Vietnam beckons in any season, but picking the optimum time for a visit depends on what you want from a trip most: optimum beach weather. Is there a cultural festival? There are fewer tourist crowds. There is a combination of all three.

Here is a guide on when to visit Vietnam to help you choose the best time to travel there.

High season: July & August

It's the best time of the year to visit the beach.

The busiest months to visit Vietnam are July and August with prices increasing by up to 50% by the coast. The country is hot and humid with spectacular summer monsoons.

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People sit outside bars and restaurants in Hanoi's Old Quarter. It is night and tables and chairs have been set out on the road outside the businesses.
The streets of Hanoi are primed for exploring from December to March © TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock

Shoulder season: December-March

It's the best time of the year to visit Vietnam.

The winter months in Vietnam are usually cooler than the summer months. In the south, there are clear skies and sunshine.

If you like big cities, shoulder season is a good time to visit Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The whole country is moving and hotel prices are going up.

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A view of Halong Bay from a high vantage point on an island. The bay is made up of many limestone islets, jutting out from the calm blue waters.
Tourists visit Halong Bay all year round, but low season is particularly alluring © Alex Stoen / Getty

Low season: April-June and September-November

It's the best time to explore the entire country.

The transition period from winter to summer and summer to winter in Vietnam offers days of sunshine but also days of rain. It is a great time to visit if you want to avoid tourist crowds or if you want to tour the entire country.

It's a good time to visit Halong Bay, with the weather reliable in October and November.

There is a guide to what you can expect in Vietnam every month. The events are not guaranteed to stay the same.

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There is snow in the far north in the winter. The weather is mild further south. The Dalat Flower Festival, held early in the month, is always a wonderful event with huge elaborate displays, music, fashion shows and wine festivals. The key events are the flower festival.


Chinese winds mean grey, overcast conditions in the north. The south has sunny hot days. Tt, theVietnamese New Year, is celebrated in February. Transport is full and many businesses are closed. Sometimes Tt can fall in January. Tt is a key event.

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Plantation workers pick ripe coffee cherries during harvest season in Buon Ma Thuot, Vietnam.
Buon Ma Thuot is one of Vietnam's top regions for coffee production © Bloomberg / Getty


Grey skies and cool temperatures can affect anywhere north of Hi An, but at the end of the month they start to warm up. The dry season is coming to an end. An annual coffee festival will take place in Bun Ma Thut during March. Local entertainment and growers rub shoulders in the main park. The coffee festival is a key event.

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The winter rainy season should have ended by now and there are some great festivals on offer. You can observe the somber traditions of the Holiday of the Dead, where ancestors are honored and offerings are placed on graves and spiritual sights throughout the country, or you can enjoy a plethora of art, theatre, music, circus and dance performances. The key events are the festival.


There is a good chance of clear skies and warm days this time of year. It is a quiet month for tourism and the sea is warm. During Phng Sinh, which marks Buddha's Birth, Enlightenment and Death, there are lively street processions and lanterns being hung on pagodas. The Jade Emperor Pagoda is one of the complexes where lavish celebrations take place. There are key events.


Vietnam is a great place to visit just before the peak domestic season. Plan on spending some time by the coast at this time of year because of the heat. In June, the city is a hive of activity with a street festival, photography exhibitions, sports events, and kite-flying contests. The key events are the sea festival.

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Colourful fireworks illuminate the night sky above the Han River in Danang, Vietnam.
The Danang skyline is ablaze in colour for five weekends during June and July © thi / Shutterstock


July marks the beginning of high season and with it comes higher prices for accommodations and more people in the area. The Danang International Fireworks Festival, which takes place in late June and early July, is one of the reasons to visit this month. The Danang International Fireworks Festival is a key event.

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Domestic and international tourists visit during the peak months. It's a good idea to book flights and accommodations in advance. Beaches are busy with people. The weather is hot. The Children's (or Mid-Autumn) Festival, a big event in Hi An and Hanoi, when citizens celebrate, is one of the cultural festivals this month. The key events are Trung Nguyen and the children's festival.


Vietnam's second annual low season starts in September and is an excellent time to visit the entire nation. There are fewer people on the move at the coast. The temperatures and humidity fall. On September 2, there are big parades and events in Vietnam. In front of Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, there is a rally and fireworks, as well as boat races on Hoan Kiem lake. The end of the month is when Hanoi Pride arrives in town. Vietnam National Day is a key event.

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It's a good time to visit the far north, with clear skies and mild temperatures that are good for hiking. The center is affected by winter winds and rain in the south. As part of the Mid-Autumn Festival, locals across the country eat moon cakes filled with lotus seeds, watermelon seeds, peanuts, and duck eggs. In September, the festival falls. There are key events.


It's a good time to visit HCMC, Mi N, the Mekong Delta and offshore islands as the weather is usually sunny. Cool and rainy can be found in the center and north of the country. There are many reasons to head south, one of which is the Khmer Ok Om Bok Festival, which takes place in the south of the country. In October, the festival falls. The festival features key events.

 A giant, floating Santa Claus stands in the lake in front of Phu My Cathedral in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Christmas is not an official holiday in Vietnam, but its traditions are still embraced © Linh Pham / Stringer / Getty


The popular tourist resorts get busy in the middle of December. It's a good idea to book a room well in advance of Christmas. The weather is warm in the south, but cold in the north. Christmas Day is celebrated in Vietnam by the catholic population. There are many people who attend midnight Mass in places like Pht Dim. L Ging sinh is a key event.

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The article was published in June 2021.