Vietnam - weather & travel conditions in December

Vietnam Weather in December

December is said to be good time to travel in Vietnam.

The weather during the month is favorable for much of the country especially in the North and South with dry weather dominates throughout the month.

The North of Vietnam is now in the middle of dry winter with very little rain expected. The temperature stays cool at an average of 22oC in Hanoi and other parts of Red River Delta whilst it is average of 17oC on the mountainous areas.

Towards the end of the month, light drizzle or mist and cold temperature can be expected along with occasional winter monsoon.

Travel condition is much improved in the Central of Vietnam since the area is getting out of wet season especially towards the second half of the month.

The average temperature stays around 22 to 24oC with the weather is warmer when heading further south.

Central Highland areas including Da Lat remains in good condition with dry, clear days however it can be cold, especially in the evenings.

Average temperature across the South of the country stays at around 29oC. Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta offer good condition with mild weather and clear days. Beaches of Mui Ne, Vung Tau and Phu Quoc are now basking in sunshine promising excellent swimming.

Events in December


Like elsewhere in the world, the Christmas also celebrated in Vietnam. The celebration actually for the Vietnamese Christians but being influenced by western culture and as a new fashion, the others also join in the atmosphere for fun.

In Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other big cities of the country the night of 24th December is normally exciting with people come down on streets to join in the crowd. During this time you can join with locals for the mass in churches available almost everywhere.

christmas in hanoi vietnam
Christmas in Hanoi, 2022. Source:

New Year’s Eve

Though not important as the Lunar New Year, the 1st of December is a public holiday in the Vietnam and workers have a day off from work.

The New Year’ Eve is celebrated as a public event rather than a festival.

People normally gather for public activities and performances. Streets are decorated with flowers, banners and lights and there are also fire work organized in big cities.

This is a good time to join with locals and you can also find special parties organized in hotels, bars and restaurants.

How to do and what to expect if travel to Vietnam in December?

If you plan to travel to Vietnam during December then it is very easy to build up an ambitious itinerary of your own.

In the North of Vietnam, all places are expected to be dry though the temperature in general is relatively low an on the mountainous areas in particular so, warm clothing is needed. Also, due to monsoon, foggy air or light drizzle is expected especially from the second half of the month.

Apart from main destinations like Hanoi and Ha Long Bay and the other places around the Red River Delta, the mountainous areas also promise good trekking and discovery. Anyway, if you are a photo hunter, you should check the weather well in advance as the view could be sometime disappointed.

Places in the Centre such as Hue, Hoi An should be good to visit though beaches in Quy Nhon and Nha Trang are not so warm to enjoy swimming. Good condition happens throughout the South of Vietnam promising good explore. If you are beach lover then all beaches in the south from Mui ne down to Phu Quoc are absolutely good choices.

December is proved to be a good month for active styles such as trekking or biking. If you prefer classic style of travel then all the main destinations could be put into the itinerary without any hesitation.

Travel conditions for places

 Ba Be Lake
 Bac Ha
 Bach Ma NP
 Ban Gioc Waterfall
 Buon Ma Thuot
 Can tho
 Cao Bang
 Cat Ba Island
 Chau Doc
 Con Dao Island
 Cu Chi Tunnel
 Da Lat
 Da Nang
 Dien Bien Phu
 Dong Van
 Former DMZ
 Ha Giang
 Ha Long Bay
 Ho Chi Minh City
 Hoa Lu ancient capital
 Hoang Su Phi
 Hoi An
 Lai Chau
 Lang son
 Mai Chau
 Mu Cang Chai
 Mui Ne
 My Lai
 My Son Holyland
 My Tho
 Nha Trang
 Ninh Binh
 Phong Nha Ke Bang NP
 Phu Quoc Island
 Pu Luong
 Quy Nhon
 Son La
 Tam Coc
 Vung Tau

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