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Tell you the best time to explore Vietnam

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Vietnam is one of the rare destinations of Southeast Asia that visitors can visit in every season of the year. But of course they will still hide a few different things.

Where to go at all times will depend a lot on your decision. If you want to go to the sunny and windy beaches of the central region, you can choose the dry months from February to 6, before the crowded summer. If you come to Vietnam for hiking in the highlands, October to March is ideal.

It is important to note that the weather can vary greatly when traveling across Vietnam. The country stretches 1650km from north to south, including high mountains in the north and flat tropical wetlands in the Mekong Delta. The North can be bitterly cold in winter, from December to February. The highlands around Sapa can experience snowfall while the delta always maintains temperatures at 25°C.

To help you plan a perfect trip, here is a guide on the best time to visit Vietnam.

7 and 8 months - Choice for sea lovers

July to August is the busiest time of year for visitors to Vietnam. This is also the time when the weather is favorable in the central coastal seas. Demand for flights is high and room rates can increase by up to 50% at resorts such as Da Nang and Nha Trang. 

But it's not the ideal time of year to visit the north, when the hiking trails turn into quagmires. Hanoi or Ha Long Bay often has heavy rain. 

12 to 3 months - Ideal for exploring Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City 

Winters in Vietnam tend to be drier and cooler than slimy summers. The weather is usually very cold in the north, especially in the mountains. However, this is the perfect time to explore Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as the temperature does not fluctuate much and the humidity is low.

If you want to explore more about Vietnam, this is also a great time to visit the Mekong Delta and Phu Quoc Island, with its warm temperatures and clear blue skies. 

One obstacle during this time is the Lunar New Year, which usually takes place in late January or early February. The large number of people moving caused transportation and hotel prices to skyrocket. 

4 to 6 months and 9 to 11 months – Avoid crowds

The low season in Vietnam coincides with the transition from cool dry winters to hot and humid summers and vice versa. From April to June and from September to November, the weather is usually erratic but rarely extreme. Visitors can have brilliant sunny days, but there will also be rainy days, so be prepared for both dry and wet weather.

These transitional periods are a good time to avoid crowds at attractions, save money, and explore the whole country, as the weather isn't too bad anywhere. The period from October to November is particularly conducive to exploring the islands and rocky outcrops surrounding Halong Bay, with more dry days than wet days and mild temperatures.

Hurricane Season - Difficulties abound

On paper, hurricane season in the Pacific Northwest lasts from May 5 to November. But in Vietnam, the greatest risk of typhoons is from May 8 to September. On average, each year, the country experiences 4-6 storms, characterized by heavy rains and strong winds. Sometimes severe storms lead to flooding and transportation disruptions, especially by air and sea.

The areas hardest hit by the typhoon are the southern coast and the northern coast (including Halong Bay). The weather tends to be most severe near the coast, you may experience heavy rain and unusual power outages. 

Don't forget to enjoy countless delicious dishes across Vietnam.

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