Vietnam: Weather & when to go: January
Vietnam starts out the year on a dry note in most portions of the country. Sunshine is predominant in both the northern (cooler climates) and southern regions (experiencing hotter temperatures), while the central portion of the country shakes off its remnants of the rainy season. Beach destinations such as Danang, Hoi An and Nha Trang slowly enjoy sunnier weather as the month rolls on, offering more consistent warm days and sunny skies towards the end of the month.
For those looking to stay dry in the northern portions of the country, January is an ideal time to visit. The temperature is still quite cool (an average of 18 degrees in Hanoi), though sunny, blue skies make for excellent explorations. While rainfall is quite uncommon, the north may still experience its signature ‘fog’ at times, particularly in the Halong Bay regions of the country. Despite enjoying sunnier days and dry climates, it is still recommended to bring extra clothes to stay warmer in the evenings.
January in central Vietnam marks the end of the rainy season. This being said, it is not guaranteed that the days will be all sun and blue skies, however the chances increase towards the latter end of the month. Temperatures during January are still agreeable, however, hovering around a pleasant 23 degrees. While places such as Danang, Hoi An and Nha Trang begin seeing more beach goers, the regions around the highlands still stay cool for those seeking respite from the heat.
South Vietnam is generally known for its steadier warm weather, and January is no exception. The first month of the year brings some of the year’s best weather, with warm days, sunny skies and very little chance of rain. This is ideal for anyone seeking out a beach getaway in the south, with places such as Mui Ne, Ho Tram and Phan Thiet offering tropical conditions. The southern hub of Ho Chi Minh city enjoys some of its cooler temperatures (around 25 degrees), while the outlying islands stay ideal for sun seekers.