Vietnam - weather & travel conditions in May

Vietnam Weather in May

In Vietnam, May is the first month of summer. The country is now under the blue sky and sunshine. Despite the concern of raising temperature, May is still a good time to visit Vietnam.

  • In the North of the country, with Hanoi is the centre, the average temperature of May stays at around 31°C. Refreshing downpours may come once a week for a short time each. In far north mountainous areas such as Sa Pa and Ha Giang, the weather is more favourable and stays at an average of 27°C. Coastal areas and beaches like Halong Bay and Cat Ba Islands through sharing summer feature but rather comfortable thanks to the ocean breeze.
  • The weather in Centre of Vietnam, including Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Quy Nhon, is on its way to the peak of summer with sunshine and blue skies dominate the whole way of the month and the average temperature stays at around 33°C. Beaches in this area proved to be a good choice. The Centre Highland with its high elevation is expected to offer cooler weather and good condition to explore.
  • Climate in South of Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne, Mekong Delta & Phu Quoc starts to welcome frequent refreshing short downpours in the afternoon that help to bring down the temperature and make it more relieved than the previous month. The average temperature in this area during May will stay at around 32°C.

May Average Temperature and Precipitation in various locations in Vietnam


Average Temperature in °C (°F)

Temperature Precipitation in mm (in)

Buon Ma Thuot

25.6 (78.1)

237 (9.3)

Can Tho

27.7 (81.9)

177 (7.0)

Cao Bang

25.9 (78.6)

184 (7.2)

Da Lat

19.3 (66.7)

208 (8.2)

Dien Bien Phu

25.5 (77.9)

187 (7.4)

Ha Giang

26.7 (80.1)

311 (12.2)

Ha Long Bay

26.8 (80.2)

170 (6.7)


27.4 (81.3)

165 (6.5)

Hoi An

28.8 (83.8)

125 (4.9)

Ho Chi Minh City

28.8 (83.8)

207 (8.1)


28.2 (82.8)

102 (4.0)

Phu Quoc

28.4 (83.1)

298 (11.7)


23.8 (74.8)

245 (9.6)

Quang Ngai

28.3 (82.9)

99 (3.9)

Qui Nhon

29.1 (84.4)

84 (3.3)

Sa Pa

18.9 (66.0)

346 (13.6)


27.7 (81.9)

132 (5.2)

Yen Bai

26.7 (80.1)

219 (8.6)

May Average Temperature & Precipitation in various locations in Vietnam


International Labors Day

This is a public holiday in Vietnam just after another one – The Reunification Day in 30th April. During this time Vietnamese workers have time off for connecting holidays and you will see streets are excitingly decorated with lights, flowers, banners and so on and resident houses also required to hang national flags. For Vietnamese, this is the first summer vacation and they tend to travel somewhere away to enjoy it. For you, it is good time to wander though calm streets and take picture of exciting colors.

What to do and expect if travel to Vietnam in May?

May stays amongst good months to travel in Vietnam. This month offers lots of clear days with blue sky and beaches along the country often being good choice. For those who want to get suntan then this is good time to get it here.

Long biking or outdoor adventures are more than possible whilst walking and easy style travel is more than appropriate. Just drink enough water and dress light, loose fitting.

In the far north mountainous areas of Vietnam including Sa Pa are in rice transplanting season making the scenery one of two best – time - to - visit of the year.

If you wish to have an off bitten track journey, a discovery on zeep and/or bike is a great idea. Up there, the temperature is normally 5 or 6°C lower than in the lowland making it good condition for trekking and exploring landscapes. Da Lat in the Central Highland with the same conditions is also put high on the list.

Other highlights along the country can be put into your itinerary without hesitation depending on your taste and time schedule.

Check our Vietnam tours and multi countries Southeast Asia tours (incluse Vietnam) to find best tour for you!

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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