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The best times to visit Vietnam: Start planning your 2024 adventure

Updated: Jan 16

"When is the best time to visit Vietnam?" has always been the question that we are asked the most - yes we have all been there! As your personalized adventure experts in Vietnam, we understand the importance of timing when it comes to experiencing the diverse wonders of this country.


In this guide, we will reveal the secrets to experiencing the perfect seasons in Vietnam every month. We will make sure your journey through this beautiful country is not only an adventure but also a mix of the best weather conditions and cultural celebrations. Whether you want to bask in the sun on the beach, enjoy the coolness of the Central Highlands, or experience the rhythm of tropical rains, read on as we will help you plan an unforgettable trip to Vietnam throughout 2024.


An infographic of Vietnam's map and locations with best months to visit each destinations, including Hoang Sa and Truong Sa

January: Phú Quốc, Côn Đảo, Tà Lài, Đắk Lắk

It is springtime which is generally cool and dry in most regions. While it is still cold in the North, the flowers blooming are worth seeing. In the South, Phú Quốc and Côn Đảo Island are in their best season for snorkeling, sailing and incredible seafood. Or trekking in the Central Highlands and immersing in the traditions of ethnic communities just makes sense.


A beautiful crystal blue beach in Phú Quốc with mountains behind and some local houses
Head to the North of Phú Quốc for the untouched beaches and forests in a National Park


February: Mekong Delta, Sài Gòn, Kon Tum, Mộc Châu

February is the busiest month of tourism as we have a week-long holiday during the Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tết) - the most important celebration across the country. You'll feel the festive atmosphere with bustling local markets and young people wearing áo dài around the decorated city streets. The hidden getaway destinations are ideal for avoiding crowds with outdoor activities and authentic local experiences, and it's best to secure your bookings ahead!


A friendly local Vietnamese farmer who was tearing the coconut shell apart in Bến Tre, a province in the Mekong Delta
Known as Vietnam's Coconut Kingdom, Bến Tre is a must-visit destination in the Mekong Delta

March: Phú Yên, Huế, Tà Xùa - Everywhere!

March is the ultimate time to visit anywhere in Vietnam, bringing milder temperatures and vibrant landscapes all over Vietnam. Whether you are seeking to explore the traditional fishing or craft village, admire the green rice terraces, get on a motorbike road trip, or head to the beach before peak season in the summer, this is the best month for everything!


Phú Yên beautiful blue beach with many fishing boats at a fishing village
More than just swimming, go to Phú Yên and see a local fishing village should be on your list!

April: Nghệ An, Hà Nội, Cao Bằng, Lan Hạ Bay

As the temperature starts to get warmer in the South, it is more pleasant to enjoy the mild weather up north. Ideally taking a stroll along the historical streets of Ha Noi, cruising and kayaking on the calm water of Lan Hạ Bay, or discovering Bản Giốc Waterfall in Cao Bằng are the must-do activities.


The Angel's Eye Mountain in Cao Bằng is incredibly magical with a hole in the middle of the mountain, just like an eye
The Angel's Eye Mountain in Cao Bằng will be the most magical thing you've ever seen

May: Hội An, Mai Châu, Pù Luông, Mù Cang Chải

May is a transition month between spring and summer with warm temperatures where you can expect occasional rainfall in South and Central Vietnam. This is a great time to see the lush green rice fields in Mai Châu and Pù Luông, or to the magical "Lantern City" Hội An with underrated An Bàng beach.


Basket boat rides in Hội An and visit the water coconut forest? It's fun guaranteed!

June: Phong Nha, Đà Nẵng, Hội An, Nha Trang

The North and South are in the wet season with daily downpours and high temperatures. The peak tourist summer time begins on the Central Coast where people can enjoy the sunny beaches and look forward to blending in the celebrations of the International Fireworks Festival in Đà Nẵng (June 8 - July 13) and Huế Festival (June 7-12).


Phong Nha - Kẻ Bàng National Park - Home to the largest caves system in Vietnam

July: An Giang, Mũi Né, Lý Sơn Island, Quy Nhơn

July shares quite the same weather pattern as June. It is hot and humid from North to South with heavier rainfalls, while the Central Coast remains hot and predominantly dry with the odd light shower expected. A short getaway to the Mekong Delta in its fruit harvesting season also sounds like a great plan.


A beautiful untouched island and a hidden gem in Vietnam
Lý Sơn Island is definitely a lesser-known destination that is on our bucket list. Cre: VNExpress

August: Ninh Thuận, Đà Nẵng, Hội An, Phong Nha

August is the peak rainy season with high humidity in the North and South but there are still some sunny and dry daylight hours. Enjoy the beaches and National Parks in Central Vietnam while you can as it hits the last month of dry sunny weather, and occasional rain showers before its monsoon begins.


Enjoy the last summer season at the untouched beaches in Ninh Thuận for new experiences. Cre: VNExpress

September: Ninh Bình, Điện Biên, Yên Bái, Hoàng Su Phì

September signals a transition to Autumn in the North with less rainfall and cooler temperatures, and it's a fantastic time to visit the green & golden rice fields in the mountainous areas until October. It is now the rainy season for Central Vietnam with heavy rains and chances of storms. Besides, prepare for the Mid-Autumn Festivals (September 17) being celebrated nationwide - you must get yourself a mooncake, seriously!


Hoàng Su Phì is one of our most-loved journeys in 2023 for the friendliest local guide and his ethnic communities besides breathtaking sceneries

October: Đồng Tháp, Cát Bà, Trạm Tấu, Mù Cang Chải

October in the North has cooler temperatures which is perfect for any outdoor activities like trekking or kayaking. While the prolonged rains and floods heavily affect Central areas, rainfall starts to decrease in the South with more sunshine. The floating season in the Mekong Delta makes it favorable to try unique specialties here such as Điên điển flowers and plenty of seafood that can be made into an irresistible hot pot


Just between us, go to Lan Hạ Bay for your vacation and enjoy non-touristy experiences

November: Sóc Trăng, Mũi Né, Hà Giang, Hà Nội

November offers an ideal time for you to take on adventurous activities and explore breathtaking landscapes with pleasantly mild weather in the North and comfortable sunny days in the South for beach lovers. The Buckwheat flower season in Hà Giang is worth seeing or immersing in the cultural celebrations of the Ok Om Bok Festival (November 15) with Khmer people in Sóc Trăng and Trà Vinh completes your journey to Vietnam.


We love visiting Hà Nội during autumn and eating a hot bowl of Bún or Phở

December: Mekong Delta, Sài Gòn, Bảo Lộc, Đà Lạt

Winter has entered the North which has a huge gap between the temperatures during the day (18-19°C) and night (0-10°C) so be sure to pack some warm clothes. Prospects for the Central are better as rainfall gradually decreases towards the end of the month. The dry, low humidity and warm weather in the Central Highlands are perfect for trekking, canyoning, or visiting a coffee field. Besides, you will have the most vibrant Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations here in Sài Gòn at Catholic neighborhoods and public Countdown events.


Wandering around old apartment buildings in Sài Gòn is our most favorite authentic experience




*Notes:

  • All of our private city day tours in Hà Nội and HCMC (including the Củ Chi Boat Tour) must be booked 3 days in advance (not including Saturday and Sunday)

  • To have your personalized itinerary crafted by our local experts (journey of a minimum of 2 days 1 night), please let us know 1-2 weeks in advance.

  • Our organized adventures to the Mekong Delta require a minimum of a 1-night stay.


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