Best time to visit Vietnam
The best time to visit Vietnam depends on your destination; long and narrow, the seasons contrast from north to south, and mountains to coast.
The humid south is warm year-round, and the warm May-Nov monsoon season brings brief, heavy showers that barely disrupt travel – but regions around the Mekong may flood. The cold monsoon along the central coast occurs from Oct-Apr and is much less pleasant. Oct-Dec are warm, sunny months in the north; from March it is unbearably hot. May, June and September are the best times to visit Vietnam to avoid the crowds.
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Mrs Vo Thi Bich Ha from our supplier Haivenu, is Vietnamese and has lived and travelled all over her home country. She shares her best time to visit Vietnam:
"My favourite time is in the autumn – that’s the best time in the north and south. The weather in the north is so pleasant, particularly around Sapa. And the light enhances all the scenery, reflects the colours... it’s dry with clear skies, everything looks more beautiful. In Hanoi the weather is lovely at that time and in Ho Chi Minh City, the temperature is comfortable which makes the tours more enjoyable. But you have to sacrifice Central Vietnam, as that’s when the floods happen."
Our calendar tip
Our calendar tip
The Chinese lunar calendar
Vietnam’s culture is still heavily influenced by its past links with China; and the lunar calendar is used for most festivals, meaning the date can vary by over a month each year, so do look up dates before booking! Tet marks the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar, the full moon falls on the 14th day of each lunar month.
If you'd like to chat about Vietnam or need help finding a vacation to suit you we're very happy to help.
Festivals & events
Tet Nguyen Dan
Vietnam’s biggest celebration is the lunar New Year, which falls in late January or early February, coinciding with Chinese New Year. People clean their homes, cook special dishes and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Tet festivities last up to a month, including firecrackers, fireworks and masked dances – you’ll also see flowers everywhere.
Hoi An Full Moon Festival
If you’re craving a break from the noisy motos, head to Hoi An for the full moon festival, when motorised traffic is banned and the district turns itself into a stage for the traditional arts, including Chinese opera, chess and lanterns. Temples fill up and there is plenty of tasty food on offer.
More about Vietnam
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Find all of our Vietnam guides in one place for more information about the different type of vacations we offer such as cycling or family vacations in Vietnam.
Photo credits: [Page banner: Fré Sonneveld] [Mountains and sunset: Hoach Le Dinh] [Hanoi in Autumn: motiqua] [Lunar calendar: Sketyl none] [Tet Nguyen Dan: Prenn] [Full moon festival: felixtriller.]Back to the top