Vietnam Weather in November: Overview
Cooler weather hits the whole country of Vietnam in November with the average temperature falling to around 23°C (73°F).
As in October, rainfall continues to fade away from northern Vietnam and southern Vietnam. However, heavy rains are still at their peak in Central Vietnam.
- Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa): November offers much drier and cooler weather for outdoor adventures. Frequent clear skies and the promise of sunny days are the best conditions for a Halong Bay cruise.
- Southern Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc): Beach vacations are firmly back in November. Southern Vietnam spoils visitors for choice: Phu Quoc, Can Dao Island, Phan Thiet...
- Central Vietnam (Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang): Heavy rains are still at peak levels. Similar to October, wet weather plans are suggested. For example, choose more indoor activities when planning your tour. As much as possible, don’t commit un-refundable payments for your hotels and tour until arrival as storms can affect flights.
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Average Temperatures of the Most Popular Tourist Areas in November
|Vietnam Area||Min. Temp||Max. Temp|
|Ho Chi Minh City||24°C/75°F||30°C/86°F|
Average Rainfall of the Most Popular Tourist Areas in November
|Vietnam Area||Rainfall (mm)||Rainy days|
|Ho Chi Minh City||89||12|
The Best Places to Visit in Vietnam in November
November is considered one of the best times to explore northern and southern Vietnam. You can enjoy the pleasant, mild, and dry weather in the northern highlands, but also stunning scenery on the southern beaches.
Here are the recommended cities for November:
- Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay
- Southern Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc
As a 1,000-year-old capital, you can step back to ancient Vietnam on your visit to Hanoi’s old quarter, museums, and temples.
Hanoi also blends in French charm. On the tree-lined streets, French buildings are well preserved, like St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
The love of coffee is rooted in Vietnamese bodies. You can find cafés from sidewalks to skyline towers. Get up early, taste a bowl of pho (rice noodles with beef or chicken) and sip a cup of coffee. It will be a leisurely and hassle-free start to the day.
2. Halong Bay
Before winter comes, November is regarded as the last comfortable time for swimming in the year. The wonderful seascapes of Halong Bay are more attractive in the nicer weather. You can spend one or two days exploring its beauty.
Book a luxury cruise, sail around the curious karst islands, and feast on fresh seafood. Admiring sunrises and sunsets from your balcony is undoubtedly the icing on the cake.
Sapa is known for its scenic rice terraces, stunning waterfalls, and Vietnam’s highest mountain — Fansipan. You can discover its beauty in the drier and sunnier month of November.
Besides the photogenic scenery, you can get an insight into the local culture. In Sapa, you’ll have chances to see the traditional dances and enjoy the folk songs. Browsing the local markets is a good chance to experience the local lifestyle.
4. Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) blends ancient relics with modern skylines. You can see the epitome of local life from the roaring motorbikes, local markets, and bustling nightlife.
The Cu Chi Tunnels can’t be missed if you are a history buff. Crawling through the Tunnels will bring you a mixed feeling: the discomfort of war and praise for wartime ingenuity needed for survival.
5. The Mekong Delta
November is the tail end month of the rainy season in the Mekong Delta. It is a good time to taste fruits, visit fishing villages, and see floating markets.
Unlike the touristy floating markets in Thailand, Vietnam’s are still working for regular daily trade. Suggested floating markets in Vietnam are Cai Rang Floating Market (the biggest) and Cai Be Floating Market (less crowded).
On November 8th, 2022, Khmer descendants will hold their traditional festival called Ooc Om Bok. During the festival, they worship the moon for good luck and harvests. If you like, watch the boat race and release sky lanterns with them. These interesting activities will bring you a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
6. Phu Quoc
The unpleasant rainy season is over in November. Now, it’s time for beach holidays in southern Vietnam. Top-rated Phu Quoc can meet all your tropical vacation needs.
Outdoor activity fans can try water scooters, snorkeling, and kitesurfing on Sao Beach. Families with young kids can have fun at Vinpearl Land and Vinpearl Safari. The luxury beach hotels/resorts are perfect for honeymoons.
If you are bored of beaches, hop on a motorbike and discover the surrounding villages, forests, and local markets.
Crowds and Costs Increase
Vietnam in November sees the approach of another high season, except for central Vietnam. So be prepared for higher costs and increasing crowds.
You’re suggested to book your hotels well in advance. Popular hotels might be fully booked weeks or even months in advance.
What to Wear in November
- Autumn wear for north Vietnam and spring/summer wear for south and central Vietnam.
- Sun protection: sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
- Waterproof rain jacket or raincoat, umbrella, rubber boots (unlikely to be needed in the north)
- Loose, breathable clothing that covers your knees and shoulders for cultural sensitivity and sun protection
- Light, quick-drying wear for outdoor activities
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Insect repellent if hiking activities are arranged
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