Vietnam, in the eyes of foreigners, is known as one of the most peaceful and beautiful countries in the world. The weather here is warm, and the locals make it to the list of the friendliest people in Southeast Asia. Deciding when to travel in the country can be a little difficult as the country stretches for 1,000km from north to south, so the seasons change accordingly. However, there is definitely a right time for you to visit Vietnam, and here is some information about the regions and seasons there.
The climate of Vietnam
Located in tropical and temperate regions, Vietnam’s climate is influenced by strong monsoons but with a lot of sunshine, high rainfall, and high humidity. Areas located near the tropics and mountainous areas are endowed with mild climates. When visit Vietnam during your vacation, make sure you know when’s the best time to come to a certain region.
Climate in the North
Spring in the North starts from the Lunar New Year, from the beginning of February when the trees sprout. The weather is warm and mild. Spring temperature is usually in the range of 20-21 degrees Celsius, which is very suitable for people’s cultivation. This is also the time when many major festivals take place.
Summer in the North starts from early May to late July. This season is characterized by prolonged heat waves, high temperatures up to 37-38 degrees Celsius. This is also the season to harvest many kinds of fruit trees. .
Autumn in the North starts from late August to mid-October. The temperature at this time decreases gradually, no longer as hot as summer. Autumn is very beautiful with gentle sunshine, clear blue sky, sometimes heavy rains.
In winter, the temperature begins to drop, the average temperature is about 13-1 degrees Celsius. Many places in the Northwest appear frost and frost. Winter in the North is a time when many tourists visit because of interesting weather landscapes, especially the Northwest region.
Climate in the Central of Vietnam
Central region is a land with a relatively mild climate. The weather here is divided into two distinct seasons, respectively the rainy season and the dry season. If planning to travel to the Central of Vietnam when you visit Vietnam, make sure you avoid the rainy/ flood season!
From the beginning of September, the central provinces, especially the North and Central Central provinces, will enter the rainy season. Although the rainy season starts in September, the maximum rainfall intensity in the Central region falls in October and November. Rain often occurs on a large scale, over many days, so it is easy to cause flash floods and landslides. The flood season in the Central region is determined from October to December. However, there are also years that flood occurs as early as September.
North Central region: On winter days, this region has a monsoon blowing in the northeast direction, so it brings water vapor from the sea. The whole area suffers from low temperature and cold climate. In the summer, there is no longer a northeast monsoon, but in this region, there is a southwest monsoon that makes the weather dry and hot, with periods up to 40 degrees per day.
South Central Coast region: Normally, when the northeast monsoon blows here, it will meet the Bach Ma mountain range, so the winter is not too extreme. In summer days, because of the influence of the southwest monsoon blowing from the Gulf of Thailand through the Truong Son mountain range, the weather will be quite dry, hot and uncomfortable in the whole area.
Climate in the South
The climate in the South of Vietnam is divided into two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season.
The dry season in the South
Lasting from November to April, the dry season is considered the best time to visit South Vietnam. The sun shines almost all day, the sky is blue, the colors are brilliant. The air is fresh, the humidity is low, and the temperatures in the morning and evening drop to a pleasantly mild level.
With relatively high southern temperatures (up to 39°C) but low humidity, it is recommended to visit Vietnam in late December. That way, you can experience the Christmas and New Year atmosphere in Ho Chi Minh City .
The rainy season in the South
According to the topography of Ho Chi Minh City, the average elevation is 19 meters (62ft) above sea level. This proximity to the sea explains why during this heavy rainy season it is prone to flooding throughout the city. Don’t forget to bring a raincoat and umbrella. However, it is better not to travel to The rainy season in the South of Vietnam.
When’s the best time to visit Vietnam?
When to visit the North of Vietnam
Visiting Vietnam: Ha Long Bay!
Other destinations may still be beautiful even with a little rain, however, if you intend to go to Ha Long Bay, you must make sure not to go in the rainy season. Fog in the rainy season can reduce your visibility. It will consequently be difficult to see all the beauty of the mountains, the magnificent rock formations here. To be sure to take a cruise and see the full beauty of Ha Long Bay, choose to go in March – May or September – October
Visiting Vietnam: Hanoi
Hanoi is known as the capital of Vietnam. This is a bustling city full of life. Unlike the southern provinces, Hanoi is usually very cold in winter with an average temperature of about 17°C. The summer months (from May to September) have an average temperature of about 32°C but there is a lot of rain. The best time to visit Hanoi is in October.
Visiting Vietnam: Sapa
Sapa is located in the mountains of Northern Vietnam and is well known for its trekking routes and local life. The average temperature of Sapa is about 29°C in the humid summer. Heat levels drop to freezing in cold, dry winters. The best time to visit Sapa is March – April or October – November, when the weather is chilled and pleasant.
When to visit the Central of Vietnam
To choose the most appropriate and ideal time, tourists should know, the time of floods in the North Central region lasts from about July to October, and in the coastal areas, it is from October to December. Therefore, you should arrange the safest time to travel to explore the Central region from January to June.
Tourist destinations in the Central to consider when you visit Vietnam
1. Da Nang
Da Nang is always a familiar destination when tourists visit Vietnam, especially the Central region. The peace and tranquility of the city plus the beautiful scenery make this place a “paradise” for all tourists near and far to delight in exploring and enjoying their journey.
Da Nang city is known for tourist attractions such as: Ba Na Mountain, My Khe Beach, Linh Ung Pagoda, Marble Mountains, Ly Son Island, Han River Bridge, Quay Bridge, Dragon Bridge…
2. Hoi An, Quang Nam
Hoi An city is a city in Quang Nam province, located on the banks of the Thu Bon River and this place is famous for its ancient architecture and culture, but the value has been kept since the 80s, the end of the century. 20 to this day.
Hoi An Ancient Town is considered to be the intersection of many different cultures such as Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and Western cultures. This is reflected in the landscape and also in the daily lives of local people. If you have a chance to visit Vietnam, try to come to Hoian once!
3. Nha Trang
Many tourists want to visit Vietnam because of Nha Trang, which has beautiful beaches. This place is also a resort paradise in the central part of Vietnam. Nha Trang owns a collection of beautiful landscapes that visitors should not miss: Institute of Oceanography, Dam Market, Ponagar Tower, Nha Trang Beach, Binh Ba Island, Hon Tre, Hon Tam, Diep Son, Hon Mun, Hon Ong,…
4. Phu Yen
Phu Yen is a simple and rustic land but equally majestic and large, this place is becoming an ideal tourist destination for domestic and international tourists. The attractions that tourists cannot miss when coming to Phu Yen are: Dong Cam Dam, Vung Ro Bay, Mang Lang Church, Van Hoa Plateau, Ganh Den, Ganh Da Dia, Nhan Tower, Dai Lighthouse Leader
5. Quy Nhon – Binh Dinh
Quy Nhon city, Binh Dinh is known as a poetic land, it is not wrong when it possesses charming, poetic and lyrical landscapes.
The beauty of Quy Nhon is reflected in many famous landmarks such as: Yen Quy Nhon Island, Thi Nai lagoon bridge, Eo Gio, ancient Champa Twin Towers, Cu Lao Xanh Lighthouse, Ky Co Island, Phuong Sand Dunes Mai, Ghenh Rang…
When to visit the South of Vietnam
The rainy season in the South of Vietnam
The rainy season mainly falls from June to November with heavy rains in the afternoon and evening. Rainfall is usually heavy from June to September and is accompanied by high flood waters between July and August.
The best time for you to experience the fruit garden is usually from June to September.
The floating water season is a cultural feature of the West, usually from September to November. This is the best time to have an interesting experience when floating around the biggest river in the South of Vietnam.
Traveling to the South in the dry season
The dry season starts from December to the end of April next year, when the weather is warmer from late February to April. And this is the most suitable time to enjoy famous landmarks in the South, famous The most prominent is the floating market in the Mekong Delta.
The dry season is the peak time to travel to the South when it coincides with major holidays such as April 30, May 1, so visitors will be overwhelmed by the colors of the vast rice fields.
The most ideal time for cruises in the Mekong River usually falls in December to January of the year after the weather becomes cooler and more pleasant.
How to visit Vietnam during festivals
Visit Vietnam on special occasions:
In the north:
The North of our country converges majestic natural scenery, thousands of years of ancient culture, in addition to quality travel services worthy of your family’s choice for holiday. Make sure you visit Moc Chau in Spring where it is covered with white plum blossoms. In addition, Sa Pa, the town in the mist magically in Lao Cai is also an attractive destination.
If you are interested in the sacred and quiet, go to Yen Tu mountain. Dong Pagoda on the top of Yen Tu is a place where you can both enjoy the scenery and pray for your family.
Recognized by UNESCO as a world natural heritage, Ha Long Bay always has a firm foothold on the map of Vietnam’s tourism. If you want to enjoy a relaxing cruise on a yacht, explore sedimentary caves or participate in unique entertainment games at Sun World Park, Ha Long is a great choice for a remarkable vacation.
In the Central of Vietnam:
Central is most famous with three destinations: Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An (Quang Nam).
With Hue Citadel and ancient tourist attractions. Thien Mu Pagoda, Tu Duc Tomb, Khai Dinh Tomb, Hon Chen Palace… and the poetic Huong Giang River promise to be a great destination when you visit Vietnam.
About Da Nang, beautiful and majestic bridges are the characteristic of this city. In addition, the poetic beaches, the three majestic pagodas are also worth seeing.
Hoi An Ancient Town, Quang Nam is a place that many tourists must check-in when visiting Vietnam. This rather small street with yellow houses, nostalgic tile roofs has beautiful photo angles.
In the South:
The Southwest region arre known for fruit-filled gardens, idyllic landscapes with floating markets on the river. It has been a new and interesting destination for tourists who visit Vietnam for the first time.
You can go to Ca Mau to explore the land of Mui, to the land of white rice and water in Can Tho to visit Cai Rang floating market, to see Ninh Kieu wharf, to go back to Soc Trang to listen to village tunes, to enjoy “pia cake”…
Sea and island: From Binh Ba, Binh Hung, Mui Ne – Nha Trang to Con Dao, Phu Quoc, Nam Du… The sea and island in the South is always the number 1 choice for an interesting trip. In spring and summer, the weather here is also better, the sea is also bluer.
Above are some useful information you might need when planning your trip. If you have a chance to visit Vietnam, please let us know what you think about your experience there. VTJ would love to hear from you! See more articles about traveling to Vietnam from us below to be well-prepared for your upcoming vacation!