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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 28°C 15mm 28°C 4mm 30°C 9mm 31°C 44mm 31°C 223mm 31°C 298mm 30°C 264mm 30°C 320mm 30°C 327mm 29°C 293mm 29°C 183mm 28°C 56mm
Halong Bay 21°C 18mm 20°C 36mm 23°C 39mm 27°C 71mm 31°C 159mm 32°C 203mm 32°C 292mm 32°C 323mm 31°C 321mm 29°C 90mm 26°C 38mm 22°C 18mm
Hanoi 20°C 16mm 21°C 30mm 23°C 38mm 28°C 87mm 32°C 196mm 33°C 241mm 33°C 309mm 32°C 334mm 31°C 253mm 29°C 117mm 26°C 40mm 22°C 20mm
Hoi An 25°C 97mm 26°C 39mm 28°C 30mm 31°C 31mm 33°C 54mm 34°C 89mm 34°C 72mm 34°C 113mm 31°C 327mm 29°C 532mm 27°C 388mm 25°C 214mm
Hue 24°C 164mm 25°C 74mm 27°C 92mm 30°C 51mm 33°C 106mm 34°C 81mm 34°C 81mm 34°C 116mm 31°C 364mm 29°C 612mm 26°C 625mm 24°C 329mm
Mekong Delta 30°C 11mm 30°C 3mm 31°C 10mm 33°C 46mm 31°C 171mm 31°C 192mm 31°C 218mm 30°C 201mm 30°C 263mm 30°C 256mm 31°C 146mm 30°C 43mm
Nha Trang 28°C 42mm 29°C 15mm 30°C 24mm 32°C 43mm 33°C 56mm 33°C 45mm 33°C 38mm 33°C 49mm 32°C 139mm 30°C 292mm 29°C 278mm 28°C 157mm
Phu Quoc 30°C 29mm 30°C 18mm 31°C 84mm 32°C 142mm 31°C 319mm 31°C 405mm 30°C 464mm 30°C 620mm 30°C 463mm 30°C 303mm 30°C 175mm 30°C 55mm
Saigon 32°C 13mm 33°C 2mm 34°C 11mm 35°C 48mm 33°C 214mm 32°C 303mm 31°C 291mm 31°C 260mm 31°C 316mm 31°C 262mm 31°C 112mm 31°C 44mm
Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps 13°C 20mm 15°C 53mm 19°C 57mm 22°C 139mm 25°C 248mm 24°C 290mm 25°C 451mm 25°C 406mm 23°C 251mm 21°C 120mm 18°C 18mm 16°C 6mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling 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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