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Friday, 21st November 2014

Best times to visit Vietnam

Vietnam is an awe-inspiring and beautiful country with a range of different areas and landscapes to explore.

Naturally this means that different areas of the country will be more suitable at varying times of the year. In fact, Vietnam is famous for having no less than three different weather systems!

Add that to plenty of coastline, mountainous areas, and greenery, and you have a little something for everybody, depending upon whether you are a summer or winter person.

For example, if you love the winter's snow, you are more likely to get that in the mountainous north, whereas if you're hoping to top up that summer tan, you may prefer the more central regions of the country.

At the same time, temperatures can rise to 40 degrees C in the south during the dry season.
You also want to be wary of monsoon season, both in the summer and winter. The summer monsoon occurs between April and May and generates much of the humid weather.

The winter monsoon occurs between October and March, which brings damp and chilly winters to all areas north of Nha Trang.

As a general rule of thumb, the best times of the month are generally in April, May or October, while November and February are a touch cooler.

In this guide, we explore some of the various regions within the country to help you make a more informed decision about where to go.

Let's start with the north.

Sapa, Ha Giang, Bac Ha
(mountainous regions).

This region of Vietnam is divided into two main seasons: wet and dry. The dry season runs from October to late March. However, in April and September, there is the wet season.

As in the UK, the months of January and December can be especially cold.

If you want to trek through Sapa and the northwest, then the best times to visit are between September to November and from March to May. 

During the day, temperatures can rise to 15 to 28 degrees C, while at night, it can reach between ten to 18 degrees C.

In northeastern regions such as Ha Giang, the best time to go there is October to April. However, it can get very wet between May to September.

South Vietnam

Like the north of the country, this area of Vietnam is split into dry and wet seasons. If you are after the hotter weather, the best times to go is in November. 

For really high temperatures, the months between February and May is a great time to go, although it also tends to be very humid around this time.

If you are not a fan of wet weather, try to avoid going between June and August, which is when the rainy season is set to take place.

What you tend to get is the short, heavy periods of rain which will ease off after a while.

During the hotter times of the year, temperatures range between 25 and 32 degrees C.

Central Vietnam

This includes areas such as Hoi An, Hue & Danang. The warmer weather runs between mid-January to late August, and temperatures can hit the mid 30s.

The cooler areas are Hoi An, especially earlier in the year, with Quy Nhon sharing similar patterns. However, in the latter area, the dry season lasts a little longer.

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