“Is July a good time to visit Vietnam?” is one of the most frequently asked questions from tourists before travelling. July is the middle month of the summer. The coastal central part and offshore islands are basking in the beautiful sunshine, which are the main draws of Vietnam in July. The international visitors are relatively fewer than the other months, while you can counter many Vietnamese families at famous destinations. Read on as we will show you some places to visit in terms of weather, travel cost and tourist flow.
In Vietnam, July is mixed in terms of weather and shares quite the same weather pattern with June.
Northern Vietnam includes Hanoi, Halong Bay, Mai Chau, Ha Giang, Sapa and other provinces.
North Vietnam is in the rainy season in July. Expect plenty of hot spells and humid weather because the region is in the middle of summer time. The average daily temperature remains at its peak this month at around 84°F (29°C), typically in Hanoi.
It is a bit cooler in mountainous areas like Sapa, Ha Giang,.. There are possibly heavy rains, soaking the moutains, which makes hiking off the mountain be somehow affected. But if you are a nature seeker, you can still choose to enjoy the majestic landscape of rice terraced rice fields. Minor storms can happen sometimes in north Vietnam this time of year and might affect Halong Bay cruises. You are advised to bring rain gear, and have plan B for the day with most outdoor time.
My Khe beach
The Central of Vietnam stretches from Quang Binh, Hue, Danang, Hoi An to southern central provinces like Nha Trang, Mui Ne.
This region remains hot and predominantly dry with some light showers expected. The plenty of sunshine and blue skies can be seen throughout the coastal region. The average temperature remains higher than the north, at around 88°F (31°C). Sightseeings should be planned earlier in the morning or late afternoon. From Quang Binh to Hoi An experience the similar conditions, however to Dalat and West Central Highlands, the atmosphere is much more pleasant.
Rains are usually limited to intermittent showers. In Danang, Hoi An, afternoon light showers may reduce the heat temporarily. Travel southwards, the summer monsoons drop plenty of rain on Dalat & West Central Highlands.
Coffee with view in Dalat
Southern Vietnam in July is in the summer mode, expecting dry and bright daylight hours. The average temperature is 86°F (30°C). The area is still well and truly into the wet season with daily downpours to be expected. The showers are slightly heavier than the previous months. After such day-long rains, you'll probably experience some floods in Ho Chi Minh City, while the sea can be a bit rough, and transportation delays are likely. It’s wise to have a backup plan in the event for the day with most outdoor activities.
If you're planning to visit any Southern beaches like Phu Quoc, be prepared as this is rainy season there. However, the weather is hot during the day, with an average of about 35°C, and very cool at night.
Orchad in Mekong Delta
The international visits remain less than earlier in the year. However, July falls in the middle of domestic high season tourism. Vietnamese students are on their summer vacation, when local families enjoy their holidays, especially on the weekends. If you are planning a beach vacation, keep in mind that beach resorts like Nha Trang, Phu Quoc, plus top destinations such as Halong Bay, Danang will get crowded. As a result, it is hard to expect any discount at the hotel or restaurant which aims at domestic tourists. However, for international hotels, you can find good deals. You should reserve your hotel rooms one or two months in advance due to the high demand.
The exception is in the big cities, where costs can be among the lowest of the year (for example, July is the cheapest month of the year in Ho Chi Minh City).
Sapa is located in the hilly north of Vietnam. Its average temperature is 9-12°F (5-8°C) cooler than Hanoi. With its colourful architecture, breathtaking rice terraces, and rich minority culture, this summer hideaway is ideal for escaping the heat of July.
Because of the intense rain, hiking may not be recommended during this time. However, you still can enjoy the visit to ethnic villages, meet the local residents, get a glimpse of mountainous life and go to sapa markets. Spend leisure time to have a cup of coffee in the clouds and enjoy the mist winding around you.
Travel tip: Bring warm layer or two of clothing for the cooler evenings and comfortable walking shoes for hiking days.
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3.2. Mai Chau
Located in a peaceful valley, Mai Chau is a place to enjoy the peace of the Vietnamese countryside. In Mai Chau, there are a lot of remote small villages of Thai people, who preserve their unique culture quite well. You can choose to stay overnight at a homestay to experience local life or spend a night in a modest hotel. This region is famous for its easy charming hiking route. Many other people explore Mai Chau by bicycle as the valley is quite flat.
If you are seeking the best view of the Mai Chau rice field, the first half of July is a good time. In the fields, people are busy harvesting the smell of straw smoke. The weather is pleasant and the scenery fascinates all visitors. This is the time when more tourists come to Mai Chau. The ripe rice only lasts 1 to 2 weeks, then all the fields will be filled with water to prepare for the new planting season.
Mai Chau rice field
Hanoi is the capital of the country, but isn't the largest city. The city is a place for every traveller. July is the warmest month, with an average temperature of 91˚F (33˚C) with humidity at its peak. It will be a great way to immerse yourself with locals and learn the local language. From several historical museums to underrated monuments to extravagant nightlife, Hanoi offers everything all together. You can start your tour with the Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi Opera House and lots of the city's museums. Nightlife of Hanoi is so vibrant at Hanoi Old Quarter, featured by Ta Hien beer street. Let's taste excellent Vietnamese cusine while going shopping in the night market.
West Lake, Hanoi
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3.4. Halong Bay
Halong Bay in July has a high daily temperature and humidity. It regularly feels a lot warmer than it really is. The temperature varies from 81-98°F (29-37°C). During nighttime, the atmosphere may cool down a little bit. Travel to Halong Bay in July, you should prepare for the rainy days as the downpour and even storms can happen. Be sure to check the weather forecast and keep contact with the cruise operator to best arrange your trip.
Another amazing and as highly visited as Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay has more majestic limestone mountains. So a cruise trip to Lan Ha Bay is normally less affected by storms than to Halong Bay. Apart from going on a cruise trip, tourists can enjoy several natural sandy beaches, experience the local culture of Viet Hai village, and discover Cat Ba national park as well.
Swimming in Lan Ha Bay
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3.5. Da Nang
July is the last month of the dry season. While other regions enter the rainy season quite early, you can rest assured that the weather forecast in Da Nang in July is mostly sunny. Since it is the last month of the dry season, there will sometimes be a few insignificant sporadic rains. The most prominent are the beaches that still retain their charm. There is nothing more wonderful than rushing to the sea to enjoy the blue sea paradise with golden sand, soaking in the cool water to dispel the heat. Son Tra peninsula is a destination for those who are passionate about the beauty of the mountains and forests, and want to enjoy the feeling of conquering heights on winding roads. Not only that, the outstanding architectural works also create modern beauty and become a symbol of the worth living.
Linh Ung Pagoda on Son Tra peninsula
3.6. Hoi An
Hoi An shares the similar weather with Danang in July, and it is still a good time to throw little cultural explorations into the mix. Hoi An in July is even hotter than in June with an average temperature of 91°F (33°C) in the daytime. This UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site city has plenty of cultural relics and historic buildings. If cycling requires too much effort in the summer heat, you can zip around Hoi An and the surrounding countryside on a Vespa. Start your day a bit early to avoid the heat, you can gasp at the stunning landscapes, and discover the vibrant markets and mesmerising antiquity of pagodas and ancient houses. Besides, the Lantern Festival is always attractive, which is usually held on the full moon days of each month.
Thu Bon river
3.7. Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta in July is less crowded than the other months as the rainy season tends to deter travellers. However, with impressive winding waterways and especially the ripe orchards, this time of year is highly worth your visit. River itself plays an instrumental role in the lives of many Vietnamese people, not only providing water for agriculture but also a means of transportation and support for the local farming and fishing. Get up a little bit early to experience bustling life in the Cai Rang floating market. Then try local delicacy, taste the fresh tropical fruits in the orchards. Don’t miss a sampan ride through the narrow canals with fruit trees lining two sides. Stop to wander around local villages, you can interact with super friendly local people.
Travel tip: Take clothes that will dry quickly as much of the Mekong Delta is easily accessed by boat and the heavy rains mean that things are often damp or wet.
Visit Mekong on a boat
3.8. Nha Trang
In July, Nha Trang is one of the top-drawn destinations for beach vacations. Pack your towel and sunscreen and head to the dry beach of Nha Trang. You will feel the cool sea breezes at sunset, stroll on the soft, white, sandy beaches with your bare feet. You can choose a wide range of water sports for fun in the sun. Jump in a speed boat to offshore islands to see more emerald sea water. Treat yourself to a seafood feast at a local restaurant. Like in other Vietnam's coastal cities, seafood will never disappoint you in Nha Trang.
Kitesurfing in Nha Trang
3.9. Mui Ne
Mui Ne is not only a magnetic point for sand dunes, natural beauty but also the clean rock-free water to swim. Red and White Sands create perfect places for you to slide down the slopes. In addition to immersing yourself in the cool sea water, you can enjoy sports games like surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, scuba-diving, just to name a few. If you have time, visit the local fishing village, where you can see people catching fish and taste the variety of the fresh seafood.
Red Sand dunes
Tra Co Festival (5/7 - 08/07/2024)
The festival is held from 30/5 to 3/6 of the lunar calendar annually in the seaside city of Mong Cai. This week-long feudal-era festival commemorates the spiritual guardian of the community. A colourful procession to the beach is followed by traditional games and celebrations.
Tra Co festival
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