For those who want to enjoy a vacation in Vietnam, it’s critical to consider the best time to visit the country. Unlike many Western countries, Vietnam has a unique climate that doesn’t fit in line with traditional seasons. It’s also important to remember how big Vietnam is – different areas of the country have different climates throughout the year.
But if you want to enjoy your trip to Vietnam, you need to make sure to choose the perfect time to visit. In most cases, the best time to go will be either Fall (August – October) or Spring (February – April). These are the times of year where the temperature is most enjoyable and there isn’t too much rain — though you can always expect a little rain depending on the region that you’re visiting.
Regardless of the time of year, Vietnam is typically a warm country. The South is the warmest — temperatures can reach up to 100F during summer. On the other hand, the North can get cold during the winter months.
Keep in mind — it’s not just the weather that you need to consider when planning a trip to Vietnam. You should also make sure to avoid peak tourist months if you don’t want too many crowds. Both July and August typically see a large number of tourists flocking to the country — even though this is one of the worst times to visit the country in terms of weather.
The Tet Festival can also be a nightmare — roads will be extremely busy and crowded throughout the festival.
If you’re looking for a full assessment of the best times to visit different regions in Vietnam, check out the sections below:
Far North Vietnam
This area of Vietnam experiences larger variations in weather than other areas of the country — there is a distinct summer and winter in the Far North. Between October and March the weather will be cold (especially during December); it will also be dry, aside from some potential snow in the colder months. You should make sure to wear appropriate clothes if you visit the country during these months.
On the other hand, April to September is generally much hotter — unfortunately, it’s also much wetter. If you’re planning on trekking the Sapa, we recommend you look at times between March and May or September and November.
While North Vietnam isn’t as far north as the previous area we covered, it still has its two seasons — winter and summer. If you’re looking to avoid the winter months, it typically runs from November to April — you should make sure to bring appropriate clothing for these months, especially if you visit in December or January.
On the other hand, you’ll find that between May and October the summer months bring humid weather. It can get extremely hot — it also typically rains quite a bit during certain parts of this time period. If you’re looking to take a boat at Halong Bay, you may need to be careful during this season because the rain can sometimes impact boat trips.
If you’re looking for enjoyable dry times to visit the area, you should aim March to June and September to October!
Central Vietnam doesn’t get as cold as some of the Northern parts of the country. In fact, between January and August, you’ll find that temperatures are often extremely hot. On the other hand, between October and November it gets a bit colder and the weather can get extremely wet — in fact, you may even experience a typhoon if you visit during this time period!
If you’re visiting Hoi An, you may find it hard to predict the weather — there can be huge variations (even within a few hours)! If you’re planning on visiting Hue, you should know that the rainy season typically occurs between October and December. The hot summer months in Hue are normally between May and August.
Those who want to visit Hoi An without any rain should aim at dates between February and July — though these months can get hot. Alternatively, you can always consider Nha Trang, which has a more extensive dry season between January and September. It’s a great option if you want to avoid rain!
South Vietnam is much easier to predict than other areas of the country. You don’t have to worry about extreme temperatures and different seasons — the weather stays fairly constant throughout the entire year. If you’re looking for a specific dry season, you’re best to target times between November and the start of May. The later you wait, the hotter it will get.
After May, it gets pretty wet until November — if you don’t want to visit Vietnam during the wet season, it’s best to avoid these months as much as possible. This being said, you can typically expect the rain to happen during the afternoons. You can plan trips and activities in the mornings to avoid this issue. You can expect temperature throughout the year to range between 70F and 90F.
If you want to head to the island of Phu Quoc, you should make sure to be aware of the typhoon season. It typically lasts between July and October. If you’re looking for dry weather to head to the beach on the island, we recommend that you stay between November and July. This is the best way to enjoy the sun in Phu Quoc.
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