The best time to travel Vietnam is between October and April, when most of the country enjoys its dry winter season with moderate temperatures. However, since the country stretches over 1,000km (600 miles) from north to south, its climate varies considerably from place to place due to the differences in latitude. There is not really a wrong time to visit Vietnam, as you will experience both sunshine and rain in varying quantities during most months of the year.
Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather in Vietnam can be split by region due to the country's length. Here is our brief on Vietnam weather, where and when:
Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Ha Giang Mountains
Set in the mountains of northern Vietnam, mountainous destinations in the far north, including Mu Cang Chai, Sapa and Ha Giang, lie at elevations of about 1500m (5000ft) above sea levels. Typical weather throughout the year there is cool with occasional snowfalls in the winter, especially in December and January.
The best time to travel the mountainous far north is from March through May, and from September through early December, while the weather is cool and dry with daytime temperature range between 15-28°C, and night-time temperatures from 10-18°C (50-64°F). January and February are also good time to visit, though it can be very cold (3°C/37°F) with fogs.
The wet season lasts for around 3 months, from June to early September, but it is still great to visit the towns and hike through the ethnic villages this time of the year. When it rains, the mountains are green and ethnic people stay at home so there are more chances to see them working on their indigo dying traditions.
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Mai Chau and Ninh Binh in Northern Vietnam
Those destinations in north Vietnam features a humid subtropical climate, with a distinct winter and summer season.
The best time to visit those famous places is during its dry season, between October and April, as days are not too hot with averages around 21°C (70°F) with less rain and plenty of sunshine. Days are warm with clear skies, which is perfect for cruising in the World UNESCO Heritage Site of Halong Bay. January and February are cooler and can bring fog and clouds, covering Halong Bay with mist which reduces visibility.
Its wet season lasts from May to September, it is hot and humid. The region also experiences the highest rainfall during this time of the year. In which, August and September are often the wettest months with some typhoons – which may prevent junks cruising in Halong Bay although such weather is rare.
Hue, Danang & Hoi An in Central Vietnam
Hue, Danang and Hoi An ancient town in the center of Vietnam experiences warm and dry weather from January to August, though afternoon showers are still common, with temperatures can reach 37°C (99°F) in June.
The region has high levels of rainfall from September, which will increase in October and November, occasionally in the form of typhoons that may cause flooding in Hoi An.
Nha Trang, Saigon, Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc & Con Dao Islands in Southern Vietnam
The beach city of Nha Trang benefits from a longer dry season, from January to September, with high temperatures and little rain fall. Its wet season lasts from October to early December, with quick showers in the afternoon.
The climate of Saigon and Mekong Delta is split into two simple seasons, wet and dry. The dry season begins in November and ends in April, with late February to May being slightly hotter and more humid. Its wet season lasts from May until October, with the months from June, July & August receiving the highest rainfall of the year. Throughout much of the wet season, rainfall is generally heavy but short lasting, often occurring in a mid-afternoon heavy downpour so it is not affecting your travels. The average temperatures in the south range between 25-35°C (77-95°F) year round.