January - April
The beginning months of the year can be a busy time in the country with celebrations for the Lunar New Year which is the biggest festival of the year and the Tet holiday (Christmas and New Year), which brings large crowds and sold out accommodations and transport. When traveling to Vietnam in February, visitors may find that many of the restaurants, shops, and museums close down for a week during the Tet holiday.
January and February are the cooler months in the country, the weather in the day can be quite pleasant and dry but temperatures tend to drop during the evenings and early mornings, especially in the north. The temperatures begin to heat up in February and most of the country will experience warm, dry weather although it is not advised to visit Halong Bay during these months as it covered in mist and quite hazy.
In the month of March, temperatures start to heat up and the beaches become a popular destination, Mui Ne, Con Dao and Nha Trang all offer good weather during this time. Hoi An and Halong Bay start to clear up towards the end of the March through the month of May and offer clear blue skies and pleasant temperatures in the 60`s without the haze.
Events and Festivals
- Lunar New Year/Tet – (dates vary but normally held in January or February) – The biggest festival and celebration of the year with Christmas and New Years rolled into one. Usually lasting for a whole week when locals travel to visit family and businesses close.