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May is the beginning time of summer on Halong Bay and the Northern Vietnam, a fascinating time to discover the natural beauty of Halong Bay with a wide range of outdoor activities as kayaking, swimming… Let’s see how should you prepare and enjoy a Halong Bay cruise trip in May.

Weather of Halong bay in May

Summer officially starts in Halong bay in May with the average temperature of 27.5oC.  Night time temperature is at 24oC while the maximum day time temperature can spike to 30oC. The average daily sunshine time is 8 hours. In this month, the average rainfall is 175mm and an estimated 14 days of rain of rain. However, the rain will not last long during the days but a short time.

May can be seen as the best month in the year to visit Halong Bay, this sunny time allows you enjoy many outdoor activities and have a relaxing time on the sandy beaches. In addition, storms normally do not reach Halong Bay in this early time of summer.

  • Average temperature: 29oC
  • Average sea Temperature: 28oC
  • Monthly rainfall: 175 mm
  • Average hours of sunshine per day: 8
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Source: Holiday weather

Activities on Halong bay in May

Sunny time, clear blue sky, beautiful natural wonders on water that will make you exciting to visit Halong Bay in May. Swimming on immense sea water of Halong Bay is amazing in the morning or late afternoon. Imagine you are on a wild beaches and witness the sunset over thousand limestone islands, it can be a lifetime memory lasting long during your life and travel. Kayaking on calm sea water is another interesting outdoor activity to discover natural beauty that you can’t miss, especially in summer. Paddling to get close to limestone island while get low to sea water and taste the beauty all around is a must do when you visit Halong Bay on a cruise. When you do an overnight cruise on Halong, there is more things to do as: visiting a cave on the island, row to visit floating village, fishing with locals, biking, trekking on Cat Ba Island, enjoy a BBQ lunch on the beach or a special dinner in cave… All the activities are so interesting in this sunny time of the year. One more thing that you should not miss is watching sunset on a high location (boat’s sundeck, islands…) to get the best view. Halong Bay can be one of the best places in the world for sunset watching so do not miss it.

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking
  • Sunset watching
  • BBQ on the beach…
Halong Bay Cruise Kayaking

What to prepare when joining Halong bay cruise in May

May is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities, so what you will need to prepare somethings for this sunny weather.

  • 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.
  • Pack a light sweatshirt or sweater for chilly mornings and evenings, and a lightweight nylon jacket if there is a probability of rain in the forecast.
Halong Bay Luxury Cruise Traveler - Dragon Legend

Low season with valuable offers

From May to September, it is considered low season for travel on Halong Bay so most cruise operator will have special summer promotion starting from May 1st. Let’s ask for this summer promotion deal when you choose a cruise in May. Indochina Junk has just announced many great deals for summer, check it out and choose one suitable cruise package for you.

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