Vietnam

Land of the Rising Dragon

Best time to visit Vietnam

Although Vietnam is generally warm and humid, the weather can vary considerably across different regions due to the country’s length.

In the northern regions of Ha Giang, Sapa and Bac Ha the dry season starts in October and extends to late March, while the wet season runs from April to September. The coldest months are generally December and January. In regions with high elevations these months can be particularly cold.

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Mai Chau & Ninh Binh have a cool and dry winter that goes from November to April. The temperatures rise during May until October when rainfalls reach their peak.

In Central Vietnam hot temperatures run from February to August, when the rainfalls become more frequent, eventually reaching their peak by November.

Ho Chi Minh, The Mekong Delta & Phu Quoc have relatively stable temperatures during the year. The dry season lasts from November to May and the wet season starts in May and extends to November.

January

Plenty of sun, blue skies and cool temperatures in the northern regions of Sapa, Ha Giang Ninh Binh and Cuc Phuong with average temperatures of 16°C in the highlands with minimal chances of rain.

The rain season for central Vietnam comes to an end and the weather conditions get better for beach enthusiasts. Sunny days and cool nights are expected in Hoi An and Nha Trang.

Little or no rain expected in South Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Con Dao, Phu Quoc and Phan Thiet with great weather conditions. Low levels of humidity and plenty of sun with the temperatures averaging 26°C.

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February

Conditions in the northern regions of Sapa, Ha Giang Ninh Binh, Hanoi, Mai Chau and Cuc Phuong are great for trekking with very little chances of rain. Temperatures average 16°C and dropping considerably during the night in the mountains.

Plenty of sun, warm temperatures and dry weather in Hue, Danang and Hoi An. Conditions in these and other areas of central Vietnam are at their bests for beach enthusiasts and outdoor activities.

Slightly warmer temperatures in the south with little or no rain. Average temperatures of 28°C in Ho Chi Minh, Phan Thiet, Con Dao and Phu Quoc

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March

Good weather expected throughout the country. Lots of sun, minimal rain and blue skies in the north with temperatures averaging 20°C. Perfect conditions for outdoor activities around Sapa, Hanoi, Halong Bay and Ha Giang.

The beach remains the favourite option in this part of the year. Hoi An, Hue and Danang are expected to have great conditions with average temperatures of 29°C.

Temperatures in the south start rising with temperatures hovering the 30°C in the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh City, Phan Thiet and Mui Ne.

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April

April marks the end of the high season. Tourist numbers start decreasing and the temperatures across the country will quickly rise. Rainfalls are more likely towards the end of the month however plenty of dry days are expected.

Humidity levels rise and chances of rain increase in the northern regions with average temperatures of 24°C. Still a great time for trekking around Sapa and Ha Giang.

Temperatures are rising in central Vietnam but still great weather to enjoy the beaches of Danang, Nha Trang and Hoi An. Hotter temperatures can be expected in Ho Chin Minh, Phan Thiet and Mui Ne towards the end of the month

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May

Weather in May can vary considerably across Vietnam. Chances of rain increase in the north but still good time to do some trekking in the mountains. Temperatures continue to rise as well as humidity levels.

Central Vietnam still enjoys good conditions in the coast with blue skies and rising temperatures (29°C – 30 °C Ave.) Chances of rain increase around Hoi An, Danang and Hue as well as in Southern Vietnam but plenty of sunny days are expected.

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June

Expect average temperatures of 30 °C in the north and showers become more frequent in the mountains of Sapa, Ha Giang Ninh Binh and Mai Chau. Visitor numbers decrease as opposed to the humidity levels.

Weather conditions are still good in central Vietnam although chances of short rainfalls are likely. The region still receives plenty of sun however the chances of rain increase in southern Vietnam.

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July

Rainfalls, hot and humid weather are expected in the northern regions. Trekking is not recommended at this time of the year since the mountains can be particularly wet.

Temperatures in Central Vietnam remain hot (32°C ave) and occasional showers are expected although the region is predominantly dry.  Nha Trang, Hoi An and Danang still have plenty of sun.

Showers in South Vietnam are expected although they are unlikely last long. Dry days and blue skies are still expected with temperatures averaging the 29°C

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August

Showers and hot temperatures are expected in Northern Vietnam. Tourist numbers are relatively low making it a good time to avoid crowds. However outdoor activities are not recommended in the mountains.

Danang and Hoi An are likely to have good weather with occasional rainfalls. Temperatures remain high in central Vietnam and precipitation in Hue and the Central Highlands is more frequent.

Rainfalls continue in south Vietnam although they alternate with dry blue sky days with average temperatures of 29°C.

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September

Hot temperatures in the North (Ave. 29°C) with likelihood to decrease towards the end of the month. Rainfall is expected but it generally eases off as September comes to a close.

Chances of rain increase in central Vietnam. Precipitations in Hue and Hoi An are expected with a small drop in temperature. Possibilities of storms in Dalat and Nha Trang.

Rainfall decreases in the south and temperatures remain high (Ave. 29°C). Although showers are expected the southern regions still get plenty of sunny days.

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October

Conditions continue to get better in the North for trekking and outdoor activities.  Temperatures decreasing (Ave 25°C) and rainfalls becoming less frequent in Ha Giang and Sapa.

Central Vietnam is now in the middle of its rain season and showers are expected with chances of storms. Danang, Hoi An, Hue and Nha Trang are expected to have recurrent rainfalls that gradually become less frequent towards the end of the month.

Weather improves in Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Phu Quoc and Ho Chi Minh City with rainfalls being replaced by sunny and dry days.

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November

Weather conditions in the northern mountains are perfect for trekking.  Moderate temperatures and little rain in Ha Giang and Sapa. In Halong Bay, Mai Chau and Cuc Phuong humidity levels are low and conditions look promising for boat cruises.

It’s the peak of the rain season in central Vietnam. Rain is expected in Hue, Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang. Conditions are usually better in the Central Highlands and Dalat with little rain expected.

Great weather conditions are expected in the South. Humidity levels are low and blue skies make the beaches of Mui Ne, Phan Thiet and Phu Quoc a prime destination in November.

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December

Weather conditions continue to improve across the country. Temperatures are relatively low in the North averaging 19 °C around Halong Bay, Ha Giang Ninh Binh, Sapa and Hanoi. Conditions are excellent for trekking although warm clothes are recommended for night temperatures at the mountains.

Rainfall in central Vietnam becomes less frequent as it gets to the end of the ‘wet season’. However rain is still expected in Hue, Hoi An and Nha Trang with moderate temperatures and levels of humidity decreasing.

Little or no rain in the South. Blue skies and moderate temperatures across Phu Quoc, Mui Ne, Phan Thiet and Ho Chi Minh City. Great time of the year to enjoy the southern beaches.

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