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Vietnam in October | The Complete Guide

What to do and where to go in Vietnam in October? Is the rainy season over? Is it hot in Vietnam in October? We have made this complete guide to Vietnam in October to answer all your questions.



October is a great month to visit Northern Vietnam. Areas such as Sa Pa, Ha Giang, Hanoi, Ninh Binh and Halong bay are fantastic places to visit in October. Regardless of whether you go to Hanoi for a weekend city trip or 3-week itinerary exploring Vietnam in October, you will not be disappointed.

What to Expect in Vietnam in October

As always in Vietnam, you can expect friendly people, adventure, magnificent nature and great food. But for the month of October you can also expect great trekking conditions and the cool weather in Northern Vietnam will make for fantastic motorbike trip through Sa Pa, Ha Giang and surrounding area.

The Weather in Vietnam in October

Due to Vietnam’s size, weather various greatly between regions. In October the temperatures will drop in Northern Vietnam and there will be less humidity. In Central Vietnam’s coastal regions, October is generally by far the wettest month of the year with risk of heavy storms. Southern Vietnam will experience less rain and start transitioning into the dry season.

The Weather in Northern Vietnam in October

Northern Vietnam will not let you down in October. The hot summer has ended and autumn taken over with its beautiful flower blossoms. With reduced heat and humidity, the second half of October also marks the end of the rainy season, although there may be occasional rain showers throughout the month of October.

In the mountainous Northern Vietnam areas such as Sa Pa and Ha Giang will have as average daily mean temperatures of 16-17 °C and clear air making the region perfect for trekking during October.

Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long Bay and surrounding area will see reduced temperature, humidity and rain during October. Weather is usually pleasant in this area, particularly towards second half of October with average daily mean temperature of 25°C.



The Weather in Central Vietnam in October

October is usually the rainiest month in Central Vietnam coastal area with an average of 18-20 rainy days. Da Nang and Hoi An get average monthly precipitation of 650mm (25”), which is more than double the average precipitation in September. Nha Trang will get its share of rain as well but average temperatures will be higher than Da Nang.

Heavy storms do happen occasionally in Central Vietnam in October but monsoons are rare.

In the Central Highlands around Da Lat and Buon Ma Thuot, October is generally rainy although it rains less than in September. Temperatures will be mild with around average mean of 18-23°C depending on the area.

The Weather in Southern Vietnam in October

October marks the beginning of the end of the rainy season in Southern Vietnam. Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) has an average of 20 rain days in October and precipitation of 266mm (10”). But there is considerable less rain at end of October than the beginning of the month.

Where to go in Vietnam in October

Northern Vietnam is definitely the area to visit in Vietnam in October although Saigon, Mekong Delta, Hoi An and Da Lat will always have their appeal as well. Mekong Delta’s river system will have plenty of water from the rainy season and Da Lat will be charming with its blossoming wild sunflowers.

Ha Giang



October is the perfect time to visit Ha Giang. Once Vietnam’s best kept secret is increasingly becoming a popular tourist destination. Many tourists explore Ha Giang on motorbikes while others choose to trek the Northern province. A 350km Ha Giang Loop can be made on motorbike in 4-5 days while several tour companies offer anywhere from 1 day to multi-day trekking trips through the area.

October is when the buckwheat flowers and rice flowers in Ha Giang blossom and turn the rough mountains into fields of colorful flowers. The flower blossoming turn Ha Giang into one of the most picture-perfect place in Vietnam.

The weather in ha Giang is usually pleasant around October. Cool nights and sunny days although there will be some possibility of rain.

Hanoi

Hanoi in October has a special place in Vietnamese folklore, poems and lyrics due to the beauty the autumn brings to Hanoi. One of the symbols of the autumn in Hanoi is the milk flower. The milk flowers will blossom in Hanoi in October and cover streets in pristine white flowers.

Visiting Hanoi in October, you’ll witness the change of the seasons. With autumn taking over from the hot summer. Temperature will drop and rainy season will come to an end with daily average mean temperature being around 25°C. There is no better time than October to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter in Hanoi.

October is also the month when Hanio celebrates the day Ly Thai To choose Hanoi as the capital of Vietnam more than 1,000 years ago.



Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a popular destination all year around. Visiting Halong Bay during the summer months can be risky as the heavy summer rain and unpredictable weather can affect planned tours and cruises. But visiting Halong Bay in October, you won’t have to worry about that as the sea will be calm and weather nice.

Famous for its 1,600 limestone islands and pillars, Halong Bay is located 3-hour drive from Hanoi. Several tour operators offer day trips from Hanoi to Halong Bay but we recommend doing 2-3 day cruise of the bay. The best of Halong Bay cannot be explored in a single day.

The calm sea in October makes the bay perfect for kayaking and exploring the many islands and caves in the area.

Halong bay has long been one of Vietnam’s most spectacular tourist attraction and in 1994, it became Vietnam’s second UNESCO Heritage Site after Hue.

Mekong Delta

The Mekong River Delta is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Southern Vietnam, particularly during the winter months. The Mekong River Delta is a large network of rivers spanning over 40,000 square km (15,000 square miles).

The tourist area in Mekong Delta is only 2 hours drive or speedboat ride from Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Alternatively, tourists can stay in the city of Can Tho which is right in the heart of Mekong Delta.

Many tourists only spend a day in Mekong Delta but we recommend spending at least 2 days as there is much to see and visit in the Mekong Delta area. We recommend visiting Cai Rang Floating Market, Vinh Trang Pagoda, Cai Be Fruit Orchard and Tra Su Mangrove Forest.

What to do in Vietnam in October

Trekking

October is a great time for hiking in Vietnam, particularly in places such as Sa Pa, Ha Giang and Mu Cang Chai in Northern Vietnam. Central Vietnam highlands are less suitable for trekking in October due to the rain but still remain a popular destination.

Trekking is an excellent way of exploring Vietnam’s rural areas. There are lots of tour operators offering trekking trips throughout Vietnam. They offer anything from few hour treks in areas such as Mekong Delta to 12+ day treks through Sa Pa or the national parks.

What to Wear In Vietnam in October

What to pack for Vietnam in October will depend on where you plan to go. But generally you should be packing summer clothes such as sandals, shorts and t-shirts but you may want to keep the raincoat handy as well. If you plan to travel up north you may want to bring trousers and a jacket.

If you plan to visit Central Vietnam coastal areas such as Da Nang, Hoi An or Nha Trang, make sure to pack your raincoat, pants and even a poncho.