Vietnam Geography

Located in the southeastern extremity of the Indochinese peninsula, Vietnam spreads over an area of about 331,690 sq.kms. Vietnam shares a border with the Gulf of Tonkin, Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea alongside China, Laos and Cambodia. What makes Vietnam Geography remarkable is its S-shaped coastline that runs for as long as 3,260 kilometers.

Geography of Vietnam can be divided in to four sections that range from rugged mountains to marshy fertile flatlands. Towards the south lies the Gulf of Thailand, towards the east and southeast lies the Red River Delta. China lies towards the north then there are mountains extending up to 3.143 m at Fan Si Pan, which is also know as the highest point in Vietnam.

Tropical lowlands, hills, densely forested highlands and deltas are some of the major geographical features of Vietnam. The Red River Delta is a triangular region covering 3,000 sq,kms and is densely populated than the Mekong River Delta. Owing to its low level which is just 3 km above sea level, the entire delta region is subject to frequent flooding.

Vietnam enjoys a varied climate. The weather in Vietnam is controlled by two monsoons, one of them is the dry monsoon and the other is the wet one. In the north the average temperature extends up to 27 degrees C and 21 degrees C in the south. Avoid traveling to Vietnam during from July to August, which is the hottest and the most humid period in Vietnam. The annual rainfall received in Vietnam ranges from 1200 centimeters to 300 centimeters.

Best Time to Visit Vietnam: Traveling to Vietnam can be enjoyed all round the year, however as mentioned before, one should avoid traveling to Vietnam between June to August, which is the wet season and is considered as the hottest and the most humid period of the year. Hanoi Sightseeing in Vietnam can be best enjoyed between December to February, when the north Vietnam tends to be cool and often misty.