September coincides with the rainy season in Central Vietnam (from August to October). Therefore, to ensure that the trip is not interrupted by extreme weather, you should monitor the weather forecast before arrival; storms mainly affecting coastal provinces and cities in the North and the north of Central Vietnam.
I - Weather in Vietnam in September
1 - North and North of Central
At this time, the weather enters autumn, so the temperature is relatively cool, about 27.1oC; the average monthly rainfall for the entire region is about 267.8mm. Though heavy rain normally comes in bursts - usually showers or storms. As a result, you can actively prepare umbrellas – raincoats and view the weather forecast beforehand.
2 - South of Central and South
This is when the rainy season reaches peak, so that rainfall is at a high level, the average for the entire region is about 315.7 mm; the average daily temperature also tends to decrease slightly by about 26.7oC. However, you should pay attention to prepare necessary items for the trip, such as umbrellas, raincoats, hats, sunscreen,...
II - Ideal things to do and places to visit in Vietnam in September
1 - Experiencing autumn in Hanoi
In September, Hanoi is an attractive cultural destination with many unique experiences, such as enjoying Vong village nuggets – a typical dish of Hanoi. During this time, Hanoi's weather is suitable for sightseeing and experiencing the Old Quarter with 36 streets; visiting famous craft villages such as Bat Trang pottery village, Chuong Hat village, Van Phuc silk village,... You can take a tour of the city’s favourite cultural and historical sites such as the Imperial Thang Long Citadel, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature,...
Hanoi in Autumn - Source: Kenh14
Along with that, visiting Vietnam in September, you freely experience exciting night activities such as walking around Hoan Kiem walking street, Dong Xuan night market, Ta Hien beer street,...Thus, more obviously feel the lives of native people and understand more about Vietnamese culture. September is also an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the city’s Independence Day atmosphere with many activities such as a parade, visit the Presidential Mausoleum, cultural performances,...
Coming to Dalat in September, you have the opportunity to admire the blooming rose fields - fragrant or the mountain roads filled with yellow wildflowers. Besides, you can also try many other diverse experiences in the city, such as: Visiting the Valley of Love, experiencing exciting amusement parks, going to Am Phu night market to feel the bustling atmosphere and better understand the buying and selling culture of indigenous people,..Vietnam in September is also the beginning of the foggy season in Da Lat. you can feel the very romantic early morning mist. The hidden scenery is like a fairyland.
3 - Seeing the terraced fields during the ripe rice season in the Northwest Mountain Area
For those who love nature and desire to admire the incredible beauty of Vietnam’scountry, the Northwest Mountain Area is an optimal choice. Coming here in September, besides the majestic mountains and forest scenery, you can also admire the beauty of the indigenous people's work during the harvest season on the golden, winding terraced hills.
Along with that, you can combine with indigenous cultural experiences such as fair markets, villages, festivals, etc. If lucky, you can experience the rice harvesting and try drying with the people in the interesting terraced fields or have chance to enjoy the dishes with bold flavours of the mountains and forests of Northwest - Vietnam such as corn rice, Thang Co, corn wine, Buffalo meat hanging up the kitchen, five colours sticky rice,....
Visiting Vietnam in September, the ideal places are suitable for viewing terraced tourist fields such as Mu Cang Chai, Mu Cang Chai District, Yen Bai Province, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang Province, Mai Chau, Mai Chau District, Hoa Binh Province.
4 - Visit Ban Gioc waterfall
Ban Gioc Waterfall - Source: VnExpress
September is also the best time for you to visit the Ban Gioc Waterfall -the most stunning waterfall in Vietnam. You also can learn more about other popular tourist attractions, such as Phat Tich Truc Lam Pagoda (500m) - with many floors, ceremonial houses, etc. bold Vietnamese Buddhist architecture; visit Nguom Ngao cave - a limestone cave of 2,114m in length with three doors and millions of years old stalactite systems; dwelling the Pac Bo relic; Thang Hen Lake.
5 - Visit the Western orchard-filled scenery in Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam in September. In September, the flooding season is also when the Mekong Delta region’s gardens are full of sweet fruits. Orchard-filled scenery, besides inherently exciting activities such as rickety bridge, fishing, webbing, damming, enjoying local cuisine,...you can also experience the feeling of fruit harvesting and immediately enjoy them in the garden. From June to September will be the main harvest of many kinds of fruits here like rambutan, mangosteen, mango, jackfruit, durian,...
6 - Boating to explore Thung Nham bird garden
Thung Nham Bird Park is one of the most beautiful ecotourism areas in Ninh Binh province. This is the living space of many birds such as storks, bittern, magpie robin, lesser whistling duck, flamingo,...
Along with that, you can experience other exciting tourist destinations here, such as But Cave - a natural stone cave with a length of 500m with many beautiful stalactites, significantly they will change colour or shine every time you visit. Shine the incident light; Vai Gioi Cave - a cave with 03 floors (Hell, World, Heaven) is about 5,000m2 wide with many stalagmites with unique shapes.
7 - Experiencing Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival - one of top things to do in Vietnam in September
Vietnamese mooncake - Source: Chinh Le Duc
September of the calendar year usually coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival - a prominent cultural event in Vietnam. Therefore, you have the opportunity to immerse yourselves in a unique cultural space, watch the street flooded with lights, visit the streets specializing in selling moon products, enjoy mooncakes,...
On August 15th of the lunar calendar, you can participate in special activities such as lion dancing, lantern parading, moon watching - deal out a mid-autumn festival cake and fruit,... From there, you may understand more about the traditional cultural beauty that Vietnamese people always preserve and aim for.
- In 2021: Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival is taken place at September 21, 2021 of the solar calendar
- In 2022: Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Festival is taken place at September 10, 2022 of the solar calendar
In terms of weather, festivals, natural conditions,...it can be seen that Vietnam in September is the ideal time for tourism.