Vietnam is best to visit all year round as tourists can enjoy the distinctive features of each season. Before planning a vacation to this country, check this article out to choose thebest time of the year to visit Vietnam.
In general, the weather plays a vital role in choosing the most suitable time to visit one place. Vietnam's climate can be divided into various types which depend on different geographic regions and seasonal climate throughout the year. In specific, Vietnam has a tropical climate influenced by the monsoon, with a considerable amount of sun, a high rate of rainfall, and high humidity.
The best time to visit Vietnam depends much on either festive occasions or seasonal climate. The most suitable time to visit Vietnam is around March - April and October - December when the weather is comfortable and plenty of festivals occur.
In this article, you will get a glimpse of featured climate in three main regions of Vietnam (the North, the Central, and the South) to choose the best time to visit Vietnam.
There are four distinct seasons: summer (May – Jul), autumn (Aug – Oct), winter (Nov – Jan), and spring (Feb – Apr).
The summer with temperature ranging from 25°C to 35°C is rainy season in the North of Vietnam. It is quite hot but also the best time to see Vietnam under the blue sky, relax at crystal turquoise beaches and contemplate awe-inspiring rainbow after a sudden shower in the afternoon. Let’s enjoy summer vibe through our best deals of the northern tour in Vietnam.
The autumn will give you a special time to see a romantic Hanoi with yellow leaves falling everywhere on the streets. In autumn, the weather gets cool and breezing when daytime temperatures range from 15-28°C and night-time temperatures from 10-18°C. The rainfall peaks during the months between July and Sep. Autumn might not be the best time to visit Halong Bay, but it is worth a chance to book a Hanoi city tour and immerse yourself in the mesmerizing autumn atmosphere.
Autumn is the best time to visit Hanoi, Vietnam
In winter, Vietnam weather becomes cold and dry; the temperature is lowest in December and January. In some mountainous area as Sapa, Tam Dao, Hoang Lien Son, etc. it can be down to 0°C and starts to snow. If you are into warm feeling in layering clothes, winter is the ideal time to visit northern Vietnam. Also, chilly wintertime is best for trekking and cycling tours in northern Vietnam.
Trekking is best in wintertime in Northern Vietnam
The spring gets drizzles and warmer with average temperatures from 17-22°C in the North. Springtime must be the most favorite season to visit Vietnam as many tourists come to the North to enjoy refreshing air as well as the festive season. Also, Halong Bay is a popular destination during spring in Vietnam. For more details, check out the overall guide to Halong Bay weather here.
In addition to seasonal choices of Vietnam’s weather, the climate in the North is also divided into two seasons: the rainy season from May to September (hot, heavy rain) and the dry season from October to April (cold, little rainfall). Most travelers visit Vietnam during the dry season and avoid rainy season to experience the best of tropical monsoon climate.
An interesting fact is that the weather in Central Vietnam is kind of a transitional area climate-wise from the North to the South. There is a difference between the climate in North-Central (Hai Van Pass’s North) and South-Central (Hai Van Pass’s South). The most typical climate feature of Central Vietnam is that the rainy season and dry season don’t happen at the same time with the rest climate (The North and the South).
In Hoi An, Hue and Danang, the hottest time and dry climate occur from mid-Jan to Aug. During this time, the average temperature is around 30°C and sometimes can peak at 40°C. The rainy season starts from Aug to Dec with the highest precipitation as well as a high chance of floods between Oct and Nov. If you intend to visit Hoi An, Hue and Danang, remember to avoid this typhoon season.
Jan to Jun is the best time to visit Central Vietnam
Further south of Central Vietnam, coastal provinces from Nha Trang to Mui Ne features a longer dry season, which is typically from January to September. In contrast, the summertime in the South-Central region has higher temperatures. As being less affected by the rain, the rainy season runs only from October to early December.
All things considered, you should avoid visiting Central Vietnam during the rainy season unless you want to experience the heavy storms as well as floods. Let’s book a tour to Central Vietnam from Jan to Jun.
The South of Vietnam is typical of a humid tropical climate which remains constant temperatures from 25 to 35°C all year round. There are two main seasons: the rainy and the dry season. The dry season lasts from Nov to the end of Apr when it is hotter and more humid from late Feb to April.
The rainy season runs from May to Nov with the highest rainfall occurring from Jun, Jul to Aug. During the rainy time, you will most likely see sudden and heavy downpour rain in mid-afternoon in Saigon. Also, there is frequent flooding in the months between Jun and Aug. Despite the wet climate, the rainy season is a good time of the year to visit Southern Vietnam if you don’t mind experiencing a few raindrops.
Saigon has constant temperatures from 25 to 35°C all year round
Apart from Vietnam weather, key Vietnamese events and festivals also play a vital role in choosing the best time to visit Vietnam. As a multicultural country, Vietnam has many traditional festivals to learn about the traditions and customs in the country. Let's take a look at these annual festivals then set the most suitable time to visit Vietnam.
One of the most iconic traditions on Tet Holiday in Vietnam
Hoi An is best visited on Mid-Autumn Festival
In conclusion, when is the best time to visit Vietnam? As a truth, travel to any part of Vietnam during any season is possible. You can visit in Vietnam at any time of year thanks to the diverse terrain in each region. There is no perfect time to visit Vietnam as a different climate between Northern, Southern, and Central.
Plan your trip to see Hanoi, Halong Bay, and Sapa in October, November, and December. Enjoy little rain and clear skies in Saigon and Mekong Delta between February and March. Meanwhile, the central coast from Hoi An, Hue down to Nha Trang is great to visit in the first half of the year, from January to July.
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