As a country with four seasons, there is always a good time to visit various places throughout Vietnam. However, if you wish to make a long trip to many of the significant attractions in Vietnam, choosing a suitable time is really important.
Climate in Vietnam
Vietnam has a wide range of climatic types, matched with its variety of physical features, including mountains, beaches, islands, valleys, and deltas. In the same country, the weather can change considerably between summer and winter. In Ho Chi Minh City and other southern areas, summer has only two variations – hot and dry and hot and rainy. Regardless, it pays to know when is the best time to visit Vietnam.
In general, the best season to visit the North of Vietnam is from December to March, with wonderful weather throughout the region.
The North of Vietnam: Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, and Sapa
North Vietnam can be visited all seasons of the year, however, the best time for tourists is from October to May. This includes both the Winter and Spring in this region. These seasons have dry and cool weather, and it's also, it's time for many traditional festivals.
As mentioned before, the best time to visit Hanoi is from September to April when it is drier, with plenty of flowers blooming. September to November is the harvest time in Hanoi – Hanoi has a nostalgic, romantic feeling in this season.
December, January, and February are winter months, when the temperature dips a bit lower, but it's the ideal time for the greatest traditional festival in the year – Lunar New Year.
In the spring months of March and April the weather is also warm and welcoming.
There is no specific season that is best to visit Ninh Binh, as good weather and beautiful scenery can be enjoyed throughout the year.
From May to October, Ninh Binh is hot, humid, and rainy, and this is also a great time to see the bright golden color of the floating rice fields in Tam Coc.
The weather at Halong Bay can be divided into two principal seasons: a cold dry winter and hot humid summer. Winter in Halong Bay lasts from November to March, and in January and February particularly, the water can be cold and not good for swimming. However, there are still other interesting activities to take part in. The average temperature in winter is around 12 Celsius to 20 Celsius degrees.
Summertime is usually a better time for taking a tour of Halong Bay. During this time, Halong is filled with an amazing blue sky, beautiful green water, and the ideal temperature for swimming, kayaking, and caving.
Sapa can be freezing in winter months, with a high possibility of snow on Fansipan peak. In autumn, which lasts from September to October, the terraced fields from the mountains and valleys become golden. Winter in Sapa is likewise the ideal time for the festivals of ethnic minorities.
Something to note: The rainy season can be dangerous to travel in mountainous areas in the North of Vietnam.