We will advise you on the best time of the year to travel and, just as importantly, when not to go to a particular region or place. We hope the following guidelines are useful:
Vietnam is large enough to have several distinct climate zones:
The South has three somewhat distinct seasons: hot and dry from March to May/June; rainy from June/July to November; and cool and dry from December to February. April is the hottest month, with mid-day temperatures of 33°C (91°F) on most days. During the rainy season, short downpours can happen every afternoon, and occasionally streets can flood. Temperatures range from stifling hot before a rainstorm to pleasantly cool afterwards. Mosquitoes are most numerous in the rainy season. December to February is the most pleasant time to visit, with cool evenings down to around 20° (68°F).
In the Central regions the Hai Van pass separates two different weather patterns of the north starting in Lang Co (which is hotter in summer and cooler in winter) from the milder conditions further south starting in Da Nang. From September until February the central regions have northeast monsoon conditions with often strong winds, large sea swells and rain. These conditions make it a difficult time to travel through Central Vietnam. Normally summers are hot and dry.
The North has four distinct seasons, with a comparatively chilly winter (temperatures can dip below 15°C/59°F in Hanoi), a hot and wet summer and pleasant spring (March-April) and autumn (October-December) seasons. However, in the Highlands both extremes are amplified, with occasional snow in the winter and temperatures hitting 40°C (104°F) in the summer.
Please click onto the link for up-to-date visa and entry requirements for British nationals:
Please make sure your passport is valid and up to date. In general terms, your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from your date of arrival into all South East Asian countries.
Evidence of Yellow Fever vaccination may be required for travellers who are going to or have recently been to countries where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission.
Travelling with children
Single parents or adults travelling with children under the age of 18 are required to provide notarised documentary evidence of parental responsibility, or consent to travel from those with parental responsibility. Such documentation is often required before being allowed to enter South East Asian countries and, in many cases, before permitting children to leave the country.
Local airport taxes
International and domestic airport taxes may be payable locally if it is not included with your airline tickets. This is usually payable in US dollars and it may not always be possible to pay by credit/debit card.
For up-to-date advice on any vaccination requirements and any health risks associated with visiting Vietnam please contact your GP.
The following NHS website provides helpful health information and advice for travellers:
For information on the Zika virus, please see the factsheet published by the World Health Organisation:
The following recommendations are published by Fit for Travel:
Further Advice to follow soon.
In general terms it is best to travel with US dollars.
Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels and the better restaurants and shops but may not be accepted in small shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, nor in local markets.
Exchange rates are subject to change at any time but the following table provides indicative information for South East Asia and beyond:
Vietnam: UK + 7 hours
Current time: Vietnam