When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

Vietnam is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Southeast Asia thanks to its breathtaking landscapes, amazing cuisine, and distinctive culture. 

The question “When is the best time to visit Vietnam?” may be a popular matter that a lot of tourists concern. 

If you’re planning your upcoming trip in Vietnam and still curious about the appropriate time to come, then keep reading our post below.

When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

The answer is quite simple: anytime is the best time 

But, it's not really true to say so. It depends on how you want to enjoy your holiday in Vietnam.

Firstly, Vietnam is a country stretching over a thousand miles, from northern Sapa to the southern Mekong Delta. There are two relatively different climates, in which the North has 4 four seasons, whereas, in the South, there are only two seasons including the dry season and the rainy season.

The beauty of Halong Bay

The beauty of Halong Bay

The climate of North Vietnam

North Vietnam is known with four seasons, rather than two. You can choose to travel either the hot and humid summer or the cold and dry winter. 

If you plan to visit the Northern Highlands, prepare for the freezing winter with a low temperature of around 0c, it even snows in Sapa, sometimes. 


It can be said that spring is the most beautiful time of the year when the air is filled with the scent of a thousand flowers. 

Hanoi at this time is usually wet and damp before the monsoon arrives in May. 


Summertime in the north is hot and humid. Because of global warming, all kinds of humidity-temperature combinations can happen. Traveling to the north at this time, remember to bring an umbrella or a raincoat just in case. The weather might change quickly. 

Sapa in spring

Sapa in spring


Autumn is always the most romantic time of the year when the leaves turn color. The rainfall and temperature at this time are balanced, and you can experience nice and cool breezes.

Although the season is quite short, it is considered the best time to visit the north. It lasts only a couple of weeks between Mid-September and the end of November. 


In the north, the winter is freezing, at least for a tropical country. The temperature in Hanoi can get as low as 10 degree Celsius. You should prepare for the cold season with proper clothing. 

The climate of South Vietnam

The weather in South Vietnam is divided into two seasons: the dry season lasting from December to April and the rainy season lasting from May to November.

In the dry season, it doesn't have much rain and the sky is clear. If you're into relaxing at beautiful beaches, then go for it. If you want to visit the Highlands, then Dalat would be a perfect choice. Traveling Ho Chi Minh City at that time is not ideal when the streets are dusty. 

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

The temperature in the South doesn't actually change much. It's hot in the lowland and more comfortable in the highlands. The hottest time in the year is from Mid-March to May. The travelers from cold countries may be excited about the hot weather, but for the local people, it's a torture. When the rainy season starts in May and June, most of the people feel more comfortable with the effect of cold air. 

The temperature is lower from September to December. In fact, the most beautiful time to visit South Vietnam is from November to January. 

When should not you visit Vietnam?

From August to November is the time when typhoons and tropical storms regularly occur. The coastal areas in the Central region are most affected. If you're in Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An or the coastal areas of other cities, check the online information with the receptions at the hotels to make sure your safety. 

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