Planning a trip to Vietnam requires many considerations and decisions. However, the best time to travel to Vietnam cannot be named in general. On the positive side, Vietnam is basically a great holiday destination all year round. Vietnam is roughly divided into three climate zones. North, Central and South Vietnam. The country is rather narrow and long with 1,650 km and a strong north-south extension. The different climate zones, therefore, play a decisive role when it comes to travel planning.
The best travel time for Vietnam
At what time the trip to Vietnam is particularly recommended depends on a number of factors. In general, it can be said that Vietnam is blessed throughout with a tropical climate, with an average annual temperature of 27°C. According to many travel guides, the ideal season for Vietnam is between December and May. However, it is necessary to specify whether you want to go to North, South or Central Vietnam during the time of the Resurrection. With regard to the climate, the differences from region to region are sometimes enormous.
In addition to the region, other points should also be taken into account – for example, the Vietnamese holiday season. In order to be able to choose a good season, this is an element that cannot be ignored. The most important festival of the year is “Tet” – the Vietnamese New Year. According to the lunar calendar, this festival is usually celebrated in January or February. During the Tet holidays many shops and sights are closed. In addition, many Vietnamese go to their families and the streets are often completely overcrowded.
The three climate zones in Vietnam
Whether South Vietnam, Central Vietnam or North Vietnam – every region of the country has its own special charm. Although Vietnam may already be becoming a universal destination, there are travel times that are particularly suitable. Whereby it depends on personal preferences at this point. In particular, holiday resorts should be avoided during the rainy season, as the heavy rainfall and high humidity are less conducive to a holiday.
The south of Vietnam is mainly characterized by a tropical climate. It is very warm all year round and temperatures range from 30 to 35 °C. There are three seasons in the south. The warm and rather dry season lasts from November to January. There is a lot of sunshine and the dry northeast monsoon is active. During the day, temperatures average 28 to 30 °C – at night it cools down to 20 °C. The hot season in the south lasts from February to May and provides temperatures around 35 °C. The air humidity rises noticeably.
Of course, there is also a rainy season, which lasts from June to October. The southeast monsoon determines the weather and this means that it gets humid and hot. There is a lot of rain, especially the afternoon cloudbursts, which are very heavy. Even at night, the temperatures are between 21 and 24 °C – with high humidity.
Among other things, the popular coastal town of Da Nang is located in central Vietnam. But also the very popular holiday resort Hoi An. The tropical, alternating humid climate characterizes Central Vietnam. The best period for Central Vietnam is definitely between February and May. During the day the temperatures are very pleasant for European standards and are constantly around 24 to 28 °C. In June the thermometer climbs to 31 °C much more often. From October to November or even the beginning of December, the rainy season in Central Vietnam. Especially in November typhoons have their peak season, then there are often landslides and floods, so this season is less suitable for tourists.
Around Hanoi and Halon Bay, the north is dominated by a subtropical climate with four seasons. The Vietnamese winter lasts from November / December until April and especially in North Vietnam it can be quite cool. Around Tet there are cold periods, which result in temperatures below 10 °C. With the high humidity this already feels cold. At this time rain is not rare – and it also becomes foggy. Every few years there is even snow in the far north – in the Sapa region. A good time for the North Vietnamese region is spring. At this time there are hardly any tourists around – although the temperatures are already quite pleasant and mild.
The summer is really hot between July and August – with values of around 35 degrees. Autumn lasts from September to November and is considered the most beautiful time among foreigners. The temperatures are summery between 20 and 32 °C. At night there is a little cooling off. Autumn is a very good season for the north of Vietnam, as the weather could hardly be better for European conditions.
Monsoons in Vietnam
The climate in Vietnam is largely determined by tropical monsoons. Between May and September the southeast monsoon influences the local climate. This brings heavy but short rain showers to almost the whole country. At this time the temperatures in Vietnam rise – and it is humid. Between October and March the northeast monsoon and the winter monsoon alternate. Cooler and wet temperatures dominate in the north, whereas the south is still dry and warm. From August to October there can also be cyclones and typhoons, which are particularly noticeable in the middle and north of Vietnam.
Annual rainfall in Vietnam ranges between 750 and 3,500 mm. The driest area in Vietnam is found in South Vietnam. Right on the coast to the South China Sea. The wettest area is located on the border with Lao Kingdom.
The best travel time and travel months for Vietnam in detail:
September to December – dry, mild and the main season
March to June – a few rainy days, pleasant climate and few tourists
September to November – pleasant temperatures, small cooling in the night
May to October – pleasant climate, few tourists
November to April – dry season, pleasant temperatures