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Vietnam’s weather is complicated, to say the least. The pages in this section provide an overview, specific descriptions of the prevailing weather patterns in each of the country’s main areas, and information about Vietnam’s more extreme weather conditions.

Don't trust the weather charts!
The complexity of Vietnam’s climate means that average temperature and rainfall tables often bear little relation to the actual weather, and travellers can find their holiday ruined by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. On the other hand, it means that the weather is seldom universally bad. With careful planning and our local knowledge, we can generally arrange an itinerary that will be accompanied by reasonable weather at more or less any time of the year.

Your holiday weather
The following table is a rough guide to the best and worst months for visiting various places in Vietnam,
but whether it applies to your particular visit depends upon what you intend to do.

For example, if you want to go diving at Nha Trang, October, November and most of December are useless because the rain at that time turns the sea into a murky soup. However, if you want to visit the Cham monuments, it’s only a matter of dodging the showers.

Hue is wet for much of the year but it’s no more than an inconvenience, even during the rainy season.

 Sa Pa  mountain scenery, ethnic groups, trekking
 Ha Noi  culture, craft villages, city tours
 Ha Long Bay  scenery, culture, heritage, kayaking
 Hue area  heritage, culture, war relics, beaches
 Hoi An/ My Son  heritage, culture, beach, Cham relics
 Danang area  beaches
 Nha Trang  beaches, diving, Cham relics, mud baths
 Central Highlands  scenery, ethnic groups, trekking
 Dalat  mountain scenery, culture, golf
 Phan Thiet/Mui Ne  beaches, golf
 Ho Chi Minh City  culture, city tours
 Mekong Delta  scenery, environment, culture, cruises
 Phu Quoc  beaches, scenery, environment, diving

Good time to visit
OK, but with some limitations
Good time to be elsewhere

Don't rely too much on the weather forecasts, either!
Weather forecasts are only of value for a week or so in advance and even then they are not very reliable. Weather averages are better indicators of what to expect in a particular month. In each of the pages describing the weather patterns in specific locations, there is a table of average temperatures, rainfall, and so on. If you want an update on the actual weather situation in Vietnam, just send us an e-mail.

We also keep a close eye on short-range weather forecasts and warnings of possible storms. If there is any risk of severe weather conditions, and after consulting our visitors, we will rearrange the itinerary or make special arrangements if there is any safety risk. Fortunately, such situations are rare!

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