Although it’s only a small
region, Indochina’s weather is complicated, to say the least.
The pages in this section provide country overviews and
specific descriptions of the prevailing weather patterns
in each area you might visit. There’s also a page about
the extreme forms of weather that can occur, and how they
are likely to affect you.
Don't trust the weather
Indochina’s convoluted climatic conditions means that average
temperature and rainfall tables often bear little relation
to the actual weather, and travellers can find their holiday
ruined by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. On
the other hand, it means that the weather is seldom universally
bad. With careful planning and our local knowledge, we can
generally arrange an itinerary that offers a good chance
of reasonable weather at more or less any time of the year.
Don't rely too much
on the weather forecasts, either!
Weather forecasts are only of value for a week or so in
advance and even then, they are not very reliable. Weather
averages are better indicators of what to expect in a particular
month. In each of the pages describing the weather patterns
in specific locations, there is a table of average temperatures,
rainfall, and so on.
Rain comes in many
forms in Indochina!
Wet weather is never very far away in Indochina, but the
degree to which it affects you depends on what you intend
to do. In Vietnam, for example, if you want to go diving
at Nha Trang, October, November and most of December are
useless because the rain turns the sea into a murky soup
at that time. However, if you want to visit the Cham monuments,
it’s only a matter of dodging the showers.
Furthermore, the type of rain
matters. Hue is wet for much of the year but it’s usually
little more than an inconvenient drizzle, even during the
rainy season. In the South, the summer monsoon brings torrential
rain that floods the streets and fields almost immediately,
but clears up as quickly as it appears.
We do our best, but
please don’t blame us if we get it wrong
Prophesying what the weather will do in a specific location
is a risky job anywhere – in Indochina, it’s near impossible.
If you want an update on the actual weather situation in
Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia, just send us an e-mail.
If you travel with Haivenu,
you’ll receive a current weather forecast when you arrive,
and updates during your tour if you wish.
We also keep a close eye on
short-range weather forecasts and warnings of possible storms.
If there’s a possibility of severe weather conditions, and
after consulting you, we’ll rearrange the itinerary or make
special arrangements if we think there could be a safety
risk. Fortunately, such situations are rare!