Weather is very often one of the determining factors when we choose to travel. Vietnam is a diverse country, spanning several climatic zones. With a mountainous border along much of its western and northern frontiers, and a long, unprotected coastline, the weather can vary enormously from regions to region. As a result, at any time there is always somewhere in Vietnam where the weather is perfect.
The main seasons to consider are the southern wet/dry, and the northern winter/summer.
From May to October, the south (Ho Chi Minh City) weathers a wet season comprising daily, heavy - but short-lived and predictable - afternoon rain showers, which break up the otherwise hot and humid days. Temperatures are on average in the low 30s.
The southern dry season from November until the following April is sunny and humid. Sunscreen and hats are highly recommended.
Weather patterns in central Vietnam (Nha Trang, Dalat, Danang, and Hue) can vary tremendously due to the nearby Truong Son mountain range. Nha Trang’s short rainy season lasts from November to December, while Danang may see some typhoon activity from mid October to mid December. Dalat is cooler than the coastal regions from November through March, and Hue often has drizzling rain from December through February.
The north of Vietnam (Hanoi) has a very distinct summer, running from May to October, and is subject to occasional monsoons at this time. A cool winter with temperatures in the low -teens occurs from December through March. February and March can be damp and subject to drizzling rain (known as “rain dust”).