Best Time to Visit Vietnam

Located in the heart of Indochina, Vietnam continuously attracts more and more international travelers thanks to its political security, cultural richness and a wealth of fascinating destinations. If you are planning to visit Vietnam in the near future, then choosing the appropriate time to set foot in the country also needs careful consideration, especially there are big differences between 3 regions of Vietnam. Read our following post to find our your Best time to visit Vietnam.

1. NORTHERN VIETNAM

Hanoi

Hanoi – The capital city of Vietnam – is always the first destination in Vietnam that most travelers will think about when they first set foot in this beautiful country thanks to its cultural richness and beauty. The best time to visit Hanoi must be in autumn - from August to November – when all outside conditions do no harm to your adventures. Indeed, the temperature in autumn is around 19-28 degree, humidity is quite low, atmosphere is fresh, which allows you to enjoy Hanoi to the fullest. You can comfortably walk around the old quarter, enjoy cool breeze at Hoan Kiem Lake or chill out at a nice-viewed cafes at West Lake.

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Hanoi’s winter is exactly the same as Northern Vietnam’s when the moderate temperature is quite low with strong seasonal winds, which will strongly affect your journeys. However, visiting Hanoi in winter surely guarantees you the opportunity to enjoy a culinary richness that definitely makes you want to come back.

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Halong Bay

The best time to visit Halong Bay - World’s Wonder of Nature – is from November to April, when the rain season is over, the fog and sunlight combine with thousands of limestone islet creating a lively breathtaking water painting in front of your eyes. Furthermore, the temperature here is quite pleasant (around 15-20),in comparison to many Western countries, allowing you to comfortably take part in a wide range of unmissable activities in Halong Bay such as cruising, kayaking, swimming, fishing, and visiting spectacular grottos.

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Sapa

Sapa is well-known for its stunning scenery during the whole year. However, the best time to come is winter (from November to Junuary), when the coldness and mountain’s elevation creates a dreamy foggy city. It is home to a wide range of ethnic minorities, thus, a tour to Sapa will surely offer you the chance to learn more about unique customs of different Peoples in Vietnam. Visiting Sapa, you will also have a chance to conquer the highest mountain in Indochina - at an elevation of 3143m.

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Ninh Binh

Considered as one of the not-to-be-missed destinations in Vietnam, Ninh Binh always wows tourists by its large number of both unique historical and natural sites. There are 2 most appropriate time to pay a visit to this land:

February to April: When spring comes, Ninh Binh seems to be much more fun and bustling thanks to its many important spring festivals. Indeed, you will have a chance to not only explore Ninh Binh’s untamed scenery but also extend your knowledge about culture, history and Buddism in Vietnam. Some must-seen attractions for festival can be listed as: Trang An, Bai Dinh Pagoda (the biggest of its kind in South East Asia), Temples of King Dinh & Le.

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May to July: If you are a photograph enthusiast or just a stunning beauty searcher, then visit Ninh Binh in this period will be a must. This is the time that all the lush rice paddies of Tam Coc Bich Dong are covered with ripening yellow rice, divided by the tranquil river in Ninh Binh, creating breathtaking scenery that should not be skipped during your stay ịn Vietnam.

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Ha Giang

Located in the northern most area in Vietnam, this is another unmissable place for your adventures. Although the tours to Ha Giang are not so popular, the landscape of this land is said to be the most beautiful in Northern Vietnam.

There are some ranges of time that visitor can consider when planning a trip to Ha Giang:

Spring (January & February): this is the time that you can enjoy the beauty of many mountainous flowers in Ha Giang such as Peach flower, Apricot flower etc.

August – October: This is the time when Ha Giang is shiny with yellow terraced rice paddies surrounded by majestic mountains and valleys, offering you many photograph opportunities.

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Ha Giang is also considered as a paradise for motorbikers in Northern Vietnam as it’s covered with the most dangerous routes and passes including Ma Pi leng (at an elevation of 1500m) – the most famous and dangerous of its kind connecting Dong Van town and Meo Vac town.

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2. CENTRAL VIETNAM

Quang Binh

Widely well-known for being chosen as one of ‘Kong – Skull Island’s filming location, Quang Binh will surely wow every traveler by its splendid beauty. You can easily recognize that you can travel to this land at any time of the year. However, summer should be the best, as you can freely enjoy some dreamy beaches here (Nhat Le, Da Nhay), and explore the most mysterious and obscured cave systems in Vietnam including the biggest Cave on the planet – Son Doong

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Hue

There are 2 main seasons in Hue: Dry season (from March to August) - This is the hottest time of the year, sometimes the temperature can reach 40 degrees, which is really a big problem if you are planning to discover some outstanding attractions in Hue such as Hue Imperial City, Thien Mu Pagoda, Emperor’s Tombs etc. (which might require you to spend hours walking)

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Rain season (from August to January) – This period is sure cooler than the other months but you still need to be careful of heavy rains and tropical storms in December and January.

Therefore, the best time to travel to Hue should be in August, September and October, when every condition is pleasant and comfortable for your expeditions in this Vietnam’s ancient capital city.

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Hoi An

Located in the heart of Central Vietnam, the ancient trading port Hoi An is a favorite attraction to many travelers thanks to its beautiful architecture and the friendliness of people. 

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The best time to visit Hoi An is from February to April, when the rain seldom comes, the weather is pleasant, which guarantees you an interesting journey including walking around ancient streets, taking a sunset-watching boat trip on the tranquil Hoai river or exploring Hoi An local markets with a one-of-a-kind culinary culture.

We also would like to suggest that you should not pay a visit to Hoi An on the weekends, because there will be much more crowed than normal. The streets and many alleyways are full of people, the hotels are full, or even worse, prices are getting higher.

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3. SOUTHERN VIETNAM

Ho Chi Minh

Known as one of the biggest and most bustling cities in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh has been a favorite destination of many domestic and international tourists for a long time.

The best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City is in dry season (from December to April) as your tours around the city will not be affected by heavy rains. Furthermore, this is the good chance for you to experience a wide range of activities on big holidays including Christmas, Tet Festival, etc.

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Mekong Delta

In Mekong Delta, the rain season lasts in 4 months (from May to August). However, visiting this beautiful region in this period of time is not a big problem as the rain normally last shortly. Thus, you can feel free to enjoy a scenic boat trip on Mekong River, ride the bicycle around peaceful villages or pay a visit to a lot of tropical fruit gardens and floating markets.

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Southern Vietnam is also home to a wide range of coastal paradises in Vietnam including Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, Mui Ne, etc. Situated near the equator, the temperature in Southern Vietnam happens to be quite high during the whole year. Thus, we suggested that you should avoid the hottest summer days (July, August) to stay away from the humidity. Therefore, the best time to spend your beach holidays in Southern Vietnam should be from February to April, when the atmosphere is cool, humidity is low and temperature is quite pleasant (22-28). You will then feel free to laze all day on dreamy white-sanded beaches, experience scuba-diving or snorkling in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world - Nha Trang, or take part in various activities with your friends and family.

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