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When is it the best time to travel in Vietnam?

Welcome to the country with 4,510 km of coastline and 3 different weather systems. There is no right or wrong season to visit Vietnam. In most months of the year, you will experience both sunshine and rain in varying quantities. Overall, Vietnam is warm and humid but as you will see below, weather can significantly vary from one region to another.

Sapa and the far north: The best time to visit this region is from October to late March. The best trekking conditions in Sapa are from September to November and March to May. These periods are normally dry with temperatures ranging to 15-28C in daytime and 10-18C at night time. December and January can get very cold and occasionally it can snow. April to September can be quite wet.

North Vietnam: Hanoi and North Vietnam have a distinct summer and winter season. The cooler and drier winter lasts from November to April with average temperatures ranging 17-22C. During May to October, the summer months, it is hot and humid while July to September are often the wettest months of the year. It is during these months that Junks sailing off to Halong Bay may be stopped due to weather conditions.

South Vietnam: The average temperatures range between 25-35C all year round. November to end of April are generally the drier months. The temperature and humidity rise towards May. From June to the beginning of November, the chance of tropical thunderstorm is higher especially during late June to August.

Do not let the downpours of our green season stop you from visiting. Streets could turn into streams and rivers during a tropical thunderstorm but all in all water and rain are gone before you know it. Most of all, nature is in its most radiant peak, rice-paddies wear their most vibrant shade of green while different flowers and fruits find their way to the local market stalls

Getting to Vietnam

Currently Vietnam’s national carrier, Vietnam Airlines are the only airline offering non-stop services between Europe and Vietnam. From UK the airline operates from London Gatwick airport offering twice weekly direct connections to both Hanoi & Saigon. The airline operates brand new Boeing 777-200 and the flight duration from London is approximately 12 hours. There are many other airlines offering flights to Vietnam so you will always have a choice of routes and airline.

Weather by Month

JANUARY

In Hanoi and the north of Vietnam, January is one of the drier months. Blue skies and sunshine can be expected, but it remains quite cool, at around 18°C. You may encounter a misty haze, particularly in coastal areas and around Ha Long Bay. In the far north it is advisable to have some warm clothing, as conditions can get quite chilly.
In Central Vietnam the weather improves as the rainy season comes to an end, with temperatures averaging around 23°C. The beaches at Hoi An and Nha Trang come back to life. In the Central Highlands, and Dalat, you can expect dry conditions, but a cooler temperature, especially at night.
Weather conditions are good in the south, with little rain expected. The beaches near Ho Chi Minh City have plenty of sunshine, as do the islands to the south – Phu Quoc and Con Dao. Temperatures average around 26°C.

FEBRUARY

Temperatures in North Vietnam are relatively cool in February (around 17°C), though skies will be clear and there is no shortage of sunshine. Rainfall is low, but a hazy mist may be encountered around Ha Long Bay and other coastal regions.
In Central Vietnam, temperatures are higher (around 25°C), with just an occasional light rain to be expected. The beaches of Hoi An and Nha Trang receive plenty of sunshine. The ancient royal capital Hue is dry and warm. Dalat, in the Central Highlands, is a little cooler because of the higher altitude, with excellent trekking and adventure activity conditions. It’s advisable to take a pullover for the evenings.
Further south, good weather can be expected throughout February. Temperatures average around 28°C, and there is little rain and plenty of sun on the beaches and islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao. There are excellent diving conditions around Con Dao – the water is clear and visibility is good.

MARCH

North Vietnam enjoys plenty of sun and cloudless skies in March, and temperatures, although beginning to rise, remain cool at around 19°C. The mountains are less cool than in previous months, and trekking conditions are excellent in Sapa and Ha Giang.
In Central Vietnam, the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang are in full swing, with more or less constant sunshine and temperatures around 28°C. Hue and Dalat and the Central Highlands are warm and dry.
To the south, in the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), although the peak is not yet reached, temperatures are starting to rise. The beaches to the south, including Ho Tram and Long Hai, and the islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao, are in full summer mode, with temperatures around 29°C. The island of Con Dao has excellent diving conditions.

APRIL

In April we are coming to the end of Vietnam’s high season, as far as weather is concerned. The north is approaching its hot, rainy summer, but there are still plenty of dry days. The beaches in the centre of Vietnam are still at their peak. The south becomes very hot, and rain starts to become more likely.
The mountains to the far north have excellent walking conditions, perfect for exploring regions such as Sapa and Mu Cang Chai. Temperatures average around 24°C. There will be a few wet days towards the end of the month.
The whole of Central Vietnam, from the beaches on the east coast (Hoi An, Nha Trang), to the ancient capital of Hue further north, to the Central Highlands and Dalat to the west, basks in sunshine and cloudless skies, with temperatures averaging around 28°C.
To the south, around the Mekong Delta, it certainly is getting hot, with temperatures around 31°C. The southern beaches (including Phan Thiet and Mui Ne) and the island of Phu Quoc are very popular destinations at this time of year.

MAY

May sees a rise in temperature in North Vietnam, with some chance of rain, although most days remain dry. Temperatures hover around 29°C. Conditions in the mountains are good – this is a good time to explore the Sapa region and Mu Cang Chai.
The beaches of Central Vietnam are at their peak – you can enjoy temperatures around 30°C in Nha Trang and Hoi An, with clear skies and no shortage of sunshine. To the north, Hue also has excellent weather. In Dalat and the Central Highlands to the west, rainfall is likely to be encountered, but it’s far from its height, and there is still a lot of dry weather to be enjoyed.
In the south, there is now more chance of rain. The advantage is that this brings some respite from the high temperatures of the previous months. You can expect an average of around 28°C. The downpours tend to occur in the afternoon and are usually short and sharp. Diving conditions around Con Dao Island remain good in May.

JUNE

Moving into June, North Vietnam is by now well into its summer, which means high temperatures (around 30°C), rain, and the occasional storm. The mountains in the far north see a lot of rain, so trekking is best avoided at this time of year.
Central Vietnam continues to enjoy cloudless skies and sunshine. This is the best time for the beaches of Danang, Hoi An and Nha Trang, with temperatures around 30°C. Hue also has good weather. Further west, Dalat and the Central Highlands see increasing rainfall, though it’s still possible to travel in the region.
The wet season is now firmly entrenched in the south. Showers may be slightly heavier than in previous months, but still not too severe, and there are still plenty of dry, sunny hours during the day. Temperatures average around 28°C. On the beaches of Con Dao, the Green Turtle nesting season begins in June.

JULY

In July, summer continues in the north of Vietnam, so you should expect hot conditions, plenty of rain, and the occasional thunderstorm. Temperatures hover around 30°C. Heavy showers can be expected in Ha Long Bay and Hanoi. Actually, July is one of the wettest months in Hanoi. The mountains in the far north are extremely wet, so trekking is not on the cards this month.
The beaches of central Vietnam continue to enjoy clear skies and sunny days, so Hoi An, Nha Trang and Danang are still popular destinations. Temperatures are high, at around 31°C, but the occasional rainfall offers relief from the heat. Hue has similar conditions. Due to rainfall, trekking is not advisable in Dalat and the Central Highlands to the west.
The monsoon season is now firmly entrenched in the south. But you can still expect plenty of dry, sunny spells during the day. Expect temperatures around 29°C. If you’re into diving, July is realistically the last month of the season around Con Dao Island.

AUGUST

August is not much different from July in the north of Vietnam. Temperatures remain high, around 30°C, rain and the occasional storm are to be expected. Heavy rainfall should be expected in Hanoi and Ha Long Bay. Due to heavy downpours, August is not a good month for trekking in the northern mountains.
In Central Vietnam, good weather can still be expected on the beaches of Nha Trang and Hoi An. Temperatures remain high, around 30°C, and, although still mainly dry, the rain will increase towards the end of the month. Nha Trang sees probably the best weather this month, though it may well become overcast by the end of the month. Hue experiences higher rainfall, and adventure activities are not advisable in the Central Highlands to the west.
More rainfall is to be expected in the south, around the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City, and the island of Phu Quoc. However, there should be plenty of dry sunny spells during the day, with temperatures averaging around 29°C. From the middle of August, newly-hatched Green Turtles can be seen on the beaches of Con Dao, edging towards the sea.

SEPTEMBER

In September, North Vietnam is approaching the end of the summer season, with plenty of sunshine still, and some rainfall. Temperatures average around 28°C. As the month draws to a close, temperatures drop a little, and there is less rainfall. In Sapa, in the far north, trekking becomes possible once again. The rice fields in Mu Cang Chai turn a beautiful golden colour, ready for harvesting.
In Hoi An and Hue, in Central Vietnam, rainfall increases throughout September. There may be some storms near the end of the month. Temperatures average around 28°C. In Nha Trang, the beaches experience more rainfall. The Central Highlands and Dalat can see heavy rain at this time of year, so trekking is not a good idea. Some of the caves in Phong Nha may be inaccessible due to flooding.
During the course of September, in the south, the Mekong Delta, Ho Chi Minh and Phu Quoc remain wet, but rainfall decreases. With average temperatures around 28°C it remains hot. Rain is still quite frequent, but there is plenty of dry, sunny weather as well.

OCTOBER

October heralds the end of the rainy season in North Vietnam, with less rainfall and lower temperatures (around 26°C) as the month progresses. Sapa and Ha Giang in the far north are clear and dry, with excellent trekking conditions.
In Central Vietnam the rainy season is at its peak – and there is a possibility of heavy storms. You may experience flooding in Hoi An this month. The beaches further south, including Nha Trang, see plenty of rain in October and November. In the Central Highlands and Dalat, the heavy rain begins to ease off, and by the end of the month conditions for trekking are good. However, due to weeks of heavy rain, some of the Phong Nha caves may be inaccessible.
In South Vietnam, rainfall also eases off as the area moves closer to its hot, dry summer, with temperatures around 27°C. The islands of Con Dao and Phu Qoc and the southern beaches of Mui Ne and Phan Thiet see sunshine once again, as the winter season draws to a close.

NOVEMBER

North Vietnam in November enjoys some of the best weather conditions of the year. There is little rain, and temperatures are moderate, around 24°C. In the extreme north, Sapa and the mountainous regions, conditions are clear and dry, excellent for trekking. November is also a great month for a junk cruise in Ha Long Bay.
In Central Vietnam, rainfall is at its peak. Heavy storms can be expected. There may be flooding in Hoi An. Further south, Nha Trang also sees plenty of rain. In Dalat and the Central Highlands skies are clear, with little rain.
In the south, November sees summer in full swing, with some of the best conditions of the year. Skies are clear, and humidity is low. Temperatures average around 27°C. The beaches close to Ho Chi Minh – Mui Ne, Phan Thiet, Long Hai and Ho Tram experience plenty of sun and blue skies. Out on the islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc, conditions are also ideal.

DECEMBER

Fine weather continues in North Vietnam in December, with reasonable temperatures (around 19°C) throughout the area, and little rain. In Hanoi this is one of the driest months of the year. Sapa in the far north also enjoys excellent weather, however, it can become chilly in the evening, so appropriate apparel is recommended.
In central areas, the weather begins to improve, with less rainfall, however, storms may still be encountered. You can expect more rain in Hue than in Hoi An. Throughout this part of Vietnam, temperatures are near their lowest in the year, averaging around 24°C. Further south, rainfall continues in Nha Trang, though it diminishes as the month progresses. Dalat enjoys clear, dry days, though it can be cold in the evenings.
The south enjoys ideal conditions with little to no rain and clear blue skies. The beaches near Ho Chi Minh City bask in sunshine. It’s also the perfect time to visit the islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc. Hho Chi Minh itself is a little cooler, around 26°C, with low humidity.

Passport & Visa Information

Do I need a Visa to enter Vietnam?
Maybe: There is currently an exemption for certain nationalities if the stay is less than 15 days.

 

How to get a Vietnamese Visa?
There are three ways:

 

1) In Advance (E-Visa) – You can now obtain an e-visa for Vietnam in advance. The visa costs $45 and payment can be made online via a credit or debit card.
*You can apply for you visa in advance by applying here www.govietnamvisa.com or www.myvietnamvisa.com

 

2) In Advance (With See Asia Differently) – If for some reason the online system does not work. As a last resort and for last minute bookings it is possible for us to process your application for an additional $15 per person.

 

3) In Advance (Embassy) – Alternatively you can visit the Vietnamese embassy in your country of origin. The visa in the UK costs £54 + a £6 surcharge to get your passport returned via special delivery.
*Please make sure this is done in advance as to get everything back can take up to 4 weeks.

 

Additional Information:

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    Please make sure that your passport does not expire within 6 months of your holiday. And that your passport has at least one full clean page for the visa and another page for additional stamps.

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    If applying for a visa on arrival please make sure that you have 2 passport photographs with you.

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    For every day you are in the country without a valid visa you will have to pay a fine per day.

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    Please note that you are no longer need to pay an airport departure tax as this is included in your airline ticket.

Destination Guide

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Our Favourite Hotels in Vietnam

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Six Senses Vietnam

5 Star – Ninh Van Bay
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is perfectly positioned near Nha Trang where you can partake in excursions or visit one of the many bars or restaurants. Set in a beautiful calm and sheltered bay this resort is a relaxational dream. There are towering mountain backdrops and white sandy beaches which add to the feeling of being at one with nature on your stay whilst the Vietnamese architecture of the resort incorporates the traditions of your destination. With four types of villa from the Hill Top to Beachfront you are sure to find the perfect place to relax whilst away.

Junk Boat Cruises Vietnam

4 Star – Ha Long Bay
There is nothing better than to cruise around the magnificent UNESCO protected Ha Long Bay on a stunning and traditional Vietnamese junk boat. All of our boats have private cabins of various style depending on your price range. But all offer exceptional service and delicious sea food. On all of our overnight trips you will take a stop to visit private beaches, stunning coves and also discover spectacular caves. As well as having the opportunity to fish for squid and take out the boats kayaks to explore the floating villages by yourself.

Victoria Resort Vietnam

4 Star – Sapa
The Hmong Mountain Resort is the perfect hideaway to experience the magical terraced rice fields of Sapa. The retreat is made up of a large 85 year old stilt house, five earth bungalows and a 70 year old Hmong house. This is as close to nature as you could ask for. Your bedlinen made from locally hand woven cotton by the tribes of North Vietnam will assure you of a comfy night. This is the perfect place to overlook the entire Muong Hoa valley, the Hoang Lien mountain range and the overall beauty of North Vietnam’s highlands.

Grand Hotel Vietnam

4 Star – Ho Chi Minh
This is one of the oldest hotels in Ho Chi Minh City dating back to the 1930. Nestled in Saigon’s scenic riverside area and within walking distance to major commercial and entertainment areas, this timeless French colonial style retreat provides the perfect base for visitors waiting to explore the unique city. At the Grand, every guest will enjoy a well-appointed spacious room or a luxurious suite. The hotel is extremely welcoming and relaxing and the staff always make your stay seamless, warm and enjoyable.

The Lapis Hotel Vietnam

4 Star – Hanoi
This hotel is the perfect escape from Hanoi’s busy streets. This quiet and centrally located refuge is the perfect urban sanctuary to enjoy the remarkable city of Hanoi.  You are close to everything of interest in the city and sandwiched in between the French and the Old quarter which is simply charming. Nearby you will be able to see many examples of French Colonial architecture. The rooms are comfortable and well equipped for the modern traveller giving you the perfect base to explore the cosmopolitan city of Hanoi.

Vin Hung Riverside Vietnam

4 Star – Hoi An
Located on the banks of the romantic Thu Bon River, Vinh Hung Riverside Resort & Spa is perfectly located to enjoy the ancient town of Hoi An. The resort blends Vietnamese tradition with modern facilities and offers guests gracious hospitality and impeccable service. The hotel 89 well-appointed rooms are set amongst a lovely coconut tree shaded garden that meanders along a river. All the rooms are elegantly designed and furnished perfect to relax in after a day exploring the historical town of Hoi An.

Our most popular Vietnam Holidays

Browse through our Vietnam holiday suggestions and get some inspiration.
We can then tailor-make a Vietnam holiday just for you!

Cambodia & Vietnam Boat Cruises

Cambodia & Vietnam Boat Cruises

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Ride & Row Vietnam Adventure Tour

Ride & Row Vietnam Adventure Tour

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Vietnam Wildlife Expedition

Vietnam Wildlife Expedition

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Vietnam Vitalisation Wellness, Yoga & Spa Retreat

Vietnam Vitalisation Wellness, Yoga & Spa Retreat

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Vietnam Joining Group Tour (Solo Trips)

Vietnam Joining Group Tour (Solo Trips)

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Price from: $2,459 per person

Highlights of Vietnam

Highlights of Vietnam

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Amazing North Vietnam Highland Adventure

Amazing North Vietnam Highland Adventure

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Historical & Natural Vietnam

Historical & Natural Vietnam

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Changing Landscapes of Vietnam

Changing Landscapes of Vietnam

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Discover the real Vietnam

Discover the real Vietnam

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Vietnam by Train

Vietnam by Train

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North & Central Vietnam Adventure

North & Central Vietnam Adventure

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From One Million Elephants to 2000 Islands (Laos & Vietnam)

From One Million Elephants to 2000 Islands (Laos & Vietnam)

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Following the Nine Tailed Dragon (Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam)

Following the Nine Tailed Dragon (Cambodia, Laos & Vietnam)

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Heritage of Indochina (Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia)

Heritage of Indochina (Laos, Vietnam & Cambodia)

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South Vietnam & Phu Quoc Island

South Vietnam & Phu Quoc Island

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