Vietnam returns to its best with dry conditions expected throughout much of the country. Both the north and south enjoy sunshine whilst the central region steps out of its wet season, meaning the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang are back on the menu (joining the in season Phu Quoc, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne). There is a variation in the temperature from one end of the country to the other with the south being close to its hottest and the north experiencing cooler weather.
January is one of the driest months of the year in Hanoi and the north. Whilst you can expect plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies, temperatures in the north will remain quite cool (avg temp: 18 °C). Rainfall is at its lowest in January although a misty haze is not unusual, especially in coastal areas and around Halong Bay. In the far north conditions are dry but chilly and sometimes foggy, especially at night, so suitable clothing is recommended.
The weather in the centre of Vietnam is improving as the wet season draws to an end and prolonged rainfall becomes unlikely, especially during the 2nd half of the month (avg temp: 23°C). The change sees the beaches at Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang shake off their winter coats and return to their glory days. Dalat and the Central Highlands are dry but chilly, especially at night so suitable clothing is recommended.
It is all good news in the south with some of the best conditions of the year; blue skies and little, if any, rain expected across the region. The beaches within easy reach of Ho Chi Minh City - Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai - are basking in sunshine. As are the southern islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao. Ho Chi Minh City remains a little cooler with low humidity (avg temp: 26°C).
From your morning noodles to the northern hills