How Can People Think It’s Cold In Hanoi, Vietnam?

I never thought I’d see winter coats being warn on the streets in Vietnam, considering this is a tropical country and all I ever feel is warmer than comfort allows. Yet despite it being above-average temperatures compared to my home state of Michigan in the summer… some people still wear coats here. How can people think it’s cold in Hanoi?

I mean, I can understand if we’re in the mountains or a similar scenario, because the elevation dramatically decreases the temperatures. Hanoi is sea level though, as it is a coastal city, and people everywhere are wearing coats. Above, you’ll see one particular on-the-street seller arranging their collection of winter coats for people to wear.

I’m walking around in shorts and a t-shirt, and it feels wonderful at 22 degrees celsius (that’s about 72 degrees fahrenheit). Meanwhile the population of 7 million people in Hanoi seem to think that this winter is a cold one, and are riding around covered head-to-toe in clothing that you’d typically find people wearing in February or March in Michigan. It’s nuts. I don’t get it.

Charlie Pryor

Charlie is a media producer, writer, and a traveler. He grew up in Michigan, all of his life and attended Grand Valley State University for a B.S. in Film and Video Production. He's married to a wonderful woman named Hang, and simply hopes to one day turn himself into a man that many will remember long after he's gone.

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5 Responses

  1. Andy Kaufman says:

    Hope you are having a good time!

  2. Teresa Pryor says:

    Well I guess they should come to Michigan on Mon or Tuesday it will be record lows of -5 during the day….have fun.

  3. I'm reading even lower than that from weather sites. Low tonight in Detroit is expected to get under -15F

  4. majitasmith says:

    maybe you weren’t there long enough.  i’m from canada where it snows and when i was in hanoi, temperatures in january dipped to the 50’s (which doesn’t sound bad) but it was extremely damp and humid, which made it feel twice as cold.  there is no central heating anywhere and there were strong winds.  i was freezing!

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