For a lot of American/European citizens, Vietnam is associated with the blood-thirsty war that took more than three million innocent lives and almost crippled the US economy. However, today this country boasts one of the fastest-growing economies and the tourists really love what it has to offer. It’s safe to say that the majority of visitors are afraid of the rainy season in Vietnam and tend to pick other destinations for their leisure time.
But we’re here to tell you that it’s nothing to be afraid of and that there are a lot of benefits of traveling to this majestic country during the wet season. The weather is not perfect, that’s true, and downpours are a common thing during these months, but if you’re after the real deal and want the full experience (the culture, the people, the atmosphere), make sure to embrace the rainy season in Vietnam and open yourself up to new discoveries.
When Does The Rainy Season Start In Vietnam?
In the southern part of the country (look at the picture above), the wet season starts in April all the way up to September (sometimes even October), while June/July/August are the most rain-heavy months of the year. So, how much rain is that? Ten to eleven inches a month – that’s like the average amount for a year in most places!
The November-April season is pretty great: it’s cool, dry, there’s less humidity and you can breathe in the clean air. The May-October season is extremely hot and it rains all the time; if moisture is a big problem for you, make sure not to visit Vietnam during these months.
The southern territories are hot and humid pretty much 365 days a year, while the north (look at the picture below) is famous for the cool and delightful weather in December-February, with the temperature getting as low as 60 Fahrenheit (that’s about 15-16 Celsius). It’s sunny in the north in Oct-Dec, and the temperature is perfect for a getaway trip.
But don’t “bury” the south just yet: the “Rainy season in Vietnam” phrase doesn’t automatically mean that it’s raining 24/7. Usually, it rains for an hour or so in the morning/afternoon (can be pretty scary, though, with flooding and stuff), and then the whole day will be at your disposal. And once you experience that clean, cool, life-defining air after a downpour, you’ll fall in love with it!
So, Why The Rainy Season In Vietnam Is Great?
As mentioned above, the monsoon season is when you’ll get to really experience this wonderful country and understand what it’s all about. From a cultural standpoint, the dry season is nothing compared to the rainy months.
In the West, a downpour is considered to be a disaster and people often skip work/school when that happens. But these folks are used to wrestling with nature and drive around with smiles on their faces when the rain is heavy and the roads are flooded. Just buy a rain poncho, get on your bike (you can rent it for cheap) and drive into the rain. There’s nothing quite like it!
Furthermore, as a general rule, prices are low during the rainy season in Vietnam, and you can save up to 20, 30 or even 50 percent on hotels, rooms, food, and gifts for your family members. It’s a common practice to lower the prices during the not-so-friendly months, which gives you an opportunity to enjoy the country even if you aren’t a particularly rich person.This is the #1 rule of business: if there are fewer clients buying your stuff, make it cheaper and smile back. The shops/vendors/restaurants are more welcoming during the “bad” season and will be glad to sell you something truly valuable for half-the-price.
One On One With The Landmarks
When it comes to the rainy season Vietnam has a lot of pros. First of all, as we just established, it doesn’t rain 24 hours a day and you’ll have plenty of time to go out and have fun with the sun shining and the sky bright and beautiful. The hotel/house owners will be happy to drop the price significantly (up to 50 %!), and you’ll be treated as royalty (well, almost).
As for the countryside, it’s worth mentioning that it will be a lot more green (with beautiful trees and bushes) than in the dry season. But sometimes, the flood creates potholes on the road, so, beware! Want to have a selfie at the Grand Palace, Angkor or any other majestic place? The fact that there are considerably fewer folks huddling during these months means you’ll get more room to make a perfect pic.
The downsides include the angry mosquitoes, the bad roads, and the occasional flooding. Oh, and the beaches will be off-limits. Apart from that, Vietnam is the closest thing to paradise when you’ve got the cheap (and delicious) food, nice tenants and all the tourist sites at your disposal.
If traveling to exotic countries means getting the most of the local culture and keeping your family budget alive and well, then you should reconsider the rainy season in Vietnam and find the hidden pleasures behind the scary tourist tales. We highly encourage you all to stop listening to the rumors and give rainy Vietnam a chance. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with it?