Noon Gate at The Citadel, Hue Noon Gate, The Citadel, Hue – Image courtesy of Luru Ly/Wikimedia

Best time to visit Vietnam

The best time to visit Vietnam really depends on your travel itinerary.

Although generally tropical, the weather in Vietnam varies greatly from north to south and ranges from chilly mountains and cool highlands to steamy jungle and hot, sunny coastlines.


Vietnam weather

Vietnam is spread across two different climatic zones with opposing monsoon seasons: a moderate, cooler northern zone, with winter from November to April and summer from May to October, and a warmer, tropical southern zone, with a hot and humid climate, much like the rest of Southeast Asia.

As a general rule, the best time to visit areas north of Nha Trang is during the months of April, May or October; however for regions south of Nha Trang aim for the cool, dry months between November and February.

The northeast monsoon brings cool, dry weather to Vietnam between November and April while the southwest monsoon brings hot, wet weather from May to October.


Seasons

High season: From November to March and in July and August. Prices peak over the Christmas and New Year period.

Low season: May, June and September

Note: Avoid travel during Tet (Vietnamese New Year). The country’s biggest festival is held in late-January and early-February, when the Vietnamese return to their ancestral family home. Transport and hotels are completely booked and the roadways are crammed with traffic. Most businesses close down.


North Vietnam

Visit Hanoi from October to December for warm, sunny days. Northern Vietnam is dry from November to April, and wet and hot from June to August.

Winter (December through February) averages 16°C (60°F) while summer averages 30°C (86°F).


Hanoi – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 17 17 20 24 27 29 29 28 27 25 21 18
Ave High Temp (°C) 19 19 23 26 31 32 32 32 31 28 24 21
Ave Low Temp (°C) 15 15 18 21 24 25 26 26 25 22 19 15
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 3 2 2 4 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 4
Daylight (Hrs daily) 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort Level No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity Low heat icon High heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity
Ave Humidity (%) 85 85 90 90 85 85 85 90 85 80 80 80
UV Index 7 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 8 7
Days with some Rain 14 17 22 18 18 18 19 18 14 11 9 9
Ave Rainfall (mm) 21 28 46 91 183 229 255 296 251 146 46 14
(Hanoi, Vietnam) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Central Vietnam

Expect warm weather from June to August and wet weather from September to November. Hue, Da Nang and Nha Trang are best in spring from February to April.


Hue – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave High Temp (°C) 24 25 27 30 33 34 34 34 31 29 26 24
Ave Low Temp (°C) 18 18 20 22 24 25 25 25 24 22 21 18
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 7 7 7 7 7 5 6 5 6 6 7 7
Daylight (Hrs daily) 11 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Comfort Level Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon
Ave Humidity (%) 9 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 9 9
UV Index 7 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 8 7
Days with some Rain 4 4 5 8 14 19 19 23 18 13 6 4
Ave Rainfall (mm) 164 74 92 51 106 81 81 116 364 612 625 329
(Hue, Vietnam) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Nha Trang – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 24 25 26 27 28 29 28 28 28 27 26 24
Ave High Temp (°C) 26 27 28 30 31 31 31 31 30 28 27 26
Ave Low Temp (°C) 21 21 22 23 26 26 26 26 25 24 23 22
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 6 7 7 7 6 5 5 5 6 5 5 6
Daylight (Hrs daily) 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12
Comfort Level Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon
Ave Humidity (%) 80 80 80 85 80 80 80 80 80 85 85 85
UV Index 10 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10
Days with some Rain 6 3 3 4 6 4 5 7 11 14 15 13
Ave Rainfall (mm) 40 20 30 40 50 40 40 50 150 320 320 180
Sea Temp (°C) 26 26 27 28 29 29 29 29 29 28 27 26
(Nha Trang, Vietnam) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Central Highlands

Pleiku and Dalat are best visited during the dry season from December to April. The wet season lasts from May to November


Dalat – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave High Temp (°C) 24 26 26 26 26 25 23 24 24 24 23 23
Ave Low Temp (°C) 10 10 11 13 15 16 16 16 15 14 13 12
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 6 6 6 6 5 4 4 4 5 4 5 5
Daylight (Hrs daily) 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 11
Comfort Level Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon
Ave Humidity (%) 85 85 90 90 85 85 85 90 85 80 80 80
UV Index 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10
Days with some Rain 8 6 7 10 17 21 22 24 22 20 13 10
Ave Rainfall (mm) 8 26 56 168 209 167 254 219 301 230 92 27
(Dalat, Vietnam) J F M A M J J A S O N D

South Vietnam

The best time to visit tropical Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta is between December and April. The south is always hot.

The wet season lasts from May to October, and while it’s cooler from November to April, temperatures average 30°C (86°F) year round.


Ho Chi Minh City – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave High Temp (°C) 32 33 34 35 33 32 31 31 31 31 31 31
Ave Low Temp (°C) 21 22 23 24 25 24 24 24 23 23 23 22
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 5 6 6 6 5 4 4 5 5 4 4 4
Daylight (Hrs daily) 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 12
Comfort Level High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon
UV Index 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10
Days with some Rain 5 4 5 8 15 16 17 18 20 18 13 9
Ave Rainfall (mm) 13 2 11 48 214 303 291 260 316 262 112 44
Sea Temp (°C) 28 29 29 30 30 30 30 29 29 29 29 28
(Hue, Vietnam) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).


Latest update: Vietnam weather: 14 January, 2020


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