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Vietnam is a country which benefits from having three different micro climates, making it a great year-round destination. November to April is seen as the peak time to travel as this is when the country sees the least amount of rain; however, when the rains come to the north and south of the country during the rest of the year, the weather in the varied central region of Vietnam stays hot and dry. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay is best seen in March and April, the stunning caves of Phong Nha between February and August, and the vibrant Mekong Delta between October and May.

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Month-by-month guide to traveling in Vietnam

Visiting Vietnam in January

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.

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Events & Festivals

  • Lunar New Year/TET (date varies): 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.


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Vietnam Climate Guide

Place Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Con Dao Islands 82°F 1" 82°F 0" 86°F 0" 88°F 2" 88°F 9" 88°F 12" 86°F 10" 86°F 13" 86°F 13" 84°F 12" 84°F 7" 82°F 2"
Halong Bay 70°F 1" 68°F 1" 73°F 2" 81°F 3" 88°F 6" 90°F 8" 90°F 11" 90°F 13" 88°F 13" 84°F 4" 79°F 1" 72°F 1"
Hanoi 68°F 1" 70°F 1" 73°F 1" 82°F 3" 90°F 8" 91°F 9" 91°F 12" 90°F 13" 88°F 10" 84°F 5" 79°F 2" 72°F 1"
Hoi An 77°F 4" 79°F 2" 82°F 1" 88°F 1" 91°F 2" 93°F 4" 93°F 3" 93°F 4" 88°F 13" 84°F 21" 81°F 15" 77°F 8"
Hue 75°F 6" 77°F 3" 81°F 4" 86°F 2" 91°F 4" 93°F 3" 93°F 3" 93°F 5" 88°F 14" 84°F 24" 79°F 25" 75°F 13"
Mekong Delta 86°F 0" 86°F 0" 88°F 0" 91°F 2" 88°F 7" 88°F 8" 88°F 9" 86°F 8" 86°F 10" 86°F 10" 88°F 6" 86°F 2"
Nha Trang 82°F 2" 84°F 1" 86°F 1" 90°F 2" 91°F 2" 91°F 2" 91°F 1" 91°F 2" 90°F 5" 86°F 11" 84°F 11" 82°F 6"
Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps 55°F 1" 59°F 2" 66°F 2" 72°F 5" 77°F 10" 75°F 11" 77°F 18" 77°F 16" 73°F 10" 70°F 5" 64°F 1" 61°F 0"
Phu Quoc 86°F 1" 86°F 1" 88°F 3" 90°F 6" 88°F 13" 88°F 16" 86°F 18" 86°F 24" 86°F 18" 86°F 12" 86°F 7" 86°F 2"
Saigon 90°F 1" 91°F 0" 93°F 0" 95°F 2" 91°F 8" 90°F 12" 88°F 11" 88°F 10" 88°F 12" 88°F 10" 88°F 4" 88°F 2"

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Vietnam

Street vendor, Dalat, Vietnam
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What to do in Vietnam: our highlights guide

Our guide will help immerse you in the sights, people and landscapes of Vietnam. Whether you plan to visit a floating market on the Mekong Delta, sample street food in Hanoi or explore Saigon at night on a vespa.

Pho bo (Vietnamese beef noodles), a classic dish eaten throughout Vietnam
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Vietnam food

Vietnam’s cuisine varies from being more salty in the north to spicier in the south. Country Specialist, Lauren, selects some of her top dishes and where to try them such as Vietnam’s national dish pho, bun cha in Hanoi, cau lau noodles in Hoi An and a food tour in Hanoi.

Hayley on a boat trip around the 4000 Islands, Laos

The summer months from May to August serve as an excellent opportunity to visit some of central Vietnam's gems. You may still get some showers in other parts of the country, but overall there will be fewer crowds, hotels will be cheaper and the sun will be out in Hoi An and Lang Co. A few highlights in central Vietnam include the ancient capital of Hue, the charming UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Hoi An, the white sands of Lang Co and the beautiful Truong Son mountains.

Hayley, Indochina Specialist
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