This site has been great for info so here is another question! My boyfriend and I have just thought about going to Vietnam during our 6 weeks we will be in SE Asia. We want to go for about 2 weeks at the end of July/early August. But I know this is rainy season - so how rainy will it get and will be a total downer to try and travel during this time?
I was thinking of staying South since I read the middle and north can get pretty bad - but is this true? What do some people recommend - we are open and want to see some of the country while we are there. An suggestions/tips would be great!
Hi - glad you like the site!
Rainy season is characterised by heavy rainfall, for a few hours, on most days. It is mostly not all day torrential affairs.
There's a summary of Vietnam's weather on this page:
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,738
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Actually, June - Sep is our typhoon season in the North + Center of Vietnam thus it is not very convenience to travel during this time as the weather is quite hot and could be rain heavily.
The best time for travelling will be around Oct - Apr every year.
#4 duong has been a member since 22/12/2010. Posts: 19
We travelled through Vietnam late July / early August in 2009 and were living in Hanoi last summer. The weather when we were travelling was fine and only really annoyed us in HCMC. We went from North to South and it was as follows: OK in Hanoi but cloudy (it usually is) and Halong was cloudy and a bit rainy (there was a mini typhoon), Hue and Hoi An were lovely (on the beach in Hoi An), Jungle Beach (north of Nha Trang) was hot and sunny, Dalat was the first time we hit bad rain, Mui Ne there was some rain but not enough to get in the way of hitting the beach, then HCMC it rained hard every afternoon (so you just learn to avoid going out at that time) and the Mekong was a bit dull and damp. The consistent factor was that it was hot througout! It will certainly not be cold in any part of the country at that time of year - even Sapa (went last July and it was beautiful weather).
Last year, living here, we were surprised by how little rain there was in summer. Yes, there was some flooding when there were a couple of heavy rainfalls, but overall it was just hot and sticky. It's wetter in the south.
Weather in Vietnam is variable, and there have been some particularly rainy bouts which have caused travel problems - for example, in Central Vietnam towards the end of last year - but I wouldn't let it put you off. Anyhow, it's rainy season in lots of places at that time of year - Cambodia was very wet.