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From the vibrant cities of Ho Chi Minh to the lush limestone islands of HaLong Bay, there is something for everyone in Vietnam. But if you’re planning a trip, one of the most important questions to consider is when to go.

The answer isn’t necessarily simple—Vietnam is a country that experiences fluctuating weather patterns—but with a little research and creativity, you can find the perfect time to travel.

We’ll explore each region of Vietnam and answer some common questions people have about what time of year is best for visiting. Everything from festivals to rainfall patterns will be taken into consideration as we determine when you should make your trip.

What the Climate and Weather Is Like in Vietnam

Vietnam is a tropical country with year-round warm weather and only two seasons—dry and wet. During the dry season, temperatures range from 20°C to 35°C (68°F to 95°F) and the weather is hot, sunny, and dry. During the wet season, temperatures range from 22°C to 33°C (71°F to 92°F) and the wet season can bring heavy rainfall.

The best time of year to go to Vietnam depends largely on what type of weather you prefer. If you want clear skies without too much humidity or rain, consider visiting between October and April. This is known as the best time for travelers looking for sunny days perfect for sightseeing and beach trips. On the other hand, if you're looking for an adventure in greener landscapes plus lower prices on flights and accommodation, consider traveling during May-September when there is often more rainfall.

The Best and Worst Times to Visit Vietnam

When looking to explore Vietnam, timing is everything! While the ideal times to visit largely depend on your own preferences and itinerary, there are certain periods of the year that should be avoided if at all possible.

Generally speaking, October and November are the best times to visit Vietnam with pleasant temperatures and low rainfall. Early December is a great time as well, where you can enjoy cooler, but manageable temperatures and less crowded tourist spots. However, it’s important to note that December also marks the start of peak season in Vietnam—so plan accordingly!

On the other hand, avoid traveling during January and February as they are often quite cold and rainy. April is also best avoided due to significant rainfall throughout the country. Additionally, July through September is not considered an ideal time as these months make up Vietnam’s monsoon season with frequent downpours throughout many parts of the country.

Visiting Vietnam in January

Visiting Vietnam in January typically means a dry season in the north and south, with the central area still at the tail-end of its rainy season. It's much chillier in Hanoi and Halong Bay compared to the southern parts. The further north you go into the mountains, the temperatures can drop as low as 5°C during mornings and evenings. Keep in mind that Tet Nguyen Dan, also known as Lunar New Year, is often celebrated during this month. Hotels tend to fill up fast for this big event, while some restaurants and shops may close their doors.

Visiting Vietnam in February

February is a great time for visiting Vietnam; with warm, dry, and mostly sunny conditions, it's prime for activities like cycling and trekking. Don't forget sunscreen and a warm coat for the evenings though! The coastal spots of Hoi An and Danang see a lot of beach-goers this month, so be prepared. Plus it's important to note that Tet Nguyen Dan (the Lunar New Year) falls in February too - so you'll want to book your hotels in advance and be aware that many places close down for the festivities.

Visiting Vietnam in March

March is typically one of the warmest and driest months in Vietnam. Although it becomes quite hot in the south come the end of the month, holidaymakers flock to beach resorts to take advantage of this peak season. Moreover, March is an ideal time to voyage around Halong Bay, thanks to its clear, rain-free skies. Additionally, trekking and cycling enthusiasts can have a fabulous time exploring the northern and central regions of Vietnam at this moment in time.

Visiting Vietnam in April

April is a great time to take a trip to Vietnam with the family! The weather is perfect for trekking in the mountainous north, where you can still see spring flowers in bloom. Alternatively, you could go cycling in the countryside and get away from the hustle and bustle. Sun seekers can also enjoy the coast, but it's already getting hot and humid down south before the monsoon season begins. There may be the occasional shower, but overall it's a wonderful time of year to explore Vietnam!

Visiting Vietnam in May

In May, you'll want to go further north, like to Hanoi or the central coast, as temperatures in southern Vietnam can reach up to 40°C. Ho Chi Minh City is hot and humid at this time since the monsoon season is just around the corner, with short thunderstorms in the afternoons. There's a chance of rain showers in the northern part of Vietnam too, but the temperatures there are much more bearable. If you're into outdoor activities like hiking or biking, this may be a great time to visit Vietnam as peak season is winding down and you may even find some good deals!

Visiting Vietnam in June

If you're looking for a great deal during the low season, Vietnam in June is a great option. Although the south may experience some short, intense showers that won't typically impact your travels and can lead to some flooding in the Mekong Delta, trekking in the north is not recommended due to heavy rainfall and possible thunderstorms. On the other hand, central Vietnam's coast is usually warm and dry – make sure to visit Hoi An or Da Nang, and don't forget your beach towel! Additionally, Vietnam's culture has been heavily shaped by its connections with China, with most of its festivals celebrated according to the lunar calendar.

Visiting Vietnam in July

During July, Vietnam experiences similar weather to June – both the north and south get a lot of rain, as do the Central Highlands. This makes trekking and cycling trips unsuitable. The Mekong Delta can also sometimes flood. However, the beaches of the Central Coast stay beautiful, with temperatures reaching up to 30°C. It's very hot and humid, and heavy downpours can make it tricky or even impossible to access more remote areas.

Visiting Vietnam in August

August is a great time to visit Vietnam's central coast and enjoy the sun-soaked cities of Da Nang and Hoi An. Unfortunately, trekking in mountainous regions is off-limits due to rainfall, but you can still have fun in the southern parts where it's dry enough, even with showers. April is especially special as it brings the Wandering Souls' Day celebration, with prayers and offerings given to honor deceased family and friends with the intention of freeing their souls from hell.

Visiting Vietnam in September

Vietnam in September is a transition month. It's still rainy in the north and south areas, but it's beginning to dry up by the end of the month. Central Vietnam is quite different though; you may be able to get in an early beach holiday in September, but typhoon season is fast approaching. As the month progresses, coastal and mountainous regions can get hit hard with rain and storms. During the full moon between September and October, a big harvest festival will take place with children carrying lanterns in processions and traditional lion dances.

Visiting Vietnam in October

Visiting Vietnam during October is wonderful - the north and south are especially beautiful, with the rains settling down, temperatures that are warm but not too hot, and the peak season still a ways off. It's best to avoid central Vietnam at this time though as heavy rains and showers are still common. Trekking and cycling trips are popular around this time of year, and in the countryside you'll find people hard at work harvesting their rice while the floating markets of the Mekong Delta have plenty of produce.

Visiting Vietnam in November

November is a popular time in Vietnam, boasting some of the best weather in the country - hot and dry conditions in both the north and south. Trekking in the mountains around Sapa is a great experience, and southern beaches look gorgeous at this time of year. With clear skies all around, November is arguably the best time for a Halong Bay cruise if you're planning to visit Vietnam.

Visiting Vietnam in December

It's definitely worth reserving your stay in one of the stunning beach resorts in Southern Vietnam in advance if you plan to be there for the holiday season - especially around Christmas since this is a very popular time to visit. Northern and Southern Vietnam are generally warm and dry, although temperatures drop much lower at higher altitudes during the night. As we approach the end of December, rainfall decreases in Central Vietnam; however, you should still expect some showers.

Popular Festivals to Take Part in While Visiting

If you're looking for a unique way to experience Vietnam, consider planning your trip around one of the country's famous festivals. Whether you're into history or culture, there's surely a celebration that will fit your interests.

TET Festival

The TET Festival is the most important celebration in Vietnam and takes place at the start of the lunar new year. During this time, people travel home, reuniting with their families for some traditional gatherings and rituals. Schools and businesses are closed for anywhere from three to seven days, depending on the region, so it's best to avoid traveling during this time as transportation can be even more crowded than usual.

Water Puppet Festival

This festival celebrates traditional Vietnamese water puppetry and usually happens between May and October in different towns throughout the country. It is a great way to experience all that Vietnamese culture has to offer through music, puppet shows, and lively street performances.

Hue Festival

Every two years, Hue city comes alive with the sounds of dragon dances and vibrant musical performances during the Hue Festival. It takes place over four days in April or May in honor of Emperor Gia Long, who founded the Nguyen Dynasty in 1802. The festival includes art exhibitions, performance competitions, fashion shows, and competitive dragon boat racing on Perfume River!

Navigating the Peak and Low Seasons in Vietnam

When it comes to planning a trip to Vietnam, one way to make the most out of your experience is to schedule it for the peak or the low seasons. Here's a quick guide on the best and worst months for visiting Vietnam.

Peak Season

The peak season in Vietnam runs from December to March and late summer (July and August). It's important to know that this is also when prices are highest since it coincides with peak tourist season, so if you're traveling on a budget, you may want to avoid these months.

Low Season

The low season in Vietnam runs from April-June and September-November. This is when prices are more reasonable, but when travel can be more unpredictable due to monsoons in certain areas. It's worth checking the forecast before you book any travel plans!

Tips for Making the Most of Your Trip to Vietnam

Are you wondering how to make the most out of your trip to Vietnam? Here are a few tips on how to take full advantage of this incredible country.

Plan Your Route

Vietnam is a big country and can be overwhelming when you don't have an idea of what areas you want to explore. Do your research so that you can maximize your time and pick carefully the destinations that are best fit for you. Additionally, don't forget to plan ahead for any transportation; Vietnam has a well-connected bus, train, and air network, so it's time for you to decide what works best for your itinerary.

Adjust Your Pace

Vietnam is a great place for exploring, from its bustling cities full of history and culture to the untouched mountains and beaches. You may think that it is possible to cover all these places in one trip, but it really isn't. Vietnam has plenty of amazing things for all kinds of travelers, so take your time and relax in order to take it all in and enjoy fully what this unique country has to offer!

By taking into account these two tips, we hope that you can make the most out of your trip! Whether you're looking for an adventurous journey, relaxation, or cultural exploration—Vietnam has something special for everybody.

Ideas for Budget-Friendly Activities While Visiting

Even if you're trying to stick to a budget while visiting Vietnam, there are still plenty of fun (and cheap!) activities you can take advantage of!

Local Cuisine

One of the best ways to experience the culture and local flavor without breaking the bank is to dig into some traditional dishes. Pho, a warming noodle soup, is a classic dish served in small stalls and eateries all over the streets of Vietnam. Other dishes worth trying include Bánh mì sandwiches and Bun cha, grilled pork served with rice noodles. With prices starting as low as 20,000 VND ($0.86 USD) for a tasty bowl of pho, you can sample your way around Vietnam without breaking the bank!

Outdoor Markets

Another great way to save money on activities in Vietnam is through outdoor markets. There are tons of markets across different cities and regions, whether it be night food markets in Hanoi or day markets in Hoi An or Da Nang—you'll find a ton of affordable souvenirs, eats, and trinkets while exploring the markets. Whether you're looking for clothes, jewelry, fake designer goods, or treats—you'll find them at budget-friendly price points!


Vietnam is filled with plenty of beautiful sights to take in—whether it be historic temples or natural parks–many sites offer free admission or are accessible for a nominal fee (25k-50k VND($1-2 USD)). Even if some places require an entrance fee it's still much more affordable than other places around Asia and well worth the small cost.


When it comes to planning your trip to Vietnam, there's plenty to consider. From the best time to go based on temperature and weather to plan your trip around special festivals and celebrations, your holiday to Vietnam can be tailored to what you'd like to experience.

Although it's impossible to predict the weather, you can certainly plan for the best of both worlds - warm and sunny days combined with stormy afternoons. Either way, you're bound to have an enjoyable and unique experience when you visit Vietnam. So take the plunge, plan your trip, and explore the country's wonderful landscapes, culture, and food!