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Best Time to Visit Vietnam

The best time to visit Vietnam depends on the areas you want to see. If you want to visit the mountainous regions of northern Vietnam, March and April are good for warm dry weather, or October and November for cooler days. Northern Vietnam is much cooler if visited outside of the summer months.

Central Vietnam is greatly affected by monsoons, and it’s better to avoid the typhoon-months in the center of the country from September to February. The southern region is dry from November to April and wetter between May and October (which is a better season for boat trips).

When to Visit

Vietnam is a delightful destination all year round, with new and exciting experiences available every season. Because of the huge amount of biodiversity, different regions may have completely different climates across all four seasons. Most areas will generally experience some sunshine and rainfall all year round.

Asia Highlights suggests that guests plan with preferred destinations in mind. Below for your convenience, we provide detailed information about the weather in likely destinations, to assist you in planning your journey to Vietnam.

The Far North

The best time to visit the mountainous regions of northern Vietnam is March and April for warm dry weather, or October and November for cooler days and a less busy travel season.

Sapa

Sapa is a township situated in the Tonkines Alps of Lao Cai Province, Northern Vietnam. Visitors to Sapa will experience stunning views of rice terraces and mountain peaks, as well as have the opportunity to go jungle trekking through local tribal villages.

Spring is an opportune time to visit Sapa, with January to June being the dry season. The summer months are wet and warm, with highs of 29°C/84°F and 75-90% humidity. September, October and November offer cooler, clearer weather and suitable trekking conditions.

Mu Cang Chai

Mu Cang Chai, near Sapa, is a great destination for hikers. We suggest you visit in the fall or spring months, when you can experience daytime temperatures between 10 and 27°C (50 and 80°F). While activities like cycling and trekking can be enjoyed here all year round, the winter months may be quite cold and the summer months very rainy.

Ha Giang

In the Northeast, Ha Giang is best seen in the dry season from October to April, though temperatures may drop to around 13°C (55°F) during December and January. Avoid traveling here from May to September, when the region experiences heavy rainfall. Guests wishing to learn more about the ethnic minority cultures in Vietnam will enjoy the diverse population of Ha Giang.

Northern Vietnam

Northern Vietnam experiences distinct summer and winter seasons. Cold, dry winters last from November to April, with average temperatures between 16 and 27°C (in the 60s and 70s Fahrenheit). Spring months may be drizzly. Summer is hot and humid between May and October, with especially heavy rain during July and August.

Halong Bay

In this tranquil bay overlooked by karst mountains, guests can join the local community in activities such as sailing, fishing and relaxing on the beach. Spring and summer bring the warmest, most comfortable climate, though guests should be aware there are occasional typhoons.

Hanoi

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, on the bank of the Red River, is sometimes called the Paris of the East. This popular destination is best visited outside of the summer months, when temperatures are cooler.

Central Vietnam

From September to February, central Vietnam is greatly affected by monsoons, bringing strong winds and rains. Travelers visiting during this time should take care to avoid the typhoons that sometimes affect the region. From mid-January to August, expect hot and dry weather with temperature highs in the mid-30s Centigrade.

Danang and Hoi An

Around the central coastline, temperatures are generally warm all year round, with highs of around 38°C (100°F) in July. Avoid going between August and November, when rains are heavy and water levels rise.

Hue

Situated on either side of a mountain, the weather in Hue can experience big changes within a single day, and is generally cooler than Hoi An. Watch out for flooding in October and November, as a result of brief but intense rains.

Nha Trang

In the central highlands, Nha Trang enjoys a long dry season. This beach destination is best visited in May for warm, comfortable weather. Temperatures will be in the 80’s and 90’s during the summer peak season, when many tourists go to visit the beach and enjoy activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling and surfing.

Dalat

Also situated in Vietnam’s central highlands, Dalat is usually wet from June to October, though it enjoys pleasant temperatures all year round. Visit in January for dry, cool weather.

The South

In the region along the Mekong Delta, temperatures are consistently warm throughout all four seasons. This area is typically dry from November to April, and will be warmer and wetter between May and October, with the heaviest rain in the summer months.

Ho Chi Minh City

Visit Ho Chi Minh City, the largest city in Vietnam, between November to March, when the weather is dry and relatively cool.

Phu Quoc and Can Dao

Although these islands may be enjoyed all year round, strong downpours usually occur in the afternoons during the rainy season. Travelers should be careful about venturing out on the water in June and July, for monsoons may create rough water conditions during this time.

The best time to visit here is from December to April, to enjoy suitable temperatures and a plethora of water activities.

Useful Tips Before You Go

Busy Season

The hot and humid summer months are the busy season in most parts of Vietnam, though monsoons are possible in the central and southern regions. When visiting coastal areas during July and August, guests should book hotels well in advance and expect inflated rates.

Low Season

Late spring and fall is the off season in Vietnam. Guests wishing to experience the country at its quietest should visit from April to June or September to November; though you should expect monsoon conditions around the coast in late autumn.

Tet Festival

The most important holiday in Vietnam is Tet, which usually arrives in late January, corresponding with Chinese Lunar New Year. During this time, the whole country will be bursting with excitement and abuzz with celebration.

Visitors all over the country will enjoy colorful flowers, lively fireworks, and extravagant, traditional performances. The celebrations may last from mid-January to mid-February.

Guests wishing to visit Vietnam during the Tet festival should beware of higher prices and longer lines when traveling, as the whole country is often on the move.

Natural Geography

Located on the Indochina Peninsula, Vietnam is composed largely of opulent mountains and tropical forests. Its versatile landscape is home to six biosphere reserves, creating a lush wonderland for guests to explore. Scenic spots like Ha Long Bay and Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park boast some of the most stunning views in the world.

City Life

Along with Vietnam’s abundant array of natural splendors are several developing urban megacities, also worth a visit. The capital Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, for example, allow guests insight into Vietnam’s rich history and cultural heritage, while also exhibiting the nation’s impressive modernization.

There is much to see in a country full of natural wonders, intriguing traditions, and friendly people. In Vietnam, every region is home to a unique charm. Asia Highlights offers customized tours, to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime.

Visit Vietnam with Asia Highlights

Asia Highlights welcomes the chance to help you design your perfect trip to Vietnam. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you in selecting destinations, accommodations and activities that best suit your requirements.

Check out the following links to learn more about our tours and get a head start on planning your hassle-free vacation today!

9-Day Best of Vietnam with Mekong Delta

13-Day Vietnam Classic Wonders with Sapa

14-Day Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos Tour

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