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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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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

Vietnam Climate Guide

Destination 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"
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"
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"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Visiting Vietnam in January

Dry and pleasant weather can be enjoyed throughout most of the country at this time of year, with the only exception being the northern regions. Temperatures can drop dramatically in these areas with mornings and late evenings feeling much cooler. 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.

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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