Vietnam general information

Weather in Vietnam

Vietnam is located in the monsoon tropical climate region, but the climate is variable from region to region. In the North, there are 4 distinct seasons all year round: spring (March – April), summer (May – August), Autumn (September – November) and Winter (December – February). While the winter is quite cold with a temperature of 0 – 5 degrees Celsius in mountainous areas, the summer’s temperature can reach up to 34 – 35 degrees Celsius. Spring and autumn are short, but they bring about more pleasant weather. 

Central Vietnam enjoys a temperature of over 20 degrees Celsius all over the year. However, this area suffers the most from natural disasters like drought, typhoon, and storm. 

A year in the South can be divided into 2 seasons: dry (November – April) and wet seasons (May – October). People said that the “specialty” of the South is a sudden shower; therefore, you should bring an umbrella when going out even in dry months.

Transportation in Vietnam

Motorbikes, motor-scooters and bicycles are extremely popular in Vietnam and are the most preferred vehicles to travel within cities or to surrounding cities. Therefore, you will witness regular traffic jams or congestion in major cities, especially Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh during peak hours. Besides, other means of transportation can also be found here: bus, car, tricycle, Grab, etc.

In order to commute between provinces or cities, you have a variety of options like train, intercity bus, and airplanes. The famous cross-country rail route connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh provides with high-quality services and security to passengers. There are also 20 civil airports all over the country providing both domestic and international flights, of which 3 international airports (Noi Bai, Da Nang and Tan Son Nhat) are the busiest ones.

Vietnamese economy

Since 1986 when a lot of economic reforms had been implemented, Vietnam’s economy has seen steady growth, and it is always one of the fastest-growing nations worldwide. In spite of a global recession in the late 2000s, it still achieved an increasing rate of 6.8% in 2010. In 2018, Vietnam’s GDP accounted for 0.52% of the world’s total GDP. It is currently a member of various international organizations such as the UNASEANAPECWTO and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), which helps it to boost international trade with other nations.

Vietnam is known as an exporter of agricultural products thanks to a tropical climate, large alluvium delta, and long coastal lines. Its major exported items are rice, coffee, cashew nuts, tea, rubber, etc. However, recently agriculture ratio in the economy GDP has gradually decreased since other sectors have surged their production.

Tourism is also making a significant contribution to the nation’s economy. Over 10 million visitors to Vietnam every year marks it one of the top attractive destinations in the world. Being preserved their natural beauty and unique leveraged characteristics, 8 UNESCO heritage sites, and numerous high-ranking tourist hotspots are welcoming increasing international travelers worldwide.