Best time to visit Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Pu Luong also has four distinct seasons in North Viet Nam: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. As in the sub-tropical climate zone, the temperature in Pu Luong normally falls between 18 °C and 38 °C (64 – 100 °F).

It is said that the best time to visit Pu Luong is during its two crops harvested time: from late May to early June or in September and October. From the top of the valley, you can see the panoramic of stunning evenly rice fields covering stepped-like mountainous slopes and surrounded by immense green forests in the sunlight. The fall climate in September and October will be more suitable for Westerners than the hot and humid summer months. But there is something more about this land to discover than it is just in its golden time and to avoid peak travel season.

In Spring(from February to April): Season of identity

The temperature during these months is between 18 and 25 °C (64 – 77 °F). The weather is mild and a bit chilly. Spring is the ideal time for festivals and outdoor activities. The festive vibe of Lunar New Year in the highland of Vietnam is also different and distinctive.

At the beginning of the year, locals have more time to gather to meet their family and friends after a busy working year. They will excitedly talk about busy crops, trading, parties, weddings, gossip… Everything has been through the last year and what they expect for the new year. Thai and Muong ethnic people will pleasantly hang around the roads with their new vividly colorful dresses under cherry blossom trees amid mountains to join spring festivals. They pray for a bountiful new year, play folk games, and dance together.

Another highlight of spring in the highland is fair markets, which offer a fascinating travel-back-in-time experience. Participating in local markets is the easiest way to dive into local culture. The goods in the markets are mainly home-produced such as brocade, wine, seasonal vegetables, insects, fresh fruits, knives, colorful clothes, jewelry…

In Summer (From May to August): Season of fun activities

During this time, Pu Luong’s climate dramatically changes between day and night. Temperatures will climb up in day time due to the Foehn wind from the Southwest. The hottest time is between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m and can reach 38 °C (64 – 100 °F). Overnight, cooler air overflows quickly into the valley from the mountains and it could be freezing.

Summer is also one of the peak seasons to travel to Pu Luong while it enters the first harvesting season. There are endless things to do in Summertime here: hiking, trekking, marathon, camping in the forest; gliding on bamboo rafting, retreating to the rustic and idyllic lodges, romping in the cool and fresh streams, enjoying mountain specialties… The mild early summer is suitable for family trips or close friends to enjoy outdoor activities, admire the majestic scenery, and take memorable check-in photos.

In Autumn (September & October): Milder weather to enjoy Pu Luong’s nature and lifestyle

This time is the second rice crop in the year but the climate is mild and pleasant for visitors to get a fabulous trip. The average temperature is between 18 and 23°C (64 – 77 °F). During the day, travelers can hang around while enjoying the breezing weather bringing the smell of fragrant ripe rice. At night, the temperature can fall to 15°C (59 °F ).

In Winter (From November to January): Cold and  dry

November to December are the coldest months of the year with frosty wind and heavy fog in the early morning and late at night. Temperatures decrease in the middle of 10°C and 12°C during the nights and between 14°C and 18°C in the afternoons.

Although the temperature is low, this time of the year is perfect for trekking lovers due to the dry air. Trekkers can go into the jungle and mountains, visit local villages, sit beside the woodstove and listen to the sound of the wind blowing hard outside.

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