The climate of Vietnam varies considerably from
region to region. Although the entire country lies in the tropics and
subtropics, local conditions vary from frosty winters in the far northern hills
to year-round, subequatorial warmth in the Mekong Delta.
climatic kudos, take a look at the When to Go information.
When to go
When it comes to weather, it’s a tough call, as Vietnam’s
climate is so diverse. Think frosts and occasional snow in the mountains of the
north, and temperatures soaring to 40°C in the south during the dry season.
weather is dictated by two monsoons, meaning double trouble on the rain front.
The winter monsoon comes from the northeast between October and March, bringing
damp and chilly winters to all areas north of Nha Trang, and dry and warm temperatures to the south.
From April or May to October, the summer monsoon brings hot, humid weather to
the whole country except for those areas sheltered by mountains. For the best
balance, we’d vote for the months of April, May or October. For those sticking
to the south, November to February is dry and a touch cooler. From July to
November, violent and unpredictable typhoons hit central and northern Vietnam, which
can dampen the spirits of even the most enthusiastic traveller.
It gets pretty crowded from November to March and in
July and August during high season. Domestic tourists are a major force now and
they tend to travel in numbers during July and August as well. Prices peak over
the Christmas and New Year period, and if you don’t fancy sharing the sites
with the masses, try to avoid this busy time. May, June and September are
usually the quietest months.
Some travellers like to time a visit with Tet
(Vietnamese New Year), the biggest festival in the calendar, which falls in
late January or early February. It’s a nice idea in principle, but not in
practice, as the whole country is on the move and prices rise dramatically.
Transport is crammed in the runup and aftermath, the Reunification Express
shuts down during festivities, and most shops and businesses are closed for the
best part of a week.