How to market travel in Vietnam

A seasonal breakdown

Vietnam by region and season

Vietnam is a great vacation destination for all twelve months of the year for one simple reason: Weather patterns vary between northern, central and southern Vietnam, due to the country’s size.

This means that at any given moment, you will find at least one region in Vietnam where the weather is perfect for hiking, at least one region where the weather is perfect for a beach getaway, and at least one region where it’s a bit more rainy.

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Arc de Triomphe

What regions make up Vietnam?

Vietnam is divided into seven climactic regions, making up three distinct weather systems

Northern Vietnam
Northeast Northwest
North Delta
North-central Vietnam
All coastal areas north of the Hai Van Pass
Southern Vietnam
South-central coast Central Highlands
Everywhere south of the Hai Van Pass

Seasonality plays a huge part in travel within Vietnam

Here are tips you can use based extensive research and data that we’ve collected about Vietnam travel

Northwest Vietnam

Most popular destination: Ha Giang

The dry season in northwestern Vietnam lasts from October until April, while the wet season lasts from May to September. The best time to travel to northwestern Vietnam is during the dry season, as this region is well known for its stunning hiking trails. During the wet season, these trails are often dangerous and therefore closed off to the public.

Although the best time of year to visit is during the dry season, it is worth noting that December and January can be extremely cold. 

Ha Giang, Vietnam
Sapa rice fields

Northeast Vietnam

Most popular destination: Sapa

The climate in northeastern Vietnam is similar to that of northwestern Vietnam. The dry season in northeast Vietnam is from October to March, while the wet season is from April to September.

It is best to visit northeastern Vietnam during the dry season in order to make the most of your stay and to avoid road closures and unsafe hiking conditions. 

Northern Vietnam

Most popular destination: Hanoi

Northern Vietnam has two main seasons: Winter and summer. The winter starts in November and lasts until April, when the heat starts to pick up and lasts for the rest of the year.

During the winter months, you can expect cold and drizzly weather. However, during the summer, be ready to sweat! Summer months in northern Vietnam are hot and humid.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi
Floating fishing village, northern Vietnam

North-central Vietnam

Most popular destination: Halong Bay

In north-central Vietnam, also known as the northern coast, winters are typically cold, cloudy and drizzly. Summers, on the other hand are hot, dry and filled with warm breezes.

South-central Vietnam

Most popular destination: Da Nang

From January until the end of August, the weather in south-central Vietnam is hot and dry, with temperatures reaching up to 35 degrees. From September through December, this area receives a lot of rain.

We would recommend visiting during the dry season, but if you decide to come during the rainy season, it is best to avoid October and November, as half of the total amount of rain for the year in this region falls during these months.

Pongour Falls, Da Lat

Central Highlands

Most popular destination: Da Lat

Because of the high altitude in Central Highlands, the temperature is typically lower than it is along the coast.

The wet season starts in May and lasts until October, while the dry season starts in November and lasts through April. The hottest (and driest) months of the year tend to be March and April.  

Southern Vietnam

Most popular destination: Ho Chi Minh City

The average temperature in southern Vietnam is 25-35 degrees all year long, making for ideal (and sometimes a bit hot) temperatures no matter when you choose to visit.

The dry season starts in November and ends in April. It’s during this time that the south experiences its hottest and most humid weather; from March to May. The wet season begins in May and lasts until November, during which time June-August are the months with the most rain.

Monthly breakdown of the top routes in Vietnam

We recommend planning your promotions around the different seasons of the year

Below you can see the top 10 routes in Vietnam each month

Which routes in Vietnam are popular all year?

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