"The Best Time to Visit Vietnam Might Depend on the Vietnam Weather Forecast"
The problem with the weather Vietnam offers to tourists and locals is that the country acts like it is in 3 different parts of the world.
Each Part has an entirely different type of climate.
You could come across frozen dew and a sweating buffalo in the same day.
To give you the best overall picture of the weather in Vietnam we had to cover all of 3 zones.
We did that by offering you current Ho Chi Minh City weather, Dalat weather, Hanoi weather, Danang Weather and even HaiPhong Weather individually.
You'll find a link to each city below. But Why These Cities?
We chose Danang because it is the halfway point between Ho Chi Minh City to the South and Hanoi City to the North.
We chose Hai Phong City because it's so near to Halong Bay that a good day in Haiphong usually means clear skies and smooth seas for people on Halong Bay Tours.
It was the only way to give you an overall look at the weather in Vietnam and any Vietnam weather forecasts to look forward to.
Hot Season...Cold Season...Rainy Season
It is good to know what Vietnam weather to expect if you are hatching a plan to travel Vietnam.
The Winter Season is also known as the dry season in Vietnam Weather talk. It generally runs from November to April and throws monsoon winds at you which usually blow from the Northeast along the Chinese coast and across the Gulf of Tonkin.
This is the worst time to visit the beaches in Vietnam that face to the Northeast, which is most of them. Unless you like Kite-Surfing, then it may just be paradise?
The winter season is the driest time to visit Vietnam and usually the coolest.
They have a saying in Ho Chi Minh City that goes "We have 2 seasons … Hot and Hotter". But the winter season in Hanoi is far from Hot.
The average annual temperature in Vietnam is generally higher in the plains than in the mountains in the Central Part of Vietnam. The same goes for the North and the South of the country.
The Southern Plains would be Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta where temperatures vary less, averaging between 21°C and 28°C (69.8°F and 82.4°F) throughout the entire year.
The seasons in the mountains and in the North vary much more dramatically. I once drove from Ho Chi Minh City to Dalat in the Central part of Vietnam.
It was 23°C in Ho Chi Minh City but had dropped to 5°C when we arrived in Dalat City. We were shaking to the core because we had not packed the right clothes for it.
Expect temperatures to vary from 5°C (41 °F) in December and January up to a scorching 37 °C (98.6 °F) during the months of July and August.
Current and Forecasted Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Weather
We chose Ho Chi Minh City because it represents the South of Vietnam and paints an accurate picture of the weather in many travel destinations in the South.
Learn more about the current Ho Chi Minh City weather and weekly forecasts.
Current and Forecasted Danang Weather
We chose Danang because it sits exactly halfway between Hanoi City in the North and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to the South. Since Danang is an industrial city, it does not reflect what average weather surrounds the city because the city creates it's own weather.
The pollution is so thick that a sunny day can be made to look cloudy and a rainy day dangerous for the acid in the water. Danang sits very close to the Eastern Seaboard at the center of Vietnam.
Learn more about the current and forecasted Danang Weather.
Current Bao Loc (Central Highlands, Vietnam) Weather and Forecasted Weather
Bao Loc is a city in Lam Dong Province. It is as smack in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam and thus makes an excellent barometer for people headed to the many cities in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Bao Loc is famous for its registered trademark of "B'lao tea". That is all anyone ever says. The Central Highlands is a part of Vietnam that we think is still secret and unknown to mainstream travelers of any sort.
We won't change this today but a trip to Dalat on the back of a motor scooter rented in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) is a life changing trip that we highly Recommend.
Learn more about the weather in the Central Highlands of Vietnam with the Bao Loc weather as your guide.
Current Hanoi Weather and Forecasted Weather in Hanoi
Few people go further North in Vietnam than Hanoi. Walk for about 220km North from Hanoi and you'll end up at a Chinese border crossing into Kunming province.
The weather in Hanoi can be a few degrees warmer than outside the city limits. The pollution is so thick that it acts as a blanket over the City.
Halong Bay is located 170km away from Hanoi but Hai Phong is roughly half of that. Hanoi will almost always mark the coldest temperatures in the country so we had to include it here.
Find out more about current and forecasted Hanoi Weather Reports.
Hai Phong City displays much of the same weather as does Halong Bay. The 2 cities are about 75km apart but both face in the same direction and meet the oncoming weather fronts that flow through the Gulf of Tonkin.
I included Haiphong into the Vietnam Weather equation because the City is a good barometer to the Halong Bay weather.
Get More Information about the Weather in Haiphong
Always remember that when the Vietnam Weather is at its best, the Air Tickets to Asia are at their highest.
If you plan your trip for the tail end of high season then tickets are cheap. You run the risk of the Vietnam weather turning on you but it may be worth the risk.
Prices can drop as much as $400USD - $500USD on some airlines.
You can keep an eye on prices at Cheapoair.com It is a good tool because it searches the databases of all the airlines. When you finish your search it will list the current prices from every airline and via every possible route.
Starting with the cheapest first.
Once you book and purchase through cheapoair.com then all you have to do is present your identification at the check-in counter. The ticket is emailed to you instantly. You should print it out just so you have a printed copy of your flight itinerary and other details.
It is not necessary, though.
I once lost my email but my name was already in the airline's computer including even the seat I had chosen while booking online. (Tip: Always ask for a vegetarian meal. Because they get so few requests, vegetarian meals are prepared fresh before the flight. You might miss you meat but it is much better than the mass produced meals they normally serve).
The point is, all I needed to do was show I.D. and I was on the plane without hassle.
There is only one conclusion. The time you decide to go will not only affect the weather but also the cost of getting there. I have always tried to hit the tail end of the winter months in Vietnam but I have often delayed a trip there waiting for the air tickets to drop in price.
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