When is the best time to visit North Vietnam

When is the best time to visit North Vietnam

The North of Vietnam including Northwest, Northeast, and Red River Delta is the cultural cradle of Vietnamese history for thousands of years. With the majestic nature and scenery, 4 distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter, North Vietnam is always an attractive destination for domestic as well as foreign tourists.

There is no right or wrong time to visit North Vietnam because tourists will experience both rain and sunshine in various quantities during most months of the year.

Normally, the best time to visit North Vietnam is spring and autumn. Spring lasts from February to April while Autumn runs from August to October. The rainfall is lighter and the temperatures are more moderate and pleasant.

If you plan to visit the whole North Vietnam, the decision on the best time to visit North Vietnam can be complicated. Therefore, here are guides on where and when to travel to North Vietnam.


When is the best time to visit North Vietnam

In Hanoi, Summer lasts from May to September with the hot and humid weather. The average temperatures often reach 32°C accompanied by heavy rain. These tropical downpours generally begin in the afternoons. Although the weather is wet, the summer months have the highest number of sunshine hours. Winter has cooler weather, fog, and clouds. However, there is little rain in this season. The average temperature is about 17°C. The best time to visit Hanoi in October and November. These days are not too hot due to the average temperature of around 21°C, less rain, cool wind and plenty of sunshine.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay is often covered by fogs which reduces the vision of tourists. From March to May, the sky of Halong Bay is often clear and blue, and the temperature is more pleasant. In summer, from May to November, tourists can travel to Halong Bay in the warm and humid weather. During winter, from December to February, the weather can be quite cold.

The best time to travel Halong Bay is spring and autumn for the warm days and clear sky, which is perfect for the Halong Bay cruise tours. Note that tourists should not visit Halong Bay in June and July. The reason is that these are seasons of storms on the coast.


When is the best time to go to Sapa Vietnam? Located at an altitude of 1600m above sea level, Sapa has a temperate and subtropical climate. The atmosphere is cool all year round. The weather in the town in one day is full of 4 seasons. The morning is spring, the midday is like summer with light sunshine and a mild climate. In the evening, clouds and fogs create a cool feeling like the weather of autumn. The night brings the cold of winter. The annual average air temperature of SaPa is 15°C.

In summer, Sapa has not the harsh sunshine like the coastal plains with the temperature from 13°C  to 15°C at night and 20°C - 25°C during the day. Winter is often cloudy and cold, temperatures sometimes below 0°C, seven has snow. The annual average rainfall ranges from 1,800 to 2,200 mm, most concentrated in the period from May to August. From here, it is possible to find the right time to travel to Sapa from September to November or from March to May. In this time, Sapa weather is stable with sunny days and cold nights.

Cat Ba beach – Cat Ba island

For tourists who want to travel to Cat Ba island Vietnam, the best time to go is when the summer comes. The period from April to August in the North usually has a high temperature which is suitable for swimming. If you do not mind to go to the beach, you can go to Cat Ba from September to November. In this time, the weather is quite nice and cool for some activities such as trekking, mountain climbing, kayaking.

Ninh Binh

When is the best time to visit North Vietnam

The weather and climate in Ninh Binh city is not much fluctuation and affected by the tropical monsoon climate. Summer in Ninh Binh is so hot, affected by the southwest monsoon. Winter here is influenced by the northeast monsoon. However, the city still has a relatively temperate climate compared to other provinces in North Vietnam. This is also the typical weather in popular tourist areas because the climate is suitable for long trips and relaxation.

With such weather all year round, you can travel to Ninh Binh at any time of the year. In the spring, from January to March of the lunar calendar, Ninh Binh will not be too cold nor too hot. In this time, you can combine to travel to Ninh Binh with visiting its temples and pagodas for good luck. In late May or early June, the ripe rice season in Tam Coc is a beautiful sight that you can not ignore when coming to Ninh Binh. If you love traveling to experience and explore the scenery Ninh Binh, this is the best time for you.

Choosing travel time is extremely important because it will decide whether your vacation to North Vietnam is good or not. If you want to get more information about group tours Vietnam feel free to contact us via our website. Share it if it is useful to you. Have a great trip!