BEST TIME TO VISIT VIETNAM

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Spanning more than 1,000 miles from north to south, the climate & weather of Vietnam can vary drastically depending on when và where you’re traveling. We’re going to lớn walk you through the best times to visit Vietnam, & which times of year to lớn avoid (if possible!).

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Answer the following questions khổng lồ get started:

What region of the country bởi vì you plan to lớn visit?

Do you mind a bit of rain?

Are you easily bothered by crowds?

Are you negatively affected by high humidity? (I certainly am!)

Do you prefer to spend your time outdoors hiking/trekking?

Are you planning to lớn hit the beach & soak in the rays?

Thinking about your answers lớn these questions is going to help you start lớn determine when to visit Vietnam.

Best Time lớn Visit Vietnam article contents

Weather in Vietnam

Northern Vietnam

Central Vietnam

Southern Vietnam

The best time in our opinion…

When khổng lồ avoid visiting Vietnam

Vietnam Geography Overview


Alright, let’s get technical for a moment… This “S” shaped country occupies the majority of the eastern coast on the Indochina peninsula. The north-to-south distance of Vietnam is about 1,025 miles (1,650 km), with more than 2,000 miles of coastline (including islands). Level land covers no more than 20% of the country. You know what that means… MOUNTAINS!

The country can be divided into 3 regions: the highlands and the Red River Delta in the north, the Giai Truong Son (Central mountains) and coastal lowlands in the central region, & the Mekong River Delta in the south. The central highlands plateau spans from the south to the central part of the country as well.

Weather in Vietnam


Vietnam has a tropical monsoon climate, with high humidity throughout the year.However, because of differences in latitude & the variety of topography, there are actually 3 different major weather systems affecting the country. The climate tends to vary considerably from region khổng lồ region. 

Below you’ll find a break down of the wet & dry season months in each region:

Northern Vietnam

November – April: Dry season; cooler temperatures và sunny skies

May – October: Rainy season; hot, humid & high rainfall

Central Vietnam

January – August: Dry season; very hot

September – November: Rainy season; daily showers

Southern Vietnam

November – April: Dry season; sunny skies và very hot

May – October: Rainy season; heaviest rainfall between June – August


December: Most of Vietnam is dry this month, with exception of central Vietnam, with is just emerging from it’s rainy season. You’ll find comfortable temperatures in Ho chi Minh and the southern beaches are particularly wonderful this time of year. The mountains in the north can get a bit chilly. 

January: You’ll find cold winter weather in the far north during January with a misty rain all month, although Hanoi has comfortable temperatures. The south is in it’s peak of dry season and the central coast is emerging from it’s rainy season while places lượt thích Da Nang và Nha Trang being to lớn see sunny skies once more. 

Best places khổng lồ visit during winter in Vietnam

Southern coast/beaches (particularly Mui Ne and Phu Quoc island)

Ho đưa ra Minh

Best things to vì chưng in Vietnam during wintertime

Head to the beach in the south

Water sports

Scuba diving, particularly around Phu Quoc island

Spring in Vietnam


February: You’ll find the most optimal weather conditionals throughout the country in February. The south và central coasts are warm & dry. Though you may still get a cảm ứng of rain between Hoi An and Da Nang. Clear, warm days in the north make for good hiking weather. Let, the Vietnamese (Lunar) New Year & biggest festival of the year usually falls in February. 

March: Perhaps the best month khổng lồ see the whole country is during March. The skies over Halong bay clear up and the central highlands are warm and dry along with the central & south coasts. 

April: Temperatures are beginning lớn rise in the north, but spring flowers are in bloom. The central coast will have clear skies & warm days, perfect for beach weather, và the central highlands as well. There is a small chance of rain in southern Vietnam our April.

May: The south is moving into monsoon season with daily afternoon downpours, while the north is getting very hot. You may run into some rain in the north, but you’ll still see mostly clear skies. The central coast has the best weather in May with warm temperatures and sunny skies. 

Best places to lớn visit during the spring in Vietnam

Halong Bay 

Best things to bởi vì in Vietnam during springtime

Hiking/trekking in the north & central highlands

Celebrate Tet (the Lunar New Year and biggest festival in Vietnam). Most of the country shuts down during this period while Vietnamese take their holidays (and accommodation is hard khổng lồ come by).

Take an overnight junk boat cruise on Halong bay

Visit Phong Nha Caves in Phong Nha-ke Bang National Park

Hit up the south & central coast beaches

Summer in Vietnam


June: The south is in the middle of wet season & floods are increasingly common. Rain is increasing in the central highlands as well. The north is beginning to lớn get wet & trekking can become challenging, although Hanoi and Mai Chau Valley are still mostly dry during June. Central Vietnam still sees pretty decent weather.

July: Brings with it heavy rain fall in both the north và south of the country. Flooding and washed out roads makes transportation a bit more of a challenge, even in major cities lượt thích Hanoi và Ho chi Minh. The north và central coast is hot this month. Rain in the central highlands means it’s not a good month for trekking.

August: August means peak rainfall in the north và central highlands, so it’s definitely not a good time for hiking and trekking in Vietnam. You’ll see lots of rainfall at Halong bay as well. Central Vietnam is still pretty clear, but that is coming lớn an over as rainy season is just around the corner. 

Best places lớn visit during the summer in Vietnam

Da Nang

Hue

Best things to do in Vietnam during summer

Visit central Vietnam beaches such as Lang Co bay in Hue, Non Nuoc Beach in domain authority Nang, và Ha My Beach in Hoi An.


September: Temperatures are still high but rain is clearing up in the north and south of the country. Just in time for central Vietnam lớn begin it’s rainy season.

October: October is the best month for trekking in Vietnam. You’ll see ideal conditions in Sa Pa và the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark inHa Giangprovince. Meanwhile, rain is dumping in central Vietnam và beach days are a thing of the past.

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November: The north will have favorable weather conditions this month, while the south is seeing some balmy temperatures. It is still wet season in central Vietnam, & rip tides can get dangerously strong between da Nang and Hoi An due khổng lồ the northeasterly winter monsoon.

Best places to lớn visit during autumn in Vietnam

Sa Pa and the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark inHa Giangprovince

Mai Chau Valley(especially during harvest season in October)

The North và South of the country

Best things to vì chưng in Vietnam during autumn

Hiking/trekking in the North

Hit up beaches in the South

Visit the floating markets in the Mekong Delta

Take a junk boat cruise on Halong cất cánh (best time in November)

Best time lớn visit Vietnam in our opinion…


Halong Bay: Avoid visiting during rainy season (May – October) in the north, và in January due lớn low visibility and cloud cover.

Personal note: This was the only time that worked for us khổng lồ visit Halong Bay. We actually rang in the New Year on a private island. While the weather wasn’t tropical like most of the pictures we had seen, we still had a fantastic experience meeting new friends (that we still keep in cảm ứng with!), seeing beautiful sights and learning more about Vietnamese culture. But if you think cooler và possibly overcast weather will ruin your time, opt for a different time of year.

Hoi An: Avoid visiting in October due lớn heavy rainfall & possible flooding.

Da Nang – Hoi An: Avoid swimming at the beaches in this central region during November as the rip tides can be particularly dangerous this month.

Hanoi: Avoid visiting in July as heavy rainfall causes washed out roads and potential flooding.

If planning to vì some hiking or trekking: avoid visiting Vietnam during August as it will be the peak of rainy season in all the highlands.

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