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Vietnam Weather in November 2024, Travel Tips for First-Timers

By CindyUpdated Mar. 19, 2024

November marks the transition from the hot and rainy season to a mild and dry season in most parts of Vietnam. With average temperatures ranging around 73-80°F (23-26°C), it becomes one of the best months to visit Vietnam.

North Vietnam enjoys cooler and drier conditions, perfect for a visit. Central Vietnam is still at its rainiest, occasionally stormy, while the far South—including areas like Phu Quoc—offers sunny beaches that remain enjoyable.

Vietnam Regional Weather in November

In November, the weather conditions can differ greatly across Vietnam's northern, central, and southern regions.

Hanoi and Northern Vietnam: Cool and Dry

The north is dry and sunny in November. Hanoi and Halong Bay are temperate, but expect cool weather in the mountain resorts of Sapa. Average high temperatures hover around 27°C (80°F), while low temperatures can drop to about 20°C (68°F).

Hoi An and Central Vietnam: Peak Rainy Season

Central regions, including cities like Hue, Da Nang, and Hoi An, tend to experience their peak rainy season in November, with heavy rainfall and potential flooding. Average temperatures generally fall between 23°C (73°F) for lows and 30°C (86°F) for highs.

Ho Chi Minh City and Southern Vietnam: Sunny Skies and Tropical Warmth

Locations such as Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta maintain a tropical climate. The average high is approximately 31°C (88°F), with lows around 23°C (73°F). In November, the region gradually transitions from the rainy to dry season.

Average Temperatures of the Most Popular Areas in November

City Min. Temp Max. Temp Rainfall  Rain Days
Hanoi 19°C/78°F 26°C/66°F 41 mm/1.6 in  2 days 
Sapa 9°C/48°F 17°C/62°F 92 mm/3.6 in 4 days 
Halong Bay 19°C/78°F 26°C/66°F 41 mm/1.6 in 2 days 
Hoi An 22°C/71°F 27°C/81°F 415 mm/16.3 in  14 days
Danang 22°C/71°F 27°C/81°F 415 mm/16.3 in 14 days
Nha Trang 23°C/74°F 29°C/84°F 329 mm/13 in 11 days
Ho Chi Minh City 24°C/75°F 30°C/86°F 89 mm/3.5 in 4 days
Phu Quoc 23°C/74°F 30°C/86°F 166 mm/6.5 in 8 days

Source: NOAA

Is it a good time to visit Vietnam in November?

Yes, November is an excellent time to visit Vietnam, considering the drier and milder weather in the north and south that's ideal for outdoor activities, whether cruising on Halong Bay or exploring the Mekong Delta.

Nevertheless, it's worth noting that the central region encounters its peak rainy season during this time - keep an eye on the weather updates if you plan to go there.

November marks the beginning of the high travel season in Vietnam. It's a popular time for international tourists due to the favorable weather, so expect larger crowds and higher costs (about 20-30% more expensive) in popular destinations, but still encounter smaller crowds compared to the peak months of December and January.

My suggestion is that, if possible, choose early November for the best balance of weather, crowds, and cost.

Where to Go in Vietnam in November?

November is an excellent month to explore the historic city of Hanoi and embark on a spectacular cruise in Halong Bay. Trekking in Sapa is an adventurous and rewarding option too, thanks to the more comfortable climate.

Phong Nha, home to the world's largest caves, beckons the adventurers. The seasonal dry conditions provide the perfect window to delve into these natural wonders' depths without worrying about seasonal flooding that can restrict accessibility during other times of the year.

November's dry weather is an excellent time to visit Ho Chi Minh City with its French colonial landmarks, bustling street markets, and vibrant nightlife, and take a cruise in the Mekong Delta to witness the unique floating markets.

November is the tail-end month of the rainy season in Phu Quoc, where you can enjoy your beach holiday. 

Best Places to Visit in Vietnam in November

Plan a Trip to Vietnam in November?

  • 10-Day Best of Vietnam: This is a perfect plan for first timers to Vietnam, taking you to visit from northern Hanoi, central Hoi An, to southern Ho Chi Minh City.
  • 13-Day Vietnam Classic Tour with Sapa: Traverse Vietnam from south to north in sunny weather, with ideal hiking conditions in the scenic Sapa region

Monthly Weather and Travel Information for Vietnam

Learn about the weather in Vietnam for 12 months and find out the best places to visit each month.

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