Though Vietnam has a tropical climate, there is considerable diversity from north to south and from coast to highlands. In general, the seasonal monsoons bring heavy rains between May and October, While it remains relatively dry from November to February, The hot season between February and April can be uncomfortable, with the temperatures reaching up to 35*C (95*F), and humidity rising to a sticky 80 to 100 per cent.
Regionally, the south is consistently warm and humid, with frequent downpours during the rainy season. The central coast suffers typhoons between July and November, but winters are often rainy and cool. The north experiences cold and wet winters between November and March, with occasional snowfall on Mount Fansipan. Summer in the north is warm and humid.
When is the best time of year to visit Vietnam?
The weather in Vietnam can be split by region. In Hanoi & the north (Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cuc Phuong, Mai Chau & Ninh Binh), May to October is hot and humid with high rainfall; November to April is cooler and dry. In the far north (Sapa, Ha Giang, Bac Ha, Mu Cang Chai), December & January can be particularly cold. Central Vietnam (Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Dalat, Quy Nhon & Nha Trang) experiences hot, dry weather between January & August when temperatures can hit the mid-30°C’s; whilst high levels of rainfall can occur in September, October & November. Southern Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc & Con Dao, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai) is generally dry and hot from November to April, and warm and wet between May & October, with the highest rainfall in June, July & August.