Vietnam weather & when to go: May

May overview

May remains amongst the better months to travel in Vietnam despite it being a slightly mixed bag in terms of weather. The central region is close to its peak whilst the south slowly begins to slip towards its wet season, especially towards the end of the month bring with it a welcome relief from the steamy heat of the past few months.  The north is also starting to see more rain although temperatures are rising as it heads into its hot, sticky summer. In truth all the beaches remain good options although we tend to favour the beaches of Hoi An, Danang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc.

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May's weather in detail

North Vietnam

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

Temperatures are rising in the north along with the chance of rain although dry days are still prevalent (avg temp: 29 °C). In the mountains conditions remain good with May being a good month to explore Mu Cang Chai and the Sapa region, whilst Ha Giang to the east starts to see more rain.

Central Vietnam

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

What’s to say – it’s sunshine and blue skies all the way for the centre of Vietnam with the beaches of Hoi An, Danang and Nha Trang at their best (avg temp: 30 °C). Further north Hue is also is also enjoying good weather. To the west up in the Central Highlands and in Dalat rainfall is on the increase although far from its peak and you can still expect plenty of dry spells.

South Vietnam

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

Throughout the month the likelihood of rain will increase, although this helps to bring down the high temperatures of the past few months and you can still expect plenty of dry spells (avg temp: 28°C). Rain tends to fall in the afternoon often in short, heavy downpours. Despite the odd downpour, favourable diving conditions continue around the island of Con Dao in May. 

 Where's the sun and sand?

Hoi An, Danang, Quy Nhon & Nha Trang are the pick of the bunch. Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai, Con Dao & Phu Quoc will experience sunny days with the chance of rain.

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