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The best time to visit Vietnam depends on which area you’ll be staying in. The country has three different micro-climates, making it a great year-round destination.

The peak time to travel is from November to April, as this is when the country experiences 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.

Emily, 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

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. While flights may be more expensive, hotels offer great promotions during Vietnam's low season.

Events & Festivals

  • Tet Trung Nguyen/Feast of the Wandering Souls and Hungry Ghosts (August): Viewed as the time to pardon condemned souls, thus releasing them from hell. Offerings of food are given to the homeless and animals such as birds are released.

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