The weather and the best travel time in Vietnam vary enormously between the north and the south. Depending on where you want to spend most of your time, make sure you are prepared for the weather.

What is the best travel time for Vietnam?

The best travel time in Vietnam is from December to April. The temperature is pleasant and there is almost no rain. But the best travel time also depends on where in Vietnam. In the north it can get quite cold in December and January. Therefore, view the weather by month for each region. March is the best month to travel throughout Vietnam.

Seasons

High season (June-July)

High season for traveling to Vietnam is usually in June and July. Although this is a peak season for the Dutch due to school holidays, the Vietnamese school holidays are also overlapping at the moment. Prepare for busy airports and full flights, especially if you plan to explore more of Southeast Asia while you are there. If you want to travel cheaply, this period, as well as during Tet (early February), may not be the best time to visit Vietnam. You will find that many hotels and flights are fully booked if you look for it at the last minute. With many people on the move, it’s best to plan in advance to get some good deals on flights and accommodation.

Low season (September-October)

This is the cheapest time to fly to Vietnam. Not only can you save a lot on airline tickets, but you also have less crowds during your holiday!

Rain season (monsoon season)

As with most destinations, you can still enjoy Vietnam during the monsoon season (April to October), but there are some reservations. You meet fewer travelers and many more mosquitoes during the rainy season. Negotiating better prices for accommodation becomes easier, and tours can be cheaper, but outdoor activities become soaked experiences. Transport delays happen. Buses may not run during long periods of heavy rainfall, because sometimes roads get flooded and become more dangerous to drive.

Typhoon season

Although nature does not always play by the rules, hurricane season (typhoon season) usually ends every December around December. The start dates depend on which part of Vietnam: north, central or south. In general from August to November and October is generally the most stormy month.

When are the rice fields the most beautiful?

If you have ever dreamed of seeing the beautiful golden rice fields, be on time, the harvest season only lasts 1 month! Vietnam has beautiful rice fields in different locations in the countryside from north to south.

Terraced fields in the mountainous provinces in the north of Vietnam are the best at the end of September and October, when the harvest season starts and then show beautiful colors.

Travel time per region

North Vietnam

North Vietnam (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Mai Chau & Ninh Binh) has a clear winter and summer season. The cool but mostly dry winter lasts from November to April, at an average temperature of 17-22 ° C with the coldest months of January – March. The summer lasts from May to October when it is hot and humid and the region has the most rainfall. July to September are often the wettest months of the year.

Months Average temprature Rain per month (mm)
January 17ºC 18
February 18ºC 28
March 20ºC 38
April 24ºC 81
May 28ºC 197
June 30ºC 238
July 30ºC 322
August 29ºC 343
September 28ºC 252
October 26ºC 98
November 22ºC 42
December 19ºC 21

Central Vietnam

Central Vietnam (Hoi An, Da Nang, Hue) has warm and dry weather from mid-January to the end of August, with temperatures often reaching mid-30 degrees. During the winter months, rainfall increases with the peak levels in October and November, sometimes in the form of typhoons.

Months Average temprature Rain per month (mm)
January 22ºC 101
February 22ºC 31
March 24ºC 12
April 27ºC 18
May 29ºC 47
June 30ºC 42
July 30ºC 99
August 28ºC 117
September 26ºC 447
October 24ºC 530
November 22ºC 221
December 21ºC 208

South Vietnam

With temperatures remaining constant throughout the year, the climate in the south (Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta, Mui Ne, Phu Quoc) is split into two simple seasons, wet and dry. The dry season starts in November and ends in April / beginning of May, with a little warmer and more humid at the end of February to May. The wet season lasts from May to early November, with the months of June, July and August receiving the most rainfall of the year.

Months Average temprature Rain per month (mm)
January 27ºC 15
February 28ºC 4
March 29ºC 13
April 30ºC 42
May 29ºC 221
June 29ºC 331
July 29ºC 314
August 28ºC 268
September 27ºC 334
October 27ºC 268
November 27ºC 114
December 27ºC 56

Weather by month

View the weather each month to see what you can expect when you are in Vietnam. Keep in mind that the explanation below is an estimate of what you can expect in Vietnam, because in practice it happens that, for example, the rainy season starts later or earlier and continues longer or shorter. You can also read more about the holidays and events per month in Vietnam.

January

During this time of the year, dry and pleasant weather can be enjoyed in most of the country, with the only exception being the northern regions. Temperatures can drop dramatically in these areas, especially in the mornings and late evenings it feels much cooler. This is especially the case for Sapa and Ha Giang. For the best beach weather you have to go to Phu Quoc with guaranteed sunshine. It is good to know that the Halong Bay can be quite blurry at this time of year and you may not get the best views.

February

The cold mornings begin to disappear in the north and hot dry weather is expected in most of the country. North Vietnam remains an exception and feels colder. Good to know is that while traveling in February during TET (Vietnamese New Year) the majority of shops, museums and restaurants are closed for about a week.

March

This is high season for travel to Vietnam and the best travel time. Beachgoers now have a better choice of destinations, with Mui Ne, Con Dao and Nha Trang all getting good weather. Hoi An is also a great beach destination by the end of the month. This is the perfect time to visit Halong Bay, which should have a clear blue sky without haze.

April

Like March, April is the best travel time to travel to the country and you will see more crowds, with fantastic weather everywhere.

May

It is getting hot and May offers a wonderful opportunity to miss the April high season prices. Rain has yet to come, but by the end of the month you can expect a rain shower in the northern and southern regions.

June

You may get occasional rain in the north and south of the country, but Hanoi, Mai Chau and Halong probably have a clear blue sky most of the time. The best place to be is in Central Vietnam, where the sun is still shining. Very little rain is expected in Lang Co, and Hoi An serves as a beautiful beach destination. Grab your chance in the off season before the school holidays start next month.

July

Central Vietnam is the best place to be, with hours of sunshine and little rain. The rest of Vietnam is likely to experience some showers, but not enough to influence your pleasure.

August

Central Vietnam is the best place to visit at this time of the year, although the rest of the country is still worth a visit, if you don’t mind having occasional rain. Although flights can be more expensive, hotels offer great promotions during the Vietnamese low season.

September

Catch the last sun on the central coast of Vietnam before the rain occurs more often at the end of the month. The north and south are usually very wet at this time of the year, but hotels are cheap.

October

The sun is returning to the north of the country and this is a great time to go to Sapa or leave the beaten track in Ha Giang. Although this is not the best time for a beach vacation, Vietnam has so much more to offer and traveling in October means you skip the crowds.

November

The high season begins again and many people head to Vietnam for the colder winter months in the north. By the end of the month, the entire country is generally hot and dry, with the exception of the central region, which can have some showers.

December

There is still a chance of rain in the central part of the country; however, the rest of Vietnam will be hot and dry. The beach season starts again on Phu Quoc. It is advisable to book early for the Christmas period, because there is not much available.