Vietnam is a tropical land of outgoing people, bustling capitalist-oriented cities, heavenly beaches, brilliant green rice paddies and lush emerald rainforests. Like the rest of Indochina (including Laos and Cambodia), Vietnam is a former French colony and has been independent since 1954 – when the French Foreign Legion suffered a telling blow at Dien Bien Phu. Vietnam still retains a strong French cultural influence, with wide boulevards, magnificent Belle Époque architecture, fresh baguettes sold on every corner, good espresso and fine Bordeaux at open air cafes widely available.

The Vietnamese are much closer culturally to China, with Confucian ethics valuing age, education and hard work. The Vietnam War has long since been forgotten and the people are exceedingly warm and hospitable. The nation features temples, historic ports, a bevy of unspoilt tropical islands, museums, art, and over 50 hill tribes. From the big cities to the rice bowl of the south, Vietnam has it all.

Vietnam Regions

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When to Go
When to Go

Weather in Vietnam

Vietnam has three separate weather patterns. The South is best between December and March, the North in spring (March to May) and fall (September to November), and Central Vietnam is best visited between February and July. Countrywide, December and February is the perfect time to visit, when rain is minimal, although the North will be chilly.

  • The weather in Vietnam varies depending on location and time of year.
  • From December to February, the north is cold and misty, with temperatures in Hanoi ranging from 50°F to 70°F (10°C to 21°C), while in Ho Chi Minh it is a dry 70°F to 85°F (21°C to 30°C).
  • Temperatures progressively rise all across the country beginning in March and peak around July and August, with temperatures averaging between 85°F (30°C) and 90°F (32°C). These high temperatures are accompanied by heavy rainfall.
  • High humidity can be expected at most times of the year, except during the winter.
  • In Sapa and the mountain highlands, temperatures plummet at night, especially during the winter. If you are traveling to these regions, please pack appropriately.

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