Best Time to Visit Vietnam

A long country with varied weather patterns, the best time to visit Vietnam as a whole is from January to May with the least rain in both the cultural areas and on the beach. Outside of these months it is possible to still visit and you will get some rain in the north and south from May to November and on the central coast from September to January. Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year falls in late January or early February and is best avoided as many businesses close. Our Vietnam itineraries typically include two or more places to visit in Vietnam and each therefore recommends the best time to complete that tour.

Best time to visit

The central region of Vietnam has a tropical climate, particularly around Hué and is divided into two distinguished seasons. The dry season (from March to August) has a maximum temperature of 40°C and the colder, rainy season (August to January) has temperatures that can go down to 19°C. January can be slightly cooler in Hoi An, the best time to visit the Hoi An is between February and June when rainfall is low and temperatures are pleasant. If you can, time your visit to Hoi An for the full moon during on the 14th day of the lunar year each month for the Full Moon festivals, when the town becomes the stage for traditional songs, dancing, games and food, with lanterns lining all of the streets. The best time to visit Hue is between March and April when the temperature is more pleasant, though rainfalls are still likely. Hue sees fog and rain quite frequently, even when the weather across the Hai Van Pass in nearby Danang is sunny. During the rainy season, between September and January, rain is more frequent and can be heavy. There are several festivals in Hue and worth taking note in planning your travel. Each year, during the seventh month of the lunar year, Hue celebrates the Duong No ceremony, Vietnamese all souls’ days, and Hon Chen Temple Festival. In addition, every two years, there is a special Hue Festival which lasts for two weeks in June. North Vietnam is dry and warm from March to June and October to November, although May and June can get very humid and hot. July to September is very wet, and December to February is cool and drizzly with temperatures dropping as low as 10°C. The best time to visit Northern Vietnam is from February to April and September to November, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 30°C avoiding the heat and the rain. The monsoon prevails from May till September with stronger breezes and higher humidity with limited rainfall. Temperatures are warmer during this time, varying between 25°C to 35°C. Most rain failing in July and August and typhoons are possible. Southern Vietnam has a tropical climate. It is hot and humid year round, with an average annual temperature of 27°C . The best time to visit is December to April as this is the dry season with occasional rain. May to November is the wet season with showers almost every day and flooding in the Mekong Delta can occur. December is the coolest month, while April and May tend to be the hottest months.

Climate guide for Vietnam

, Vietnam

Average temperatures (Celcious) and rainfall (mm)

Jan
29°C 10mm
Feb
31°C 5mm
Mar
33°C 9mm
Apr
36°C 6mm
May
38°C 5mm
Jun
39°C 3mm
Jul
39°C 4mm
Aug
38°C 4mm
Sep
37°C 10mm
Oct
33°C 17mm
Nov
32°C 19mm
Dec
30°C 16mm
Jan
24°C 7mm
Feb
26°C 6mm
Mar
28°C 11mm
Apr
31°C 18mm
May
34°C 11mm
Jun
36°C 13mm
Jul
36°C 20mm
Aug
34°C 23mm
Sep
33°C 16mm
Oct
31°C 8mm
Nov
29°C 7mm
Dec
25°C 7mm
Jan
26°C 8mm
Feb
29°C 6mm
Mar
32°C 11mm
Apr
35°C 14mm
May
38°C 15mm
Jun
38°C 16mm
Jul
37°C 21mm
Aug
36°C 29mm
Sep
35°C 22mm
Oct
33°C 10mm
Nov
31°C 8mm
Dec
26°C 7mm
Jan
33°C 2mm
Feb
34°C 1mm
Mar
36°C 1mm
Apr
36°C 17mm
May
36°C 14mm
Jun
34°C 13mm
Jul
34°C 17mm
Aug
33°C 16mm
Sep
34°C 19mm
Oct
33°C 17mm
Nov
33°C 10mm
Dec
32°C 7mm
Jan
34°C 1mm
Feb
35°C 1mm
Mar
37°C 1mm
Apr
37°C 5mm
May
36°C 6mm
Jun
36°C 8mm
Jul
35°C 5mm
Aug
34°C 7mm
Sep
34°C 10mm
Oct
34°C 10mm
Nov
34°C 6mm
Dec
34°C 4mm
Jan
30°C 2mm
Feb
31°C 1mm
Mar
32°C 1mm
Apr
34°C 4mm
May
34°C 8mm
Jun
34°C 13mm
Jul
33°C 23mm
Aug
32°C 19mm
Sep
32°C 19mm
Oct
31°C 16mm
Nov
31°C 8mm
Dec
31°C 8mm
Jan
22°C 10mm
Feb
25°C 9mm
Mar
29°C 16mm
Apr
31°C 24mm
May
31°C 20mm
Jun
29°C 21mm
Jul
27°C 33mm
Aug
29°C 28mm
Sep
28°C 18mm
Oct
26°C 13mm
Nov
25°C 9mm
Dec
21°C 10mm
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