The Best Time to Travel to Vietnam

Vietnam recently emerged as a tourist paradise with stunning landscapes and rich cuisine in Southeast Asia. The number of tourists from all over the world coming here is increasing day by day. But to choose the best times to travel to Vietnam, it is necessary for visitors to know information about the weather of Vietnam regions.

Overview of Vietnam’s weather

Vietnamese territory is S-shaped, stretching across many latitudes, so the climate has differentiation over time and space. The weather is quietly different between mountains and plains, among the North, the Central and the South. Depending on the places you want to visit, you should consider the time to go based on regional weather.

North Vietnam

The outstanding feature of the Northern Vietnam climate is that there are four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
  • Spring: from February to April. The weather is quite cold with an average temperature of about. There is less sunny and drizzling rain lasting during the week. At the end of spring, warm sunshine appeared, the temperature will increase gradually.
  • Summer: From May to July. It is very hot and often has heavy rains. The average temperature is 280C-310C, the maximum temperature in a day can reach 420C. Heavy rain but usually only lasts 1-2 hours.
  • Autumn: From August to October. Autumn is the most beautiful season and the North that you cannot see in other areas of Vietnam. This is the season when trees begin to change leaves, from green to yellow, preparing to enter the winter. The weather is cool and comfortable. However, rain often lasts for weeks, causing floods in some areas.
  • Winter: From November to January. Like autumn, only Northern Vietnam has winter. Winter in most of the cities in the North doesn’t appear snow, except mountainous areas like Sa Pa or Ha Giang at certain times. The average temperature is from 100C-130C, and people have to wear warm clothes when going outside.
Outstanding places: Hanoi, Sapa, Ha Giang, Moc Chau, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh, Co To Island.

Best time to go: in autumn and spring because the weather is most comfortable.
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Central Vietnam

The climate of Central Vietnam is divided into 2 main seasons: rainy and dry seasons.
  • Dry season: From January to August. Due to topographic characteristics, the weather at this time is particularly dry and hot with low humidity and average temperatures about 30oC-33oC. That is more unpleasant than the summer in the North.
  • Rainy season: From September to December. The rainy season comes with the rainfall accounting for 68-75% of the rainfall in the year which will cause big floods.
One thing that visitors need to note is that during the time from August to November, the Central occasionally has typhoons. So you should see the weather forecast carefully before traveling. Besides, some mountainous areas like Da Lat has a different climate, with cool weather during the whole of the year.
Outstanding places: Danang, Hoi An, Hue, Dalat, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon.

Best time to go: in the dry season.
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South Vietnam

This region has a typical monsoon tropical climate with two seasons: dry season and rainy season, but the time of each season is different from the Central. During the year, the temperature of the South is high and the climate is less volatile than other areas.
  • Dry season: From December to April. The temperature is high, about 25oC-30oC, but it does not feel as hot as the North and the Central
  • Rainy season: From May to November. Throughout much of the rainy season, rainfall is generally heavy but short-lasting. However, due to low terrain and many rivers as well as canals, heavy rain easily causes floods in many areas.
Outstanding places: Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai.
Best time to go: in the dry season.
See more: Best Time to Visit the South of Vietnam
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