Hanoi’s weather in March is usually pleasant, with spring temperatures throughout the month. You’ll find average temperatures are normally from about 15 to 20 °C (or 59 to 68 °F), with the occasional colder morning or evening.
You can however expect some short showers, with an average 50 mm (2 inches) of rain, as March is coming towards the end of Hanoi’s dry season and into the start of northern Vietnam’s rainy season. Humidity in March is an average of 82%, as Hanoi is generally comparatively humid.
Travel Tips for Hanoi in March (What to Wear...)
Because the weather is relatively cool in March in Hanoi, we recommend wearing light clothing but bringing a jacket or jumper, especially if you are planning to go outside of Hanoi and travel further North in the country. This is because Hanoi’s mornings and evenings can get a little chilly.
You can likely even wear long sleeves during the day, but do make sure you’re bringing an umbrella or a light rain jacket just in case, as well as a second pair of shoes in case you do get caught out in a shower during your adventures.
Advantages of Visiting Hanoi in March
March is a good month to plan to visit Hanoi, as there isn’t the oppressive heat that often comes along with summer in Hanoi, and it is not yet the rainy season (this typically lasts from May into October, with June through to August being the hottest and wettest).
See here to find out the best time to visit Hanoi if you are flexible about when to go to Hanoi!
Things to Do in Hanoi in March
As the weather in Hanoi is beautiful, we recommend outdoor activities to keep you busy and active while you’re in Hanoi.
1. Stroll Around Hanoi’s Hoam Kiem Lake
One of the top sights in Hanoi is the famous Hoam Kiem Lake. Take a stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake for some relaxing scenes and to enjoy a spot of nature.
An early morning stroll there will show you just how many local people come to do exercises around the lake. There is also a little island with a pagoda to see, and if you spot a turtle around that is meant to signify good luck!
End your stroll at one of the rooftop cafes surrounding the lake for a coffee with views.
2. Take in Sights at Hanoi’s Old Quarter
It’s also a great time to walk through the city’s Old Quarter, which is buzzing with shops, cafes, restaurants, and things to see on absolutely every corner of the street. Be careful when crossing the road, as there are motorbikes everywhere.
You can wander around yourself, or let us know if you are interested in doing a walking tour as Asia Highlights is able to arrange a tour for you with a guide who can help you explain what you see along the way!
Asia Highlights has also put together a Hanoi Old Quarter guide to help you navigate this amazing area.
3. Wander Around Hanoi’s West Lake
The West Lake, in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district, also makes for a wonderful walk when the weather is cool.
At the West Lake you can enjoy lots of different shops, restaurants, the green scenery, and the impressive Tran Quoc Pagoda which was built in the 6th century and is classified as Vietnam’s oldest temple.
Visiting Vietnam with Asia Highlights
Asia Highlights welcomes the chance to help you design your perfect trip to Vietnam, whether in March or any other time of the year. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you in selecting destinations, accommodation, 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 to Hanoi or Vietnam today.