Weather & Climate
What will come up to your mind when talk about travelling Vietnam, sunshine, sand, sea, jungle and steamy hot weather? Vietnam’s climate is not as steamy hot as we are exposed to on movies and novels. In general, Vietnam’s climate is divided into dry and wet seasons. To well plan the trip, we can further categorize all destinations into four weather systems from north to south.
1. Mountainous North – travel destinations: Sapa, Ha Giang, Bac Ha
The dry season runs from October to late March with the wet season lasting from April to September. The temperature of this region in December and January can be as low as 3 – 4 degree Celsius, especially at night.
Tour activities in this region include ethnic culture, trekking and cycling; better avoid visiting in the raining season and the coldest period of this region.
2. North Vietnam – travel destinations: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cuc Phuong, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh
Hanoi and North Vietnam has a distinct winter and summer season. The cool but mostly dry winter lasts from November to April when temperatures average 17-22°C with the coldest months being January - March.
Summer lasts from May to October when it is hot and humid and the region experiences its highest rainfall. July to September are often the wettest months of the year. During these months severe weather can prevent junks sailing in Halong Bay although such weather is rare.
3. Central Vietnam – travel destinations: Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang
Hoi An, Hue & Danang in the centre of Vietnam have hot and dry weather from mid-January 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.
Quy Nhon is a six hour drive south of Hoi An and shares a similar weather pattern although the dry season is slightly longer due to its proximity to the southern system.
At the far south of Central Vietnam, Nha Trang benefits from a longer dry season (typically January to September), with high temperatures and little rain . The rainy season runs from October to early December with almost half the annual rainfall falling in October and November.
4. South Vietnam – travel destinations: Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta, Dalat, Phu Quoc
With temperatures remaining constant year round the climate of the south is split into two simple seasons, wet and dry. The dry season begins in November and ends in April/early May with late February to May being slightly hotter and with higher humidity. The wet season lasts from May to early November with the months from June to 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.
The average temperatures in the south range between 25 - 35°C year round.
In the far south, the beaches of Phu Quoc enjoy a monsoon climate with two seasons; wet (late-July to late October) and dry (November to July). Visits to Phu Quoc can be made year-round although the best time is during the dry season (outside of October the chances of sunny days remain high).
Dalat is wet from June to October making outdoor pursuits problematic. From November to May it is far dryer although cold in December & January.
5. Then when is the best time to visit Vietnam?
Whenever you come visiting Vietnam, you will experience both sunshine and rain in varying of quantity. Your travel consultant can choose the proper and best destinations according to your travel time and personal needs. Therefore, weather and climate are not the only factor of determining when to come. Taking travel cost and crowd into account will bring you the better Vietnam travel experience.