Vietnam Weather

A weather and climate overview for Vietnam including current weather forecast for major cities and when to visit.

A sunny day in Ninh Thuan, Vietnam

IN A NUTSHELL
  • Wet season: May to November (South).
  • Dry season: December to April (South).
  • Best time of the year: North & Central (October to May), South (September to April).

Weather Overview

Vietnam is geographically located in the tropical zone, with the top North region on temperate zone. Therefore, its climate is not consistent throughout the country. In fact, the weather varies significantly by latitude and longitude.

Current Temps & Sky Conditions for Select Vietnam Cities

City Condition Temperature
Hanoi Clouds 19°C
Ho Chi Minh City Clouds 26°C
Hoi An Clouds 24°C
Dalat Clouds 16°C
Halong Bay Clouds 19°C
Hue Clouds 22°C
Sapa Clouds 12°C
Nha Trang Clouds 27°C
Mui Ne Rain 21°C
Vung Tau Clouds 28°C
Da Nang Clouds 24°C
Hai Phong Clouds 19°C
Can Tho Clouds 26°C
Ninh Binh Clouds 17°C
Phu Quoc Thunderstorm 26°C
Nghe An Clouds 19°C
Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh) Clouds 26°C
Ha Giang Clouds 17°C

Last updated: October 22, 2021

When to go


Climate by regions

The North (Hanoi, Halong Bay) is monsoonal with hot and rainy season from April to September and cool dry season from October to March. October and November are the best months to visit since you avoid the domestic tourist flow and also experience a more comfortable temperature and humidity compared with other months.

The Central part of Vietnam (Hue, Da Nang and Hoi An) receives dry and hot Southwest wind which makes it strenuous for any brisk walk during the day. Closer to the beach, the level of severity reduced and the dry wind is replaced by cool ocean breeze.   Because of the limited land area, central Vietnam is also most susceptible to natural disasters such as hurricane or flooding. The paradox is, it is also where most beautiful beaches lie.

The South (Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Mui Ne) is typically hot all year round with two main seasons: rainy and dry. It is also the most predictable region in terms of weather. Summer months from May to August might not be the best time to hit the road since most tourists destinations are packed with tourists and downpours happen quite frequently.

The mountain area in Northwest and South central Vietnam see little fluctuation in weather condition. It is fairly cool all year round and a great place to escape the heat from cities. The rainy season is also from May to September. At the extreme you can see snow or flurry in December or January in Sapa

Frequently asked questions

When is typhoon season in Vietnam?

Typhoon season in Vietnam usually takes place from June to November. There are an average of 8-12 typhoons each year coming in tiers from North to Center and Southern region. The severity of typhoon each year is also affected by El Nino or La Nina phenomenon, which can lessen or intensify each typhoon.

Is it cold in Vietnam in December, what should I wear?

Weather in Northern Vietnam can be quite cold in late December and January, especially at night. Meanwhile in Southern Vietnam from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh and Mekong Delta, the weather is still warm. You should bring warm clothes when travel to the North & consider packing singlet tops as well as t-shirts and blouses too if you travel to the South.

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