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When is the best time to visit Vietnam

The weather in Vietnam can be split pretty different by region. In Hanoi & the North, it is normally humid and hot from May to October, with high rainfall; while November to April is cooler and dry. In the mountainous areas in the Far North, December & January can be particularly cold. Central Vietnam experiences hot, dry weather between January & August when temperatures can reach the 30°C; whilst high levels of rainfall can come in September, October & November. Southern Vietnam is generally dry and hot from November to April, and warm and wet between May & October, with the highest rainfall in June, July & August.
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Month by Month Guide To Travel in Vietnam

Visit Vietnam in January

The weather in Vietnam can vary wildly between regions, but January blesses the whole country with sunny and dry days. Temperatures drop in the evenings, so pack layers. Tet (New Year) usually falls at the end of January, bringing crowds and higher prices. Dry and pleasant weather can be enjoyed throughout the country at this time of year, although mornings and late evenings can get cold in the north of the country. This is especially the case for Sapa and Ha Giang. River travel is at its peak, while for the best beach weather we recommend heading to Phu Quoc for guaranteed sunshine. It's worth noting that Halong Bay can get quite hazy at this time of year and you may not be guaranteed the best views.
Best Time to Visit vietnam - In January

Visit Vietnam in February

With dry and bright days across the country, February is one of the best times to travel to Vietnam. There may be the odd shower in Hoi An and Hue, but with mostly sunny days, it's still a great month to stroll around these pretty towns. The cold mornings begin to disappear in the north and hot dry weather is expected throughout the country. One thing to note when travelling in February is that during TET (Vietnamese New Year) the majority of shops, museums and restaurants are closed for about a week, so this may impact your stay.
Best time to visit Vietnam - February

Visit Vietnam in March

This is peak season for travel to Vietnam. Getting the right balance of weather conditions throughout Vietnam’s tempestuous calendar is no mean feat, but March gets pretty close. Do not leave your accommodation without your camera! Beachgoers now have a better choice of destinations, with Mui Ne, Con Dao and Nha Trang all getting good weather. Towards the end of the month, Hoi An is also feasible as a beach destination. This is the perfect time to visit Halong, which should have clear blue skies without haze.
Best time to visit Vietnam - March

Visit Vietnam in April

Central Vietnam takes centre stage; crisp blue skies and abundant sunshine make it one of the best times to visit. It's pleasant in the north, but there will be some rain towards the end of the month. Expect hot days in the south. Like March, April is peak time to travel to the country and you will notice more crowds, with great weather expected everywhere.
Best time to visit Vietnam - April

Visit Vietnam in May

Whilst the rainy season is on its way, conditions remain favourable in central Vietnam. The heaviest showers will hit the north and the south, but it’s more a case of taking cover for a few hours than hiding out in your hotel room. It's getting hot, and May offers a wonderful opportunity to miss the high season prices of April.
Best time to visit Vietnam - May

Visit Vietnam in June

The weather in Vietnam varies by area throughout the year, but in June the differences couldn’t be more pronounced. Skies in the south open for a good dousing, but before you take a red pen to your itinerary, bear in mind that there are plenty of dry daylight hours. You may get the odd shower in the north and south of the country, however, Hanoi, Mai Chau and Halong are likely to have clear blue skies for the majority of the time. The best place to be is in central Vietnam, where the sun is out in full force. Very little rain is expected in Lang Co, and Hoi An serves as a lovely beach destination. Grab a low season bargain before the European school holidays begin next month.
Best Time to Visit Vietnam - June

Visit Vietnam in July

July takes with one hand, but it certainly gives with the other. Whilst certain activities are off the cards, tourist numbers will be much lower and the central cities and beaches remain fine. Central Vietnam is the best place to be, seeing hours of sunshine and little rain. The rest of Vietnam is likely to experience some showers, but not enough to impact on your enjoyment.
Best time to visit Vietnam-July

Visit Vietnam in August

August is a mixed weather bag. The central areas of Hoi An and Danang remain mostly dry and hot, whilst the rain continues in both the north and south. Central Vietnam plays as the best place to visit at this time of year, although the rest of the country is still worth visiting providing you don't mind a few showers. While flights may be more expensive, hotels offer great promotions during Vietnam's low season.
Best time to visit Vietnam - August

Visit Vietnam in September

It’s all change in September. Catch the last of the sun on Vietnam's central coast before the rains become more frequent towards the end of month. The south will be rainy, but with temperate conditions and plenty of dry hours, a few days here shouldn’t be ruled out. The north is usually very wet at this time of year, but hotels are cheap.
Best time to visit Vietnam - September

Visit Vietnam in October

The sun comes back to the north of the country and this is a great time to trek in Sapa or venture off the beaten track in Ha Giang. With decreasing rainfall and humidity, northern areas start to wave farewell to the rain. Conversely, October brings warmer temperatures with plentiful downpours and storms to central Vietnam. While this isn't the best time for a beach holiday, Vietnam has so much else to offer and travelling in October means you beat the crowds.
Best time to visit Vietnam - October

Visit Vietnam in November

November marks the beginning of peak travel season and many flock to Vietnam before the colder winter months in the north; the beaches are back, the mountains are lush and the rivers are brimming. The last rains of the season hit the central regions the hardest. Towards the end of the month, the whole country will generally be hot and dry, the exception being the central region, which may experience a few showers.
Best time to visit Vietnam - November

Visit Vietnam in December

Hurrrah! Vietnam is at its best in December. Expect very little rain and pleasant temperatures in the north – ideal for walkers – and clear blue skies and sunshine down in the south. It can be chilly at night, so pack a jumper. There is still a chance of rain in the central part of the country. Beach season begins again on Phu Quoc. We advise travelling before the Christmas period as availability is few and far between.
Best time to visit Vietnam - December (2)

Events & Festivals

  • 01

    Hoi An Lantern Festival: Once a month, when the Full Moon appears, Hoi An swaps its fluorescent lights for illuminated coloured lanterns. Paper lanterns with candles are also sent down the Thu Bon river with a wish for happiness, love and luck.
  • 02

    Lunar New Year/TET: The biggest festival of the year, sometimes lasting a week or more. In the streets you will see lots of red and yellow, which are considered good luck, and travel may be busier at this time. During this event, you will see most of the cities emptier as people come back to hometown for family reunite.
  • 03

    Perfume Pagoda Festival: A unique event held in every March when a network of caves built into the Huong Tich Mountain play host to thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. Festivities at the top include colourful parades, traditional dances and offerings of food.
  • 04

    Hung Kings Temple Festival: A national holiday honouring the Hung Kings as the first emperors and founders of Vietnam. Congregations visit the Hung Temple on Nghia Linh Mountain in Phu Tho Province before ascending the mountain, pausing at every temple on the way to offer prayers to the Hung Kings.
  • 05

    Reunification Day: A national holiday celebrating the unity of the north and the south of the country following the Vietnam War in 1975. Parades with marching bands are normally held in the morning, and fireworks displays dominate the skies in the evening. Some tourist attractions will be closed at this time.
  • 06

    Independence Day: It marks the date in 1945 that Vietnam was declared free from French colonial rule by President Ho Chi Minh and became the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Whilst the country was later united as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1976, September 2nd remains recognized as Independence Day of Vietnam.
  • 07

    Mid-Autumn Festival or Tet Trung Thu: An opportunity for parents and children to spend time together after the harvest season. Mid-Autumn Festival is always celebrated during the full moon so mooncakes, Bánh Trung Thu – a sweet dessert containing meat/red bean paste and salted egg yolk - are widely available at this time.
  • 08

    Ox Racing Festival: A Khmer ethnic minority tradition that celebrates and commemorates ancestors. Oxen owners work hard in preparation for the autumn-winter rice crop and use this festival to demonstrate their perseverance and the strength of their oxen.
  • 09

    Dalat Flower Festival: The festival showcases a colourful array of flower and vegetable displays; Dalat’s unusually mild climate is ideal for flowers. The opening ceremony is a vibrant display of traditional music and dance against a floral backdrop.

Vietnam Climate Guide

Destination
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
12ºC
25mm
14ºC
59mm
17ºC
67mm
21ºC
151mm
23ºC
276mm
23ºC
314mm
24ºC
467mm
24ºC
441mm
22ºC
277mm
20ºC
132mm
17ºC
11mm
15ºC
3mm
29ºC
30mm
30ºC
17mm
31ºC
82mm
31ºC
141mm
31ºC
321mm
31ºC
407mm
30ºC
457mm
30ºC
625mm
30ºC
463mm
30ºC
303mm
29ºC
178mm
29ºC
55mm
23ºC
8mm
25ºC
26mm
25ºC
56mm
26ºC
169mm
25ºC
209mm
24ºC
166mm
23ºC
254mm
23ºC
219mm
24ºC
302mm
23ºC
230mm
23ºC
92mm
22ºC
27mm
28ºC
15mm
28ºC
4mm
30ºC
9mm
31ºC
44mm
31ºC
223mm
31ºC
298mm
30ºC
264mm
30ºC
320mm
30ºC
327mm
29ºC
293mm
29ºC
183mm
28ºC
56mm
14ºC
13mm
16ºC
23mm
20ºC
30mm
24ºC
74mm
26ºC
166mm
27ºC
236mm
28ºC
290mm
27ºC
292mm
26ºC
158mm
23ºC
82mm
19ºC
45mm
16ºC
18mm
21ºC
20mm
21ºC
37mm
23ºC
43mm
27ºC
69mm
31ºC
182mm
33ºC
198mm
33ºC
257mm
32ºC
324mm
31ºC
405mm
29ºC
150mm
26ºC
58mm
22ºC
28mm
18ºC
15mm
20ºC
36mm
23ºC
28mm
27ºC
70mm
31ºC
185mm
32ºC
272mm
33ºC
247mm
33ºC
264mm
31ºC
156mm
28ºC
89mm
24ºC
38mm
21ºC
15mm
24ºC
96mm
26ºC
39mm
27ºC
30mm
30ºC
31mm
32ºC
54mm
34ºC
91mm
33ºC
74mm
33ºC
115mm
31ºC
326mm
28ºC
529mm
26ºC
385mm
24ºC
212mm
Month

Jan
12ºC
25mm

Feb
14ºC
59mm

Mar
17ºC
67mm

Apr
21ºC
151mm

May
23ºC
276mm

Jun
23ºC
314mm

Jul
24ºC
467mm

Aug
24ºC
441mm

Sep
22ºC
277mm

Oct
20ºC
132mm

Nov
17ºC
11mm

Dec
15ºC
3mm
Month

Jan
29ºC
30mm

Feb
30ºC
17mm

Mar
31ºC
82mm

Apr
31ºC
141mm

May
31ºC
321mm

Jun
31ºC
407mm

Jul
30ºC
457mm

Aug
30ºC
625mm

Sep
30ºC
463mm

Oct
30ºC
303mm

Nov
29ºC
178mm

Dec
29ºC
55mm
Month

Jan
23ºC
8mm

Feb
25ºC
26mm

Mar
25ºC
56mm

Apr
26ºC
169mm

May
25ºC
209mm

Jun
24ºC
166mm

Jul
23ºC
254mm

Aug
23ºC
219mm

Sep
24ºC
302mm

Oct
23ºC
230mm

Nov
23ºC
92mm

Dec
22ºC
27mm
Month

Jan
28ºC
15mm

Feb
28ºC
4mm

Mar
30ºC
9mm

Apr
31ºC
44mm

May
31ºC
223mm

Jun
31ºC
298mm

Jul
30ºC
264mm

Aug
30ºC
320mm

Sep
30ºC
327mm

Oct
29ºC
293mm

Nov
29ºC
183mm

Dec
28ºC
56mm
Month

Jan
14ºC
13mm

Feb
16ºC
23mm

Mar
20ºC
30mm

Apr
24ºC
74mm

May
26ºC
166mm

Jun
27ºC
236mm

Jul
28ºC
290mm

Aug
27ºC
292mm

Sep
26ºC
158mm

Oct
23ºC
82mm

Nov
19ºC
45mm

Dec
16ºC
18mm
Month

Jan
21ºC
20mm

Feb
21ºC
37mm

Mar
23ºC
43mm

Apr
27ºC
69mm

May
31ºC
182mm

Jun
33ºC
198mm

Jul
33ºC
257mm

Aug
32ºC
324mm

Sep
31ºC
405mm

Oct
29ºC
150mm

Nov
26ºC
58mm

Dec
22ºC
28mm
Month

Jan
18ºC
15mm

Feb
20ºC
36mm

Mar
23ºC
28mm

Apr
27ºC
70mm

May
31ºC
185mm

Jun
32ºC
272mm

Jul
33ºC
247mm

Aug
33ºC
264mm

Sep
31ºC
156mm

Oct
28ºC
89mm

Nov
24ºC
38mm

Dec
21ºC
15mm
Month

Jan
24ºC
96mm

Feb
26ºC
39mm

Mar
27ºC
30mm

Apr
30ºC
31mm

May
32ºC
54mm

Jun
34ºC
91mm

Jul
33ºC
74mm

Aug
33ºC
115mm

Sep
31ºC
326mm

Oct
28ºC
529mm

Nov
26ºC
385mm

Dec
24ºC
212mm

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