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When is the best time to visit Vietnam?

Chaotic cities, paradise beaches and some of the zingiest food you’ve ever tasted – welcome to Vietnam. This Southeast Asian country has been a mainstay on the backpacker trail for years, but has plenty of high-end luxury to offer too. With a compelling mish-mash of French colonial influences and fascinating local culture, everyone should visit Vietnam at least once.

Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Northern VietnamApril to June // October to November
Hoi An, Hue, Da Nang and Central VietnamFebruary to April
Ho Chi Minh City and Southern VietnamDecember to March

If you’re booking a once in a lifetime trip to Vietnam, you want to arrive when the weather’s at its best. We’ve put together this quick guide to help you understand what to expect to help you plan your trip.

Remember, you can always find the cheapest time to visit Vietnam using our best time to book tool. It shows you how far in advance you should look at flights to find the best prices.

Best time to visit Vietnam: at a glance

Stretching all the way from the Chinese border in the north to the Gulf of Thailand in the south, Vietnam is a seriously lengthy country – over 1000km (600 miles) long to be more precise. It also has lots of different environments, from towering mountains to tropical beaches, so the best time to visit Vietnam really depends on which part you want to visit.

As a rule of thumb, spring (February to April) and autumn (August to October) are the best times to visit Vietnam. During these months there’s less rain across the country and temperatures are more pleasant – during summer it can be extremely hot and humid wherever you go.

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Best time to visit Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Northern Vietnam

In Northern Vietnam you can explore the frenzied old quarter of Hanoi, where motorbikes whizz by as people slurp steaming bowls of bun cha on the street. Just off the coast is Ha Long Bay with its iconic limestone formations.

It’s best to visit Northern Vietnam in spring (April–June) and autumn (October–November). This is when the weather is warm and fairly dry. Bear in mind that the north is humid all year round and you’ll probably encounter some showers whenever you visit.

Northern Vietnam can get chilly during the winter (December to March), when temperatures drop as low as 5ºC. From July to September the temperature is a searingly hot 28-35ºC, with buckets of rain bringing high humidity.

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Best time to visit Da Nang, Hoi An and Central Vietnam

In central Vietnam you’ll find buzzing beach resorts like Hue and Da Nang, as well as the charming UNESCO listed old town of Hoi An. Famous for cheap tailoring, it’s a popular place for people looking for a whole new travel wardrobe.

The dry season in central Vietnam lasts from February to July, and the weather is at its most pleasant until April. Humidity at this time of year is fairly low, and temperatures are comfortable – nothing near the searing 38°C you can expect from June to August.

If you want to escape the heat and don’t mind a little bit of rain, central Vietnam is at its coldest from November to January. Temperatures are as low as 19 to 24°C, which is pretty chilly for Southeast Asia. Bear in mind that October and November are the wettest months in the region.

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Best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City and Southern Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon or just simple HCMC: whatever you call it, you’re in for a treat. Dine on street food at Ben Thanh street food market, sip cocktails at sunset from a rooftop bar and spend some time contemplating the country’s past at the War Remnants Museum.

Don’t expect dry, sunny weather in Ho Chi Minh City. Rains are common throught the year as the northeast monsoon rolls in from November to April, and the southwest monsoon from May to October. Still, it doesn’t rain all the time, and you’ll likely get a few lovely days during your trip.

The driest months are December to March, when the temperature ranges from 21°C to 34°C. Party lovers should try to plan their trip around Tet – the first day of the lunar New Year – which takes place at the end of January or beginning of February.

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When is the cheapest time to visit Vietnam?

The cheapest time to visit Vietnam is October to November, as most people are put off visiting during these wet months. Cheap deals are often available from November to February, when the weather is slightly better.

With our best time to book tool you can check when the cheapest flights to Vietnam are available from your nearest airport.