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At the end of year, the cold climate has come to Halong; in December, you will enjoy fully the best weather of Vietnam in the Winter. December seem to be the ideal time to go to Halong Bay when the winter comes.
Weather of Halong Bay in December
In December, you will see clearly the change of scenery in Halong bay, the leaves turned to yellow, everything seems to be calmer and slower. There is no more skin-burning sunshine, the sun is bright and enjoyable, sometimes at night, you can feel a chill creeps into the air.
The average temperature for this month is about 22oC and the peak temperature is 25oC while the lowest one recorded at about 18°C which is still quite warm. Since the weather is warm and the rainfall level is low, you should be able to enjoy your stay in Halong bay cruises.
- Average temperature: 22oC
- Average sea Temperature: 25oC
- Monthly rainfall: 54 mm
- Average hours of sunshine per day: 7 hours
December is the beginning of dry season in Vietnam, the level of rainfall decreases dramatically from 190mm on the average of 14 days in September to 54mm on the average of 11 days in December. The chance of getting a cloudy day in December is 49% which is lower than the previous month with the change of 54%.
It is a good month to hit the beach with the average sea temperature being a very warm 25°C which is quite pleasant. Because the sea temperature is so warm, you will be able to enjoy many hours in the sun without feeling uncomfortable enough to have to get out.
Activities on Halong Bay in december
Because the weather is truly impressive, all the activities are at the highest level of enjoyment. Kayaking and swimming are 2 main activities that most of our customers appreciated. While you spend most of the time outdoor, the weather actually makes you feel better, less sweaty. While the jellyfish appears quite frequent in summer time that affect the swimming activities, in December, the change of getting by jellyfish is much lower than in September due to the lower temperature of sea water.
Besides, the cool weather also makes you feel more comfortable staying outside for visiting floating market and cave. Long hours of sunshine about 7 hours allow you can take tons of beautiful photos of Halong Bay.
Usually the BBQ on the beach during the summer time is really hot even the wind blow all day, and occasionally, you have to move because of sudden rain. But the winter weather wipes out all those harsh factors. You will wish to spend all the meals on the beach instead of on the boat.
What to prepare when joining Halong Bay cruise in December
Although the weather is really nice and confortable, you should bring hat, sun cream and sunglasses with you for outdoor activities such as kayaking, swimming or visiting cave. For this period of time, the chance of cancellation is relatively low, so you don’t need to worry about the abandonment of your trip. Remember to bring your own eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lens and solution.
All prescription and over-the-counter medications and a first-aid kit, insect repellent in a sealable plastic storage bag.
For beach days, pack two swimsuits, one beach cover-up or large T-shirt, two rash guards, one baseball hat or wide-brimmed sun hat and flip-flops or waterproof sandals per traveler.
You might want to bring waterproof bag for your phone or camera.
Pack a light Jacket or sweater for early mornings and evenings.