When to Travel - Vietnam

  • Best Time to Travel
  • Good Time to Travel
  • Green Season
  • Cool temperatures
  • Very cold

Weather information is an important factor to consider when deciding where or when to travel. The following table offers our opinion on when it is best to travel throughout the year, with the "Green Season" representing months with higher rainfall. "Green Season" days in the Far East tend to be dry in the morning with short sharp showers in the afternoon. Below this we offer average climate statistics, from selected destinations, and a general overview of the country's climate to help you decide when to travel.

Hanoi
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Danang
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Ho Chi Minh City
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
  • Hanoi

    20 21 23 28 32 33 33 32 31 29 26 22
    13 14 17 20 23 26 26 26 24 22 18 15
    1 1 1 2 4 5 5 4 4 4 3 2
    18 128 38 81 196 239 323 343 254 99 43 20
    jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

    Danang

    26 26 28 31 33 34 34 32 30 28 26 25
    18 18 20 22 23 26 26 24 22 20 18 17
    5 6 5 6 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 4
    101 31 12 18 47 42 99 117 447 530 221 208
    jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

    Ho Chi Minh City

    32 33 34 35 33 32 31 31 31 31 31 31
    21 22 23 24 24 24 24 24 23 23 23 22
    5 6 5 6 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 4
    15 3 13 43 221 330 315 269 335 269 114 56
    jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec

Climate - Vietnam

Vietnam’s topography varies from coastal plains to mountain ranges and as the country stretches over 1,125 miles from north to south weather patterns in the various regions can be very different.

In the north of the country winter lasts from November to April, with temperatures averaging 16C, little heavy rainfall but a fair bit of drizzle. Summer begins in May and lasts until October, with an average temperature of 30C, heavy rainfall and the occasional typhoon.

Central regions experience a mixed climate somewhere between that of the north and that of the south of the country. The Truong Son Mountains protect the coastal regions from the worst of the southern monsoon (May to October) and the rainy season in Nha Trang tends to fall between November and February.

In highland areas such as the hill resorts of Dalat (1,500m), Buon Ma Thuot and Sapa nights are cool throughout the year and in the winter months, October to March, it can be distinctly chilly with temperatures falling to 4C. Even in the hottest months of March and April the temperature rarely exceeds 26C.

In the south temperatures are fairly constant through the year; 25-30C. Seasons are determined by the rains with the dry season running from November to April and the wet season running from May to October. The hottest period is March and April, just before the rains break. Typhoons are quite common in coastal areas between July and November.

Generally the best time for a long tour from North to South Vietnam would be from December to April. For beach holidays it would be during the summer time, from May to August, when the water is warm and the sun shines on the central coast or between December and April for resorts in the south of the country.

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