Top 4 reasons to visit Halong Bay in April

Last updated on
April 6, 2019

When considering the suitable time to book a tour to Halong Bay, which is considered the jewel in the crown of the Vietnam tourism industry thanks to its magnificent landscape, which factors do you consider?

For the most comfortable weather, autumn months are most likely your choice.

One of them is April, which is often overlooked as it is the transitional month of spring to summer and is an off-peak month. However, Halong Bay weather in April is very ideal for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Let’s take a look at several reasons why you should also consider visiting Halong in April:

1. The weather is comfortable

If you wish to avoid the extreme heat of summer, the chilling cold of winter or high risks of typhoons during the autumn months, April is one of the best options.

In April, the weather is neither too cold nor hot as the winter is already over and summer is only on its way. The average temperature is around 23 C degree with the highest temperature of 28 C degree and the lowest temperature of 20 C degree.

Visitors can expect about 4 hours of sunlight per day and lengthened daylight time during this month of the year. The sky is so clear and blue that it is very easy to take great pictures.

Compared to March, the humidity level and average rainfall increase to 75% and 79mm, respectively; however the weather is still quite comfortable, especially for outdoor activities.  

The sea temperature gets warmer at 24 C degree so it is fine for swimming. There are probably some infrequent strong winds but overall that that does not lead to tour cancellation and April is still considered a great time to visit this charming beauty.

2. It is not the peak season

When you visit Halong, it is best to avoid the weeks where the following events take place: Hung Kings Temple Festival (a traditional festival held annually from the 8th to the 11th day of the third month – according to the lunar calendar) and Reunification Day (held annually on April 30th).


On such days, the number of local tourists may increase to take advantage of official holidays. Of course, that may lead to crowds and a price increase for certain services.

Other than these dates, it is highly possible that you can enjoy quality time during your solo trip because local people are busy with working and exam preparation.

Generally speaking, April is not the peak travel season in Halong Bay.

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3. There are many great outdoor activities to experience

  • Squid fishing

For those who like fishing and may want to try their luck in catching some fresh squids, April is a suitable time for this activity.

If you are only able to get small squids, do not be surprised before April only marks the start of early squid fishing season.

The best time to catch big squids normally falls on winter months but it is always fun to try fishing and enjoy your freshly caught squids no matter how big or small they are, right?

  • Water-based activities

Besides swimming, it is highly suggested that you experience cruising, canoeing and kayaking activities in Halong during April.

Such activities offer great opportunities to enjoy the beauty of Halong in an up-close manner. There are signature destinations you should surely visit like Sung Sot and Titov Caves.  

A shortstop for about 1-2 hour at floating villages will help you understand a very important part of Halong’s rich culture.

Take note that if you love diving, it is best to book a trip to Halong during May-November. The weather during these months is more idea for diving activities than in April.

  • Hiking and mountain climbing adventures

Without sweating too much in the heat, you can take on an outdoor adventure on the mountains of Halong Bay to enjoy the breathtaking view from the top.

There are many sport climbing routes for you to choose from.

Also, if you are interested in nature conservation, the Cat Ba National Park near Ha Long Bay is also recommended for your stay in Vietnam.  

  • Sightseeing from the seaplane

It is such a divine experience to enjoy the panorama of Halong Bay from a seaplane.

The clear blue sky of Halong during April provides a wonderful backdrop for you to see each and every corner of the place.

This deluxe service will cost you quite a sum but it is definitely worth every penny, especially for photo hunters.

What are you still waiting for? Let’s pack your bag and say goodbye to spring with a trip to Halong during this month of the year – you will not regret the amazing experience in this place.