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Vietnam

January Overview

January is a great time to visit Vietnam with dry conditions throughout the country.  North and South Vietnam have plenty of sunshine, although the north will have cooler temperatures than the south. Towards the end of the month you can expect dry, sunny weather in central Vietnam which means that you can visit the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang.

Tet - Vietnamese New Year - usually falls between late January and mid-February and celebrations last up to six days.  It is an occasion for Vietnamese to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with their beloved family members. As part of the celebrations you can expect to see parades in towns and cities through Vietnam and people in the streets trying to make as much noise as possible using firecrackers, drums, bells, gongs, to ward off evil spirits. It is a great time to be in Vietnam, but please bear in mind that most government offices, many shops and markets and some tourist sites are closed during the Tet period.

February Overview

You can expect good weather throughout Vietnam in February. With clear blue skies, very little rain and moderate temperatures it’s a perfect time to visit Hanoi and Halong Bay. It’s also a very good time for trekking in the remote regions of northern Vietnam – although it can feel quite chilly in the evenings and early mornings so you’ll need to pack a jumper or jacket.

The beaches of Hoi An and Danang are likely to have plenty of sunshine during this month, although there may be an occasional rain shower.  Hue is also warm and dry.  In Dalat and the Central Highlands the climate will be cooler due to altitude, but the conditions are good for trekking.  Further south the beaches of Nha Trang are also enjoying blue skies and higher temperatures.

Tet - Vietnamese New Year - usually falls between late January and mid-February and celebrations last up to six days.  It is an occasion for Vietnamese to express their respect and remembrance for their ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with their beloved family members. As part of the celebrations you can expect to see parades in towns and cities through Vietnam and people in the streets trying to make as much noise as possible using firecrackers, drums, bells, gongs, to ward off evil spirits. It is a great time to be in Vietnam, but please bear in mind that most government offices, many shops and markets and some tourist sites are closed during the Tet period.

March Overview

March is one of the best months of the year to visit Vietnam, with dry, bright weather expected throughout the length of the country. If you’re planning to visit the beaches of the south and central regions you can expect blue skies and plenty of sunshine and temperatures of 29°C, whilst in the north it’s slightly cooler making it an excellent time to visit Hanoi and Halong Bay. It’s also an excellent time of year for trekking in the remote regions of north western Vietnam. 

April Overview

Much like March, April is a great time to visit Vietnam. Most of the country will have clear, dry days, although you should expect the occasional downpour towards the end of the month as the hot and wet summer season approaches.

It is a good time for trekking and exploring the northern mountainous regions of Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai and Sapa. Central and southern Vietnam tends to be hot and sunny with temperatures of 28°C in central Vietnam and 31°C in the south.

May Overview

Early May is usually dry, however the hot and wet season starts later in the month so you should expect some rainfall in the north and south.

It is still a good time for trekking and exploring the northern mountainous regions of Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai and Sapa. You can also still enjoy the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang during May. In Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc in the south you should expect occasional downpours in the afternoons, however the short, heavy showers won’t necessarily affect your trip; in fact, they help to break up the humidity which makes for more comfortable conditions.

June Overview

You should expect the occasional shower in the north and south of the Vietnam in June. The northern mountains and central highlands are very wet at this time of year, therefore trekking is not recommended.

Hanoi and Halong are likely to have clear blue skies for the majority of the month, and you can expect clear skies and sunshine in central Vietnam. Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang are the best beach options for June.

The south is now firmly into its wet season, however you can expect blue skies between the heavy downpours.

July Overview

July is very similar to June.

Central Vietnam remains hot and mostly dry with the occasional light shower. The south is now in the midst of its wet season with daily downpours to be expected, and it’s the hot and wet summer season in the north with high temperatures and rain normal. The wet weather means that trekking is not recommended in either the northern mountains or central highlands.

Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang remain the best beach options.

August Overview

Central Vietnam remains hot and mostly dry with the occasional light shower at the start of the month and more frequent downpours towards the end of August. The south is now in the midst of its wet season with daily downpours to be expected, and it’s the hot and wet summer season in northern Vietnam with high temperatures and rain the norm. The wet weather means that trekking is not recommended in either the northern mountains or central highlands.

Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang remain the best beach options.

September Overview

Rain is likely in the centre of the country, particularly towards the end of the month, therefore September isn’t the best time to visit the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang.

Meanwhile in the north the downpours are becoming less frequent and trekking in the northern regions are possible once again. It is still the wet season in the south, however there is less chance of rain towards the end of the month.

October Overview

The weather improves in northern Vietnam with clearer skies, less rainfall and lower levels of humidity.

Rain and storms are likely in the centre of the country, particularly towards the end of the month, therefore October isn’t the best time to visit the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang.

Southern Vietnam starts to see a change with less rainfall, particularly towards the end of the month as the region moves towards its dry, hot summer months.

November Overview

Moderate temperatures, very little rainfall and plenty of sunshine make this a popular month to visit north Vietnam. It is an excellent month for a Halong Bay cruise and it’s a great time for trekking in the mountainous regions of Sapa in northwestern Vietnam.

Rain and storms are likely in the centre of the country, particularly towards the end of the month, therefore this isn’t the best time to visit the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang. In the Central Highlands and Dalat you can expect clear skies and little chance of rain.

Southern Vietnam starts to see a change with less rainfall, particularly towards the end of the month as the region moves towards its dry, hot summer months. You can expect clear skies, little chance of rain and temperatures of 27°C. November is a good month to visit the southern beaches and islands.

December Overview

You can expect hot and dry weather in the north and the south, and the rain becomes less frequent in the central regions.

December is one of the driest months of the year in Hanoi and it’s an excellent month for a Halong Bay cruise. In the northern mountains of Mu Cang Chai, Sapa and Ha Giang the conditions are excellent for trekking with dry, clear days, but please bear in mind that it can be very cold in the evenings.

December is another good month for the southern beaches and islands.

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