Weather and climate Vietnam

Climate: In the North of the country the winters are ‘cool’ at temperatures between, 12-20 Celsius, and the summers are hot and humid. The temperature can drop to zero in the mountains during the winter, and this is the only occasion that you will need warm clothing. The rainy season stretches from June until September. In the South of the country it is warm and humid the whole year round with a rainy season from May until October. The rain comes mostly in the form of short but heavy downpours. The monsoon rains can make travelling difficult due to flooded roads and frequent power cuts. The dry season in the South is from December until May. Central Vietnam has a similar climate to the South, but sometimes endures bad weather in the autumn as a result of storms at sea. This can cause problems for visitors. The rainy period in central Vietnam is from September through December. During this period, downpours can last for hours and are hard to avoid. The Vietnamese simply hop on to their bike or moped in shorts, T-shirt and sandals, with a plastic bag containing dry clothes that they change into upon arrival. This is very practical, as with a raincoat you get drenched on the inside and the outside.

Best Time to Visit: There are no good or bad seasons to visit Vietnam. There are many different climates in the various regions of Vietnam due to the pronounced elongation of the country, which ensures that at any given moment there will always be beautiful weather in one particular place and miserable weather in another.