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Vietnam stretches over 2000 km from North to South. The climate differs all year round from one region to another?

If you decide to travel throughout Vietnam, unfortunately, there is no best time to go. Vietnam stretches over 2000 km from North to South and due to its size and geographic diversity; the weather varies greatly between regions.

In the North, the rainy season lasts from August until November. Typhoons sometimes occur, but are not too much of a problem. The North can also be quite chilly in the winter (Dec. - Feb.), but gets hot in the late spring and summer.

In central Vietnam, the rainy season lasts from October until December. If you travel during this period, heavy rains and flooding may dampen your journey and in severe weather conditions Hue, Danang and Nhatrang may have to be skipped.

The climate along the Mekong Delta is sub-equatorial with two main seasons: a wet season and a dry season. The wet season lasts from May to October with short downpours occurring almost every day. The dry season occurs from November to April with April being particularly hot and humid. For those who want to avoid excessive heat, the rainy season would be the best choice. The air is also cooler and it is not as dusty as in the dry season.

Annual rainfall in the South is approximately 80 inches (2,000 millimeters), while temperatures remain relatively constant—on average between 77F and 95F (25C - 35C). Between July and November, Vietnam is hit by random, violent typhoons that develop off the coast in the East Sea (Bien Dong). They typically hit the north and central coasts and have been doing so with increasing frequency over the past few years.

So, given a choice, when should go to Vietnam?  There isn't one time that is clearly preferred by travelers, but for the best balance between the regions we suggest April, May or October.




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