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Best Time to Visit Vietnam in 2024 for Cultural Tours, Beach Vacations, and Nature Exploration. Vietnam Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Vietnam

  • Optimal: February to April and August to October (pleasant weather and fewer tourists).
  • For beaches: March to May have the best beach weather.
  • Other favorable months: January, February, March, and November.

Geography facts

  • Location: Southeast Asia, bordering China, Laos, and Cambodia.
  • Area: 331,212 km² (land: 310,070 km², water: 21,142 km²).
  • Borders: China to the north, Laos and Cambodia to the west.
  • Landscape: Dominated by hills and densely forested mountains, with level land covering no more than 20%. Highest point: Fansipan at 3,147 meters.
  • Rivers: Red River and Mekong River.

Climate

Vietnam has a diverse climate, with a tropical monsoon in the south and a temperate climate in the north.

The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Temperatures: North: 15-20°C (59-68°F), South: 25-30°C (77-86°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 30 mm, South: 10 mm.
  • Activities: Explore Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, visit Ha Long Bay.
  • Notes: Dry and cool in the north, warm and sunny in the south.

February

  • Temperatures: North: 16-22°C (61-72°F), South: 26-31°C (79-88°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 20 mm, South: 5 mm.
  • Activities: Beach vacations in Phu Quoc and Nha Trang.
  • Notes: Tet (Lunar New Year) celebrations with vibrant festivals.
Vietnam (c) static2-viaggi.corriereobjects.it

March

  • Temperatures: North: 18-23°C (64-73°F), South: 27-32°C (81-90°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 25 mm, South: 10 mm.
  • Activities: Perfect for beach holidays and exploring the Mekong Delta.
  • Notes: Ideal beach weather, especially in central and southern Vietnam.

April

  • Temperatures: North: 20-25°C (68-77°F), South: 28-33°C (82-91°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 40 mm, South: 20 mm.
  • Activities: Hiking in Sapa, boat tours in Ha Long Bay.
  • Notes: Hotter and more humid in the south, still pleasant in the north.

May

  • Temperatures: North: 24-29°C (75-84°F), South: 30-35°C (86-95°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 90 mm, South: 150 mm.
  • Activities: Visit the ancient town of Hoi An and the beaches of Da Nang.
  • Notes: Start of the rainy season in the south, but beaches are still appealing.

June

  • Temperatures: North: 26-31°C (79-88°F), South: 31-36°C (88-97°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 180 mm, South: 200 mm.
  • Activities: Indoor cultural experiences, museums in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Notes: Hot and wet, especially in the south.
The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Temperatures: North: 27-32°C (81-90°F), South: 30-35°C (86-95°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 210 mm, South: 240 mm.
  • Activities: Visit mountain regions like Da Lat for cooler weather.
  • Notes: Peak of the rainy season, frequent downpours.

August

  • Temperatures: North: 26-31°C (79-88°F), South: 30-34°C (86-93°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 230 mm, South: 250 mm.
  • Activities: Explore caves in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
  • Notes: Rainy but cooler in mountainous regions.

September

  • Temperatures: North: 25-30°C (77-86°F), South: 29-33°C (84-91°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 180 mm, South: 210 mm.
  • Activities: Cultural tours in Hue and Hoi An.
  • Notes: Transition from rainy season to dry season, particularly in the north.
Vietnam (c) Shutterstock

October

  • Temperatures: North: 22-27°C (72-81°F), South: 28-32°C (82-90°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 130 mm, South: 140 mm.
  • Activities: Boat tours in the Mekong Delta, visiting the Cu Chi Tunnels.
  • Notes: Cooler and less rainy, pleasant for outdoor activities.

November

  • Temperatures: North: 19-24°C (66-75°F), South: 27-31°C (81-88°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 70 mm, South: 80 mm.
  • Activities: Beaches in Phu Quoc, cultural tours in Hanoi.
  • Notes: Start of the dry season, especially in southern and central regions.

December

  • Temperatures: North: 16-21°C (61-70°F), South: 26-30°C (79-86°F).
  • Rainfall: North: 40 mm, South: 30 mm.
  • Activities: Explore the capital city Hanoi, beaches in central Vietnam.
  • Notes: Cool and dry in the north, warm and dry in the south.

Vietnam offers a wide range of activities and experiences throughout the year. From the cool and vibrant cultural experiences in the north to the warm, beach-filled days in the south, there is something for everyone. The best times to visit are during the spring and autumn months when the weather is most pleasant and crowds are fewer.

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