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When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

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Overview

Vietnam is a country that is over 1.000 km (600 miles) in length and different seasons can, therefore, be found across the country. With this said, traveling around Vietnam during any season is possible. In general, the climate in Vietnam is hot and humid, but between March and April, the lowest rainfall across all destinations is found. We have created a brief resume of the different seasons and what weather to expect from the North to the South.

  • Northern region: the dry season from November to April and the wet season from May to September.
  • Central region: the dry season from January to May and the wet season from August to December with monsoons weather.
  • Southern region: dry and fresh from October to April and hot, humid from May to September.

 

 

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The Northern Region

  • December-February: 10°C–15°C (50-60°F)
    • The weather is foggy and much colder in Sapa
  • March-April: 17°C-25°C (63°-77°F)
    • Cloudy skies and little rain
  • May-August: 25°-35°C (77°-95°F)
    • Temperature rises in the next months. The more the temperature rises, the more rain – especially in July and August
  • September-October: 20°-24°C (68°-75°F)
    • Less rain and temperature comes back to warmer weather.

Top Destinations in the North

One of our top destinations in the North is the mountains in Sapa. The best time to travel to this destination for the warm and dry weather in March and April, and October to November for a cooler climate and clear days.


The capital of Vietnam is also found in the Northern region. The summer in 
Hanoi runs from May to September, where the humidity is very high together with an average temperature of 32°C (90°F). Besides the high temperature, tropical rain is also experienced in the summer months, generally arriving in the afternoons. The winters are colder with an average temperature of 17°C (62°F). The best time to visit Hanoi is between October and November where the days are not too hot, there are less rain and lots of sunshine.    


The most well-known destination in the North is 
Halong Bay, where spring and autumn are seen as the best chance for warm days together with a clear sky. March to May the chance for a clear blue sky and pleasant temperatures is the biggest. In May to November, the days are warm and humid with rain in the afternoon, the upper set of December to February where the weather is cold.

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Central Vietnam

  • January-July: 20°C-35°C (68°F-95°F)
    • Dry season with high temperatures, but rain is still common
  • August-December: 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F)
    • Hot and humid, and rain is becoming more likely.  The center is the region that is the most affected by the monsoons during the hot season.

Top Destinations in Central Vietnam

The central coastline got warm weather year-round with temperatures reaching 38°C (100°F) in the summer of July and August. Here well-known cities like Da Nang and Hoi An is located. In the winter the temperature will go down to  24°C (75°F) together with heavy rainfall in August to November and occasional typhoons hit during this time. The dry season is found between February and July together with high temperatures.   


To see the green season in the mountains near
Dalat, May to November is the best once due to the wet season. Like every other place in Central Vietnam, the temperatures are consistent year-round with an average temperature of 20°C (68°F).


Another famous destination in Central Vietnam is
Hue, where the dry season is found from January to August, but with afternoon rain is still common. The wet season is found from October to November, where heavy rains can cause flooding. The temperatures can reach 35°C (95°F) in the summer period, but else the temperatures are found to be consistent.

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The Southern Region

  • December-April: 30°C-35°C (86°F-95°F)
    • Warm and dry weather that is perfect for a beach holiday
  • May-November: 30°C (86°F)
    • Short violent rainfalls in the late afternoons but still high temperatures

Top Destinations in the South

In general, the weather in the south is consistently warm due to the close location to the equator. Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), is the largest city in Vietnam and the tropical weather is marked by a wet and dry season. Here the rain season is visa versa in the North and is found from May to November. As the rain month comes in the afternoon, the season is not affected by the weather the same way as in the North and nature will just be blooming and green in the wet season.     


The warm temperature in the South creates the perfect destination for a beach holiday where year-round temperatures are 30°C (86°F). Traveling here you have to be aware that especially  
Nha Trang is affected by monsoon season from September to January.   

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