Vietnam’s climate is in the tropical zone. However, because of the monsoon influences và the country’s geographical features, the weather of each region varies from north khổng lồ south và from east lớn west according lớn the topography. This country has the largest horizontal width of only about 310.7 miles (500 km) but its north-south distance is up lớn 1,025 miles (1,650 km) & the coastline measures 2,140 miles (3,444 km) length.

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The northeast (winter) monsoon & southwest (summer) monsoon

For easier understanding, we can divide Vietnam inkhổng lồ three separate regions: the North, the Central, and Southbased upon their weather characteristics. The temperature of the whole country is quite constant: hot & humid all year round. It is applied for most parts of the country, except for the north with the cold winter in December & January, and the Central Highlands which is always cooler compared to lớn other places & is said lớn have a temperate climate.

The monsoon also has a huge impact on the weather, it decides whether that region would rain at that time or not. The Northeast monsoon’s effect is from November to April. It brings rain lớn regions from the north half of the Central Coast khổng lồ the North; sometimes it can be the cause of torrential rain and hail in these areas. The Southwest monsoon starts from May to lớn October. The North, Central Highlvà, & the South would face a lot of downpour in this period, while northern Central Vietnam và southern Northwest Vietphái mạnh is much drier and has less rainfall.

With the annual average amount of 1,500-2,000 mm, rain is definitely a crucial factor that you should consider when planning lớn visit Vietnam. It does not mean that you have to totally avoid the wet season, you just need to pay attention khổng lồ the match of your intentional arrival time & the suitability of the weather system in your preferable-to-visit destinations. Here are some noteworthy features of the monsoon season in Vietnam depending on regions together with our advice for your trips and required clothes.

Effects of monsoon season in Vietnam on three regions

The North of Vietnam

Most provinces in Northern Vietnam giới have sầu distinguishable summer and winter. From November khổng lồ April is the cold, dry winter, and from May khổng lồ October is hot, humid, rainy summer. In December & January, several areas can be freezing cold & experience some heavy mists, which might lead lớn bad visibility. In return, the landscape would be picturesque and dreamlượt thích.

The mountainous area in the Vietnam northernmost has the coldest weather compared to lớn other parts. At the top of Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina, snow covers all the paths in winters. One of the most interesting places lớn visit is Sapage authority, a frontier town và also the tourism center of the northwest. You can meet some Vietnamese ethnicities here and join their local fairs. The average temperature is 15 Celsius (59 Fahrenheit), while the lowest point is 5 Celcius (41 Fahrenheit), so if you have no difficulty handling this cold, add Sapa lớn your traveling checkdanh sách.

Since Vietnam is a coastal country, there are many beaches that are worth visiting along the borders. The North region is no exception. There is Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has two iconic seasons of the North: dry winter and wet summer. However, thanks khổng lồ its location in a closed-sea area, it is protected from hurricanes & tropical cyclones. Beaches in other provinces such as Hai Phong, Quang Ninch are also breathtaking và relaxing. Despite that, note that January to lớn March is not the ikhuyến mãi time for swimming since the weather is in cloudy condition, & the seawater is relatively cold. If your vacation is in these times, exploring the national parks và the local historical site is recommended activity.

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietphái mạnh, is a typical example of the North plains climate. Its summer và winter is no different from other places, but April and October are two transitional months, which makes it a four-season thành phố. The winter monsoon comes from the Asian continent with the property of dryness, brings light but frequent rain to lớn Hanoi. Although the rain does not continue day after day, the sunlight is wintry and pale these days.

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The dry peak in December và January, while the wetchạy thử time is July and August. In the rainy season, scattered showers usually occur in the afternoon & evening. Therefore, if possible, arrange all your outdoor activities in the morning, the rest of the day can be spent with a cup of hot tea or coffee at your warm room or at a cozy coffee house. Even though the average temperature is about 24 Celsius (75.2 Fahrenheit), it can reach 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) on some days, so kiểm tra the forecast to prepare appropriate clothes.


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The hot & cold weather in the North is usually more intense than other parts

With the above information, the most enjoyable time lớn travel to lớn the North of Vietnam is in the spring or autumn, particularly April and October-November, right after the winter. The weather in these months would not be too severely cold or skin-burning hot.

The Centre (Northern Central Coast, Southern Central Coast, và Central Highland)

This is the transitional part of the weather conditions in the North and the one in the South. To the west of Central Vietnam giới, the Truong Son mountain range dries the southwest monsoon, or the summer monsoon, & prevents it from bringing its pure characteristics khổng lồ the coast. Since the impact of the monsoon is weakened, in the rainy season, April khổng lồ September in particular, the area receives less precipitation in comparison khổng lồ the rest of the country.

The northern half of Central Vietnam is in the exposed zone lớn the northeast monsoon, which leads to a huge amount of rainfall & vulnerability lớn typhoon season, especially in the last months of the year. In this period, Hoi An, which is near this area, is often flooded. In 2017, the residents & the provincial authority had lớn spover a lot of effort khổng lồ clean up after the flood in Hoi An so that the city is well-prepared khổng lồ welcome the delegates of the APEC.

While the rain seems to lớn be harsher, the temperature here is higher and it also gets more sunshine than the North. Hue (Thua Thien Hue Province) has an average temperature of around 26 Celsius (78.8 Fahrenheit). Quang Nam Province (the lvà of modern beach city Da Nang & Hoi An ancient town) also has similar weather. However, Quang Nam is a bit warmer since the locations of the two provinces are on the opposite sides of Bach Ma Range, which is also the borderline for the northern half and southern half of Central Vietphái nam. The coolest month is January, but the temperature varies from just đôi mươi Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) in Hue to lớn 24 Celsius (75.2 Fahrenheit) in Nha Trang.


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The Centre has many coastal provinces

Those provinces that are near the south of Vietnam experience a longer dry season which length is from January khổng lồ September since the cold air from the north hardly reach this area. Rain also only comes concentratedly in only a few months with a less abundant amount. Therefore, some places like Phan Thiet become semi-arid and s& dunes are founded in Mui Ne và Quy Nhon. However, intense storms usually occur from August lớn November, bring terrible damages & inconveniences to the life of the locals along the coast in the southern half of Central Vietphái nam.

The Central Highlands is cooler than many parts of the country all year round. A popular destination is Da Lat – the lãng mạn đô thị. Its annual average temperature is 18 Celsius (64.4 Fahrenheit). The lowest temperature of the day is 15 Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) while the highest is 24 Celsius (75.2 Fahrenheit). Because of this, Da Lat is said to lớn have four seasons in just one day. In the wet season from June to October there is considerable precipitation, other months are much drier.

The best time to lớn visit Central Vietphái mạnh is February – March for the north region and January – March for the south one. It is recommended to come no later than April. If you happen khổng lồ arrive sầu from May to lớn August, read our suggested belongings which are mentioned below to lớn cope with the monsoon season in Vietnam giới.