Overview of the Best Time to Visit Vietnam
While Vietnam may be a small country, it’s also very diverse when it comes to its geography, which means there is really no “wrong” time to visit, with the weather different depending on the destination you’re in.
Generally, many feel the best time to visit the northern region is from March through May or late September and October, when you’ll be spared from the sizzling peak of summer heat as well as cold winter downpours. If you plan to visit the southern region, December through April is optional as unlike the north, consistently warm temperatures can be enjoyed here year-round, with the highest around 93 degrees Fahrenheit during February and March. The central region has a more coastal climate, with heavy rain in October and November, while May and August are some of the hottest months of the year.
Winter/High Season: November through March
November through March are the driest months of the year. While Central Vietnam may experience some rain, the majority of the country will be warm and dry. December is the peak of the tourist season due to the Christmas holidays, so you’ll need to book accommodation, tickets and airfare well in advance if you plan to visit this month. Be aware that in the north, the weather will be chilly in January. Average daytime temperatures can reach 95 degrees Fahrenheit in Hanoi but may dip all the way down to a pleasant 72 degrees.
This is a great time to visit Vietnam if you want to enjoy the south coast beaches and islands like Phu Quoc. If you come in March, Hoi An and Halong Bay will be lovely too. You may want to plan your visit so that you can take part in the Vietnamese New Year celebrations in February, with dragon and lion dances, fireworks, and a wealth of delicious foods.