“What is the best time to go to Vietnam? In summer? In winter? At the beginning or at the end of the year? These are common questions asked by most travellers and foreign nationals who plan to travel to Vietnam. Here is some useful information for you to study Vietnam weather characteristics to help you choose a suitable period for your plans.
When to go to Vietnam? Generally speaking, there are two best periods to visit the whole of Vietnam: October to November and mid-March to May. These are the times when the weather remains very pleasant and, in addition, these are the least rainy months of the year in Vietnam. However, as Vietnam stretches over a length of 2000 km from north to south, the weather and landscape vary from one region to another. For example, one region may be wet, cold or rainy at one time while another will be pleasantly sunny.
When to go to North Vietnam?
For many people, North Vietnam remains the most beautiful and authentic region, thanks to the great variety of its landscapes (bay, sea, mountains, delta…), but also thanks to the richness of its culture (ethnic villages, craft villages, temples, pagodas…).
This magnificent region includes the mountains and the Red River delta, but the weather is not the same for the whole region due to the change in altitude.
The months of September to November and April to May are the best times to enjoy the mountainous region. While the first period is very favourable for trekking due to the pleasant weather with mild heat and still beautiful landscapes before the arrival of winter in December, the second is the best time to contemplate the rice fields filled with water in preparation for transplanting. They are considered to be giant mirrors in which the sky is reflected. It is also a good opportunity to meet the farmers who work in their fields.
As for the Red River Delta, the best time to visit the Red River Delta plain is from September to May. The months of September to November and March to May are ideal for a scenic tour of Hanoi or Halong Bay by sea and land. More info on Vietnam weather in March.
When to visit the rice terraces of North Vietnam?
The impressive beauty of the beautiful rice terraces has long been a “speciality” of the northern mountains. In the photos, the rice fields are often yellow or green, but their colour changes according to the season of the harvest. It should be noted that there is only one rice cycle per year and this depends on the climatic conditions and the regions (the farmers have to wait for the first rains in the summer before they can plough).
So, when is the best time to see the rice terraces of North Vietnam? In general, there are 3 main seasons:
The water season in April & May: When the first summer rains arrive, the fields are well filled with water. They become giant mirrors in which the blue summer sky with white clouds is reflected, a beautiful landscape! Coming to the high mountains of the north during these two months, you will also meet the local population working in the fields, as this is the time when the farmers start ploughing with buffalos, a lively and authentic atmosphere.
The green season from the end of May to July: This is the rice growing season, with green carpets stretching as far as the eye can see. This scene is sure to please nature lovers, photographers, and others.
The golden powder season or harvest season between August and September: This is the most awaited moment, the “season of happiness” of the ethnic minorities. A spectacle not to be missed begins: the locals, barefoot with a smile on their face, collect the result of their work by hand. The women carry the rice-laden bundles on their backs; the men thresh the rice and carry it home in ox carts; the children herd the buffaloes and play together. The authentic and lively scene is held only once a year, a unique experience that is a must.
When to go to Central Vietnam?
The best time to go is from February to May, with pleasant temperatures and little chance of rain. From March to the end of May, you can enjoy both the beauty of Hoi An’s old town and its beautiful beaches not far from the city centre. Cycling to the countryside around the city also promises great experiences.
From June to August, it’s summer in the centre and the temperature can rise to 39-40 degrees. What could be better than relaxing in a hotel by the beach after a day full of activities?
From October to mid-November, the weather is temperamental as storms may hit the area, but excursions are still possible. If you go, don’t forget your mackintosh and umbrella.
When to go to the South Vietnam?
The South of Vietnam, which attracts tourists for the Mekong Delta and its beautiful sandy beaches, has two distinct seasons: the dry season from October to the end of April and the rainy season from May to the end of September.
During the dry season, which is considered the best time to travel in the South, the weather is nice and sunny. There is hardly any rain and the temperature often ranges from 25 to 35 degrees. If you are planning a beach trip to Phu Quoc Island, Mui Ne or Nha Trang, these months are probably highly recommended.
The rainy season is marked by short but violent showers. They often arrive at the end of the afternoon and last only 1 to 2 hours. The rest of the day is sunny and excursions are possible. May and June are also the ripe fruit season when you can explore the lush orchards full of tropical fruits typical of southern Vietnam.
Travelling during Tet, Vietnam’s New Year festival
Tết, the occasion to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Vietnam as well as some other Asian countries, is the most important and sacred traditional holiday of the Vietnamese.
The dates are not the same every year but they are often held between the last week of January and the third week of February. Travelling to Vietnam during Tet gives you the opportunity to experience the authenticity and uniqueness of this great event. Before Tet, the streets are very busy and colourful, people go shopping for new clothes, make steamed gooey cakes, buy fruit, clean the whole house and make offerings to the ancestors.
However, the Tet holiday means a pause in many activities as it is primarily a time for family reunion. Travellers are therefore advised to prepare their trip well in advance, especially by booking plane tickets as soon as possible, as prices rise rapidly during this period.
When to go to Vietnam and where to go depends on your interests but remember that each region of the country has its own climate. So no matter when you go to Vietnam, we can advise you on which destinations to visit at your convenience.
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