Discover the best time to visit Vietnam

The climate in Vietnam can be divided into three different zones – North, South and Central. The weather in North Vietnam is humid and subtropical, while South Vietnam enjoys a tropical climate all year round. Central Vietnam lies somewhere in between. As Vietnam is a long and narrow country, climate conditions vary considerably, with temperatures ranging between 20-35°C. Read on to find out the best time to visit Vietnam for you and your plans.

Vietnam's weather by region

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Halong bay customer relaxing by water

North Vietnam

The weather in Northern Vietnam varies considerably from the hot and sunny south. From January to March expect cool weather in Hanoi and Sapa, and bring layers if heading to Bai Tu Long Bay. These are best visited in May, when the chance of warm weather and less mist makes relaxing on the sundeck and kayaking along the bay extremely appealing. From May to August the temperatures rise and the chance of rain increases, with trekking in the far north becoming more difficult due to slippery conditions. September to December are our favourite times to explore the north, with less crowds and warm sunny days.

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Hoi An local woman at market stall

Central Vietnam

Central Vietnam benefits from a more consistent weather than its northern neighbour, with hot, sunny temperatures and little rain throughout January to July. Head to the beach town of Nha Trang, or tiny Palm Island for some sun and sand during these months. August brings a change of climate through the central region with temperatures remaining hot and humid, but rain becoming more likely. The showers are heavy but normally only last a few hours before the sun breaks through, and makes for a good excuse to duck inside for a strong Vietnamese coffee or cocktail!

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Empty sandy white beach with gentle waves lapping on the shore line in Phu Quoc Vietnams

South Vietnam

South Vietnam enjoys a tropical weather year-round, with temperatures often reaching 30 degrees. December to March is a great time to go as it’s not as busy as the summer months so you can enjoy peaceful beach days and cheaper flight prices. Short, sharp monsoon rains creep in from May to September, but are often a welcome respite from the heat.

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Vietnam monks with umbrellas

A word about rainy seasons in Vietnam...

A wise man once said that there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing, and for the most part we think this rings very true. As long as you come prepared to encounter the occasional thunderstorm, a brisk evening, and hot sunny days you can travel almost any time in Vietnam.


  • boats in bai tu long bay
  • Lanterns in Hoi An at night time
  • Lady on boat with child smiling and waving
  • Boats sailing on Bai Tu Long Bay
  • View of the rice paddies
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