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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 50°F 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 70°F and 95°F.

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 86°F.

Rain falls between May and October, but the weather still remains warm, usually between 77°F and 90°F.

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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 86°F.

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 41°F. 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.
Hanoi locals burning fake money in celebration of Tet

Visiting Vietnam in February

The cold mornings begin to disappear in the north and hot dry weather is expected throughout the majority of the country. Northern Vietnam remains an exception and feels much colder. One thing to note when traveling in February is that during TET (Vietnamese New Year) the majority of shops, museums and restaurants are closed for about a week, so this may impact your stay.

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.
Halong Bay

Visiting Vietnam in March

March is the peak season for travelling to Vietnam. Beachgoers have a better choice of destinations, with Mui Ne, Con Dao and Nha Trang all getting good weather. Hoi An is also a feasible beach destination towards the end of the month, with temperatures rising to 82°F.

March is the best time to visit Halong Bay, which should have clear blue skies without haze, and very little rain.

Events & Festivals

  • Phu Giay Festival takes place at Phu Giay Temple, Nam Dinh province, in the third month of the lunar calendar, which is sometimes March. Participants pay tribute to Lieu Hanh, who is one of the four immortal gods in Vietnamese culture, and take part in traditional activities like folk singing.
  • Thay Pagoda Festival commemorates the life of inventor Tu Dao Hanh with a procession and water puppetry performances. It takes place in either March or April each year.
Bike Tour in Mai Chau

Visiting Vietnam in April

Great weather is expected almost everywhere in April, so you will notice more crowds.

The temperatures in northern Vietnam are in the mid-twenties by this time, so conditions are still good for those who want to hike around areas like Ha Giang and Sapa, where you can walk through paddy fields and visit the traditional villages of H’mong and Dao.

Beachgoers still have their pick, with the average temperature in central Vietnam around 82°F. In the south, temperatures are slightly higher, but there’s also a greater chance of rain.

Events & Festivals

  • Thay Pagoda Festival commemorates the life of inventor Tu Dao Hanh with a procession and water puppetry performances. It takes place in either March or April each year.
  • The Hung Festival is a national holiday that marks the birth of the first kings in Vietnam. People congregate at the Hung Temple to make offerings, then celebrate by enjoying traditional performances.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park,Vietnam

Visiting Vietnam in May

May offers a wonderful opportunity to miss the high season prices of April. It gets hot at this time of year, with temperatures reaching between 82°F and 86°F. Rain should hold off, but you may get the odd shower towards the end of the month in the northern and southern regions, normally in the middle of the afternoon.

Most of the central region stays nice and sunny, although there’s a chance of rainfall in the Central Highlands and Dalat.

Events & Festivals

  • Chua Xu Festival marks the time when the stone statue of Chua Xu is bathed.
  • International Labour Day (1 May) is a national holiday and also signifies the start of spring.
  • The holy day Phat Dan celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.
Fisherman, Hoi An

Visiting Vietnam in June

June is the perfect time to grab a low-season bargain before the European school holidays begin next month.

The best place to be in June is the central region, where the sun is out in full force. Very little rain is expected, and Hoi An serves as a lovely beach destination.

Temperatures in the north are in the early thirties, with regular rainfall and occasional storms meaning trekking is no longer an option, especially not in the mountains.

It rains daily in the south in June, but not for prolonged periods.

Events & Festivals

  • The summer solstice, known as Tet Doan Ngo, is celebrated in Vietnam.
Ninh Binh

Visiting Vietnam in July

Central Vietnam is an ideal destination in July, with temperatures of 88°F, hours of sunshine and little rain. The beaches remain pleasant places to spend time on your trip, although the Central Highlands and Dalat are best avoided due to the higher volume of rain.

The rest of Vietnam will experience some showers, especially Hanoi and Halong Bay. But it’s still hot, with average temperatures of 86°F in the north and 84°F in the south.

Relaxing at Quyet Tiem Market, Ha Giang

Visiting Vietnam in August

Central Vietnam is the best place to visit at this time of year, although the rest of the country is still worth visiting providing you don't mind a few showers. Temperatures are reliably warm no matter where you go.

While flights may be more expensive, hotels offer great promotions during Vietnam's low season. And if you go to the Con Dao coastline, you have the chance to see sea turtles hatching and making their way to the ocean.

Events & Festivals

  • Tet Trung Nguyen is the Feast of the Wandering Souls and Hungry Ghosts. It’s viewed as the time to pardon condemned souls, thus releasing them from hell, and everyone is forgiven for their faults. Offerings of food are given to the homeless and animals such as birds are released.
Ninh Van Bay near Nah Trang, Vietnam

Visiting Vietnam in September

Catch the last of the sun on Vietnam’s central coast before the rains become more frequent towards the end of September. Temperatures start to drop (although they still reach the late twenties on average) and storms are far more likely to occur.

The north and south are usually very wet at this time of year, but the hotels are good value and the rains slowly start to ease off before the end of the month.

Events & Festivals

  • Mid-Autumn Festival is on a different date every year, but always on the full moon between September and October. It’s a harvest festival that celebrates gathering, thanksgiving, and praying. Dragon and lion dances are performed, lanterns are lit, and children are gifted with sweets and toys.
  • Vietnam National Day takes place on 2nd September. It’s a national holiday commemorating the Vietnam Declaration of Independence from France in 1945. This patriotic day is celebrated with a parade through the capital of Hanoi.
Tram Ton Pass, Sapa

Visiting Vietnam in October

The sun comes back to the north of the country and this is a great time to trek in Sapa or venture off the beaten track in Ha Giang. While this isn't the best time for a beach vacation, Vietnam has so much else to offer and traveling in October means you beat the crowds.

Events & Festivals

  • Mid-Autumn Festival is on a different date every year, but always on the full moon between September and October. It’s a harvest festival that celebrates gathering, thanksgiving, and praying. Dragon and lion dances are performed, lanterns are lit, and children are gifted with sweets and toys.
Mekong Delta

Visiting Vietnam in November

The high season begins again, with many travellers flocking to Vietnam before the colder winter months in the north. Most of the country will be hot and dry towards the end of November, except the central region, which will experience some heavy showers.

The north remains at a very pleasant 75°F, with a significant reduction in rainfall, while the south begins its summer season again. The drop in humidity means conditions are far more comfortable and the sun shines brightly all day.

Events & Festivals

  • The Oc Bom Boc Festival, a boat racing festival in Soc Trang, can take place in November or December.
Tropical shores of Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Visiting Vietnam in December

There is still a chance of rain in the central part of the country; however, the rest of Vietnam will be hot and dry. Beach season begins again on Phu Quoc. We advise traveling before the Christmas period as availability is few and far between.

Events & Festivals

  • The Oc Bom Boc Festival, a boat racing festival in Soc Trang, can take place in November or December.

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