I - The weather in Vietnam in March
In particular, the weather conditions of each region of Vietnam in march are quite different and influenced by many factors from topography and latitude.
March is the time that the North enters the spring. The weather is characterized by mild wind, drizzling rain lasting for several days and high humidity. The average temperature is 20.7°C, while the average rainfall is about 45.8mm. However, tourists should pay attention to the high humidity and condensation in the North, which can be unpleasant and adversely affect electronic devices.
In general, the weather in the central area is dry and sunny, suitable for tourism activities. The average temperature is 23.6°C and the heavy rain rarely comes (approximate 29.5mm). Temperatures may vary slightly according to the altitude and location of each area.
Southern Vietnam this time is the last month of the dry season, so the temperature may rise up to 27.6°C, the rainfall still remains low at about 24.2mm causing the dry and sunny weather.
II - Best places to visit in Vietnam in March
March is the best time for cultural festivals and beach vacations in Vietnam.
1 - The North of Vietnam
Enjoying flowers in the Northwest region
In March, the Northwest region of Vietnam is fully covered by the purple hues of ban flower (bauhinia variegata), the pink-white hue of plum blossoms, and the pink color of cherry blossoms. You can completely immerse in the stunning mountain scenery in spring along the trekking trails to visit the local villages.
For more cultural exploring activities, you should not miss visiting the love markets - typical markets of ethnic minorities in the Northwest where you can see lots of young people participating in traditional games for fun and dates.
Flower admiring - one of the best things to do in Vietnam in March (Source: Zing)
The recommended tourist attractions in the Northwest Vietnam in March:
- Moc Chau town in Son La province
- Sapa town in Lao Cai province
- Ha Giang mountainous region
Huong pagoda festival
Huong Pagoda festival, one of the most famous cultural and spiritual festivals in Hanoi, takes place from January 6 to March 30 of the lunar calendar.
Huong Pagoda is a complex of a variety of ancient pagodas and impressive caves surrounded by evergreen mountains and forest. To get to Huong pagoda complex, you have to travel by boat along Yen stream, then hike or take a cable car to reach the Huong Tich cave. Visiting Vietnam in March, you can visit Huong pagoda to praise a peaceful and prosperous year for your family.
- Time of the main festival: January 6 - March 30 (lunar calendar)
In 2021: February 17 - May 11, 2021 (solar calendar)
In 2022: February 6 - April 30, 2020 (solar calendar)
- Location: Huong Son Commune, My Duc District, Hanoi City - 47 km from Hanoi inner city
- How to get there: calling a taxi with a cost of $22 or booking a one-day tour from Hanoi with a price of from $30 (food, bus and ticket are included).
Yen Tu pagoda festival
To get to Yen Tu pagoda, you need to climb over 136 stone steps from the foot of the mountain. From the top of Yen Tu, you can capture an amazing landscape of majestic mountains surrounded by the mist. Yen Tu pagoda is really a nice place to visit in Vietnam in March. You can also admire the unique Buddhist complex built-in 1258, in which the most prominent is the Dong pagoda at an altitude of 1,068m above sea level.
Typical activities taking place in the festival can be mentioned as Ceremonies of offering incense to worship Buddha, performing arts reenacting the history, the opening ceremony of "Sacred Seal of Dong Pagoda",....
- Time: annually from January 10 - March 30 (lunar calendar)
In 2021: February 21 - May 11, 2021 (solar calendar)
In 2022: February 10 - April 30, 2022 (solar calendar)
- Location: Yen Tu Mountain, Thuong Yen Cong, Uong Bi City, Quang Ninh Province
2 - The Central of Vietnam in March
The Central Highland
March is also the time when the weather is pleasant sunshine and cool wind, suitable for outdoor activities such as exploring lakes, waterfalls, caves, mountains as well as unique cultural spots of the Central Highlands. Famous attractions that you should not miss when coming to the Central Highlands in March are:
- Datanla Waterfall, Dray Nur Waterfall, Lak Lake, Buon Ma Thuot Exiled House in Dak Lak Province
- Lake Ea Sno, Chu Bluk cave in Dak Nong province
- Konklor communal house, Kon Tum province
- Nhon Hoa elephant village, Gia Lai province,...
Hue “ancient” city
So what to do in Vietnam in March next? You can also visit Hue - the ancient capital of Vietnam during the 18th and 19th centuries. The weather in Hue this time is dry and not too cold. There is a well-retained system of citadels, palaces, tombs and mausoleums of the Nguyen Dynasty waiting for you to explore. Other exciting things to do in Hue include dragon boat riding on the Huong River and listening to Hue songs, immersing in Lang Co beach, boat riding on Tam Giang Lagoon,...
Enjoying Hue cuisine with hundreds of delicate dishes such as Hue beef noodle soup, mussel rice, and filtered flour cake,… is a must-to-do thing to complete your trip.
3 - The South of Vietnam
Vung Tau coastal beach
For those who love marine tourism activities and the beauty of tropical beaches, you can consider choosing Vung Tau as an ideal destination when you travel to Vietnam in March. Besides stunning beaches, this city is a seafood paradise with many attractive local dishes such as stingray hot pot, salted egg sponge cake, snail dishes,... Other attractions that should not be missed are Jesus Christ statue, Lighthouse, Nghinh Phong cape, Pig hill, Hon Ba island, White Rabbit park, Marina wharf, .. .
Con Dao island
Con Dao is famous for pristine & clear blue beaches surrounded by the uniquely shaped rocky mountains, and a diverse marine ecosystem. This place is also famous for many historical relics associated with the resistance war against foreign invaders in Vietnam such as Con Dao prison, Hang Duong cemetery.
Visiting Con Dao, the top delicious dishes to try are sea snails, moon crab, shark salad, a sunny mackerel,... The best things to do in Con Dao island are scuba diving, watching turtles lay eggs, releasing turtles back to the sea,...
Nam Du Island
Nam Du island - best place to visit in Vietnam in March (Source: NamDuTravel)
This less-touristy island, Nam Du Island is famous for a number of gorgeous and pristine beaches such as Cay Men beach, Ngu beach, Chat beach,... where visitors can comfortably swim, snorkel, and sunbathe.
For a more interesting experience, you can have an easy trek to Ma Thien Lanh hill peak to enjoy the most fresh sea breezes and view the spectacular panorama view of the sea and island.
Location: An Son commune, Kien Hai district, Kien Giang province.
Vietnam in March is an ideal time for you to experience spiritual-cultural and marine tourism activities.