There is no real best or worst time to visit Vietnam, so this article we will give you the most comprehensive overview of climate as well as the destination for the time of year.
Best time to visit North Vietnam
Northern Vietnam is generally warm and sunny from October to December, after which cold winter weather sets in, accompanied by fine persistent mists which can last for several days. Temperatures begin to rise again in March, building to summer maximums that occasionally reach 36°C between May and August, though average temperatures in Hanoi hover around a more reasonable 30°C.
Hanoi Capital: Summer in Hanoi runs from May to September and brings heat and humidity, with average temperatures reaching 32°C (90°F) accompanied by refreshingly short bouts of heavy rain. These tropical downpours generally arrive in the afternoons, and despite being wet, summer months have the highest number of hours of sunshine. Winter is cooler and can bring fog and clouds but little rain, and the average temperature is 17°C (62°F). The best time to visit Hanoi is October and November, as days are not too hot with averages around 21°C (70°F) with less rain and plenty of sunshine.
Halong Bay: From March to May, Halong Bay has blue sky and pleasant weather. During summer, from May to November, you can expect days to be warm and humid with refreshing afternoon showers. Winter, from December to February, can be quite cold. The best time to visit Halong Bay is the period from October to April of the following year for the best chance of warm days and clear skies, perfect for cruising, kayaking and swimming. A visit to Vietnam wouldn’t be complete without a traditional junk boat cruise around spectacular Halong Bay, with its iconic limestone peaks and emerald green waters. While a peaceful cruise is the perfect way to kick back, relax and take in the iconic views that this UNESCO World Heritage site has to offer, there is plenty else to keep you busy in Halong Bay.
Sapa Town: Set in the mountains of northern Vietnam, Sapa’s climate is very seasonal with temperatures reaching 29°C (84°F) in summer down to freezing in winter. Humidity ranges from 75% to 90%, but summer months are the wettest, especially July and August. The best time to visit Sapa is March and April for warm and dry weather or goes in October and November for cooler climes and clear days.
Best time to travel Center Vietnam
Along the central coast the rainfall pattern reverses under the influence of the northeast monsoon. Around Nha Trang, the wet season starts with a flourish in November and continues through December. Further the North, around Hue and Da Nang, the rains last a bit longer, from September to February, so it pays to visit these two cities in the spring (Feb–May). Average temperatures are about 30 degrees.
Hoian Ancient Town: Usually low season in a popular tourist destination means rubbish weather and a seasonal shutdown of things to do. In Hoi An, it’s the complete opposite. From May to July, when the crowds thin, it’s perfect beach weather around Hoi An, with temperatures averaging around the mid-30s Celsius. This means it’s not only great for photos and bartering down the tailors, but room prices become surprisingly affordable — upgrade a star or two and you’ll still remain within budget. Diving conditions are at their best and very few local businesses close down.
Hue City: Near Hoi An in central Vietnam, Hue has a wet season from September to December with brief but very heavy rains in October and November which can cause flooding. The best time to visit Hue City is January to August; it is dry season though afternoon showers are still common, with average temperatures rising to the mid-thirties in the middle of summer.
Time to visit South Vietnam
In southern Vietnam the dry season lasts from December to late April or May, and the rains from May through to November. Since most rain falls in brief afternoon downpours, this need not be off-putting, though flooding at this time of year can cause problems in the Mekong Delta. Daytime temperatures in the region rarely drop below 20°C, occasionally hitting 40°C during the hottest months (March, April and May). Much closer to the equator, has warm temperatures year-round, it is around 28°C (82°F). This tropical climate is marked by wet and dry season. The best time to visit South Vietnam is May to November; expect tropical downpours in the afternoon. Travel is rarely affected by the rain and everything is lush and green at this time.
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