Ha Long Bay Cruise Seasons
Peak season: November to March
Peak season in Ha Long Bay runs from November to March. After the heat and humidity of the summer, the cooler temperatures – usually between 15oC to 23oC – are perfect for sightseeing and touristic activities. While rain and mist is more common at this time of year, the conditions give Ha Long Bay an ethereal quality and do not hamper its beauty in any way.
It can be quite busy, with many overseas visitors choosing the Christmas and New Year period to take their holiday. Typically, Ha Long Bay as well as Lan Ha Bay attracts tourists from Europe, America and other countries experiencing cold winters, as well as those from Japan, South Korea and China. Lunar New Year – in late February or early March – is also a busy time of the year when families take time out of their busy lives to spend quality time together.
If you are considering visiting Ha Long Bay during the peak season, you should note that prices are generally 10 – 20 % higher than the off-peak season, although you can still grab a bargain. Availability may be an issue, so book your cruise early to secure the best price and avoid disappointment.
Off-peak season: April to October
Temperatures in the off-peak season, which runs from April to October, ranges from between 20oC to over 30oC with high humidity. With an average of seven hours of sunshine, water activities, like fishing, kayaking, diving and swimming are an ideal respite from the heat.
This time of year usually attracts visitors from Asia – June to August is high season for Vietnamese customers – as well as from Europe and the US and other countries in the south who wish to swap winter for a tropical climate. It is during August to October, that cruises have lowest number of guests – which means popular tourist spots are less crowded and more enjoyable.
Travelling to Ha Long Bay at this time of the year will guarantee you the best price for luxury cruising, including Mon Cheri Cruises, particularly if you book your trip between August and October. You should be aware that this time of year is monsoon season, and cruises may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Just make sure you chose a flexible rate plan so you can change your departure date if necessary.