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Best time to visit Vietnam

24 July 2017
” What is the perfect time to visit Vietnam?” may be the first question comes to any traveler minds when deciding to spend a holiday here. If you want to explore the whole county, you may want to consider our guidelines below for a wonderful trip.Vietnam has different weather systems in each part of the country. While the north is in the cold winter, the south enjoys the beautiful sunshine. Hence, there are still some year – round destinations that can be favorable to come in anytime of the year.

The Northern Mountainous area of Vietnam: Sapa, Ha Giang

The climate in the northern mountainous region divided in 2 seasons: dry and wet. The dry season comes from October to the end of March whilst the wet runs from April to September. In December and January, the temperature can drop to 0 point creating frost and snowfall. If you want to travel to the north points of the country, make sure you bring more coats to keep warm. 

Snow in Sapa

The mountainous area attracts many adventurous spirits for trekking and cycling owing to its challenging terrain and beautiful nature. The best time to experience these activities is from March to April, and in October and November. However, you should avoid coming in the rain season (May to September) because it can be very dangerous due to floods and erosions.         

Cyling tour in Ha Giang

The North of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh

The north part of the country owns the tropical monsoon climate which has distinct seasonal variations: Spring (March - April), Summer (May - Aug), Autumn (Sept - Dec), Winter (Dec - Feb). The summer in the north is usually hot and humid with the average temperature of 32°C (90°F) accompanied with the heavy rains in the afternoon. During this time, Gulf of Tonkin can have severe weather preventing the sailing activities in Ha Long Bay but the influence is insignificant. The winter is rather cool and dry and the lowest temperature can reach to 10°C.

Kayaking in Ha Long bay

Therefore, the golden time to visit the North is in Autumn when the temperature is moderate and the sky is blue. It’s not a bad idea to stroll around the Hanoi Old Quarters or explore the former capital of Vietnam in Ninh Binh in such a poetic season. 
Hanoi in Autumn

The Central of Vietnam: Hue, Hoian, Danang

The central is the home of the most beautiful beaches of the country. The weather here is warm year – round with the temperature in the summer usually goes upper 35°C (July and August) and around 24°C (75°F) in the winter. 
From February to late July is the dry season which has the most sunshine hours and little rainfalls. It is perfect to spend a holiday in this time of the year lying on the stunning white soft sand and enjoying the turquoise water of the incredible central beaches such as Lang Co, Cua Dai, Nha Trang, etc. Remember to always bring your sun glasses and sun cream to protect you from the heat. 

Lang Co beach

If you don’t like a beach cramped with people, you should avoid going to these destinations from the mid of June because a lot of Vietnamese families are likely to choose central beaches as their destinations for summer vacation. This means the beaches will be crowed, hotels run out of room and the food price shoots up. But apart from this time, you still have plenty time and spaces to enjoy your holiday. From August to November is the wet season when the temperature is milder but rain is more often. Typhoons can be strike once in a while during this season. 

Nha Trang

The central highland also has the same climate but the temperature is cooler, especially at night. 

Da Lat

The South of Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta, Con Dao

The tropical climate in the south splits in 2 seasons dry and wet but still maintains the constant temperature owing to its location closer to the equator. The average temperature is between 25°C and 35°C. 
The dry season is from November to April, while the more humid and hotter moths are February and May. The wet season begins in May and ends in November with the highest rainfall receiving in 3 months from June to August. It can rain cats and dogs but in the short amount of time, usually in the afternoon. This can cause some flooding problems but making the south become the most prosperous land of the country.

Ho Chi Minh city

The floating market on the Mekong Delta

The off shore islands in the south also share the same weather with the high chance of sunny days but rainfalls can be expected in the dry season.

Con Dao island

If you are interested in these places, have a look at our Vietnam Excusions tours for more amazing destinations in Vietnam.