The summer weather in Hanoi is hot, humid and sometimes, annoying. However, there are no excuses for coming to Vietnam without spending time in this ancient yet modern city, especially during summer days. This article is a full guide to experiencing Hanoi in the summer.
Although Vietnam is notorious for the tropical weather with the two distinctive raining and dry seasons, Hanoi bears four characteristic seasons. The summer, which usually comes from April to July, is assumably the most unpredictable. It can be sweltering in the morning and at noon when the temperature rises to more than 40 degrees outside. Yet, in the evenings, the skies will turn grey, and after just a few minutes, heavy rain is likely to pour down, but spite of the unpleasant weather condition, it is still one of the most visited times for tourists.
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Thanks to the favorable conditions, the summer for many trees to bloom their flowers, creating a colorful picture of Hanoi.
Tourists can see the striking red color of flamboyant on many streets such as Lang, Thanh Nien, Phan Dinh Phung, … or around West Lake and Hoan Kiem Lake
Flamboyant is a red type of flower that only blooms from April to June when school time bounds to end. Therefore, the locals endearingly dubbed the flowers as the “students’ flower”.
The red flamboyant in combination with the sound of cicadas always reminds people of their high school memories
Lagerstroemia is another type of flower that tourists can easily see when visiting Hanoi in the summer. The vision of purple lagerstroemia trees blooming flowers, dying its color all over the sky is genuinely memorable.
Lagerstroemia is said to represent the innocent and faithful of first true love
Besides flamboyant, lagerstroemia is another flower that symbolizes the summer in Hanoi
Tourists who visit Hanoi in the summer can appreciate the beauty of other flowers as well
Baskets of lilies are loaded on street vendors along the street
West Lake lotus blooming is an aspiration for a lot of photographers and artists
It is the combination of yellow sunshine reflects through the leaves and the brilliant colors of these flowers that creates such a plain beauty of Hanoi in the summer.
The undeniable fact is that Hanoi is very famous for its local street food. It is nothing difficult to find delicious Hanoi treats at any local vendors all along the streets. Desserts, especially, play an important role in Hanoi cuisine. And what can be a better way to taste these cooling and refreshing sweet food in the hot weather as the summer in Hanoi?
Sweet soup is a popular street treat not only in Hanoi but all over Vietnam. Thanks to that regional element, each province puts its own twist to the dessert, making it rather diverse. Hanoi is not an exception, and there are numerous kinds of sweet soups as well as some recommended addresses for tourists to come and try this sweet and unique taste.
Khuc Bach is a popular Hanoi summer treat, and its light and watery soup can refresh anyone
Sweet lotus with seed is a Hanoi specialty since summer is the season of lotus
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On a hot summer day, what can be more appealing than an ice cream that can help to blow the heat away? Ice cream is a familiar local treat that tourists can easily buy anywhere on the streets at affordable prices.
Trang Tien ice cream is a must-try when coming to Hanoi, not necessarily just on hot summer days
This appealing dessert is coconut ice cream put into a coconut shell and served with copra and chocolate syrup
West Lake ice cream is also a dessert that is worth trying while enjoying the tranquil ambiance here
Frozen yogurt is not only refreshing to eat but also fun to chew. Cooling yogurt is frozen and then cut into small cubes, often served with freshly chopped fruits or cocoa powder has been a fundamental summer treat for every Hanoians.
Tourists can have a taste of this special dessert on Nguyen Huu Huan Street at the price of VND 20,000 – VND 40,000
Hanoi is known to be a busy city at night, especially in the summer. If during the winter, Hanoi carries somewhat of a cozy and chill vibe, on summer days, the street blows up and becomes much more youthful.
Many night activities happen during the nights in Hanoi, mostly around Hanoi Old Quarter. Although the heat from the day may make it uneasy to explore Hanoi late in the day, it encourages the tourists to find cooler places, where they can enjoy the wind blowing through. Strolling on Hanoi streets and enjoy its sleepless nights may be a fascinating experience.
The talk of street vendors and their customers always sounds so familiar in Hanoi summer nights
Street performances have been an indispensable part of Hanoi life at nights
Tourists who visit Hanoi in the summer for their first time may find the weather here incredibly unpleasant. And sometimes, the unfamiliar heat can even cause dizziness and headaches. Therefore, make sure to consider these precautions.
Hanoi in the summer always bears a unique beauty that cannot be found anywhere else. Spend some days in Hanoi from April to July, enjoy the vibrant and lively atmosphere here and the tourists will definitely not be regretful!
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