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Best Time to Visit Vietnam

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Rice terraces in mountainous countryside of Mu Cang Chai in the Yen Bai Province of Vietnam

Mu Cang Chai in the Yen Bai Province of Vietnam

The best time to visit Vietnam is from November to March and reveals an exceptional escape into nature’s drama through the lens of millennia of converging cultural heritage.

From otherworldly karsts to welcoming beaches, bustling metropolises to the charms of the Mekong River, Vietnam’s seasons bring new life and a variety of perspectives to the land, sea, and culture across the country.

Whether you wish to visit the lush rice paddies, sample the unparalleled cuisine, or wander through imperial complexes, you can use the following information as a guide to navigating the cultural treasures and natural charms of a vibrant country that brims with possibilities.

  1. Best Time for Sightseeing
  2. Best Time for Food
  3. Best Time for Beaches
  4. Best Time for Snorkeling / Scuba Diving
  5. Best Time for Hiking
  6. Best Time for Wildlife
  7. Best Time with Family Travel
  8. Best Time for Couples
  9. Dry Season Activities
  10. Rainy Season Activities
  11. We Can Help You Decide

Best Time for Sightseeing

Aerial view of floating fishing village in Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Halong Bay, Vietnam.

Best Months: November | December | January | February | March

When sightseeing in Vietnam, you can quickly discover that there is no wrong time to visit, but November to March can give you the best weather across the entire country. These months will provide the best opportunity for visiting Vietnam as a whole, as the country experiences different weather systems between its north, central, and southern regions. Sightseeing between November and March will help you to explore the beauty of the landscapes and culture during the best weather across each region.

Best Time for Food

Different types of Vietnamese food in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Hanoi, Vietnam.

Best Months: November | December | January | February | March

Vietnam is one of the world’s best food destinations, with a culinary history blending imperial glamour, colonial recipes, and revolution best experienced between November and March. The cuisine reveals the history, culture, and topography of a specific region that can shift dramatically between north, central, and south Vietnam. By visiting during the overlapping dry season, you can experience the authentic flavors, essential spirit, and enticing recipes that embody the whole country and reflect local personalities.

Best Time for Beaches

Sunbeds under tropical palms at Bai Sao beach in Vietnam.

Bai Sao Beach, Vietnam.

Best Months: December | January | February

Vietnam is often overlooked as a beach destination, but with 2,000 miles of coastline, it possesses tropical beauty and pristine white sands best experienced between December and February. Whether lounging on the beach, looking for the perfect lobster dinner, or enjoying a sunset view, Vietnam’s beaches can give you an immersive experience that reveals the country’s inherent natural splendor. The weather between December and February will provide you with the most opportune conditions to enjoy.

Best Time for Snorkeling / Scuba Diving

Tropical and marine life at Hon Thom Island in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

Hon Thom Island in Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

Best Months: March | April | May | June | July | August | September

The pristine waters of Vietnam can feel untouched, providing the perfect escape for scuba diving or snorkeling along the coastline from March to September. The diversity of Vietnam’s weather patterns opens a variety of possibilities for when to visit shores along the northern, central, and southern coasts, with each destination revealing its own charms and spectacular marine life. From tropical coral to vibrant fish, lobsters to mystical caves, Vietnam boasts a submarine wonderland from March to September.

Best Time for Hiking

Rice terrace at Mu Cang Chai in Vietnam

Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

Best Months: September | October | November

The mountains, rice paddy fields, and scenic beaches can create the ultimate hiking routes across Vietnam and lead to incredible discoveries from September to November. The diverse terrain and vibrant cultural villages across the country can immerse you in a remarkable escape from the expected megacities with day hikes or longer trekking routes accessible for travelers of all fitness levels. Whether looking for mountain passes or jungle trails, September to November can give you the best hiking opportunities.

Best Time for Wildlife

Asian wildlife, Vietnam


Best Months:  December | January | February | March | April

The marvels of the wildlife in Vietnam add to the indelible beauty across the country, while offering another surprise for travelers, especially from December to April. As the weather shifts in north, central, and south Vietnam, the wildlife provides a vibrant view of regional history and the natural world. From viewing the rare Delacour’s langur to searching for a serpent eagle, tracking Asian elephants to birdwatching for views of blue-naped Pitta, December to April in Vietnam displays untouched natural wonder.

Best Time with Family Travel

Family having a family picture taken in Hoi An, Vietnam.

Hoi An, Vietnam.

Best Months: November | December | January | February | March

The diversity of Vietnam makes it an alluring destination for a family trip, with layered culture, breathtaking landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine best experienced from November to March. As the weather patterns shift across the three main regions of the country, you can enjoy the best overall time to discover the entirety of Vietnam, from Sapa to Hanoi, Hue to Ho Chi Minh City, the pristine white-sand beaches to the winding banks of the Mekong River.

Best Time for Couples

Couple on the deck of cruise ship enjoying the view of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam.

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.

Best Months: November | December | January | February | March

With stunning beaches, enticing flavors, and romantic imperial cities, Vietnam is the perfect destination for a couple’s getaway, especially between November and March. The diverse weather patterns between the north, central, and southern regions can create juxtaposing wet and dry seasons, but by visiting when the typical comfortable weather overlaps, you can embrace the beauty and heritage, whether basking on the desert seaside dunes at Mui Ne or plunging into the Valley of Love at Dalat.

Dry Season Activities

Natural beach in Con Dao island, Vung Tao, Vietman.

Con Dao island in Vung Tao, Vietman.

Best Months: January | February | March

Every season in Vietnam reveals a new perspective of the country, but visiting during the dry season months from January to March can give you a more wholesome experience across the country. No matter when you visit Vietnam, you will find the sun and the comforts of the dry season as the climate shifts between regions. However, January, February, and March can give you some of the entire country’s best highlights in destinations and activities.

Hiking | Scuba | Snorkeling | Food tours | Beach

Rainy Season Activities

Temples of My Son sanctuary in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Da Nang, Vietnam.

Best Months: August | September | October

The weather patterns and climate of Vietnam can be as complex as its history, but visiting between August and October offers a general wet season across the country in which you can embrace the culture and scenery from a new perspective. Even during the wet season, the sun will generally make an appearance, whether after the rains or in a dryer corner of Vietnam separated by the shifting landscapes. Visiting between August and October can open your eyes to new ideas and activities as you explore the diversity.

Temples | Shopping | Food tours | Famous markets

We Can Help You Decide

Woman wearing a traditional Vietnamese dress and hat in the forest in Vietnam


Vietnam is an unparalleled getaway any time of the year and captures an array of color in the scenery, culture, and captivating history, with an endless number of things to do. Whether sailing through the karsts of Halong Bay or enjoying a food tour of Hoi An, knowing the type of experiences you want will guide your best time to visit. For more information on how to craft your perfect trip, you can speak with a Vietnam travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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