The best time to visit Vietnam

The weather system of Vietnam is appealingly complicated and many people are confused about when to visit Vietnam. In fact, anytime can be a good time to experience both sunshine and rain in various quantities. 

At a glance

Generally speaking, Vietnam is warm and humid and dry season lasting from October until April is considered the best time to visit this country. However, the weather can vary considerably from one region to another due to country length. Winters are cold and misty in the North, while the South enjoys plenty of sunshine and a high humidity almost throughout the year. It is recommended to visit the North between September and November when the temperatures are pleasant, meanwhile the best time to visit the South is from December to April.

Hanoi and the North East

To avoid both summer rains and winter cold, it’s advisable to visit Hanoi and the North East from September to November. However, coming here during April and May is acceptable as long as you are aware of its hot and humid weather. There are many interesting activities in this region including: discover Halong Bay with its thousands of little islands on an overnight or day cruise, walk through the mountains, admire the lakes of Ba Be National Park, the waterfalls and the area around Cao Bang, and last but not least Hanoi capital – the heart of Vietnam.

The North West

This region is described as the most mountainous and surprising destination in Vietnam. In Sapa, you can enjoy a series of superb hikes in the mountains, spend a night at a local village homestay, admire the waterfalls and discover local markets. There can be an extension to the famous North-West Loop to Dien Bien Phu and Mai Chau. The best time to visit the North West runs from September to November when the temperatures are pleasant. From April to August, it starts to get very hot with heavy rains starting in June. It’s not recommended to visit the North West from December to March because of its cold and overcast weather.

The Central Coast

As a transitional zone between Northern and Southern Vietnam, The Central Coast has a particularly complicated climate. The rainy season generally runs from September until February among which late September and December receive the most rainfall. Especially, Hue receives more rainfall than the other cities since during dry season from March to August, there are still several days of showers. Hence, the best time to travel here is in Spring, from March to late May. This region gives you a chance to discover the ancient town of Hoian and Hue Imperial City as well as spend time on some of the country's finest coastal resorts, enjoy diving, surfing, and windsurfing.

The Central Highlands

With cooler temperatures compared to the Central Coast, the Central Highlands is a more pleasant tourist destination. It’s recommended to travel here from December to April when the weather is drier with less rain. To enjoy more natural beauty, you can go deep into this mountainous region to discover small, isolated villages as well as valleys where there are several ethnic minorities. Many people spend their a weekend in Dalat and enjoy the calm of the countryside away from the crowds.

The South

With constant temperatures year round, the South has two simple seasons: Rainy and Dry. It’s undoubtedly advisable to travel here during dry season running from November to late April/early May. However, please be informed that March and April are the hottest (31°C on average). From July to September, the South becomes a “focal point” of sudden rain but still not lacking plenty of dry and bright daylight hours. Apart from the bustling Saigon, you can explore the Mekong Delta - a superb wetland region where rice and sugar cane are grown. Further South, Phu Quoc can be reached year round although the best time to visit is during dry season (from November until July).







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