Hanoi and North of Vietnam have 4 distinct seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Summer lasts from May to early October with heat, high humidity and lots of rainfalls.

Best places to visit in Vietnam in Summer

Weather and Climate in Vietnam in Summer

In Summer, the average temperature across the country is 25 degree Celsius (23 degree Celsius in Hanoi, Hue with 25 degree Celsius, Ho Chi Minh City is 26 degree Celsius).

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Vietnam features the specific tropical monsoon climate humid, with the summer is hot and rainy (called the rainy season) while winter is cold, the level of rainfall reduces (known as the dry season).

Vietnam is very hot in Summer, temperatures can reach 37°C, rain can appear suddenly in the afternoon, lasting about 1-2 hours.

The form of wind in the North and South are different. Every time the wind blows, Hanoi still remain heat of the day, while the Southern is cool and pleasant.

Best places to visit in Vietnam in Summer

Beach in Central Vietnam in Summer

However, in late Summer, the temperature will be cool and more preferable.

Summer is the ideal time of year for people to discover and experience new lands. If you still hesitate to choose the ideal destination for your summer beach vacation in Vietnam, you can refer to the suggestions below.

Festivals in Summer in Vietnam

Phat Dan (8th day of the 4th lunar month)

Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated by devotees throughout Vietnam, despite being a communist country. Many temples are adorned with lavish decorations with locals offering fruit, flower garlands, and various Vietnamese dishes. This event often draws thousands of visitors looking to partake in street parades and prayer sessions.

Phat Dan festival in Hoi An

Phat Dan Festival

Hoi An is arguably the best place to enjoy this festivity. Held at Phap Bao Pagoda, the day starts with a procession of monks along the streets of Hoi An Ancient Town before locals flock to the temple to perform religious rites and listen to Buddhist scriptures. In the evening, expect a lively parade along the main road of the Old Town, where animals are released while flower garlands and lanterns are placed along the riverbank. Aside from experiencing the local culture, Buddha’s Birthday is also a great time to enjoy vegetarian dishes sold by street vendors in Hoi An.

Dau Pagoda is also a popular place to attend this festival. This pagoda is located in Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province. Buddhist pilgrims have a chance to attend cultural activities and folk beliefs of the agricultural tradition. Dau Pagoda Festival procession will be held outside the Phap Loi, Phap Dien. This traditional festival attracted many attentions of local people and foreign tourists. Especially,  there are many attractive activities in this special occasion: Offering water, sticks dance, lion dance, dancing turtles, drum performance, wrestling, human chess.

Ba Chua Xu Festival (22nd – 27th day of the 4th lunar month)

The festival is held annually at the Ba Chua Xu temple in the city to pay respects to Ba Chua Xu who is known as the goddess of the realm.

Ba Chua Xu Festival - Summer in Vietnam
Ba Chua Xu Festival

People around the country have flocked to the event to join numerous traditional rituals including a procession of the goddess’s statue from the top of Sam Mountain to the temple to cleanse the statue.

The festival also features a wide variety of cultural and sporting activities including Vietnamese classical opera singing, martial arts performances, lion dance, and chess playing.

Tet Doan Ngo (5th day of the 5th lunar month)

“Doan Ngo Festival”, (translated as Festival for “Killing the persons’ inner insects”), is the second most significant festival (to the Lunar New Year Tet Holiday) of Vietnam. The name “Tet sau bo” derives from the fact that farmers, on this day, get rid of all pests to start growing their crops for the new season. On this occasion, the whole family has to get up early and eat fermented sticky and fruits. The worshipping is held at noon, the hour of Ngo.

 "Banh u" and "Com ruou" in Doan Ngo festival
Doan Ngo Festival

The two traditional types of food eaten on this holiday are ‘banh u’ and ‘com ruou’. Banh u is pyramidal sticky rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves. Com ruou, which literally translates as “rice wine,” are little balls of fermented rice bathed in wine.

Trang Nguyen (or Vu Lan) (14th or 15th day of the 7th lunar month)

This is considered to be a day for all children to express their gratitude for their parents’ nurture.

On this day, Buddhists often make offerings, prayers, alms to release or to pray for blessings, and wish their parents the happiness, neutralize karma …

On the occasion of the Vu Lan Festival, each person is dressed in a rose: red for the mother and white for those who have lost their mother.

Giong Festival (6th – 12th day of the 4th lunar month)

Conference to be held in the village of Giong, a traditional village of Vietnamese, it is now the part of 4 villages: Phu Duc, Dong Vien, Dong Xuyen and Phu Dong commune, Gia Lam district, Hanoi. Hoi Giong is held to commemorate, honor and celebrate Saint Giong – teenage heroes of the nation. It will take place within 7 days, from the 6th to 12th day of the fourth lunar month and the 9th day is the main festival.

Along with festivals, events in the country and internationally are taken place in the provinces and regions of Vietnam, such as Cherry Blossom Festival, cultural exchange festival in Ba Na Hills.

Best Places to Visit in Vietnam in Summer

1. Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is a beautiful island in the Gulf of Thailand, located in Kien Giang province. In the southern coast of the country, the island of Phu Quoc, Dao Ngoc – the largest island in Vietnam, is the largest site amongst 22 islands in this region. Pure water, peaceful streams and various kinds of seafood are great advantages of Phu Quoc tourism.

Bai Dai - Phu Quoc Travel Guide
Bai Dai – Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is known as the Pearl Island (Dao Ngoc). With the clear blue water beaches like Bai Sao and Bai Dai, Phu Quoc is truly the paradise for beach lovers. Duong Dong Town is home to the busiest people on the Island, especially the night market located near Dinh Cau. In addition, Ham Ninh fishing village, Ganh Dau and An Thoi are attractions not to be missed when traveling to Phu Quoc. The specialty of Phu Quoc is not only fresh seafood but also Phu Quoc pepper, planted along the red road in Ganh Dau area.

2. Con Dao

Con Dao is the choice for those who want to simultaneously seek the peace of nature, and experience activities of historical significance. Known as “the heaven of rest”, Con Dao won the hearts of numerous tourists by beautiful pristine landscapes, and mild weather all year round. The island is pretty small enough so you can freely walk or cycle in order to enjoy scenic beauty in blue sea and white sand, a side of rolling hills with primeval forests. Con Dao people believe that the beauty of the landscape is revived each day on this land. This area is a priceless gift that nature has given.

3. Sapa

Sapa is a famous resort situated at an altitude of 1,600m, about 376 km away from Hanoi. This area has an advantage in climate temperate, with cool air all year round. One day includes four seasons, with average temperatures of 15 ° C.

Sapa - Summer in Vietnam

On a Sapa Vietnam tour, you can have the opportunity to Sapa to explore many beautiful sceneries in Silver waterfall, with 200 meters high, the Cloud bridge, Heaven Gate, Bamboo Forest, Ta Phin, Sapa ancient rock area, Ta Van, Ham Rong flower garden. Tourists also explore the villages and special Fansipan, which challenges the most adventurous man to conquer the summit, which is considered the roof of Indochina. Sapa fair is held on Sunday but “Love market” takes place on Saturday night. Many people go to the market together and cheer together form with the folk songs of the Mong, Dao, by the sound of the male lip, flute, and traditional instrument.

4. Nam Du

Kien Hai District (Kien Giang), is the name Nam Du Island. This area attracted many visitors, especially the young people. Bringing unspoiled scenery, Nam Du island features a beautiful beach site in the South of Vietnam. The coconut trees, blue waters, and the stunning scenery allure many visitors’ attention. Beach lovers of small trees, Hon Dau, Hon Ngang … are certain places you have to go when you arrive Nam Du.

5. Phan Thiet

As one of the leading addresses of Vietnam’s sea tourism, Phan Thiet owns many beautiful beaches, golden sand dunes, modern infrastructure with resorts, luxury hotels from 3 to 5-star standard. In recent years, Phan Thiet attracts visitors by a large number of tourism services, quality accommodations for family trips to Vietnam. Especially, tourists can enjoy fresh seafood and specific cuisine in this area. Traveling to Phan Thiet in the Summer, visitors should not forget to visit Bau Sen landmarks, Bau Cat, Hon Rom or wine castle, an exciting destination for you to enjoy fine wines.

The festival is a spiritual beauty of Vietnam. It is held all over the country, every season of the year. Spring is the most plenty of festivals in order to pray for a new year with luck, wealthy and prosperous life. There are many attractive festivals in Summer for both national and foreign tourists to organize trips to participate in this meaningful occasion.

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