The climate in Vietnam can be divided into three different zones – North Vietnam, Central Vietnam, and South Vietnam. You can build your own Vietnam holiday featuring all three regions of Vietnam with our unique bite-sized Vietnam tours.

The climate in North Vietnam humid and subtropical, while South Vietnam enjoys a tropical climate all year round. Central Vietnam lies somewhere in between. As Vietnam is a long, narrow country climate conditions vary considerably, with temperatures ranging between 20 and 35 degrees. It’s coolest in the mountains-sometimes even freezing in the winter. In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the climate can be fairly hot and humid, so it can take a few days to acclimatise. During the Tet period (Lunar New Year), tourism in Vietnam reaches its peak. Tet usually falls in February, depending on the state of the moon.

If you’re planning on when to travel to Vietnam, take a look below for more climate information:

When to travel to Vietnam: Rainy seasons

There’s a chance of rain at any time of year in Vietnam- so don’t forget your kag-in-a-bag! On the whole, it tends to rain for an hour or two towards the end of the afternoon, so you really shouldn’t let it put you off. Strictly speaking, your best chance of prolonged sunshine in all regions of Vietnam is from December to the end of April.

There are several monsoon periods in Vietnam’s climate, each specific to its region. The rains can be generally characterised as heavy afternoon showers which freshen the air. If you’re taking a Vietnam tour that includes outdoor activities, the local guides will try and adapt your programme to avoid these afternoon showers.
Most of our holidays in Vietnam 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.

When to travel to Vietnam: Beach weather

In Central and Southern Vietnam, there are several tropical islands as well as the quiet mainland beach at Mui Ne. Climate in Vietnam will obviously be of more importance to you during your stay on the beach, so it makes sense to plan your trip with the beach weather in mind. Here are some handy pointers:
Palm Island is best visited from the end of January to the end of September. You can expect heavy downpours in the months of October, November and December, although there are plenty of sunny intervals.
However, Phu Quoc Island and the mainland Vietnam beaches at Mui Ne have good beach weather in October, November and December. If you are planning to stay in these beach resorts during your Vietnam holiday, it’s best to avoid the months of July and August, when heavy rain is more likely.
In short, no matter what time you decide when to travel to Vietnam, you should be able to find sunshine at one of the beach destinations Vietnam has to offer. If you’re heading for the beach from January to September, Palm Island is the best bet. If you’re travelling from October to January, you’ll have more chance of sunny weather on Phu Quoc Island or Mui Ne beach.

Vietnam climate table

Jan

Feb

March

April

May

June

July

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

North

sunny
20°C

sunny
21°C

sunny
22°C

sunny
28°C

sun and showers 32°C

sun and
showers 32°C

sun and
showers 32°C

sun and showers 32°C

sun and showers 31°C

sunny
31°C

sunny
25°C

sunny
21°C

Central

sunny
22°C

sunny 23°C

sunny
27°C

sunny 30°C

sunny
35°C

sunny
35°C

sunny
33°C

sun and showers 32°C

sun and showers 31°C

showers
31°C

showers 26°C

sunny
23°C

South

sunny 32°C

sunny
33°C

sunny
34°C

sunny 35°C

sunny and cloudy
32°C

showers
31°C

showers
31°C

showers
31°C

showers
31°C

sun and showers
31°C

sunny
31°C

sunny
31°C