Located in both a tropical & temperate zone, Vietnam is split into wet, dry, hot & cool seasons. There are strong monsoon influences, yet Vietnam’s weather also has glorious sunshine & can also be quite humid.
The climate in Vietnam differs between the north and south, however both regions experience monsoons. From November to April, the north is cool and dry, while May to October is hot and rainy. North of Nha Trang, the central coast has a similar climate with cool, wet weather between December and February in the winter monsoon season. The seasons tend to begin a bit later in the south, which is hot and humid all year round, particularly from February to May, while the rainy season lasts from May to November. The Central Highlands have a similar climate to the south, but is somewhat cooler and temperatures can reach freezing in winter. The temperature in Hanoi can range from 63°F (17°C) in January, to 84°F (20°C) in June.
Tip: As the Vietnamese tend to like skin whitening lotions, you will find loads of sun block to purchase, however it would be advisable for you to remember to pack sun tanning lotion if you want to top up your tan as sun tanning lotion can be hard to find or very expensive.
Best Season Wet Dry Hot Cold
North (Hanoi): Nov - Mar May - Oct Nov - Apr Apr - Sep Nov - Mar
Middle (Hue): May - Jun Sep - Jan May - Apr May - Aug Dec - Jan
South(Saigon): Nov - Apr May - Sep Mar - Apr All Year None