The weather up north remains largely cool and dry in January with the year’s lowest rate of precipitation. Despite this Hanoi and Halong can be a little damp and misty at this time of year. The mountains of Sapa are positively chilly, with the odd snow storm, so if heading up to the hills wrap up warm.
The New Year brings the end of the rainy season in central Vietnam. Things slowly start to warm up during January in Hoi An, making the beach an attractive option once again. In the central highlands the weather remains a little chilly.
Excellent conditions continue throughout January. Temperatures are high but pleasant with sunny skies, low humidity and almost no rain to speak of. This is the ideal time to visit the southern beaches.
Cool, dry conditions continue to prevail in February. You can expect plenty of sunshine during the day, but a misty haze will continue to be common in coastal areas. The far north remains dry and chilly with the occasional foggy night.
Whilst the Central Highlands continue to experience cool, dry conditions the rest of central Vietnam is welcoming the coming of summer. Expect beautiful sunshine and average temperatures in the mid to high 20Cs on the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang.
The average temperature begins to creep up but it’s still great downsouth. The beaches continue to enjoy hot weather, blue skies and little to no rain, making February a great time to visit.
Conditions in March remain cool and clear, although temperatures are beginning to rise. This is a great time for exploring the north – mild in Hanoi and perfect for exploring the mountains around Sapa and Mai Chau.
On the beaches of Hoi An and Danang summer is now in full swing, with an average temperature of 28C and blazing sunshine throughout the day. Dalat, the Central Highlands and Hue are also comfortably warm and dry, with the temperatures in Nha Trang to the south higher still.
Temperatures continue to rise in March, and it’s getting hot in the cities. It’s still fantastic conditions on the beaches though, as humidity is low, with clear skies and plenty of sun.
Temperatures continue to rise in April, reaching a balmy average of 24C. Conditions are mainly dry but rainy days become more frequent towards the end of the month. The far north continues to be slightly cooler and drier, with excellent conditions for walking in the mountains.
All areas of central Vietnam are enjoying some of their best conditions of the year, from the clear, balmy climes of Hue, Dalat and the Central Highlands to the hot, sunny beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang.
April is the hottest month of the year down south just prior to the arrival of the rains. Beach lovers will still find plenty of sunshine and blue skies in the south this month, but welcome and refreshing showers become increasingly common.
May continues to see more dry weather than wet, but as the mercury rises the chance of rainfall also increases.
Excellent conditions continue to prevail throughout May, with Hue basking in the sunshine and the more southerly beaches enjoying a scorching average temperature of 30C. The only cloud on the horizon is a slight increase in rainfall in the Central Highlands and Dalat, although even here dry weather remains the norm.
You may welcome the slight increase in precipitation this month,as the rain brings with it a break from April’s scorching temperatures. Expect an average daily temperature of around 28C and predominantly dry days peppered with short, heavy downpours.
By June, northern Vietnam is in high summer and you can expect plenty of rain, sizzling temperatures and the occasional tropical storm. These wet, warm conditions will also affect the northern mountains, so trekking is best avoided this month.
Temperatures remain high on the beaches of central Vietnam, with sunny summer weather persisting all the way from southerly Nha Trang to more northerly Hue. Rainfall is increasing in the Central Highlands and Dalat, but on the whole conditions remain pleasant for travel.
June marks the start of the rainy season proper, though in the south of Vietnam this rarely means rain all day. The average temperature starts to drop slightly and there will be plenty of dry spells and bright sunshine in between heavy showers.
Northern Vietnam’s hot summer continues through July, with heavy showers a frequent feature of the days in Halong Bay, Hanoi and the northern mountains. July is the traditional start of typhoon season, with occasional storms coming in from the South China Sea.
Temperatures on the beaches of central Vietnam reach their peak this month, with the occasional shower bringing welcome relief from the 31C heat. By now conditions have become rather too wet to make trekking advisable in Dalat and the Highlands, but Hue remains hot, sunny and predominantly dry.
Conditions in south Vietnam remain largely the same as in June though rainfall is a little higher. This means some hefty downpours interspersed with plenty of hot sunshine. The southern beaches move into their off season for the next few months.
The hot, wet weather of June and July persists through August, meaning heavy showers and frequent storms throughout the region.
Conditions are still excellent in Hoi An, Danang and Hue, although showers become more frequent throughout the month.
The rainy season continues throughout August, with heavy showers the norm throughout south Vietnam. Between frequent showers, you can expect plenty of sunny intervals.
September sees the hot, humid weather of summer begin to break, with a slight drop in temperature and a little less rain to be expected towards the end of the month. Although conditions are still hot, the weather in the Sapa region is once again suitable for trekking.
In September central Vietnam begins to bid farewell to summer, with all areas experiencing a slight drop in temperatures and a considerable increase in rainfall. Keep your eye out for storms coming in.
September sees a very slight cooling of temperatures and rainfall decreasing gradually in frequency and intensity throughout the month. On the whole, expect similar conditions as throughout June and July: hot, dry spells interspersed with heavy showers.
October offers some of the year’s best trekking conditions in the mountains, with cool temperatures and very little rain to contend with. In Hanoi and Halong Bay rainfall also continues to ease off, with more pleasant temperatures the norm.
Central Vietnam is into its rainy season in October, with heavy rain and occasional storms across the board. We recommend avoiding the beaches of the central region at this time of year, though we promise you’ll love Hoi An in any weather!
By October conditions are beginning to move towards the drier weather typical of summer in south Vietnam. Rainfall declines considerably, with the sun shining more and more as the month progresses. It’s time to head back to the southern beaches.
With clear skies, very little rain and temperatures hovering around a comfortable 24C, November offers some of the best weather conditions to be found in northern Vietnam all year. The far north also boasts dry, clear conditions perfect for walking in the mountains.
November marks the peak of the rainy season for the central Vietnam. It’s still warm but heavy rainstorms are to be expected throughout the region.
In November the conditions in south Vietnam couldn’t be better, with plenty of sunshine and low humidity creating the perfect beach conditions in Phu Qhoc, Phat Thiet and Mui Ne.
As winter sets in, the average temperature drops and rainfall continues decreasing in frequency and intensity. Lots of clear, sunny days are to be expected, but by now the far north will be beginning to become quite chilly in the evenings.
Dalat and the Highlands continue to enjoy good conditions this month, with crisp, sunny days and chilly evenings. Meanwhile, the rain is easing off in the rest of central Vietnam and temperatures are close to their lowest of the year.
Fabulous conditions persist for south Vietnam this month, with little to no rain and constant sunshine to be expected across the region. Beachgoers will find plenty of sun-soaked sands, whilst slightly cooler Ho Chi Minh City boasts the perfect conditions for a city break.
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Vietnam's signature dish pho originated in Hanoi - this flavoursome rice-noodle dish is made with beef or chicken broth, and served with a plate of garnishes such as beansprouts, lime and fresh herbs. Pull up a plastic stool and join the locals at a streetside stall to indulge.More info... Enquire now...
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