Best Time to Visit Vietnam

Vietnam is a beautiful country to visit and explore. However, when you are visiting, you most likely want to go when the weather is most cooperative and moderate, and you won’t get rained on while you explore the country. Additionally, some people may want to avoid the peak tourism season or visit when there are many festivals to explore. Besides these factors, it also depends on which area of Vietnam you want to visit, as the country spans 1,650 kilometers (1,025 miles). The three regions, divided by their climate, are North, Central, and South. With all this in mind, here are some answers to to the question “when is the best time to visit Vietnam?”

North Vietnam

The monsoon or rainy season of the northern region of Vietnam, including Hanoi, Halong Bay, and SaPa, is from May to October. This is also when the weather tends to be hot and humid. The worst of this would be July and August. The cooler, sunny days tend to be from November to April, and this is also considered the dry season. In the winter months, particularly January, you may experience some cloud cover or mist, as this is when the area is coldest. Overall, the best time to visit Vietnam for the weather would be March, April, and May.

Weather Predictions

Winter
From December to February, the average high temperature is 20°C (68°F) and the average low temperature is 11°C (52°F). It is dry and cool during this time and can be slightly cloudy during this season.

Spring
From March to May, the average high temperature is 27°C (81°F) and the average low temperature is 19°C (66°F). The weather is dry, though the rainy season begins in May, and the sun shines through.

Summer
From June to August, the average high temperature is 32°C (90° F) and the average low temperature is 24°C (75°F). The weather is wet, humid, and hot.

Fall
From September to November, the average high temperature is 28°C (82°F) and the average low temperature is 19°C (66°F). The weather is slightly cool but very rainy.

Central Vietnam

For Central Vietnam, including Hue, Hoi An, and Da Lat, the rainy season runs from September to November, and you can expect rain showers nearly every day. From January to August, the dry season brings very little rain. Although it can get warmer in July and August and colder in January, Central Vietnam tends to be nicer all year round. For that reason, it is recommended to visit the area from February to August.

Weather Predictions

Winter
From December to February, the average high temperature is 25°C (77°F) and the average low temperature is 19°C (66°F). It is somewhat dry and warm during this time and is usually sunny. Rain from monsoon season can continue into December.

Spring
From March to May, the average high temperature is 21°C (88°F) and the average low temperature is 23°C (73°F). The weather is dry, and the weather is quite warm.

Summer
From June to August, the average high temperature is 34°C (93° F) and the average low temperature is 26°C (79°F). The weather is dry and hot, but the available beaches bring a cool breeze.

Fall
From September to November, the average high temperature is 30°C (86°F) and the average low temperature is 23°C (73°F). The weather is warm, but very rainy, as this is in the monsoon season.

South Vietnam

In Southern Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc, Con Dao Island, Mekong Delta, and Nha Trang, the dry season with sunny skies runs from November to April while the rainy season runs from May to October. The rainiest months tend to be from June to August. Because of the weather, the best time to visit South Vietnam is from November to March, as the weather is warm but not hot, and is also dry. Overall, the weather stays constant.

Weather Predictions

Winter
From December to February, the average high temperature is 32°C (90°F) and the average low temperature is 22°C (72°F). It is dry and warm during this time.

Spring
From March to May, the average high temperature is 33°C (91°F) and the average low temperature is 24°C (75°F). The weather is dry, though the rainy season begins in May, and the sun makes the spring one of the hottest times of the year.

Summer
From June to August, the average high temperature is 32°C (90° F) and the average low temperature is 24°C (75°F). The weather is wet and warm.

Fall
From September to November, the average high temperature is 31°C (88°F) and the average low temperature is 24°C (75°F). The weather is warm and rainy.

Overall, if you wish to visit all three geographical regions in Vietnam, the best month to visit would be March, followed by February and April. March is when all regions, North, Central, and South, share the best weather to come visit.

Festivals

There are several festivals in Vietnam that visitors may want to see. The Vietnamese New Year, Tet, is probably the most popular festival in Vietnam. It lasts for seven days and is typically celebrated around the last week of January to the third week of February. Celebrating Tet includes seeing family, beautiful fireworks, and colorful decorations. Other exciting and popular festivals include the Hue Festival, the Perfume Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Peak Tourism
If you are looking to avoid crowds, it would be best to avoid the peak tourist season. For Vietnam, this season is four months from December to March. This is due to the warm temperatures during the winter as well as this time being the dry season. The summer months, on the other hand, tend to be hot and humid, as well as rainy, due to the monsoons. Although warm, staying at the beach in the summer is both cooler and cheaper, as well as less crowded, so it can be a great time to go.

Vietnam is an amazing country with plenty to explore. Knowing when the best time to go can make your vacation even better. The dry season in the winter is typically the best time to go, as the weather is nice and warm, but not hot. However, it depends on what region of Vietnam you are visiting. The winter is also peak tourist season, and when Tet is celebrated. These are both factors to consider as well about when to plan your trip. Whenever you visit, Vietnam is a beautiful country to explore, from the mountains to the beaches.

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