Best time to visit Vietnam – If you are confusedly deciding a time for your trip to Vietnam, this article may help you a little in unraveling your hesitations.
It is not specified exactly whether it is a right time to visit Vietnam because you will see both sunshine and rain during a year in different regions of Vietnam – a country with 2000 + miles of coastline in Mekong Delta.
The climate of Vietnam varies considerably from the frosty winters and sudden snow in the northern mountainous area to heavy storms in the Central, sunny beaches and high temperature (up to 40°C) in the dry season of the South.
However, you can review some key points in Vietnam’s weather to plan your most wonderful trip to beautiful Vietnam.
#1. Mountainous Far North: Sapa, Ha Giang, Bac Ha
Sapa and northwest regions of Vietnam have the two-season climate. From October to late March is the dry season. The wet season is from April to September. The weather can be incredibly cold in December and January with snow in some areas and valleys.
Dry season ( from October to April) is the best time to travel to the north-east (Ha Giang), you can enjoy the coldness and snow in December and January. However, traveling in the rainy season( May to September) is not recommended because of many land erosion and landslides.
Sapa is a worthy visit destination in both wet and dry season. In spring (from February to April) is the precious time for enjoying the colorful scenery of the blooming flowers valleys. However, if you visit Sapa in September and October, you will have the opportunities to contemplate the lush yellow terrace fields. Time from September to November and from March to May is suitable for trekking in Sapa and the northwest. Daytime temperatures run from 15°C to 28°C, and temperatures at night fall by 5°C or 10°C.
#2.Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cuc Phuong, Mai Chau & Ninh Binh
Hanoi and Northern area of Vietnam experiences an obviously distinct winter and summer season. The northern winter lasts from November to April, the weather is rather cool and the humidity is low with the average temperature of 17-22°C. The coldest months are January – March when people prepare to celebrate Tet holiday ( Vietnam New Year holiday). The streets are clearer and more bustling and a lot of peach flowers markets are held. Many foreign tourists are interested in visiting Hanoi in this time although the prices at the end of year rise dramatically.
While Hanoi is the year-round destination, you can spend your spring or autumn time in Halong Bay with clear skies and warm weather. The summer lasts from May to October with the hot and humid weather. You will regularly meet summer rains in this season. You should avoid wet season because of occasional storms in the Bay.
#3. Central Vietnam: Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Quy Nhon & Nha Trang
Hoi An, Hue, and Danang enjoy hot and dry weather from January to the end of August, with the average temperature of the mid-30’s °C, therefore the best time to travel here is in spring and summer. In winter, the rainfall increases and sometimes there are typhoons.
Hue is often cooler than Hoi An. Quy Nhon is about 300 kilometers from the south of Hoi An and has a longer dry season. Nha Trang also enjoys a longer dry season (from January to September) with high temperatures. The rainy season runs from October to early December, therefore you should replace some other destinations in this time instead of Nha Trang.
#4.Southern Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta, Dalat & Phu Quoc
The Southern region of Vietnam experiences a nice sunny stable weather range year around and two simple seasons: dry and wet. The dry season starts in November till April or early May, the climate can be hotter and higher humidity in late February to May. Time from May to early November is the wet season. The highest possibility to meet rain is from June to August. The yearly average temperatures range between 25 – 35°C.
In the far south, The beaches here has a monsoon climate and you can visit at any time of the year, however, the best time to visit Phu Quoc is the dry season (November to July).
Dalat is always considered a suitable place to avoid the hot summer, however, there are continual rains in summer. The best time visits Dalat is in July, August, and September. You can travel to Dalat from October to December although the weather is rather cold but during this time, Dalat is colorfully beautiful with clusters of wild sunflowers in pavements and in front of houses. Moreover, at the end of December, you can participate flowers festival.
In conclusion, the best time to hold a through-Vietnam tour is Spring and Autumn. The temperatures are more comfortable and rainfall is lighter. Going to Vietnam in March and April, you will enjoy the lowest rainfall and pleasant temperature across all destinations.
Source: SAT – Southeast Asia Travel