Vietnam: Weather & when to go: October
The north sees a continued improvement in its weather patterns in October, with less rainfall, less humidity and more palatable temperatures. The farther one gets north, the more conditions improve. Unfortunately, in the central region, the weather is doing the opposite, with rains steadily increasing, temperatures dropping and beach weather quickly disappearing. In the south, the conditions start to improve with lessening rainfall and more consistent sunny days. Conditions for adventure also start returning to the central highlands region during this time. November Overview
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai, Ninh Binh & Mai Chau
October marks the end of the rainy season in northern Vietnam. The rains lessen greatly, the temperatures cool down and the country moves into a more dry spell, particularly towards the latter part of the month. For the adventure seekers, the far north moves into one of its best times to visit, with little rain, increased sunshine and consistent dry spells. The cooler temperatures start to roll in as well, making the latter parts of the month one of the peak times for visiting both Sapa and Ha Giang.
Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Dalat & Central Highlands
Again, things only go downhill in Central Vietnam, with October marking the start of the true rainy season. Between Hue, Danang and Hoi An, the storms start rolling in on a consistent basis with temperatures dropping and little sunshine hitting the region. Storms from the Philippines are constantly hitting the central coast region, making travel wet and windy. The weather continues south to Nha Trang where rains are on the rise and temperatures also start dropping. Beach weather in these regions disappears until the turn of the new year. On a positive note, the central highland area of Vietnam begins to open up again, with the wet weather slowly disappearing. This means adventure activities are starting to become a possibility again.
Ho Chi Minh City, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Mekong Delta, Ho Tram & Long Hai, Con Dao & Phu Quoc
While the central region moves further into its rainy season, the south slowly crawls out of theirs. The rains continue to lessen, becoming quite sparse towards the latter part of the month. Temperatures slowly increase towards the upper 20’s and sunny days are a frequent occurrence. Beach weather slowly comes back to the south, with destinations such as Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Phan Thiet and Mui Ne receiving more sunshine and less rain. While not every day is a guaranteed beach day, the chances increase towards the end of the month.