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Halong Bay Weather In Spring: Features & Activities

Halong Bay weather features a humid and tropical monsoon climate which is typical in Northern Vietnam. The first season in the year – spring – is one of the most ideal times for a Halong Bay trip thanks to its pleasant weather. This article will present a comprehensive guide related to Halong Bay weather in spring, including weather characteristics, recreational recommendations, and local tips.

Overview of Halong Bay

Halong Bay is located on the Western side of the Gulf of Tonkin (the Northeast of Vietnam), surrounded by Bai Tu Long Bay to the East and Lan Ha Bay to the South. On the adjacent coast to the North of the bay lies Halong City. It takes about 2.5-3 hours to travel from Hanoi City Center to Halong Bay through a 155km route.

Halong Bay covers an area of 43,400 ha and comprises over 1600 islands and islets in numerous sizes and shapes. The outstanding highlight of this property is being centered around the drowned limestone karst landforms, displaying majestic pillars with various arches and caves which form magnificent natural scenery. The limestone in Halong Bay has gone through 500-million-year geological processes under different conditions and environments to form unique karst landscapes found today.

Thanks to its exquisite seascapes and significant geographical and biological values, Halong Bay was recognized as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage twice in 1994 and 2000 and was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011.

Halong Bay nature in spring
Halong Bay is one of the most attractive destinations in the world

Halong Bay weather in spring

Springtime in Halong Bay usually lasts from February to possibly early April with an average temperature of 18 to 27°C and insignificant rainfall. During this period, the sky is clear and sunny. Despite little rains and cold days, generally, Halong Bay’s spring weather is relatively enjoyable since it is not too bitterly cold for a trip to the bay. Thanks to such a beautiful climate, spring is one of the best times of the year to visit the New Natural Wonder.

Tourists should keep in mind that the humidity level between late February and middle March is quite high due to warmer weather, which results in several foggy and cloudy days, affecting your outdoor activities. However, don’t worry because you can admire the mysterious and charming Halong Bay in the fog and enjoy the refreshing tranquility.

Halong Bay weather in February

Halong Bay weather in March

Halong Bay weather in April

Best things to do in Halong Bay in spring

Taking a cruise

Cruising is regarded as the best way to admire the charming Heritage and travellers’ leading choice for a bay adventure. Not only take visitors across stunning landscapes, but cruises also offer all-inclusive packages of itinerary, transportation, accommodation, cuisine, entertainment, etc. There are a large number of Halong Bay cruise tours with various routes, schedules, attractions, conveniences, and activities for your choice.

If you are looking for ultimate enjoyment in Halong Bay, Ambassador Cruise will definitely make your dream vacation come true. This largest 5-star luxury cruise, which encompasses top-of-the-range amenities and services, will bring you an impeccable voyage. Tourists can make a choice between 2D1N or a day itinerary.

Enjoy the majestic beauty of Halong Bay with a luxury cruise

Night squid fishing

Night squid fishing is also an interesting thing to do in Halong Bay, included in many overnight cruise itineraries. This recreational option brings tourists experiences of being a true fisherman and a chance to try your luck. You can spend your night fishing, chatting with your friends/family, admiring the tranquil and sparkling beauty of the bay, and enjoying tasty dishes cooked from fresh squid that you just caught. The cruise staff will instruct you how to use a fishing rod and how to catch squid in the sea.

Night squid fishing in Halong Bay

Cave visiting

Cave exploration is a must-try activity when visiting Halong Bay. The Heritage is home to a variety of marvelous caves which definitely impress travellers at the first sight. Thanks to the formation of stalactites and stalagmites over thousands of years, Halong caves feature such unique exquisiteness and valuable archaeological systems. Learn more about the most famous and beautiful caves in Halong Bay that you cannot miss.

Visit famous caves in Halong Bay
Halong Bay is home to many grand and magnificent caves


Kayaking is one of the most fantastic things to do on your Halong Bay excursion. This is no doubt the best way to discover the beautiful charms of the New Natural Wonder’s nature at a close distance. Sit on a small kayak, paddle slowly through grand islets to explore cliffs beneath the waves, feel the calm water, wriggle into water caves, or touch stalactites. With specific instructions about how to paddle and guide on the safe area, you will take delight in fun and amazing experiences.

Most of the Halong Bay cruises include Kayaking in their itineraries. There are several popular areas for this exciting sport such as Luon Cave, Sang Toi (Dark and Light) Cave, Dragon Eye Island, Vung Vieng Fishing Village, and Tung Sau Pearl Village.

Kayaking in Halong Bay

Titov Island discovery

Titov Island, located about 14 kilometers to the East of Bai Chay tourist harbor, is one of the most favored destinations in Halong Bay. The island was named after the Russian cosmonaut Gherman Stepanovich Titov who, together with President Ho Chi Minh, visited the island in 1962.

Despite a moderate area of 3.7 hectares, Titov Island attracts nature lovers thanks to its one-of-a-kind and picturesque splendor. It possesses a crescent moon-shaped beach featuring white sands and enchantingly turquoise waters. Another highlight of this landscape is a mountain with a summit height of 110 meters (360 ft). Visitors are expected to take about 450 steps to reach its peak beholding a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Bay. 

Thanks to the immaculate white sand and the calm waters, the beach on Titov Island is perfect for sunbathing and swimming (in early April). You can also go for a walk to enjoy the stunning nature and admire an alluring sunset by the island.

Titov Island
Experience a lot of interesting activities on beautiful Titov Island

Visiting Halong floating villages

Floating villages are among the top Halong Bay attractions for tourists’ fascinating and genuine experiences. Cua Van floating village is the largest and oldest one in the bay, encompassing rows of colorful houseboats and rafts sitting next to each other. Coming there, you have a chance to meet local people and learn more about their daily lives as well as work tasks. 

Another choice is Tung Sau Pearl Farm, where tourists can witness the entire production of a valuable pearl. From the growing location to processing natural pearls and finally creating sophisticated pieces of jewelry. You may find impressed with the local working life and admire the polished pearls cultivated by skillful artisans. There is also a souvenir store for you to buy your favorite items or gifts for your loved ones. It is an exciting activity for anyone visiting Halong Bay at a cheap entrance fee of 30.000 VND (~1.5 USD).

Floating village in Halong Bay
Floating villages in Halong Bay

Pros & cons of visiting Halong Bay in spring



Useful tips for Halong Bay travel in spring

Halong Bay weather in spring
Spring is one of the best times for Halong Bay adventure

In conclusion, spring in Halong Bay is enjoyable, featuring warm weather, high sunshine hours, and low precipitation, making it an ideal period to visit Halong. Various spectacular activities are available in this season for your experience: from cruising, cave exploring, to water-based options. The article is expected to provide tourists with essential information about Halong Bay weather in spring and help you have a good preparation for the upcoming trip.

FAQs about Halong Bay weather in spring

Is it rainy in Halong Bay during the springtime?

Generally, spring in Halong Bay is quite dry with a low average rainfall level (around 30mm). Although several days may see some light rain, it will not affect your trip a lot. You can even admire the mysterious and charming Halong Bay in the fog and enjoy the refreshing tranquility.

Can I swim in Halong Bay in spring?

Due to the lightly cold weather in February and March, these months may not ideal for swimming. However, in April, it gets warmer with a high sea temperature (approximately 24-25°C); so you can immerse yourself in the turquoise water and behold the magnificent beauty of Halong Bay.

Should I take a Halong Bay cruise during Tet Holiday?

Spring is one of the greatest times for cruising in Halong Bay thanks to the comfortable weather (low chance of heavy rain or storms). Cruises still operate during Tet Holiday, but some services may be unavailable and there is an additional service charge. Overall, if these issues do not matter, you can enjoy a cruise trip on this occasion and experience fascinating activities in the picturesque charm of Halong Bay.

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