Vietnam's climate by region
- Temperature (celsius)
|North||Sun||Sun||Sun||Sunny Intervals||Sunny Intervals||Showers||Showers||Showers||Sun||Sun||Sun||Sun|
The climate in Northern Vietnam varies considerably from the hot and sunny south. From January to March expect cool weather in Hanoi and Sapa, and bring layers if heading to Halong or Bai Tu Long Bay. These are best visited in May, when the chance of warm weather and less mist makes relaxing on the sundeck and kayaking along the bay extremely appealing. From May to August the temperatures rise and the chance of rain increases, with trekking in the far north becoming more difficult due to slippery conditions. September to December are our favourite times to explore the north, with less crowds and warm sunny days.
Central Vietnam benefits from a more consistent climate than its northern neighbour, with hot, sunny temperatures and little rain throughout January to July. Head to the beach town of Nha Trang, or tiny Palm Island for some sun and sand during these months. August brings a change of climate through the central region with temperatures remaining hot and humid, but rain becoming more likely. The showers are heavy but normally only last a few hours before the sun breaks through, and makes for a good excuse to duck inside for a strong Vietnamese coffee or cocktail!
South Vietnam enjoys a tropical climate year-round, with temperatures often reaching 30 degrees. December to March is a great time to go as it’s not as busy as the summer months so you can enjoy peaceful beach days and cheaper flight prices. Short, sharp monsoon rains creep in from May to September, but are often a welcome respite from the heat.
A word about rainy seasons in Vietnam...
A wise man once told me that there is no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing, and for the most part I think this rings very true. If you come prepared to encounter the occasional thunderstorm, a brisk evening, and hot sunny days you can travel almost any time in Vietnam.
As Vietnam spans three climates from north to south you should be lucky enough to encounter several different types of weather, which will add a whole new perspective on the country. If you’re taking a trip that includes outdoor activities, our local guides will try and adapt your arrangements to avoid any afternoon showers.
Most of our Vietnam itineraries run throughout the year regardless of weather. If you find yourself amid a tropical downpour, you can simply retreat to your bungalow or local bar and watch Mother Nature in action with a cocktail in hand.