Weather & When to go : Vietnam

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Vietnam is long and thin, therefore encompasses various climates at various times of the year. Great for summer holidays on the beach as well as a bit of winter sun.

watercolour map of Vietnam

When to visit (Quick Summary)

Best Time

November - April

Monsoon Season

September - October

Beach Season

November - April (Southern Beaches)
May - August (Central Beaches)


December - May (Cat Tien National Park)
November - February (Cuc Phuong National Park)

January - March

A fantastic time to visit Vietnam - these months bring warm, dry weather across the country. Whilst the northern highlands may feel a little chilly in the evenings, the south of the country and beaches will be hot and basking in sunshine.


April is a transitional time for Vietnam’s weather as it comes out of its peak season and starts to head towards its wet summer season, but make no mistake that it is still a brilliant time to visit. The south may have spots of rain but for the most part is hot, sunny and dry. The central regions begin to enter their hot, dry season making an Easter beach break ideal.

May - August

The beaches of Hue and Hoi An are hot, dry and sunny at this time of year - perfect for the summer holidays. The north is now firmly in its hot, wet summer with daily rain and humidity. The south will also be in wet season, but this is normally characterised by a short, sharp busts of showers followed by clear skies for the rest of the day. Tourist numbers are lower so it's still a good time to travel.

September - October

Some of the wettest months in Vietnam mean you will meet rain across the whole country. Conditions in the north start to improve, with trekking in Sapa possible again. Heavy rains and high winds start to hit the central highlands, making it unsuitable for the beach, and the south is still quite wet, although towards the end of the month the change is noticeable as it moves away from its wet summer.


This is when Vietnam’s dry season returns fully across the country. The north will be clear and dry, although cooler and certainly so in Sapa where temperatures can feel a bit chilly at night. The central typhoons have ended meaning Hoi An and Hue will be dry and sunny, and the south of the country is at its absolute best – clear skies, no rain and sun-drenched beaches.


Another great month for Vietnam, the whole country will be sunny and dry, with warmer temperatures found in the south, especially along the lovely coastal areas of Mui Ne, Phan Thiet and Phu Quoc Island. Trekking conditions in Sapa are good with clear skies and less fog, although the evenings are a little chilly.


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