Best Time To Visit Vietnam

The best time to visit Vietnam is between November and April, when the country’s south, central, and north regions experience dry and mild weather. The three main regions of Vietnam are quite different in terms of their climate, making Vietnam a year-round destination. 

Northern Vietnam experiences its dry season between November and April. The weather is pleasant throughout fall and spring, and temperatures drop below 20°C in January and February. From May to October, it is comfortably warm, but high humidity results in frequent rain showers. 

Central Vietnam has dry and hot weather from January to August, making it the peak season for coastal cities. Between September and December, the central coast experiences the typhoon season with heavy rainfall. However, temperatures are still balmy and ideal for visiting. 

Southern Vietnam shares the same pattern with the northern region, but winter temperatures are much higher. The weather is perfect for visiting all year round.

Monthly Travel Guide For Vietnam

Travelling in Vietnam in January

In January, the weather is dry and comfortable from the south to the north. The average temperature is 20°C across the country and may drop to 10°C in the northern cities like Sapa and Hanoi. The cold weather brings thick layers of mist to Halong Bay, but you can still witness fascinating views in the countryside. 

If you are visiting Vietnam in January, packing warm layers for chilly evenings in the north is recommended, as nighttime temperatures may be as low as 4°C. The weather is sunny and pleasant in Central and Southern Vietnam. 

The cities host entertaining shows as part of the Lunar New Year celebrations in late January. It is the best time to visit Vietnam for insight into the unique Vietnamese traditions.

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Rice Terraces

Travelling in Vietnam in February

The weather continues to be dry and warm in the southern and central regions, while mornings in the north experience long hours of sunshine. The historic sites of Central Vietnam are perfect for exploring with walking tours in February. 

The festive cheer of the Lunar New Year continues in the first week of the month. However, some restaurants and shops may be closed during the holidays.

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Hoan Kiem Lake

Travelling in Vietnam in March

March is one of the best months for enjoying all three regions, as temperatures rise to a comfortable 20°C in the north and the rest of the country remains hot and dry. The mist lifts in Halong Bay, giving way to beautiful blue skies and breathtaking views. The beaches of Hoi An are also perfect for visiting in March.  

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Halong Bay

Travelling in Vietnam in April

The crowds increase across the country in April, as the weather has the best conditions for the highlight activities in all of Vietnam. Temperatures are above 25°C in the north, making it the best time to enjoy hiking to the villages of Sapa and admiring nature in the blooming valleys. 

The weather is hotter in Central Vietnam, offering the best beach weather. As you travel south, the chances of rain will increase, but the rainy season doesn’t start until late April. It is the best time to visit Vietnam to savor different regions.

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Vietnamese Farm

Travelling in Vietnam in May

Southern Vietnam slowly enters the monsoon season in May, with brief rain showers increasing in the afternoon. The north can also experience some rain, but the grounds remain dry, and hiking is still comfortable.

Trips to Vietnam in May have a lot to offer, as temperatures are around 20°C across the country and the balmy weather is great for sightseeing in the central cities. 

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Ninh Binh

Travelling in Vietnam between June and August

From June to August, rain showers and short-lived storms are more common in the northern and southern regions. Packing up the right gear is recommended, as hiking on the muddy grounds of Sapa is challenging due to frequent rains. The weather is drier around Hanoi and the valleys, offering more comfortable treks in the countryside. 

The central coast has warm and sunny days in the monsoon season, offering the best cultural experience and city tours. Beach weather prolongs until late August, with an average temperature of 30°C on the coast. It is the best time to visit Vietnam to find more quiet time as you travel.

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Cát Bà Island

Travelling in Vietnam in September

Towards the end of September, the rains in the north and south slowly decrease, while the wet season begins for the central coast. Weather conditions can be extreme in the port cities like Danang and Hoi An, but the high season in the rest of the country begins, making it a good time for Vietnam tours.

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Rice Fields

Travelling in Vietnam in October

Frequent rains leave their place to clear skies and sunshine in the northern countryside. October is the best time to visit Vietnam for trekking and hiking across the mountains and valleys to the cozy villages of Sapa and Hanoi. 

Locals celebrate the harvest season with the Mid-Autumn Festival on the full moon, which offers a unique spectacle if you ever come across the celebrations. 

Since the central coast is under the influence of the typhoon season, it is wise to check the weather forecast before making plans.

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Halong Bay

Travelling in Vietnam in November and December

November and December are popular times for taking advantage of the warm weather in Northern Vietnam before the cold winter begins. The south is blessed with long hours of sunlight and balmy weather in November, while rain showers are common on the central coast. 

The country begins hosting flocks of visitors as the high season opens in November and remains busy until Christmas. It is one of the best times for Vietnam tours.

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Sunset Over Halong Bay

Vietnam Climate & Weather Guide

Hanoi 19°C 20°C 23°C 27°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 32°C 31°C 28°C 25°C 21°C
Danang 24°C 25°C 27°C 29°C 31°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 28°C 26°C 23°C
Hoi An 24°C 25°C 28°C 30°C 32°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 31°C 29°C 27°C 25°C
Hue City 23°C 24°C 27°C 30°C 33°C 34°C 34°C 34°C 31°C 28°C 26°C 23°C
Ho Chi Minh City 31°C 32°C 33°C 33°C 33°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 30°C 30°C 30°C
Halong Bay 19°C 20°C 23°C 27°C 31°C 32°C 33°C 32°C 31°C 28°C 25°C 22°C
Sa Pa 20°C 22°C 26°C 30°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 32°C 31°C 28°C 24°C 21°C
Hanoi 66°F 66°F 73°F 79°F 88°F 90°F 90°F 90°F 88°F 82°F 75°F 70°F
Danang 76°F 77°F 81°F 85°F 89°F 91°F 91°F 91°F 88°F 83°F 79°F 75°F
Hoi An 77°F 78°F 82°F 87°F 93°F 95°F 93°F 93°F 89°F 86°F 84°F 77°F
Hue City 74°F 76°F 81°F 87°F 92°F 94°F 94°F 94°F 88°F 83°F 79°F 75°F
Ho Chi Minh City 88°F 90°F 92°F 93°F 92°F 89°F 89°F 88°F 88°F 87°F 87°F 87°F
Halong Bay 66°F 68°F 72°F 77°F 84°F 87°F 87°F 87°F 86°F 82°F 76°F 68°F
Sa Pa 55°F 57°F 64°F 70°F 75°F 75°F 75°F 75°F 73°F 68°F 63°F 59°F
Hanoi 22 mm 28 mm 42 mm 97 mm 181 mm 242 mm 258 mm 297 mm 225 mm 125 mm 57 mm 19 mm
Danang 96 mm 34 mm 32 mm 35 mm 57 mm 97 mm 88 mm 103 mm 301 mm 528 mm 367 mm 210 mm
Hoi An 90 mm 33 mm 31 mm 35 mm 59 mm 101 mm 94 mm 108 mm 297 mm 517 mm 360 mm 201 mm
Hue City 131 mm 44 mm 50 mm 47 mm 85 mm 96 mm 98 mm 113 mm 351 mm 520 mm 445 mm 250 mm
Ho Chi Minh City 16 mm 8 mm 22 mm 61 mm 184 mm 267 mm 262 mm 253 mm 272 mm 255 mm 157 mm 67 mm
Halong Bay 27 mm 31 mm 43 mm 91 mm 168 mm 244 mm 267 mm 312 mm 206 mm 119 mm 55 mm 24 mm
Sa Pa 22 mm 33 mm 49 mm 105 mm 182 mm 242 mm 287 mm 322 mm 216 mm 111 mm 53 mm 25 mm
Hanoi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Danang 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 
Hoi An 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hue City 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 
Ho Chi Minh City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Halong Bay 0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 
Sa Pa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hanoi 7 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 5 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h
Danang 9 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h 9 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 7 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h
Hoi An 9 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h 10 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 7 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h
Hue City 9 km/h 9 km/h 10 km/h 9 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h
Ho Chi Minh City 9 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 9 km/h 6 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 8 km/h 9 km/h
Halong Bay 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 8 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h
Sa Pa 7 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 7 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h 5 km/h 5 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h 6 km/h

When to visit Vietnam

Trips to Vietnam All Year Round

Since the three primary regions of the country experience different weather conditions in the same period, Vietnam has something to offer every season. The spring and fall months offer the optimal weather for hiking in Sapa and Hanoi. Visiting the villages and towns are the highlight activities of the dry season. The blooming nature and busy local life provide a unique experience in the northern countryside in these seasons. The weather is clear in Halong Bay, making it the best time to enjoy the islands and natural wonders as you cruise on a traditional Junk Boat. 

June to August is the best time to visit Vietnam for enjoying a cultural trip in the port cities. The riverside town of Hoi An offers leisure time in the quiet low season, and the balmy temperatures make it a popular time for visiting the beaches. In winter, the entire country enjoys plenty of sunshine. It is the best season for admiring the beautiful architecture of imperial Vietnam in the south and witnessing spectacular views of the picturesque landscape. Our Ultimate Vietnam trip includes the must-see attractions across Southern, Central, and Northern Vietnam, which are perfect for exploring all year round. 

Visit Vietnam & Thailand between November and April

From November to April, you can embark on a journey to experience South-East Asia’s cultural heritage in Vietnam and Thailand. As the countries experience dry and pleasant weather throughout the season, traveling in the countryside and sightseeing in the cities offer a joyous vacation. It is the best time to visit Vietnam and Thailand with a combined trip.

From iconic islands and intricate cave systems of Halong Bay to the lush tea plantations of Thailand’s Ching Rai, nature has a lot to offer across the land. Our Incredible Vietnam & Thailand ends Bangkok trip takes you to the most intriguing countries of South-East Asia for a blend of old and new.

The Ultimate South-East Asia Experience

Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand are the gems of South-East Asia’s cultural and natural heritage, from majestic hillside monasteries to exciting urban centers, colorful floating markets, and villages to lush national parks. A trip through these rich countries offers insight into some of history’s most famous empires and civilizations while taking you on an adventure in the fascinating nature blessed by the monsoon climate.

From November to April, the vast land experiences perfect weather, making it an ideal time for exploring the heartlands of the countries. The monsoon season from May to October is also a rewarding time, as the forests and fields stretching across the continent are in full bloom. Our Vietnam & Cambodia & Thailand ends Bangkok trip offers the ultimate experience across the iconic countries of South-East Asia all year round. 


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