Are you thinking of visiting Vietnam in August? Wondering what to do and where to go? Should you visit Sa Pa in August? Ha Long Bay, Mekong Delta or Phu Quoc? Continue reading so that we can give you the complete guide to traveling to Vietnam in August.
Due to its size and oval “S” shape, stretching from China in the North to Gulf of Thailand in the South, the weather varies dramatically between different areas in Vietnam. During winter, there may be 35+ degrees in the south but snowing in the north. You can be sure of one thing in August though, it will be hot! No matter where in Vietnam you are.
Keep in mind when making your August itinerary that there are places in Vietnam you don’t won’t to skip out on, no matter the weather. You may not want to miss Ha Long Bay, Hoi An and Ninh Binh, even through you’re visiting Vietnam in the middle of the rainy season.
Visiting Vietnam in August has two major advantages, it’s less crowded with tourists and it’s cheaper – when compared to the major tourist seasons – which lasts from March to May, and again from September to November.
The climate in Vietnam can be divided into 3 main segments: north, central and south, although the mountainous regions could be considered to have their own climate as well.
The Climate in Vietnam in August
The rainy season is still very much in effect in Vietnam in August. In Vietnam, like everywhere else, the weather will vary day by day. If you’re lucky, you can have plenty of sunshine days in Vietnam, even in the middle of the rainy season. Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) will have afternoon showers and thunderstorms in August. Hanoi will be very hot with heavy precipitation. Central will be sunny with only occasional rain.
The Climate in Northern Vietnam in August
Northern Vietnam, and the area around Hanoi, has a humid subtropical climate with four seasons; hot and humid summers and mild winters. In August, you can expect Northern Vietnam to be very hot and humid with a lot of precipitation. August in one of the wettest months in northern Vietnam.
The Climate in Central Vietnam in August
Central Vietnam has tropical monsoon climate with typhoon/wet season and dry season. August in central Vietnam is generally pleasantly hot and dry. If you’re unlucky, there might be a chance of early typhoons in late August. August has fewer average sunshine hours than June and July. But at 218 average monthly sunshine hours in August, it’s a lot higher than the year average.
The Climate in Southern Vietnam in August
Southern Vietnam has a tropical climate with 2 seasons: wet and dry. The rainy season is still very much in effect in the south in August. August has less precipitation than June and July but fewer average sunshine hours.
Where to go in Vietnam in August
Central Vietnam enjoys the best weather in August compared to north and south. The central Vietnam beach towns of Da Nang, Hoi An and Nha Trang are excellent choices to travel to in August, while Sa Pa, Phu Quoc and Mekong Delta would be the least favorable options.
The beach destination of Da Nang is famous for its white sandy beaches and beach activities. My Khe and Non Nuoc beaches really come to life during the summer season. You’ll experience anything from the locals doing beach exercises in groups as early as 5:00 am to foreign tourists renting jet skis and banana boats.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the well-preserved ancient city of Hoi An is a major tourist attraction in Vietnam. The city has become famous for its mix of French colonial building and Chinese woodhouses, and canals and narrow streets. In addition to the wonderful beaches, Hoi An has several attractions such as the Riverside, Japanese Covered Bridge and Van Duc Pagoda.
Mui Ne is becoming a top tourist attraction in Vietnam but is still less touristy than other places on our list. The sand dunes is one of the main reason people visit Mui Ne but it also has fantastic beaches and adventure activities such as kite surfing.
Nha Trang is one of Vietnam’s most popular beach destination – for locals and foreigners visiting Vietnam – particularly Russian and Chinese. August is generally dry and number of average monthly sunshine hours make Nha Trang the perfect destination in August. Nha Trang has both mainstream tourist activities such as surfing and scuba diving along with historical sites and Buddhist temples.
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Many visitors in Vietnam rank the Ban Gioc Waterfall as the most beautiful place in Vietnam. The waterfall is located in Cao Bang province in northern Vietnam, on the Chinese boarders. The Ban Gioc waterfall becomes even more spectacular during the rainy season.
What to do in Vietnam in August
Hiking and trekking is a popular tourist activity in Vietnam. Hiking in August is not recommended in many areas in northern Vietnam and the central mountain region due to heavy rain and danger of landslides. Areas in central Vietnam would be a safer choice or northern-central such as Cat Ba National Park or Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
Vietnam has endless caves throughout the country and they remain a major tourist attraction in Vietnam, including world’s largest cave, Son Doong Cave. Many of Vietnam’s best caves can be easily explored in August, such as Son Doong Cave, Paradise Caves, Tu Lan Caves, Hang En Cave, Dau Go Caves and many more.
No matter the month or the season, food is why many people visit Vietnam. All the favorite dishes can be found throughout the country in August. No matter if you want to enjoy Com Tam in the South, Mi Quang in central Vietnam or Bun Cha in the north. August is a good time to enjoy food in Vietnam as popular places are less busy than during peak tourist season.
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Like everywhere else, a lot depends on the weather in Vietnam, but no matter what, you’ll always have fun!