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Vietnam in September | The Complete Guide

Vietnam in September | The Complete Guide

Are you heading to Vietnam in September? There are plenty of reasons to make September the month you go. Whether it is to celebrate Vietnamese independence day or take advantage of the cooler temperature and diminishing tourist crowds, read on for the complete guide on what to do and where to go in Vietnam in September.

September marks the end of the summer, so the temperature drops a few degrees compared to the summer months of August and July. In Northern-Vietnam there is still rain, but it is not as heavy as from June to August. It is also the start of the harvesting season in the mountainous areas making the terraced riced fields turn a striking golden color.

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Weather in Vietnam in September

North Vietnam

North Vietnam is edging towards the end of its summer, although you can still expect plenty of hot weather as well as some rain (avg temp: 28 °C). In the far north, the weather in Sapa is starting to improve, making trekking an option once again. Late September is a particularly picturesque time of year to visit Mu Cang Chai, as the region’s endless rice fields turn a golden color, ready for the harvest.

Central Vietnam

Throughout the month, rain is on the increase in the central cities of Hoi An, Hue, and Da Nang. Temperatures drop a bit, and stormy weather can be expected towards the end of the month.

Dalat and the Central Highlands are very wet now, making trekking and adventure activities unadvisable, and some of the caves in Phong Nha may be off-limits due to flooding.

South Vietnam

The south remains wet, although rainfall is decreasing as the month progresses. Temperatures stay high, and while frequent rain is expected, you can also still expect plenty of dry and bright daylight hours (avg temp: 28°C).


Cultural Events in September

Independence Day

National Independence day falls on September second. The day commemorates when Ho Chi Minh read the declaration of independence of Vietnam at Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi.


tional flags are hung all over the streets and parades roll through the major boulevards of the major cities of the country. Veterans treat it as an occasion to reflect on the triumph over the French colonialist and American military. For the younger generation, it is merely a holiday opportunity to visit families and friends or travel around.

Fireworks are set off throughout the country, expect the most impressive displays to be in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

Mid Autumn Festival

The full moon festival is a time for the farmers to celebrate a fruitful harvesting season with their families. This usually involves people parading throughout the streets with drums and whistles.

The festivities typically end in a yard or on the top of someone’s house feasting on grapefruits, green rice, and moon cakes while taking in the beauty of the full moon.


If you’re in Hanoi for the Mid-Autumn Festival, be sure to visit Hàng Mã and Lương Văn Can. These streets are packed with a variety of toys and lanterns. At 87 Mã Mây, where you can watch local artisans preparing festival crafts. On the eve of Mid-autumn, the Youth Theatre on Ngô Thì Nhậm Street and the Children’s Palace on Lý Thái Tổ Street host children’s musical shows.

Hội An

Hội An is famous for its full moon celebrations year-round. For the Mid-autumn Festival, this riverside town kicks the party up a notch. Locals and travelers pour into the Ancient Town on foot. Dancers and their drumming troupes prowl the streets, performing in front of pagodas and businesses. 

Ho Chi Minh City

The area of Chợ Lớn in Ho Chi Minh City is home to exciting Mid-autumn festivities. Stop by Lương Như Hộc Street, famous for its lanterns, masks and lion heads overflowing on the sidewalks. This is the perfect spot to pick up a souvenir lion head. The shop at 109 Triệu Quang Phục Street has been selling lion heads to the city’s best dancers for five decades.


Best Places to Visit in September


Hanoi in September is frequently mentioned in several Vietnamese poems and songs because of the beauty and romance in the air during this time. Hanoi at this time of year has a cool and comfortable temperature being the transition phase from summer to autumn.

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Visiting Sapa during this month is exceptionally memorable during the harvesting season. The terraced rice fields are more vibrant than any other time of the year, and many farmers come out to harvest. The temperature in Sapa in September usually hovers around 15 degrees making it the ideal weather to go for a hike.

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Hoi An

Hoi An is another must visit destination when heading to Vietnam in September. Accommodations become less crowded as the tourist traffic lessens—the peak tourist season has passed. September, however, with a more temperate weather, is a great month to visit Hoi An.

Bach Ma National Park, Hue

Bach Ma National Park is one of the most sought after national parks in Vietnam to go hiking. Especially in this season, you will find the red carpet of azaleas beautifully blooming, making it a perfect time to go.

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Truc Lam Bach Ma Zen Monastery located inside the park, is also a can’t miss when you are in the area.

Phu Quoc

With the rainy season coming to a close in September, Phu Quoc is an ideal location to include on your Vietnam itinerary in September. The island is located just off the Mekong Delta and has some of the most beautiful stretches of beaches in Vietnam.

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Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is worth visiting all year round but with the rain slowing down in September and the tourist crowds diminishing , makes for a great time to visit.

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