SEASONS IN VIETNAM AND NOTES FOR TOURISTS

Vietnam, located in the tropical and temperate zones, but due to the special topographical conditions, the climate is very diverse in 3 regions of the country. The Vietnam seasons are strongly characterized by regions and topographic conditions. 

Table Contents
  • I - Four seasons in Vietnam Northern & North Central region
  • 1 - Spring
  • 2 - Summer season of Vietnam
  • 3 - Autumn
  • 4 - Winter
  • II - Season in the South Vietnam, Central Highlands and South Central
  • 1 - Dry season
  • 2 - Rainy season in Vietna
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Seasons in Vietnam
Source: Khadeeja Yasser

Vietnam's climate and seasons have diversified. The North belongs to the humid subtropical climate, with four seasons a year: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The North Central has tropical monsoon weather, similar to the northern climate and is deeply affected by the hot Laos wind. Meanwhile, the South Central Coast and the South have the characteristics of the tropical Savanna climate with 2 seasons: rainy and dry.

I - Four seasons in Vietnam Northern & North Central region

1 - Spring

Spring starts in around February and ends in around April. Spring in the North is characterized by cold winds and drizzling rain, which will help plants revive after the cold winter. The average temperature is about 20.6 degrees C, the rainfall is about 60mm. The spring has high humidity in the air, strong winds and drizzling rain create humidity.

 

four seasons in vietnam

Spring in Vietnam - Source: E.vnexpress

The North Central region also has seasonal characteristics like in the North, with 4 seasons and summer usually coming early. It is influenced by Lao winds in summer causing local heat, while the autumn season of Vietnam is often severely affected by storms and floods in Vietnam. 

 

Month Temperature (oC) Rainfall (mm)
February 17,5 26,2
March 20,6 45,6
April 23,8 99,6
Average 20,6 57,1 


In the spring, there are many festivals taking place such as Huong Pagoda (My Duc, Hanoi), Khai An Festival in Tran Temple (Nam Dinh), Yen Tu (Quang Ninh), Hung Kings Festival (Phu Tho),...

2 - Summer season of Vietnam

Summer starts from around early May to August every year, the average temperature is about 28.1 degrees Celsius. Summer weather often has sudden showers, coming and going quickly. 

 

Seasons of vietnam

Con Dao - Source: Shutterstock

The weather is hotter and drier at the beginning of the season than in spring. In the middle of the summer, the weather starts to become hot, the temperature increases at this time, the temperature can reach 38-39 degrees C, the average temperature in the season is 28 degrees Celsius, the humidity in the air is low. Summer in the north is also the rainy season in Vietnam from May to August, the coastal provinces are sometimes affected by storms, the average rainfall is about 237.3 mm.

 

Month Temperature (oC) Rainfall (mm)
May 27,0 172,2
June 28,6 193,8
July 28,7 259,4
August 28,0 323,8
Average 28,1 237,3


The weather is constantly hot, with high temperatures at both day and night, making it difficult for tourists to visit. If you travel in this season of Vietnam, the beaches or islands such as Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island ... are good choices. You can also go to the mountains to enjoy the cool weather such as Moc Chau, Sapa, Tam Dao...

3 - Autumn

Autumn starts from the end of September to October, the average temperature falls about 25 degrees Celsius. The weather is very cool. It is not too hot and not too cold like winter. At this time, the humidity in the air also starts to increase, sometimes there is heavy rain also.

 

best season for Vietnam

Autumn in Hanoi - Source: Zingnews

Autumn is the best season for Vietnam, with a gentle atmosphere and poetic scenery, for those who love romance, this is the most suitable season.

 

Month Temperature (oC) Rainfall (mm)
September 27,1 267,8
October 24,2 231,6
Average 25,7 249,7


At this time, the weather is quite pleasant, you can walk on the streets to watch the beautiful yellow leaves fall, and watch the street scene gradually changing. This is also the season of many beautiful flowers, notably chrysanthemum - the special flower of autumn Vietnam season, inhaling the scent of fragrant milk flowers, enjoying green nuggets as well as the ripe dracontomelon.
You can also go to Ha Giang to see the buckwheat flowers, see Sapa in the late autumn, the immense Moc Chau tea hill, welcome light sunshine in Phu Quoc Island.

4 - Winter

Winter starts from the end of November to the end of January the following year, the average temperature is about 15 - 20 degrees Celsius, this season usually does not rain. 

 

Vietnam snow season

Sapa in winter - Source: Vnexpress

The weather is cold at the beginning of the season and possibly the damaging cold in the middle of the season, the humidity in the air is still low, and at the end of winter, the foggy weather creates a cold feeling. In particular, the Vietnam snow season can occur in some mountainous areas such as Mau Son, Sapa, ...  

 

Month Temperature (oC) Rainfall (mm)
November 21,4 67,2
December 18,6 44,0
January 17,4 31,4
Average 19,2 47,5


Winter weather is cold and dry but suitable for climbing for sightseeing or hiking. Some suggestions: Sapa - Lao Cai, Ta Xua - Son La, Ha Giang.

II - Season in the South Vietnam, Central Highlands and South Central

1 - Dry season

The dry season starts from December to May next year, the average temperature is 25-35 degrees Celsius, the rainfall is low and the humidity in the air is usually lower (<100mm) than the rainy season. As for the South Central region, the dry season leads to a prolonged drought

 

Vietnam dry season

Phu Quoc Island - Source: Focusasiatravel

The Vietnam dry season in the South is very convenient for traveling, sightseeing and participating in interesting outdoor activities. You can go to Binh Quoi tourist area (Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City) to participate in folk games, Thanh An Island (70km from Ho Chi Minh City), Da Han Waterfall (Dong Nai), Nha Trang Beach, Phu Quoc Island .
 

Month Temperature (oC) Rainfall (mm)
December 24,2 87,6
January 23,9 30,5
February 24,5 13,7
March 26,1 24,3
April 27,4 67,1
May 27,6 182,1
Average 25,6 67,5

2 - Rainy season in Vietna

The rainy season usually starts from the end of May to November, the average temperature is about 20-25 degrees Celsius, the humidity in the air starts to rise. 

 

rainy season in vietnam

Source: SHAH Shah

Heavy rain often appears in the afternoon, but only lasts for a short time. The rainy season is also the typhoon season, heavy rains with rainfall from 200mm - 400mm lead to inundation. Especially, heavy storms accompanied by heavy rain may cause serious floods.
 

Month Temperature (oC) Rainfall (mm)
June 27,1 239,3
July 26,8 262,8
August 26,7 283,1
September 26,4 315,7
October 25,9 352,6
November 32,5 207,8
Average 27,6 276,9


As it may rain a lot, entertainment activities or outdoor tours are limited.
The seasons in Vietnam are divided quite differently, with the North having 4 main seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter and the South only has 2 seasons: dry and rainy. Each region has different weather and climate, giving you a very special experience everywhere you stop by.

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