Visit Vietnam in October awaits you for an authentic holiday. Quiet and lively; peaceful and frenetic; conservative and modern; Vietnamese hospitality is second to none and something you should experience once in your life, so what are you waiting for?
In October, Vietnam puts on its best face to give you a change of scenery every day. The rice fields turn bright green, the water reveals its most beautiful shades to offer you an immersive journey where only your pleasure will guide you.
Weather in Vietnam in October
When is the best time to visit Vietnam? Is October a good time? Which part of the country is at its best this time of year? This article will give you the answers.
With a 3260km coastline, Vietnam has many different weather systems. However, choosing a place to come here is very important as it directly affects the quality of your trip. Some parts of the country have wonderful weather, but some can experience flooding or heavy storms. You need to know the weather conditions throughout Vietnam to decide when to go on holiday.
North Vietnam in October
A step towards October is a step towards autumn. Mild weather, sunny skies and cooler air offer Vietnam a wide range of flower types. Each part of the country is filled with a different colour of bloom and all have their own unique characteristics. If those hot summer days are tailor-made for beach breaks, then it’s not an overstatement to say that October is the season for romance.
If you’re travelling to Vietnam in October, you’ll see the gradual end of the rainy season in the north of the country. At the end of the month, temperatures also drop sharply (averaging 25°C for the month) as the region moves towards a cool, dry winter. The weather in the popular mountain regions of Sapa, Mu Cang Chai and Ha Giang is now mostly dry and sunny, perfect for trekking. And October and November are among the best months of the year for exploring Hanoi and Halong Bay.
Central Vietnam in October
In central Vietnam, the north-east monsoon is still with us, with the risk of storms and prolonged rain and flooding likely, particularly in Hue and Hoi An. Expect average temperatures of around 24-27°C. Although there are bright and sunny spots, this is far from the best time for a beach holiday. The rains will continue to fall on the coast until November, but in Dalat and the central highlands, the heavy rains start to fall at the end of the month, when active outdoor holidays become viable again.
South Vietnam in October
South Vietnam gradually eases into its six-month monsoon season at the end of the month, when the southern seaside resorts once again bask in increasing sunshine. It still rains for an average of 14 days a month, but the rainfall is not as heavy as in September and becomes lighter as the month progresses. Temperatures remain constant throughout the month, with an average of 27°C. If you’re thinking of going to Vietnam in October, you should consider visiting the Mekong Delta and the seaside resorts in the south, including Mui Ne beach and the islands of Con Dao and Phu Quoc.
In general, the weather in Vietnam is generally wet and hot, but it varies differently in each region of the country. In one month, you can have cold (and even snow) in the mountains of the far north and sunshine on the beaches of the south. So it’s a good idea to research the weather before your holiday to make sure you don’t suffer any inconveniences.
In short, October is a good time to go to Vietnam. It’s the end of the holidays for the Vietnamese, as students head back to school after the summer. It’s autumn in the north, with a cooler climate than in summer. In the central region of Vietnam, there may be a little more rain but the sun is still perfect for beach activities. October is also a good time to visit the south. The island of Phu Quoc enters the best period of the year. Attractive prices and easy services are other reasons to visit Vietnam in October before the peak tourist season begins in November.
Major events in Vietnam in October
Holidays are important occasions to celebrate and mark important milestones that have taken place in history. It is a day when people express their gratitude and affection and gather around loved ones.
Hanoi Liberation Day – 10/10
Every year, Hanoians celebrate the liberation of the capital, which was then in the hands of the French with a number of events including song and dance performances and fireworks displays. The decorations in the city centre are carefully chosen and put Hanoi in the limelight. “Hanoi – Faith and Hope” is the official theme of this commemorative day.
Vietnamese Women’s Day (20/10)
Vietnamese Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 20 October. Established on 20 October 1930, following the creation of the Vietnamese Women’s Union on the same day, this celebration reminds the Vietnamese people every year that women also came together and fought for the country’s independence. Since then, they have continued to assert their rights, just like men. On this special day, women receive gifts, flowers and congratulations from the people around them.
Katé Festival – Binh Thuan province
The Katé festival also known as Mbang Kate is organised by the Cham people for 3 days at the beginning of October. This event takes place in a large area in the three Champa towers (Po Nagar, Po Klong Garai and Po Rome). The aim of this festival is to commemorate their heroes Po Klong Garai and Po Rome, as well as deaths in the families. It is also an opportunity for the locals to relax, meet each other and wish each other good luck for the future.
It is one of the biggest and most important events for the Cham people in Vietnam. It is therefore a great opportunity for visitors to discover the beauty of Cham culture, from the architecture and costumes to the traditional instruments and songs used to honour their kings in the past. Each tower’s Katé festival begins at the same time on the same day, and the following day villages and families begin to organise their own rites.
During the rites, people call upon their ancestors and gods with the help of a shaman, then pray for health and prosperity. The festivals after the rites are a combination of traditional music and dance, including activities such as performances of the Ginang drum and Saranai flute or the traditional dance of the Cham girls.
Khmer Oc Bom Boc festival of the Khmer people
Colourful boat races are a highlight of this festival, celebrated by the Khmer community of the Mekong Delta in late October or November, on the 15th day of the 10th moon of the lunar calendar. Good places to witness it are on the Soc Trang river and at Ba Dong beach (in Tra Vinh province).
Halloween – 31/10
Halloween is becoming an increasingly popular holiday in Vietnam. Accessories for this festival are selling very well. There are various events and parties organised throughout the major cities to celebrate this day.
Destinations not to be missed
Golden rice fields in northern
As mentioned above, harvest time in northern Vietnam is October, and this is the only time of year when you can see the most beautiful golden rice terraces. The further away the destination, the more beautiful the view of the ripe rice fields. You can start your trip in Ninh Binh with the classic beauty of the flat rice fields, then go further afield to see the special landscape of the golden terraces in Mu Cang Chai or Ha Giang.
Autumn in Hanoi
Autumn is undoubtedly the most beautiful season for a family trip to Hanoi. The climate is particularly mild, with the warmth of the sun and fresh air, a gentle breeze and little humidity. The streets are fragrant with alstonia flowers. Allow one or two days for a short stay in Hanoi, where you can take a stroll, cycle or cycle rickshaw through the old quarter and admire the famous Hoan Kiem Lake.
Every year at the end of October, the streets of Hanoi are engulfed by the small but glamorous daisy. Take a stroll around the Old Quarter or Western Lake and you’ll find street vendors selling daisies. The white colour of the flower lights up the city and gives it a romantic feel in the golden autumn.
This is the perfect time to take poetic street photos with local girls wearing ao dai while carrying a bouquet of daisies in their hands.
Buckwheat flowers season in Ha Giang
When you think of Ha Giang, you immediately think of the huge fields of buckwheat flowers. The landscape of the rocky plateau is very beautiful in mid to late October when the flowering hills are mainly covered in white, sometimes speckled with light purple.. If you want to explore Vietnam, you can choose to go by bus or motorbike.
In addition, you can explore the following motorbike tour for a trip to Ha Giang: Dong Van – Pho Ban – MeoVac – Xin Man – Hoang Su Phi to find your own adventures.
Wild sunflowers flower season in Dalat
At the end of October, the hills of Dalat are full of flowers. The weather is cool and a little misty, so the sun is less radiant, but the beauty of the landscape is still sensational. In the evening, after warming up with a cup of coffee or tea, take a stroll through Dalat’s night market.
The fall of Dalat is quite short and takes place quickly but still leaves the tourists deeply impressed by the beauty. At the end of October, along the roads in Dalat are yellow with wild sunflowers. At this time, young people and couples who are about to marry often choose Dalat as a place to take commemorative photos and wedding photos.
Daily life in the Mekong Delta
Travelling south to the Mekong Delta, October is in the middle of the water float season. In other regions, the rain may prevent you from travelling; however in here is the most beautiful time when the rain helps to reveal the natural charm of the land.
As a place where nature and people have to depend mainly on the river, rain is important because it brings life here. Mangrove forests, floating markets, bird sanctuaries and small islets are the places to visit in the Mekong Delta in October, as they are impressive, crowded and easy to access after a long period of rain.
To extend your trip to Mekong Delta, Dong Thap province is a good choice. In October, when the waters rise, water lilies bloom all over the province’s canals. Growing in green marshland, the flowers are pure white, bringing the delta to life.
Floating gently on a small boat in the morning through the lily-filled canals, breathing in the fresh air and the light aroma of the flowers, your trip at dawn is well worth it. You can also take a boat trip to explore the floating markets and the life of the locals in the endless river space. The Mekong Delta is certainly one of the reasons to visit Vietnam in October.
What’s more, as local holidaymakers move away from the beaches, the price of service and accommodation is also more reasonable. You might consider water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, jungle trekking…Alternatively, Mui Ne beach, Con Dao island…are among the best choices.
Vietnam in October is a great time to travel. Wherever you go, the locals will be very open and welcoming. And if you want a tailor-made trip, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our advisers are always ready to help you create a precious memory!