Vietnam weather in May

The weather in Vietnam in May is characterised by a vivid transition from spring to summer. This month invites travellers to explore the country's rich cultural heritage and picturesque landscapes under favourable weather conditions. Here is our guide to the weather in Vietnam in May. 

What is the weather like in Vietnam in May?

May marks the transition from spring to summer in Vietnam, bringing with it varying weather conditions in different regions of the country.

In May, summer begins in the north. The days become warmer and the humidity increases. Sometimes, especially at the end of the month, heavy rain is possible in this region.

In the central regions, the weather is warm and sunny throughout May. It is a relatively dry month, making it ideal for beach holidays and outdoor activities.

In the south of the country, May is hot and humid, with occasional rains. Daytime temperatures can be quite warm and rainfall doesn't usually disrupt travel plans too much.

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Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam @ Shutterstock

Is it warm in Vietnam in May?

The weather in Vietnam in May is warm. The level of heat depends on which region you are in, but in May the temperatures will be about the same throughout the country.

May sees a gradual rise in temperatures in northern Vietnam, with daily highs ranging from 25 to 35°C (77-95°F). This marks the onset of summer, creating relatively warm and pleasant weather conditions.

The central regions enjoy warm and sunny weather in May, with daytime temperatures typically ranging from 25 to 35°C (77 to 95°F). The climate is suitable for active holidays and beach activities.

In May, the weather in southern Vietnam is hot and humid, with daytime temperatures ranging from 28 to 36°C (82 to 97°F). Despite the hot temperatures, this is a great time to explore the vibrant cities and enjoy a beach holiday.

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Is May a good time to visit Vietnam?

May is generally considered a favourable time to visit Vietnam and for good reason.
Firstly, May marks the beginning of summer in most regions of Vietnam. The weather is warm and generally favourable for outdoor activities, cultural exploration and beach holidays.

Also in May, many parts of Vietnam, especially the central and northern regions, boast lush green landscapes and bright colours. It is a perfect time for both nature lovers and photographers.

Central and southern coastal areas including Da Nang, Hoi An and Phu Quoc Island offer ideal beach weather with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

Among other things, various festivals and cultural events are often held throughout the country in May, giving travellers the opportunity to immerse themselves in Vietnam's traditions and celebrations.

Ninhbinh Ninh-Binh, Vietnam © John Bill/Shutterstock

Ninhbinh Ninh-Binh, Vietnam © John Bill/Shutterstock

What about the crowd and cost?

May is a popular month for travelling in Vietnam due to the pleasant weather. However, the number of tourists can vary depending on specific destinations and the timing of holidays.

Generally, May is less crowded compared to peak months or during New Year (Tet) celebrations. However, if you want to avoid possible crowds, it is better to travel in early May or visit less visited areas.

In terms of costs, May is considered a moderate spending month for travellers. Accommodation prices may be relatively stable or slightly higher due to increased demand from tourists enjoying the good weather.

Food costs remain moderate and you can still enjoy affordable street food and dining at local restaurants without significantly compromising your budget.

rice terraces of Yen Bai, Vietnam

Rice Terraces of Yen Bai, Vietnam

Average rainfall in May

The weather in Vietnam in May is characterised by varying amounts of rainfall across the country.

In the north of the country, May is the start of the summer season and this region sees an increase in rainfall. Average rainfall here can range from 100 to 200 mm (about 4 to 8 inches).

The central regions continue to experience relatively dry weather in May. Average rainfall remains low and is typically between 50 and 100 mm (about 2 to 4 inches).

May marks the beginning of the rainy season and an increase in rainfall in the south. Average rainfall can vary but is usually between 100 and 200 mm (about 4-8 inches) for the month.

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Halong Bay, Vietnam © Shutterstock

Bai Tu Long Bay, Halong Bay, Vietnam @ Shutterstock

What to wear in Vietnam in May?

In May in Vietnam, deciding what to wear depends on the specific region you plan to visit, as climatic conditions vary across the country.

In the north of the country, the days get warmer in May and humidity levels gradually increase. For daytime activities, choose light and breathable clothing. In case of cooler evenings, also bring light outerwear, especially if you are going to visit high-altitude areas such as Sapa. As it can sometimes rain in May, also carry an umbrella or mackintosh.

May is characterised by warm and sunny weather in the central regions, making it ideal for outdoor activities and beach time. Choose lightweight clothing for daytime wear. When planning a holiday in coastal areas, don't forget to bring swimwear and beachwear as well as sun protection.

In the south of the country, the weather in May is hot and humid and daytime temperatures can be quite high. It is therefore important to choose clothes that are as light, loose and breathable as possible. Regardless of the region you choose to visit, also make sure you have comfortable footwear for exploring the cities and outdoor activities.

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The 10 most beautiful places in Vietnam – as voted by you: Phu Quoc island, Sao beach, Vietnam © Pawel Michalowski/Shutterstock

Phu Quoc island, Vietnam © Pawel Michalowski/Shutterstock

What to do in Vietnam in May

The weather in Vietnam in May allows travellers to fully enjoy a wide range of activities including sightseeing, local culture and diverse landscapes.

Cruise Halong Bay

May is the perfect time to visit Halong Bay. Cruise through its stunning limestone karsts and emerald waters, explore hidden caves and enjoy breathtaking scenery.

Visit Hoi An

Visit the charming town of Hoi An, famous for its well-preserved architecture. Stroll along lantern-lit streets, visit ancient temples and savour local cuisine. 

You can also catch the Hoi An Lantern Festival in May. This festival is held on the 14th day of each lunar month, and May is the perfect time for it. During this time, the city is decorated with colourful lanterns and the river sparkles with floating candles.

Hit Vietnam's beaches

Don't miss the opportunity to relax on one of Vietnam's gorgeous beaches. Da Nang, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc Island are all popular destinations for sunbathing and water sports.

Hanoi puppet theatre

For a unique experience, head to Hanoi and witness puppet theatre on water. These puppet shows are a mesmerising form of Vietnamese performance.


Vesak (Buddha's Birthday), celebrated on the 15th day of the fourth lunar month, typically falls in May. This is an important Buddhist festival, and in Vietnam, it's marked with religious ceremonies, processions, and the lighting of lanterns. The pagodas and temples across the country come alive with celebrations.

All in all, May offers a fantastic mix of cultural experiences and natural beauty. Whether you're exploring bustling cities or serene landscapes, Vietnam has something for every traveller this month.

Olga Sitnitsa

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Olga Sitnitsa

updated 14.05.2024

Online editor at Rough Guides, specialising in travel content. Passionate about creating compelling stories and inspiring others to explore the world.

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