In regions where snow and ice are prevalent, temperatures can drop significantly, requiring careful preparation to ensure a comfortable and healthy travel experience.
Currently, the Northern regions are experiencing the coldest temperatures of the season, with frost appearing in various places such as Phia Oac peak (Cao Bang), Mau Son (Lang Son), and Binh Lieu (Quang Ninh). Travelers heading to these destinations to witness the icy landscapes should take note of the following tips, based on the expertise of Mr. Vu Minh Quan, a seasoned photographer with extensive snow-hunting experience, and Mr. Lekima Hung, an organizer of snow-related phototour programs to renowned domestic and international tourist spots.
Experience in Snow-Hunting:
- Understanding Snow Conditions: Frost often appears during periods of low temperatures, but the occurrence of snow is not guaranteed. Snowfall results from clouds above, while frost forms on the ground due to freezing water vapor. Rain is a favorable condition for snow, and dry weather makes it less likely.
- Snow Prediction: Monitoring weather forecasts for potential snow warnings before the trip is advisable. Alternatively, planning an extended stay in locations susceptible to snow during cold spells increases the chances of witnessing snowfall.
- Flexibility is Key: Snowfall in Vietnam is usually brief, sometimes lasting only a few hours a day. Therefore, flexibility in travel plans and some degree of luck are essential for a successful snow-hunting experience.
Clothing Recommendations for Cold and Snowy Conditions:
- Layered Clothing: Wear several layers of clothing, including a moisture-proof layer, a heat-retaining layer, an insulation layer, and a windproof layer. Tight pants inside can enhance heat retention.
- Essential Accessories: Hats, socks, and scarves are crucial for staying warm. Depending on the outdoor activities and weather conditions, choose clothing from the four layers accordingly.
- Footwear: Opt for shoes with thick lining to keep feet warm, and soles with patterns or spikes to prevent slipping in slippery terrain. Specialized snow shoes may be necessary in destinations with substantial snowfall.
- Thermal Patches: Carry thermal patches as a precautionary measure. These can be applied to the back or soles of the feet, providing warmth for around 8 hours and can be used while sleeping or during the day.
- Hot Drink: Bring a thermos with hot water mixed with ginger tea to stay warm from the inside.
- Medications: Pack essential medicines, including digestive medicine, cold and cough medicine, and wind oil, which can be beneficial in various situations.
Traveling to snowy and icy destinations requires careful planning, awareness of weather conditions, and appropriate clothing to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.