Vietnam: Weather, Best time to go, Where to go?

Get the best time to visit Vietnam from seasonal norms in many locations like Sapa (North Vietnam) or Ho Chi Minh City, here.

Best time to go to Southeast Asia?

When is the best time to go to Vietnam?

The best times to visit Vietnam varies and depends on the interests of the travellers. The country has a coastline that extends for kilometers, facing the South China Sea and is most beautiful during the dry season. It is important to stay away from visiting Vietnam during the typhoon season, which extends from July to September.

To discover the breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay and experience Hanoi, with the help of a nice weather the optimal times are generally between October and December or April. In the north however, from the months of January to March, the evening and nighttime temperatures are cooler. This period is also conducive with cultural discoveries such as the celebration of the Vietnamese New Year.

When visiting the center of the country between the months of February and April, the city of Hoi An as well as the nearby beaches are especially welcoming to relax and enjoy a variety of culinary tastings.

Overall, April is the best time to visit Vietnam and travel the entire country, from the north all the way to the south and finish off the journey discovering the beautiful white beaches on the island of Phu Quoc.

So, when is the best time to go to Vietnam? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • In Vietnam, the weather is at least tolerable in February and March
  • The best months to go to Hanoi are April, October, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months in Hanoi are April, May, June, July, August and September
  • The rainiest months in this city are June, July and August
  • The cities with the best climate are Sapa (North Vietnam), Mũi Né and Phan Thiet, with good weather at least 5 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Halong Bay are May, June, July, August, September and October

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Vietnam for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

Month Our opinion View Details
bad to perfect* Vietnam in january
tolerable to good* Vietnam in february
tolerable to good* Vietnam in march
very bad to good* Vietnam in april
very bad to tolerable* Vietnam in may
very bad to tolerable* Vietnam in june
very bad to tolerable* Vietnam in july
very bad to tolerable* Vietnam in august
very bad to tolerable* Vietnam in september
very bad to good* Vietnam in october
very bad to good* Vietnam in november
bad to good* Vietnam in december

When to go to Vietnam by city

Halong Bay

Best time to go to Halong Bay

The best months to go to Halong Bay are april, october, november and december.

Hanoi

Best time to go to Hanoi

The best months to go to Hanoi are april, october, november and december.

Ho Chi Minh City

Best time to go to Ho Chi Minh City

The best months to go to Ho Chi Minh City are january, february and december.

Hoi An

Best time to go to Hoi An

The best months to go to Hoi An are february, march and april.

Sapa (North Vietnam)

Best time to go to Sapa (North Vietnam)

The best months to go to Sapa (North Vietnam) are january, february, march, november and december.


Climate and Weather in Vietnam

Bordering China, Laos, and Cambodia - Vietnam, as the majority of countries in Southeast Asia, has a hot and humid climate covering almost all of its territory and is overall, very dependent on the different monsoon seasons.

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The Climate in Northern Vietnam

The Vietnam climate in the north, towards Hanoi or the Halong Bay, enjoys what is called the “Vietnamese winter” which occurs between the months of November and early May. The temperatures are rather mild and sometimes cool at night, but the weather is usually gray and rainy during the day, making it overall rather gloomy. To the northwest towards the mountainous regions, the Vietnam weather is however much nicer, with higher temperatures and a little less rain.

When discussing the summertime, which runs from May to October, it is possible to state that it is punctuated by rain - even if this is known as the driest time of year for this part of the country. The temperatures, which are very high, create a rather humid atmosphere and there is a high possibility of getting caught by the particularly powerful typhoons, stemming from the former China Sea.

The Climate in Central Vietnam

Central Vietnam is just as humid as the rest of the country, but the rainfall is even higher between the months of November and late January. The start of the summer monsoon season, which takes place between May and November, also signifies the opening of the hottest yearly season in this part of Vietnam. In the highlands, one can still benefit from more pleasantly sweet temperatures on the coast. It is important to beware of typhoons however as these can form between the months of September and October, coinciding with the time of monsoon season changes. Hue is a city to especially be careful of, as it suffers greatly from flooding throughout this time of year.

In this part of the country however, there is also the city that is considered to have the most pleasant weather forecast in Vietnam as a whole. In fact, Nha Trang benefits from a particularly pleasant microclimate.

The Climate in Southern Vietnam

Southern Vietnam, ranging from Ho Chi Minh City to the island of Phu Quoc, has the opportunity to enjoy a dry, sunny period between the months of December and April. It also encounters its driest weeks during February and the warmest months of the year are generally March and April.

Meanwhile, the rainy season extends from the months of July to September, especially on the island of Phu Quoc, which becomes completely impassable. Specifically, the rain does not fall all day long, but in the late afternoon which allows for the tour to be accessible at this time of year. On an additional positive note, the rain brings a well appreciated freshness! Stay alert for any possible flooding in Mekong though, which can be quite substantial in August and September.


Temperatures and rainfall in Vietnam

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Vietnam and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Halong Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An and Sapa (North Vietnam), as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities..


Map of Vietnam

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cities in Vietnam (Hover over the icons for more information on the weather)

About Vietnam

What can I do in Vietnam?

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Culture and heritage

Sports

Family travel

Crafts / shopping

Gastronomy

Nightlife

Is this weather information for Vietnam reliable?

Climate data for Vietnam has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Vietnam allows us to determine the average for each month in Halong Bay, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Sapa (North Vietnam), Da Nang, Dalat, Huế, and 4 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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