Vietnam occupies a thin strip of land along the coast and covers a wide latitudinal range. Consequently, Vietnam’s climate can vary from the North to the South. In addition, Vietnam extends from sea level to over 3000 metres and temperatures can also vary significantly according to altitude.
Southern Vietnam experiences a sub-equatorial climate with two main seasons; a wet season and a dry season. The wet season lasts from May through to November, while the dry extends from December to April. February, March and April are typically hot and humid.
Coastal central Vietnam is characterized by coastal lowlands and, unlike the southern and northern areas of Vietnam, they do not experience significant amounts of rainfall between April and October. Most rain falls on the central coastal lowlands between December and February. Dalat in the Central Highlands experiences cooler temperatures than the coastal strip and, from November to March, daily highs tend to range from the mid to low 20s, while evening temperatures can drop significantly lower and warmer clothing is required. Northern Vietnam experiences a cool to cold winter (November – March) with overnight temperatures sometimes dropping to as low as 10 degrees Celsius. February and March are characterized by constant drizzle. The rains fall from May to October and it is typically warm at this time of the year.
Travellers to Vietnam should take appropriate wet-weather gear regardless of the time visited as heavy showers are unpredictable. Overall, there is no bad time to visit Vietnam as good weather can always be found in at least one region.
Click here to see the weather forecast in different cities in Vietnam for day and next 7 days An overview of Vietnam’s climate regions and general weather patterns is shown in the table below:
|North||sunshine20°C||sunshine21°C||sunshine22°C||sunshine28°C||sunshineand showers 32°C||sunshineandshowers 32°C||sunshine andshowers 32°C||sunshine and showers 32°C||sunshine and showers 31°C||sunshine31°C||sunshine25°C||sunshine21°C|
|Central||sunshine22°C||sunshine 23°C||sunshine27°C||sunshine30°C||sunshine35°C||sunshine35°C||sunshine33°C||sunshine and showers 32°C||showers and sunshine 31°C||showers31°C||showers26°C||sunshine23°C|
|South||sunshine32°C||sunshine33°C||sunshine34°C||sunshine35°C||cloudy with sunshine32°C||showers31°C||showers31°C||showers31°C||showers31°C||sunshine and showers31°C||sunshine31°C||sunshine31°C|
Climate in rainy seasons
There are several monsoon periods in Vietnam’s climate throughout the year, each specific to its region. The rainy seasons or monsoons can be generally characterized as heavy afternoon showers, which although may freshen the air and bring the temperature down, will certainly soak you through if you’re out in it. If you are doing a module that includes outdoor activities during the rainy season in Vietnam, the local guides will take the climate into account, and try and adapt your programme as best they can to avoid these afternoon showers.
Most of our Vietnam tours run all year round, regardless of weather variations. If you find yourself amid a tropical downpour, you can simply retreat to your island bungalow or local bar / restaurant, and watch mother nature in action with a cocktail in hand, it’s quite a spectacle.
In the central and southern regions of Vietnam, there are several tropical islands, as well as the quiet mainland beach at Mui Ne. Vietnam’s climate will obviously be of more importance to you during your beach stay, so it makes sense to plan your trip with the best beach weather in mind. After all, if you end up on a tropical island during Vietnam’s monsoon season, you may find that both your book and your spirit get soggy. Here are some handy pointers:
Palm Island Vietnam 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 beaches in Vietnam.
Mui Ne have good beachy weather in October, November and December. If you are planning to stay in these beach resorts, it’s best to avoid the months of July and August, when heavy rain is more likely. In short, no matter when you decide to travel to in Vietnam the climate shouldn’t spoil your fun, you should be able to find dazzling sunshine at one of the beach destinations Vietnam has to offer. This gives you a great degree of flexibility when planning your trip. If you are wanting to hit the beach from January to October, Palm Island may be your best bet. If, however, you intend to visit Vietnam’s beaches from October until January, you will have more chance of ideal weather on Phu Quoc island or on the shores of Mui Ne.