, plenty of sunshine and little or no rain (avg temp: 27 °C). Temperatures remain high but comfortable with the really hot weather at the break of the wet season still a few months off (avg temp: 28°C).
- In March: Temperatures in the south are starting to rise although the peak is not expected until late in the month or early April. The weather remains dry and the beaches of Ho Chi Minh and Mekong Delta River remain amongst the best choices in the country (avg temp: 29 °C).
- In April: It’s certainly hot in the south (avg temp: 31°C) and whilst the chances of rain are on the increase clear skies are more likely throughout April.
- In May: Throughout the month the likelihood of rain will increase although this helps to bring down the high temperatures of the past few months and you can still expect plenty of dry spells (avg temp: 28°C). Throughout the month the rain tends to fall in the afternoon often in short, heavy downpours.
- In June: The south is now firmly into its wet season, thankfully however this is unlikely to be severe;  whilst the showers will be slightly heavier than in previous months you can still expect plenty of dry and bright daylight hours (avg temp: 28°C).
- In July: It is same to June
- In August: It is same to July and June
- In September: the southern region of Vietnam remains wet although rainfall is decreasing as the month progresses. Temperatures remain high and whilst frequent rain is to be expected you can also still expect plenty of dry and bright daylight hours (avg temp: 28°C).
- In October: October is the month for change in the south with rainfall on the decline especially towards the end of the month as the region moves towards its dry, hot summer months (avg temp: 27 °C).
- In November: welcomes back the summer in all its glory with some of the best weather of the year, thanks to clear skies and a drop in humidity (avg temp: 27°C).
- In December: It’s all good news in the south with some of the best conditions of the year; blue skies and little if any rain expected across the region.

CAMBODIA WEATHER:

Situated in the tropical zone of Southeast Asia, Cambodia features a tropical monsoon climate.
Similar to the majority of Southeast Asia, Cambodia is temperate to hot all-year round and the typical weather is subjected by the yearly monsoon cycle with its sporadic wet and dry seasons.
The north of Cambodia will generally experience colder winters than the south, however most of the country will naturally benefit from temperatures that remain fairly constant. There is frequently nomadic flooding in Phnom Penh and the remaining of Cambodia in late July and early August, and vacations throughout these times may be disturbed.
As expected most visitors will avoid visiting Southeast Asia during the wet season, assuming that the rains will ruin the vacation. There are understandable inconveniences to visiting during the rainy season, but with much potential it can also be the most magical time to Cambodia. Throughout the rainy season the temples of Angkor are at their most striking and most picturesque. On a photographic note, the rain-washed air of the wet season is particularly clear as compared to the hazy, smoky skies of the dry season, making those long shots of the temples and rice paddies that much clearer.
The annual monsoon series is stimulated by recurring air pressure alterations over central Asia. As the pressure falls from June through until October for the duration of the summer months, damp air is drawn inland from the ocean bringing the southwest monsoon rains to Cambodia and much of Southeast Asia. As the winter months arrive, from November until May the air pressure above central Asia rises, moving the cool dry air back across Southeast Asia and bringing on a mostly rainless dry season to Cambodia. The average daily temperature also increases and descends with the winter and summer months, but not precisely in time with the wet and dry season, efficiently producing four annual seasons throughout the entire country.

- In January:: The good weather conditions throughout Cambodia, with blue skies, little or no rain and relatively cool temperatures (avg temp: 26 °C).
This is amongst the most popular months to travel in Cambodia thanks to the temperate climate making long days at the Angkor temples far more manageable although lunch time shade is still most welcome.
The beaches on the south coast are in full bloom with the chance of rain extremely unlikely all the way from the western corner of Koh Kong all the way across to Kep and Kampot close to the Vietnamese border.
- In February: the excellent weather expected throughout the country. The hottest months of the year are just around the corner so you can expect temperatures to gradually rise throughout the month. Despite this February is considered ‘relatively’ cool, averaging around 27°C across the country, meaning long days at the Angkor temples far more manageable although lunch time shade is still most welcome.
The beaches on the south coast are in full bloom with the chance of rain extremely unlikely all the way from the western corner of Koh Kong all the way across to Kep and Kampot close to the Vietnamese border.
- In March: Temperatures across Cambodia are still rising and throughout the month are likely to average close to 30°C, perhaps higher as April approaches. Long days exploring the Angkor Temples can be hard work and therefore taking a break back at your hotel in the middle of the day is often advisable.
The beaches on the south coast are in full bloom with the chance of rain extremely unlikely all the way from the western corner of Koh Kong all the way across to Kep and Kampot close to the Vietnamese border.
- In April: The temperatures start to peak come April with the chances of rain still low, although the odd shower close to the end of the month is to be expected with the rainy season just around the corner (the rain generally start in early/mid-May). Exploring the Angkor Temples can be hard work in temperatures of 33°C+ so plan for several shorter stints rather than all-day visits. The heat does have its advantages however as the crowds tend to thin a little. This is the ideal time of year to factor in a few days at Sihanoukville or Kep, with the Gulf of Thailand offering a very welcome reprieve from the heat.
- In May: In certain years early and mid-May can remain relatively dry, however by the latter part of the month the rainy season is likely to be under way across Cambodia, albeit rainfall remains low and sparodic initially.
Temperatures remain high, however the rains help break the humidity making life a little more comfortable (avg temp: 29 °C).
- In June: Temperatures remain high, however the rains help break the humidity making life a little more comfortable (avg temp: 28°C). Avoid the short, heavy showers and you will find that this is a very pleasant month to be in Cambodia with one great benefit being the thinner crowds at the Angkor Temple
- In July: The rains continue through July and temperatures continue to drop, making the days more comfortable (avg temp: 27°C). Avoid the short, heavy showers and you will find that this is still a good month to be in Cambodia although rainfall tends to increase towards the end of the month.
Thunder storms can also break out infrequently and make for some spectacular views, especially at the Angkor Temples!
- In August: Rainfall is almost at its peak. Across the country the flora and fauna is in full bloom and the moats at the Angkor Temples are full of life (avg temp: 29°C). When it rains it is usually for a few hours rather than all-day downpours, although these can also happen.
- In September: Rainfall is high throughout September. Across the country the flora and fauna is in full bloom and the moats at the Angkor Temples are full of life (avg temp: 26°C). When it rains it is usually for a few hours rather than all-day downpours, although these can also happen.
- In October: The rainfall will start to decrease, especially towards the end of the month with the dry season just around the corner. Across the country the flora and fauna is in full bloom and the moats at the Angkor Temples are full of life (avg temp: 27°C).
- In November: Cambodia is now entering the dry season meaning there will be almost no rain for the next six months although the odd, short shower early is not unusual.
The temperature in November is also just about as ‘cool’ as Cambodia gets, making it a popular time to travel for those wishing to maximise their time at the Angkor Temples (avg temp: 25 °C).
- In December: Throughout December you can expect excellent weather conditions throughout the country, with blue skies, little or no rain and relatively cool temperatures (avg temp: 26 °C).
This is amongst the most popular months to travel in Cambodia thanks to the temperate climate making long days at the Angkor temples far more manageable.

In Short. the weather from October to April is very good for Mekong River cruises Trip in Vietnam and Cambodia with pleasant temperarture.

 

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