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With white-sand beaches on it’s coast and a fascinating history and culture, there aren’t many countries where one day you could be trekking through lush jungle on the hunt for the largest cave on earth, and the next be dodging a sea of mopeds on the streets of Hanoi. In Vietnam however, these are examples of the huge variety of unique experiences and magical landscapes that await you.
Whether it’s kayaking to floating villages beneath the dramatic limestone islands of Ha Long Bay, or relaxing in a rural village as you watch the sun set over distant mountains, Vietnam captures the imagination of all who visit.
This is all before we’ve even mentioned the food.
Vietnam’s cuisine is one of the most wholesome and delicious in the world, as steaming bowls of soups flavored with ginger, chili, garlic and coriander picked straight from the hillsides are served up with succulent meat and vegetable dishes. Vietnam’s food is a reflection of the landscape, environment and culture: hot, beautiful, simple and vibrant all at once, and washed down with Saigon beer.
As soon as you arrive in this diverse and beautiful country, you’ll fall madly in love with it. Its wildlife is so diverse, it’s culture so vibrant, it’s landscapes so addictive and it’s people unendingly warm.
For these reasons, over the past few years, it has become one of the most popular destinations for tourists across the world. But get under the skin of this country, and take the time to get off the beaten track, and you’ll be rewarded by the most incredible traveling experience of your life.
Vietnam welcomes visitors all year round, offering diverse experiences based on your travel preferences. Whether you desire ideal beach weather, cultural festivities, fewer tourists, or a blend of these factors, selecting the perfect time for your trip is crucial.
High season: July & August
Best time to go for beach lovers
July and August are the busiest months in Vietnam, especially along the coast, leading to a 50% increase in prices. It is essential to book the trip well ahead of time. The weather throughout the country, except the far north, is hot, humid, and occasionally interrupted by impressive summer monsoon downpours.
Shoulder season: December-March
Best time to go for visiting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Vietnam’s winter is drier than the summer, but it also brings colder temperatures. The northern regions can be chilly, while the far south enjoys clear skies and sunny days.
For those who prefer big cities, the shoulder season is an enjoyable time to visit Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, offering reliable weather and pleasant temperatures. However, during the Tet festival (late January or early February), the entire country experiences increased mobility and rising accommodation prices.
Low season: April-June and September-November
Best time to go for exploring the whole country
Vietnam’s low season occurs during the transitional periods from winter to summer and summer to winter. This time offers varying weather, with the possibility of splendid sunny days and occasional rain. It’s an excellent opportunity for travelers seeking to avoid tourist crowds or those planning to tour the entire country.
Be open-minded – some people still associate Vietnam with the war. Many first-time visitors are very surprised at how much the country has moved on in the 43 years since the war finished. A lot of them also expect resentment and grudges to be held, but nothing could be further from the truth. The past is the past, and here in Vietnam, everyone is welcome.
Check your vaccinations are up to date – sounds obvious, but make sure you’ve had all the up to date jabs for travelling here.
Smile! – Vietnamese people are lovely, but might not always stop and help confused looking foreigners, like in some other Asian countries. So if you do ask a local a question, do it with a smile, you’ll have your question answered and the smile returned.