Weather JUNE/JULY: Vietnam vs. Thailand!
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Jan 28, 2010 9:53 PM Last Post By: nzbananacorp
Jan 25, 2010 10:33 AM
I'm planning a trip (two months) in EITHER Vietnam or Thailand.
I really love the sound of Vietnam (being more unspoiled with less tourists) but I particularly want to scuba dive. I know Thailand is better for that in general but, as I'm going to be with a group who'd prefer Vietnam, I'm willing to compromise.
I've been reading a lot about the weather in both countries, as I know that June / July are not the best times to go.
From what i've gathered Vietnam seems to have more extreme conditions than Thailand in terms of humidity and heat, but the clincher is the amount of rain.
Does Vietnam have a higher chance of (heavier, longer lasting) rain than Thailand?
Help! We really want to book flights but can't make a decision until we know!
Thanks in advance!
Jan 25, 2010 1:11 PM
1They will both be hot and humid. And both will have their share of rain this time of year (neither should have all day rain). Diving is better in Thailand. You can't control what the weather does, so why let it affect your trip. Just go and enjoy it!
Jan 25, 2010 2:19 PM
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Jan 25, 2010 8:18 PM
5Central Viet Nam is usually very hot and relatively dry in June and July. As post #3 notes, the rains are in the south during these months.
Jan 26, 2010 11:06 AM
6I so remember coming from the (overwhelming) extreme heat of Bangkok to the (pleasant) climate of Central Vietnam last March. I don't think I could handle summer, but as Junglebeach said, the south of VN gets the heavy rains then (Central Vietnam gets their typhoons in fall).
(You might also consider Malaysia for early summer - I understand weather conditions might be more favorable if you stay away from the eastern peninsula.)
Jan 26, 2010 5:00 PM
7"I really love the sound of Vietnam (being more unspoiled with less tourists) "
hate to tell you but tourists are plenty in Vietnam and having travelled in both places I would safely say you are much more likely to be targeted and scammed as a tourist in Vietnam - sad but true.
Unspoiled...depends on your definition of that as there plenty of "spoiling" going on and extremely little awareness of environmental concerns in comparison to many other countries.
Vietnam - June/July - we spent a month in the north in July @ Halong,Bay, Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Hue and Hoi An...it was HOT - like an oven and was a limitation to what we could do in each day even as fully fit adults (lucky we had kids travelling with us for an excuse)
we had some rain but apart from some absolutely torrential downpours for short periods it did not limit what we did. You can easily buy a plastic rain ponch and keep going as you won't get cold but i guess it depends where you are and what you are wanting to do.
Scuba diving - both hubby and I are advanced PADI divers. we intended to dive Cham Island this trip but travelling with kids in the heat made it a bit of a mission in the heat with them so we didn't and I have no regrets. Dived in Nha Trang about 8 years ago and would not bother again nor would I recommended it if your expectations are high - dynamite fishing has obliterated fish life and i can't recall seeing any live coral on either of our dives. Dive in Thailand.
Jan 27, 2010 2:18 AM
8Check the rainfall statistics, they'll give you the averages.
Check the tourist arrivals, they'll tell you which country is more touristy.
For diving you will definitely need some tourist infrastructure. Nothing like the dive factories on Ko Tao in Vietnam.
Easy to get off the beaten track in both places, VN will probably be much more unspoiled in that department.
Even the tiniest provincial towns in Thailand now have 7/11s or McDs and KFCs.
As for environmental awareness, seems to be little that's worse than Thailand in SEA.
Jan 28, 2010 5:47 PM
9There are many dive operators in Nha Trang, south central Vietnam. As others above have noted, it's hot and dry in Nha Trang at that time of year, and visibility is excellent. The dive operators know the best spots in the Marine National Park offshore and other sites. I am not a diver, but an foreign tourist told me that Coco Diving is "bunch of cowboys", and their dive master did not give a briefing or fully check equipment. Rainbow Diving has internationally qualified instructors and dive masters.
Jan 28, 2010 7:17 PM
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