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Floating market on the Mekong Delta

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

The best time to visit Vietnam is between November and April. This is when the country experiences the least amount of rain.

Northern Vietnam

There are two distinct seasons. It’s hot from May to October, but the high humidity leads to significant rainfall.

The weather cools down from November to April and it’s much drier. December and January are the coldest months – temperatures drop as low as 10℃ in most areas.

Central Vietnam

Central Vietnam’s summer season lasts from January until the end of August. The weather is hot and dry, with temperatures between 21℃ and 35℃.

Conditions between September and December are much wetter, although temperatures remain balmy.

Southern Vietnam

Southern Vietnam’s hot and dry season starts in November and finishes at the end of April, with temperatures often reaching 30°C.

Rain falls between May and October, but the weather still remains warm, usually between 25°C and 32°C.

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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.

Jack, Southeast Asia 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 Vietnam at this time of year. River travel is at its peak, with cruises along the Mekong Delta and the Red River. For the best beach weather, we recommend heading to Phu Quoc for guaranteed sunshine, with highs of 30°C.

However, temperatures can drop dramatically in the northern regions in January, with mornings and late evenings feeling much cooler. This is especially the case for Sapa and Ha Giang, with temperatures dropping to a cold 5 °C. The air can get quite hazy at this time of year, especially in Halong Bay, so you may not be guaranteed the best views.

Events & Festivals

  • The biggest festival of the year is Tet – Lunar New Year. It’s seen as a fresh start, so residents declutter their houses and throw firecrackers (or make other loud noises) to scare away evil spirits. You will see lots of red and yellow in the streets, because these colours are considered good luck. There are lots of free celebrations, with traditional shows and dragon dance performances. The date varies depending on the lunar calendar, but it normally takes between late January and early February. Travel is busier at this time and many shops, restaurants and museums shut for the holiday.

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