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The perfect time to visit Vietnam | Vietnam travel guide

Apr 9, 2021·3 min read

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

The weather in Vietnam can be divided by region. 

In the north part of Vietnam, like Hanoi –  May to October is hot and humid, November to April is cooler and dry. 

In the far north, December & January can be particularly cold during the winter season.

Central Vietnam experiences hot, dry weather between January to August when temperatures can hit up to 35 degrees. 

Southern Vietnam is generally dry and hot from November to April, and warm and wet between May & October.

What is Vietnam weather like?

There is not actual answer on when is the right time to visit Vietnam as most months of the year has both sunshine and rain.

Vietnam is a country with 2000 + miles of coastline and three different weather forecasts. 

It is typically hot & humid in Vietnam. however, the weather can change significantly from one region to another.  At times there has been snow (yes white snow!) in the mountainous far north whilst the beaches in the south was at 32 °C and sunny weather. 

Mountainous Far North

Mu Cang Chai, Bac Ha, Sapa, Ha Giang

The climate in Sapa and Vietnam’s northwest region is divided into two seasons, the dry season from October to late March and the wet season from April to September.

It can get very cold and chilly in December and January, especially at night. So remember to bring warm clothes or jackets!

The best months to travel in the northeast (Ha Giang) is during the dry season, from October to April, although December and January can get very cold.

We would advise to not travel in Ha Giang during the rainy season (May to September)


Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cuc Phuong, Mai Chau & Ninh Binh

Hanoi and North Vietnam have distinct winter and summer season.

The cool, dry winter lasts from November to April with the coldest months being January – March.

Summer lasts from May to October when it is hot and humid and the region experiences its highest rainfall. July to September are often the wettest months of the year. 


Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Dalat, Quy Nhon & Nha Trang

The centre of Vietnam has hot and dry weather from mid-January to late August degrees can reach up to 40 degrees.

Hue is usually cooler than Hoi An, particularly in the first few months of the year.

Quy Nhon is a six-hour drive south of Hoi An and shares a similar weather pattern although the dry season is slightly longer due to its proximity to the southern system. 

Dalat, in the central highlands, has wet seasons from June to October making outdoor activities uncertain.


Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc & Con Dao, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai

With temperatures remaining constant year-round, the climate of the south is split into two seasons, wet and dry. The dry season starts in November and ends in early May.

The wet season lasts from May until early November – During the months of June, July & August, the highest rainfall is to be expected.

Throughout many of the wet season, rain is generally heavy but short-lasting often occurs in a mid-afternoon heavy downpour.

The average temperatures range between 25 – 35°C year-round.

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