One of the safest and cheapest destinations in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is an incredible year-round destination. Whether you are traveling solo or with friends, this is definitely a place that you wouldn’t want to miss. Below here, we have prepared a detail article for you to know when are the best time to visit each region of our country.
Hanoi has 4 seasons with each season had its own traits of beautiful. 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 (November to the early January) is cooler and can bring fog and clouds but little rain, and the average temperature is 17°C (62°F).
Autumn is only in two short months September and October but being considered the best period to see the romantic Hanoi with clear blue sky, no rain and favorable temperature (~ 26°C). The second best time to see the city is from March till the end of May with also no rain, cool temperature and awesome time for those who loves flowers.
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.
Sapa is great for each season but it will be the best from March to August (with the rice fields in yellow in March and green in August till the early September).
You can be in Sapa in the weekend to join the local markets like Bac Ha (on Sunday) or Can Cau (on Saturday).
Halong Bay is, of course, the must-not-miss place when coming to Vietnam. The best time to travel will be from the early March to the late May with clear sky, beautiful temperature and water.
In summer (June to the late September), the sky will be fine as well but be aware of the hit and sometime the big rains that can permit you from going sailing. often covered in mist, which reduces visibility but adds to the atmosphere.
From October to the middle of November, please be careful of the storms that may happen. You may want to switch up the schedule with Sapa to avoid missing the beautiful bay.
Winter, from December to February, can be quite cold. The best time to travel is spring or autumn for the best chance of warm days and clear skies, perfect for cruising.
Central of Vietnam
Dong Hoi – Phong Nha
Similar to Northern Vietnam’s weather, Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park has a typical tropical monsoon weather with hot temperature in summer and high humidity. In summer it can go up to 41°C and it also can drop as low as 6°C in winter. As such, it is not advisable to go there during typhoon and rainy season, especially from October to December, although the temperature inside the cave is still cool (around 20°C) but the temperature outside is simply unbearable.
The best time for Phong Nha is in the summer from April to the end of September with summer’s heat outside but nice and cool temperature inside the caves. From January to the early March, it’s also nice but be careful of the coldness and some rains in your way.
Hue – Hoi An
Hoi An, Hue & Danang in the centre of Vietnam have hot and dry weather from March to late August, with temperatures often reaching the mid-30’s °C. During the winter months the rainfall increases with October and November achieving peak levels, occasionally in the form of typhoons.
Hue is often cooler than Hoi An, especially early in the year. In addition, with each sitting on opposite sides of a small mountain range the weather can often differ between the two greatly on any given day.
The Mekong Delta reveals its best during dry months from December to May when the sky is crystal clear, the land is lush and the water is calm. From June to September, it may be hot and humid but the greatest variety of tropical fruit is available only in these months. During October and November, occasional flooding is expected, especially in remote areas around Dong Thap and Tra Vinh, so stay informed of regional weather forecast ahead of your trip if you are travelling in these months.
Life in Mekong Delta is woven by water and season. It is most vibrant in spring (flower season: late January – March) and early summer (fruit season: April – May), the best time to visit Mekong Delta, also the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh city and Vietnam in general. The flood season (September – November), however, sweeps everything away and brings a new face to the delta with its rich brown alluvial water. This is also the income season for local people with abundant fish and water vegetables. The waterfront life is most fascinating in this season.
The best time to visit Phu Quoc Island depends on your preferences. The weather is nicer during high season, while the island is less crowded during low season.
Between November and May the dry season in Phu Quoc Island with clear sky and crystal-blue sea so please expect it to be the high season of the island as well. E
The wet season starts from May to October with raining but you still can catch some sunny days there if you’re lucky!
The temperature of Phu Quoc is always very favorable arranging around 25 to 30 Celsius degree so please don’t worry about bringing the extra jacket or sweater just in case.
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