Vietnam in December is one of the best month to visit. Reading on for more information about weather and best places to visit along Vietnam from north to south.
I - North Vietnam in December
1 - Weather information
In December, the North of Vietnam enters the middle of winter, so the temperature drops deeply. The average temperature of the whole region reaches 18.6°C; while the rainfall is quite low, about 36.5mm. In particular, the temperature in high mountain areas such as Sapa Town, Ha Giang can even drop below 14°C and sometimes there is snow there.
Due to the influence of the northeast monsoon which is dry & cold, the North has low temperatures in the early morning or late night combined with dew creating cold weather in the early morning and dry weather in the afternoon. There is nearly no rain in december so it is very suitable for sightseeing, climbing or trekking activities.
2 - Must-visit attractions
Coming to Northern Vietnam in December, you can have an experienced journey through these top tourist attractions:
Visiting Sapa Town for a trekking tour
Sapa town in Vietnam has located at an altitude of about 1,500 - 1,800m above sea level, The town has a typically temperate climate with an average annual temperature of 15 - 18°C. This is well-known as the home to many ethnic minorities with unique cultural features.
Visiting Sapa in December, you have a chance to immerse in a misty mountainous paradise, explore the lives of the locals by visiting their villages such as Cat Cat, Lao Chai, Ta Phin, Ta Van, conquer the Fansipan peak - "the roof of Indochina” at an altitude of 3,143m by cable car or hiking is highly recommended.
Ha Giang final-frontier in northern Vietnam for a loop motorbike tour
Ha Giang Vietnam is also one of the best places to visit in Vietnam in December. Being known widely as the most majestic natural attraction in Vietnam, Ha Giang Province is a perfect place for travelers who love adventure. The M-shaped roads, sleeve bends, and tough roads along Ma Pi Leng Pass considered as the backbone of a dinosaur and breathtaking sceneries of a dangerous pass, abyss, and long & high mountain ranges are the best things for an adventure trip for all backpackers.
You can also visit Dong Van rocky plateau with unspoiled rocky mountains, visit Vuong Family Manson (Meo King) - an over 100-year of age residence featured by unique architecture of Hmong people, conquer Lung Cu Flag Pole - 2km from the northernmost point of Vietnam, take a boat trip through Tu San abyss - the deepest alley in Southeast Asia alley on Nho Que River. December is also the time when the field of vascular flowers in Ha Giang is in full bloom.
II - Central Vietnam in December
1 - Weather information
In Central Vietnam the climate in December is characterized by cold and wet weather due to the impact of the northeast monsoon and steam from the ocean. The average temperature in December is about 19°C, the average monthly rainfall is 74mm.
The North Central region of Vietnam is mainly influenced by monsoons and foehn wind, along with the different patterns of terrains creating a complex climate zone.
The South Central region and the Central Highlands located behind the Bach Ma Range are not affected by cold winter winds, so the weather is known for two distinct seasons including rainy & dry season. December is the time coinciding with the rainy season here so the average rainfall is relatively high from 153 - 216mm. The average temperature is about 24.4°C. In general, the weather is quite cool in December, so you can participate in a number of amazing sea tourism or sightseeing activities.
2 - Top things to do
Experiencing sea tourism activities
Sea tourism activities are the best things to do in Vietnam in December. You can consider some islands with pristine scenery in the Central region such as Ky Co Island - Quy Nhon Province, Diep Son Island - Khanh Hoa Province, Ly Son Island - Quang Ngai province,... You can experience more attractive marine tourism activities such as scuba diving, watching coral, surfing, participating in daily activities with local fishermen, visiting the craft village, and so on.
Source: Nhi Nguyen
Exploring the Central Highlands
At the pristine Central Highlands, you will be impressed by the unique indigenous cultures expressed via communal houses with soaring roofs, Gong culture space - a human intangible cultural masterpiece and oral culture, Cần wine - a famous Central highland’s rice wine using a tube instead of cups to drink and are served on special occasions such as weddings, traditional festivals or harvest feasts.
In Vietnam in December, you can also spend time participating in many attractive cultural festivals such as Dalat Flower Festival, Ba Na buffalo-stabbing festival, E De ethnic wharf worshiping ceremony, and celebration ceremony in Rong houses. December is also the coffee harvest time in the Central Highlands region and you can visit the coffee farms to harvest and learn more about Vietnamese coffee trees.
Visiting Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park
For those who love nature-friendly activities such as trekking or cave exploring, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park is a must-visit destination where you can see many wildlife species in a diverse fauna & flora system.
The most outstanding experiences are riding boats on Son River, exploring Phong Nha cave by kayak, watching the beautiful stalactite system in Thien Duong cave, and enjoying the green space at Nuoc Mooc stream.
Immersing in colorful Hoi An ancient town
Hoi An is an indispensable part of your Vietnam in December itinerary. Hoi An town is the convergence of unique Vietnamese - Japanese - Chinese cultures. Furthermore, this ancient town is a rich cuisine center in Vietnam with many delicious dishes such as Bread, Cao Lau noodle, Banh Canh - rice noodle soup, Vietnamese pancake, ...
The stunning beaches, the old houses and many other tourist attractions in Hoi An are the best places to explore and experience. Hoi An is also considered as the garment capital of Vietnam, famous for its diversity of fabric, clothing, and fast tailoring services.
III - In the South Vietnam
1 - Weather
Being affected by the tropical equatorial climate with high temperature nearly all year round. December is the beginning of the dry season with a low rainfall of less than 100mm, while the temperatures range from 25°C to 26°C which is very suitable for sightseeing and outdoor activities.
2 - South Vietnam in December itinerary
Floating market in Mekong Delta
The floating market is a unique type of market in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. The image of boats lined up with fruits, fabrics, souvenirs, food, dried seafood, ... are full of color and sound.
In addition to the floating market, while visiting the Mekong Delta area, do not forget to visit the fruit gardens and join with the locals to harvest (December is the time when the many types of fruit begin to ripen).
The pearl island of Phu Quoc
The weather in December is very pleasant at Phu Quoc Island, super suitable for marine activities such as diving to see the coral reefs, and experiencing squid fishing tours at night. In addition, Phu Quoc cuisine is also very attractive and outstanding with a diversity of seafood dishes.
December in Vietnam is in the peak season of tourism at which you can travel through the country and experience all types of tourism. However, if you want to explore the North of Vietnam in December, remember to keep your body warm with a coat and jacket. Because during this time, the North enters winter, the temperature drops sharply, especially in the high mountains due to the influence of the northeast monsoon and high mountainous terrain.