Vietnam Climate & Weather
Vietnam is located in the east of the Indochina Peninsula, bordering the People's Republic of China in the north, the Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Kingdom of Cambodia in the west, and facing the South China Sea in the east and south. Read on to know more about Vietnam Climate & Weather.
Vietnam is completely located in the northern half of the tropical region, and this geographical location makes Vietnam's temperature higher. The average annual temperature is around 24°C, and the average annual rainfall is 1500-2000 mm. The air humidity is about 80%. The sunshine hours are between 1500-2000 hours, and the average annual radiation is 100 kcal per square centimeter.
The north Vietnam is divided into spring, summer, autumn, and winter; the south Vietnam has two distinct seasons of rain and dry. The rainy season is from May to October in most areas, and the dry season is from November to April of the following year. While the dry season is divided into hot season and cool season, the cool season is from November to February, and the hot season is from March to April.
Vietnam's climate can be divided into two distinct climate regions.
(1) North - The provinces north of Hai Van are located in a tropical monsoon climate zone with four distinct seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. It is affected by northeast and southeast winds from Asian land and has high humidity.
(2) South - In the provinces south of Hai Van, its tropical climate is relatively mild, the four seasons are hot and the season can be divided into two seasons of the dry season and the rainy season, due to less influence of the monsoon.
(3) At the same time, due to the different topography and structure, Vietnam has other microclimate regions. Some places have a temperate climate, such as Sapa in Lao Cai Province, and Dalat in Lam Dong Province; some show a continental climate, such as Lai Chau Province and Son La Province.
November to February is the cool season of the dry season in Vietnam, and the weather is relatively cool. At the same time, this period is also a time when Vietnamese festivals are more concentrated. The Dalat Flower Festival in January and the Spring Festival in February make it easy for tourists to feel more pure Vietnamese style during the festival.
March to April is the hot season in Vietnam's dry season, while April is the hottest month. The weather is very hot, the sun is very strong, and it is easy to get sunburned.
May to October is the rainy season. It often rains, mostly heavy rain and rainstorm, with high humidity. At the same time, coastal areas may encounter typhoons. If you travel during this time, it may have a certain impact on the itinerary.
Best Time to Visit Vietnam
November to February is the best time to travel in Vietnam, when is the cool season. It is suitable for traveling Vietnam in the cool season. The temperature is moderate, the sun is bright, and the sky is clear.
In northern Vietnam, temperatures are lower. Between October and March, you should wear long-sleeved clothes and trousers, and prepare a few more warm clothes. Summer clothes can be worn from April to September, short-sleeved shorts are sufficient, and rain gear is required.
In southern Vietnam, the temperatures are hot all year round. It is enough to wear short-sleeved clothes and shorts, and pay attention to sun protection outdoors. In addition, one or two coats can be prepared, because the air-conditioned room will be very cold. Don't forget to bring an umbrella during the rainy season.