Where should you go and what should you do in Vietnam during August? Which tours should you book, and where will you find the best weather? Continue reading and find out everything you need to know about Vietnam travel in August.
Visiting Vietnam in August has two significant advantages. It’s less crowded and more affordable than during the high seasons, which last from March to May and from September to November.
Due to the vast size of the land, and its oval “S” shape, stretching from China in the North to the Gulf of Thailand in the South, the weather varies dramatically between different areas in Vietnam. During winter, temperatures might exceed 30°C (85°F) in the south while the north is draped in a blanket of snow.
But in August, you can be sure of one thing: it will be hot all over Vietnam!
Where to go in Vietnam in August
When preparing your itinerary, you should keep in mind that there are places in Vietnam that you don’t want to leave out of your plan, no matter the season.
Central Vietnam does, however, have the best weather in August compared to the northern and southern regions.
The central Vietnam coastal towns of Da Nang, Hoi An, and Nha Trang are excellent August choices, while Sapa, Phu Quoc, and Mekong Delta would be less favorable options.
Da Nang is famous for its white sandy beaches that come to life during the summer. On the My Khe and Non Nuoc beaches, you will see the locals doing their group exercises from as early as 5:00 AM, and visitors basking in the sun or riding jet skis later in the day.
But the city itself and the surrounding area have so much more to offer, such as the Marble Mountains, the Golden Bridge, Son Tra Peninsula, Cham Museum, and nearby Ba Na Hills.
Moreover, Da Nang also has a vibrant nightlife and several top-rated restaurants.
And only a decade ago, accommodation options where limited, but now you have a choice of family-run homestays, five-star international resorts, and anything in between, including several Airbnb’s.
- See also: Top 10 Things to do in Da Nang
The ancient city of Hoi An is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its admixture of French colonial buildings and Chinese woodhouses, canals and charming streets.
Hoi An used to be an imortant trading port, but is now a calm and tranquil city, very different from many of Vietnam’s biggest cities. Hoi An has little traffic and almost no pollution.
In addition to its beautiful beaches, Hoi An has several attractions such as the Riverside, the Japanese Covered Bridge, and the Van Duc Pagoda.
Hoi An is known for its excellent cuisine, so make sure to either join a cooking class or food tour while in Hoi An.
- See also: Best Day Trips to do from Hoi An
The fishing village of Mui Ne is fast becoming a top attraction, but it is far still less crowded than other places on our list.
The sand dunes are one of the main reasons people visit Mui Ne, but the town also has fantastic beaches. There is a constant and strong sea breeze, which makes it a popular destination for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Make sure to visit the local market and enjoy the delicious fresh seafood, a signature cuisine of this fishing village.
Nha Trang is one of Vietnam’s most popular beach destination for both locals and foreigners. The area is particularly popular amongst Russian and Chinese travelers, which is reflected in the city’s restaurants, cafes and other activities.
- See also: Must Visit Beaches in Vietnam
August is generally dry, and the high number of average monthly sunshine hours make Nha Trang the perfect destination in August. The white-sand beaches, palm trees, and vibrant culture give Nha Trang its appeal.
Nha Trang has both mainstream tourist activities such as surfing and scuba diving along with historical sites, Buddhist temples, mud baths, amusement parks, and delicious fresh seafood.
Nha Trang is ideally located to go island hopping to nearby islands, and this cosmopolitan city has a fantastic nightlife.
Ban Gioc Waterfall
Many travelers rank the Ban Gioc Waterfall as the most beautiful place in Vietnam.
Located on the Chinese border, the 1,000 ft (300 m) wide waterfall on Quay Son River is most impressive during the rainy season, so August is an excellent time to visit Vietnam’s most spectacular waterfall.
Hanoi in August
“Hot and humid” best describe the weather in Hanoi in August. The month has the highest average yearly temperature and the greatest precipitation of the year in Hanoi.
If you can handle the humidity, high temperatures, and afternoon showers, you should make an effort to visit some of Hanoi’s main attractions. The most famous attractions include the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Temple of Literature, and Long Bien Bridge.
If you prefer to avoid the heat, you’ve got several options, such as the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Vietnam Military History Museum, National Historical Museum, and Vietnam Women Museum. Hoa Lo Prison Memorial, also known as the Hanoi Hilton, is also a great destination to escape the heat.
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Ho Chi Minh City in August
Ho Chi Minh City never disappoints, but the vibe changes considerably between the dry and wet seasons.
During the wet season, traffic becomes slower, outdoor cafés and food stalls cover-up, attractions such as Nguyen Hue Street and Bui Vien see fewer travelers, and the rooftop bars become less appealing.
But don’t worry, there is plenty to do if you want to escape the heat and afternoon rain. Ho Chi Minh City has abundant museums, indoor activities, and markets.
The must-visit museums in Ho Chi Minh City include the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City Museum, and Museum of Vietnamese History.
If museums are not your thing, you can visit the Independence Palace, Saigon Central Post Office, the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City building, or one of the city’s many pagodas and temples.
Going shopping in the indoors markets is a great way to get a break from the heat. We recommend Ben Thanh Market, Tan Dinh Market, Soa Kinh Lam Fabric Market, and Dan Sinh Market.
Halong Bay in August
Everyone who travels to Vietnam wants to sail the emerald waters among the limestone islands of Halong Bay.
August is the hottest and wettest month of the year in Halong Bay, but there are still several benefits to visiting during its rainiest month.
The summer is a low season, so the bay will be less touristy and more affordable.
The downside of cruising Halong Bay in August is the unpredictable weather. There are chances of storms and even typhoons, but it’s equally likely that you’ll have calm waters and clear skies.
Mekong Delta in August
The rainy season in Mekong Delta lasts from May until November, so there will be a high chance of rain during August. But don’t worry, the precipitation is usually in the form of afternoon showers and shouldn’t affect your trip much although there is a chance of the occasional monsoon.
August is low-season, so popular attractions will be less crowded, and you’ll be able to score better deals at hotels, cruises, and transportation.
The best thing about traveling to Mekong Delta in August is that this time has the greatest variety of tropical fruits available, including durian, rambutan, pomelo, and mangosteen.
What to do in Vietnam in August
There are endless activities to enjoy in Vietnam in August. We recommend hiking in central Vietnam, caving, cycling, visit museums, ride motorbikes, explore the bustling cities, and enjoy the fantastic Vietnamese cuisine.
August may not be the best time to go trekking in the northern mountain region around Sapa and Ha Giang due to heavy rain and danger of landslides.
But August is a fantastic time to trek the beautiful central mountain area such as Cat Ba National Park, Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Bach Ma National Park, and Bi Doup National park.
It is also the perfect month to trek one of the most scenic trekking routes in Vietnam, from Ta Nang to Phan Dung in the central highlands.
Vietnam is home to countless caves and has emerged as one of the world’s leading caving destinations.
August is a great time to explore many of Vietnam’s most spectacular caves, including Paradise Caves, Tu Lan Caves, Hang En Cave, Dau Go Caves, Son Doong Cave, and many others.
Quang Binh Province, also known as the Kingdom of Caves, is a great destination to go caving.
Quang Binh is home to many of Vietnam’s most impressive caves, including Son Doong, Hang En, and Phong Nha.
No matter the month or the season, food is why many people visit Vietnam. You can find all the favorite dishes throughout the country in August. No matter if you want to enjoy Com Tam or Pho in the South, Mi Quang in central Vietnam or Bun Cha in the north.
August is an excellent time to enjoy the Vietnamese cuisine as popular restaurants and food stalls are less crowded than during peak tourist seasons, and food tours are more affordable.
Whether you’re in Ho Chi Ming City, Da Nang, Hanoi, or anywhere in-between, you should join a food tour to experience the local cuisine.
How is the Weather in Vietnam in August?
The climate in Vietnam differs between north, central, and south, and the mountainous regions both in the north and central Vietnam could be considered to have their distinctive climate as well.
In short, the weather is likely to be hot, wet, and humid. The rainy season is still very much in effect in Vietnam in August, particularly in South and North Vietnam, while Central Vietnam will be considered dry.
Temperatures will be high, but it will be slightly cooler on average than July and June. In Vietnam, like everywhere else, the weather will vary day by day and region by region.
If you’re lucky, you can have plenty of sunny days in August, even in the middle of the rainy season. But you may also find yourself looking for indoor activities due to heat, humidity, and rain.
Ho Chi Minh City and southern Vietnam will have afternoon showers and thunderstorms, Hanoi will be hot with heavy precipitation, but Central Vietnam will be nice and sunny with only occasional rain.
The weather in Northern Vietnam in August
The weather in northern Vietnam varies between Red River delta, including Hanoi, Ninh Binh, and Halong Bay, and northern mountainous regions, including Sapa and Ha Giang. But all-over northern Vietnam, August is generally one of the wettest months of the year.
Hanoi and the surrounding area has a humid subtropical climate with four seasons, hot and humid summers and mild winters. In August, you can expect Hanoi to be hot and humid with a lot of precipitation.
Sapa, Ha Giang and the northern mountain region has a highly seasonal climate with subtropical summers and temperate winters.
The mountain region has milder temperatures than Hanoi but gets considerably more rain. Sapa has an average precipitation of over 17 inches (450 mm) in August, making it one of the wettest areas in Vietnam.
The weather in Central Vietnam in August
Central Vietnam, including Da Nang, Hoi An, and Hue, has a tropical monsoon climate with typhoon/wet season and dry season. August in central Vietnam is pleasantly hot and dry, with a slight chance of typhoon towards the end of August.
If you’re looking for good weather for your Vietnam trip in August, central Vietnam is the place to visit. Although August has fewer average sunshine hours than June and July, at an average of 220 sunshine hours, it’s a lot higher than the year average.
The weather in Southern Vietnam in August
Southern Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta, has a tropical climate with two seasons, wet and dry. August is generally wet and hot in southern Vietnam.
You can expect afternoon rain and thunderstorms most days. Usually, the rain will only last and hour or two, but occasionally, it rains the whole day. The daily mean temperature in Ho Chi Minh City is over 30°F (27°C) in August.
The weather in Dalat and Buon Ma Thuot differs considerably from the rest of southern Vietnam due to its high elevation. Dalat has a relatively consistent mild weather year-round, which has earned Dalat the nickname City of Eternal Spring.
Best Tours in Vietnam in August
The most popular tours in Vietnam are the city food tours, and we recommend them any time of the year. In August, our most recommended tours are in the central region of Vietnam along with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Two Day Ta Nang to Phan Dung Trek
This tour allows you to trek Vietnam’s most scenic trekking route. You will hike through pine forests, across streams and rivers, up steep trails, and through beautiful openings with a breathtaking view of the countryside.
This tour is ideal for those who want to see authentic rustic Vietnam while enjoying a challenging trek.
The Hue Evening Street Food Experience
Hop on the back of a motorbike driven by a local student and visit five of the very best street food vendors in Hue. Taste the best dishes in town while your private guide gives you an informative briefing on Vietnamese food and culture.
Hoi An & the My Son Sanctuary | Full-Day Tour from Da Nang
Explore two of Vietnam’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a single day tour that takes you to the ancient town of Hoi An and the My Son Sanctuary, which is home to a magnificent array of 1,000-year-old Hindu temples.
Ba Na Hills and Da NangExperience Vietnam’s must-visit attractions in luxury and style on a full-day private tour that has it all.
Ascend the Ba Na Hills in a cable car and take in the stunning landscapes before you cross the Golden Bridge. Test out your haggling skills at the bustling Han Market and top a perfect day off with a relaxing massage at the Cham Spa.
Saigon’s Best Street Food
Discover the magic of Saigonese cuisine on a walking food tour through the city’s non-touristy District 7. Taste a variety of local dishes, navigate narrow alleys in search of street food stalls, and visit a small floating market where locals get their fresh produce.
The Hanoi City Highlights & Best Street Food
Make the most of an afternoon in Hanoi by visiting the city’s most monumental attractions and sampling some of Vietnam’s very best street food.
See the Temple of Literature, the Women’s Museum, Long Bien bridge, and the Hoa Lo Prison on an unforgettable tour that caters to anyone seeking in-depth knowledge about Vietnamese history, culture, and cuisine.
Like everywhere else, a lot depends on the weather in Vietnam, but no matter what, you’ll always have fun in this magnificent country!