Best Time to Visit Vietnam
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Best Time To Visit Vietnam
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
As the weather in Vietnam varies from north to south, there is no period which can be concluded as the best time to visit Vietnam. Because of change in latitude as well as altitude, the temperature in Vietnam changes considerably over the map. The mountainous north experiences quite different climatic conditions than the deltaic regions of the south. However, Vietnam is in the true sense a universal destination, which means it can be visited more or less during any season, with some slight compromises on behalf of the tourists. Being under the influence of the tropical monsoon climate, Vietnam mostly has two seasons in the broader sense – southwest monsoon and northeast monsoon. But monsoon does not necessarily mean rainfall. The country has its share of dry seasons as well, both hot and cold.
Let’s have a look at its weather conditions on a monthly basis.
March - April:
The month of March and April are warm and dry in the north, making it a good time to get on an excursion here. However, in Hanoi and around Ha Long Bay, one can experience quite a humid weather along with some drizzles. Going downwards to south, here the temperature ranges in between 21 degree and 32 degree celsius.
With such a varied weather, locals can be found wearing thin plastic ponchos, which are a god solution to manage hot weather and rain at the same time.
May - September:
Though, most of the regions of Vietnam experience hot weather all summer long, the farthest corners of the north can still be found chilly. However, the period of May to June can, somehow, be concluded as the best time to visit Vietnam because of the most consistent nice weather all over the country. The northern and southern parts of the Vietnam experience rainy seasons, while the middle portion of the country has a hot and dry weather.
October - November:
As during the months of October and November, the region experiences not a quite hot weather, nor heavy rainfalls; it can also be called as the best time of the year to visit Vietnam. On an excursion to Hanoi, one can experience dry days with an average temperature of 21 degree celsius, perfect for sightseeing. While, the rest of the country has dry weather with temperature hovering around 15 degree celsius.
December - February:
For someone who prefers temperate weather, the winter season can be a good time to visit Vietnam, as it can often get incredibly hot. Moreover, Vietnamese New Year, also gets celebrated during this time of the year.
Though, the northwest region starts experiencing the dry season from October lasting up to March, this period is the best time to visit here. However, the weather in the mountains can be chilly. On can also experience snow in Sapa, especially in the months of December and January.
Climate in Vietnam
Summer Season in Vietnam
As mentioned before, Vietnam summer experiences different climatic conditions in the north, central and in the south. The northern mountains and tourist destination areas like Sapa and Halong Bay enjoy a temperate sort of climate in the summer seasons, from April to June. The central part of Vietnam is like a bridge between the climatic differences between north and south. The temperature here does not change much over the year, but the precipitation and humidity levels do. Southern Vietnam, around the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City areas, is the hottest part of the country. The average Vietnam weather in May in Ho Chi Minh City region is 29°-30°C.
Monsoon Season in Vietnam
Monsoon season in Vietnam is the predominant one. Monsoon winds regulate most of the climatic conditions in the country. The wet southwest monsoons bring rainfall all over the country, except parts of central Vietnam. July and August are the wettest months in the capital Hanoi. The south, especially the Mekong Delta gets heavy rainfall and hot and humid weather in monsoon. Ho Chi Minh City sees some water-logging and the islands down south get rough sea conditions. The only part unaffected by the torrential rains going over everywhere else is the coastline of central Vietnam. Being located on the leeward side of the Truong Son Mountain Range, it sees very less rain compared to the other places. But when the effect of southwest winds passes, and the northeast monsoon comes into play through September to December, this area receives considerable rainfall.
So to point out one particular best month to visit Vietnam, it would be March. With the humidity and chill both perfectly balanced in the weather, the ushering in of spring is just the perfect time to travel to this country.
Winter Season in Vietnam
Winter in Vietnam is most felt in the northern part. Vietnam weather in December can get really chilly in the Sapa region and Mount Fansipan. There is a high percentage of condensation, and it stays misty most of the times, especially in the solitary valleys or over Halong Bay. The early winter months in central Vietnam experiences some rainfall. Around November - December, the northeast monsoons bring rain in Hoi An and Da Nang regions. They also see some typhoons formed over the Pacific. The late autumn season often witnesses flooding in the old cobbled streets of Hoi An, the town being right by the canals. But winter is the best season to visit Vietnam in the southern part. Once the monsoon clouds are gone, and the sky is clear, the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh areas are pleasantly cool for traveling.
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Trip to VietnamJudy from Asia Authentic went extra distance to accomodate last moment changes and made our trip extremely comfortable and memorable. Ha Long bay cruise and beaches in DaNang were outstanding. Highly recommended.
Trip to VietnamI loved how prompt the travel agent was. She was always available for me when I needed her. I’ve rated low for the hotels because of my experience with them. First hotel: Tu Linh Palace has ants in the room and on my bed even after changing the room. Second hotel: Duc Vuong was super noisy. I was given room on the top floor and at around 12am I woke up because I could hear noise from the rooftop bar. I called the reception and they came to my room at 12am offering room change. I was very tired and had a flight next morning so I just managed and slept off. This has got nothing to do with the travel agent. The travel agent Sophie was wonderful and she even met me and took me out for famous Egg Coffee
Trip to VietnamThanks for a memorable and well planned trip crafted to our pace and choice. All arrangements, hotels, tours and transfers were hassle free, on time, letting us enjoy the vacation without worries.
Trip to Vietnamthe only reason why I have rated 3 stars for hotel is because of the cruise.. cruise was absolutely not as it was shown in the pictures on the app which was a little disappointing. apart from that all the hotel booking were absolutely nice as per my budget and Jenny was there throughout to help with anything needed. thanks for the amazing trip filled with super nice memories!!
Trip to VietnamMy trip was very well organised and both Eric and Megha were very responsive all throughout. I have to specifically mention that Eric was a great organiser. He was always in touch and he personally met me couple of times during my trip to ensure that things are all fine. Due to unavoidable circumstances my previously arranged trip to Fansipan along with cable car tickets got cancelled. But Eric was keen to refund the money and provide me with the option to opt to another tour instead. All in all, I am very happy with the service provided by Eric and the group and will totally recommend them to anyone. All the Best Eric and Thank you very much!
Trip to VietnamThe trip was well organized. In fact it was one of the good trip so far. We got good service from the travel agent as well. Trip to the Halong bay was one of the great experience.
Trip to VietnamOverall our Vietnam trip was amazing. Sophie, our trip manager was really helpful from planning the trip till end of the trip and reply back for all the queries without any delay.But the Sapa to and fro bus travel was really tiring. Except this , We are really satisfied and enjoyed it very well. Thanks Sophie and Team.. :)
Trip to VietnamIt was a well planned and brilliantly executed. Jenny and megha helped me with the planning till the last moment.. hotel rooms were great and even got an upgrade in the later part of the trip. Halong bay cruise is a dream come true.. flamingo cruise was extremely courteous and prompt in service.
Trip to VietnamArrangements are good. Hotel at Hanoi should have been better Angkor wat and Ha long bay Vietnam
Trip to VietnamWe enjoyed our leisure travel to Vietnam. The Vietnamese English guides were profusely communicative and knowledgeable. The food was uniquely delicious and the best. The Vietnamese young girls are predominantly engaged in all businesses in the cities and are dynamic, enthusiastic, lively and hard-working. The French influence is visible in their urban lifestyle and culture. Kate Nguyen, our Go Asia agent in Vietnam was always co-operative and is symbolic of all that the country's urban young girls stand for. The cost of the trip was not as cheap as we presumed. The US dollar and not the Indian rupee is acceptable for purchasing the Vietnamese dongs in exchange. We purchase a US dollar for around 70.5 to 72 rupees in India and exchange the purchased US dollar at the rate of 1$ for 23 Vietnamese dongs.
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FAQ's of Vietnam
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Yes, there is. The highest peak of Vietnam is Mount Fansipan (3143 meters) which is a popular mountain climbing spot in Vietnam.
Laos or Cambodia to Vietnam is a popular road route. There are bus services as well, and it takes around 24 hours approximately, depending on the start location.
Vietnamese Dong is the active currency of Vietnam since 1978. The symbol is VND.
Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City and Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi are the two easily accessible ones from India. Da Nang is the third international airport of Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh City falls in South Vietnam. So the best time to visit the city is from November to March when it is more or less pleasantly cool.
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