Vietnam Weather - The Best Time To Visit

[Photo Credit: Sylwia Misarko - 27th March 2018 Tour]

Weather is one of the first things to consider when planning a holiday. One of the many perks of travelling to a country like Vietnam is that no matter when you visit, there is always a perfect place where it is pleasant to stay. So if you’re interested in visiting Vietnam, here’s what to expect from the weather throughout the year.

Vietnam’s Seasons (Quick Version)

Low Season (Mar – Jun, Sep – Nov)

  • Perhaps the best time to travel the country as a whole in terms of weather throughout Vietnam. Moderate to heavy rainfall will affect parts of the central and northern coastline September until November. The south will be moderately cooler than earlier in the year but still great beach weather to work on that holiday tan. Hanoi to Halong Bay will be slightly wet from March to June but in prime weather conditions come November. 

Shoulder (Dec – Feb)

  • North of Nha Trang can get cool weather but is almost always acceptable for beach weather from Nha Trang to Mui Ne (our final beach destination on tour). Expect cool conditions north of Hanoi - especially towards Halong Bay. Swim trunks by day, jumpers by night - perfect sunrise and sunset weather. In the south, you can expect clear skies and sunshine - this is the case almost the entire year in the sunny south. 

High Season (Jul - Aug)

  • Basically all Vietnam, except the far north, is hot and humid, with the summer monsoon bringing downpours throughout the country. The storms are usually not entire-day storms, just short bursts of heavy rainfall that bringing a welcomed cooling affect to the air. If you like a good thunderstorm but plenty of sunbathing opportunties, you’ll be a happy backpacker this time of year. 


Average Annual Temperatures

 

Location

Dec – Feb

Mar – May

Jun - Aug

Sep – Nov

Hanoi (Day 1-2)

17°C

27°C

29°C

25°C

Halong Bay (Day 3)

17°C

25°C

29°C

25°C

Ninh Binh (Day 4-5)

19°C

27°C

30°C

25°C

Phong Nha (Day  6-8)

23°C

27°C

28°C

25°C

Hue (Day 9-10)

23°C

27°C

31°C

27°C

Hoi An (Day 11-15)

23°C

27°C

31°C

27°C

Nha Trang (Day 16-17)

25°C

27°C

29°C

27°C

Da Lat (Day 18)

24°C

28°C

30°C

27°C

Mui Ne (Day 19-20)

27°C

28°C

33°C

28°C

Saigon (Day 21-23)

27°C

28°C

30°C

28°C

 


Best Time To Visit


Vietnam is a long country that has it all: tropical jungles, dramatic mountain ranges, white-sand beaches, and countryside charm. We travel over 1,800 kilometres from Halong Bay to Ho Chi Minh City on tour and pass through a dramatically stunning range of topography along the way. This variation creates for some of the most stunning scenery you can imagine and also a wide-range of weather patterns throughout the country.

The answer to “when is the best time to visit?” is dependent on whether you are visiting for trekking and outdoor adventures, genuine cultural experiences, or for a beaches and warm weather holiday - or a combination of all that good stuff. Vietnam sits just atop the balmy equator at its southernmost point and winds its way up into the more temperate and mountainous border with China in the northernmost. 

Thanks to these regional variations in weather, generally, you can visit Vietnam at any time of year and find a place with those just-right conditions. Hopefully the weather breakdown above helped clear up when you will be coming to explore Vietnam with us and a adventurous bunch of travellers from around the world! And if you have been considering a trip to Vietnam but just can’t find the time to plan or don’t want to go it alone, check out what’s included in our 23 day, backpacker-approved tour.