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 good across more than 66% of the territory for: February, March and April
  • The best months to go to Hanoi are September, October, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months in Hanoi are May, June, July, August and September
  • The rainiest months in this city are July and August
  • The cities with the best climate are Phan Thiet, Co Thach Beach (Bình Thạnh) and Mũi Né, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Halong Bay are May, June, July, August, September and October

Where and when to go based on the weather?

North Vietnam
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa (North Vietnam)...

April, October, November and December
61°F to 90°F°C
1 to 10 days
72°F to 83°F
January, February, March, May and September
61°F to 95°F°C
0 to 18 days
68°F to 86°F
June, July and August
79°F to 99°F°C
7 to 27 days
85°F to 88°F

South Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Phu Quoc island (Koh Trol), Mekong Delta...

79°F to 92°F°C
1 to 5 days
77°F to 83°F
February, March, April, November and December
79°F to 97°F°C
0 to 18 days
79°F to 86°F
May, June, July, August, September and October
85°F to 95°F°C
10 to 27 days
85°F to 88°F

Vietnam Central Coast
Hoi An, Nha Trang, Vinh...

February, March, April, May, June, July and August
76°F to 95°F°C
0 to 17 days
74°F to 86°F
86°F to 90°F°C
11 to 16 days
January, October, November and December
70°F to 88°F°C
1 to 19 days
76°F to 85°F

Vietnam Central Mountains
Dalat, Buon Ma Thuot, Pleiku...

January, February, March, November and December
76°F to 97°F°C
1 to 13 days
85°F to 95°F°C
10 to 19 days
May, June, July, August, September and October
77°F to 94°F°C
14 to 28 days

To get all the information about the climate and weather in Vietnam for a specific month, click on the corresponding link below:

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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.

Vietnam: La baie d’Halong

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 Hanoi, Dalat, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Vietnam

Find out when Vietnam has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Vietnam

The months with low numbers of tourists are: March, April, May, June, September, October and November. The number of visitors to Vietnam is high in: January, February, July, August and December.

  • Very low season in Vietnam: May and September.
  • Low season in Vietnam: March, April, June, October and November.
  • High season in Vietnam: January, February, July and August.
  • Peak season in Vietnam: December.

Figure: Visitor index for Vietnam month by month

Average price for flights to Vietnam

A return flight between Melbourne and Ho Chi Minh City is generally cheaper if you go in march ($ 450 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 286 more for your airline ticket to Ho Chi Minh City if you go in december.

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Where to go in Vietnam?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Halong Bay68°F72°F76°F81°F86°F90°F90°F90°F88°F83°F77°F70°F
Ho Chi Minh City92°F95°F97°F97°F95°F92°F90°F90°F90°F90°F90°F90°F
Hoi An74°F77°F83°F86°F90°F92°F90°F90°F88°F83°F79°F76°F
Nha Trang79°F81°F85°F86°F90°F90°F90°F90°F88°F85°F83°F79°F
Phu Quoc island (Koh Trol)85°F85°F86°F86°F88°F86°F86°F86°F85°F85°F86°F85°F
Sapa (North Vietnam)72°F76°F81°F85°F86°F85°F83°F83°F83°F79°F77°F72°F
Buon Ma Thuot83°F90°F95°F95°F94°F88°F86°F86°F86°F86°F85°F83°F
Da Nang74°F77°F83°F86°F90°F92°F90°F90°F88°F83°F79°F76°F
Mekong Delta88°F94°F97°F95°F94°F92°F90°F92°F90°F90°F90°F88°F
Phan Thiet86°F88°F92°F92°F94°F92°F90°F90°F90°F88°F88°F88°F
A Pa Chai70°F77°F83°F86°F86°F81°F81°F83°F83°F79°F76°F70°F
Bac Ha67°F76°F83°F88°F90°F88°F86°F86°F85°F79°F76°F68°F
Bai Lang (Cham islands)74°F77°F83°F86°F90°F92°F90°F90°F88°F83°F79°F76°F
Bãi Xép Beach (An Chấn)77°F79°F85°F88°F92°F92°F90°F90°F88°F85°F83°F79°F
Cat Ba island67°F70°F74°F79°F85°F88°F88°F88°F86°F83°F77°F70°F
Cat Tien National Park92°F95°F97°F95°F94°F90°F88°F88°F88°F88°F90°F90°F


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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 Hanoi, Dalat, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc island (Koh Trol), Sapa (North Vietnam), and 68 other cities.

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

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