Vietnam weather & when to go: December

December overview

It continues to be good news for much Vietnam with optimum conditions in both the north and south, as well as an improving situation in central regions as the rains start to decrease. 

The pick of the beaches remain Phu Quoc, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, and towards the end of the month Nha Trang becomes a good option again. In the mountains and highlands good conditions continue although temperatures are low, especially at night.

Very Good
Not Advised

Annual overview

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December's weather in detail

North Vietnam

Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai, Ninh Binh & Mai Chau

The good news continues in the north with little rain expected and moderate temperatures throughout the region (avg temp: 19°C). Infact, December is one of the driest months of the year in Hanoi and the north. In the far northern mountains of Mu Cang Chai, Sapa and Ha Giang the conditions remain excellent with dry, clear days however it can be cold, especially in the evenings, so suitable clothing is recommended.

Central Vietnam

Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, Dalat & Central Highlands

Whilst conditions undoubtedly start to improve in central regions with a significant drop in rainfall, stormy weather is still a possibility especially early in December. More rainfall is expected in Hue than in Hoi An whilst throughout the region temperatures are close to their lowest for the year, although still far from chilly (avg temp: 24°C).  Towards the south, Nha Trang will be seeing rainfall, although this steadily declines through the month. In Dalat conditions remain excellent with dry, clear days however it can be cold, especially in the evenings.

South Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Mekong Delta, Ho Tram & Long Hai, Con Dao & Phu Quoc

It’s all good news in the south with some of the best conditions of the year: blue skies and little, if any, rain can be expected across the region in December. The beaches within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City - Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai - are basking in sunshine. The southern islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao are also enjoying sunny days and warm weather, whilst Ho Chi Minh City remains a little cooler with low humidity (avg temp: 26°C).If you're considering a Christmas holiday in Vietnam, head to the south.

 Where's the sun and sand?

Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Long Hai & Ho Tram, Con Dao, Phu Quoc

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