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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Vietnam

Peak Season: January to February

It’s always high season somewhere in Vietnam, but particularly during Tet – Vietnam’s Christmas and New Year’s holiday – when hotels, trains, and flights are full, and roads are crowded.

Off Season: June to August (North, Central, South); October to November (Central); January to March (North)

Across the country, summer can be oppressive. These months are hot and dry in the north and have suffocating humidity in the south. In deep winter, the dampness makes 60 degrees feel quite cold in the north; along the central coast, typhoons strike hard in fall. The temperature variation means that there is no one good time to visit the entire country; on the other hand, any time but high summer is a good time somewhere!

Sweet Spot: March

In early spring, the northern region is just starting to heat up, the south is dry, if hot, and the central highlands are dry. The central coast is hot too, but there aren’t typhoons. Be sure to stroll through Hoi An mid-month. The streets are lit only by colored lanterns for the monthly Full Moon Festival (check in advance for exact dates).

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