Being at the central of Vietnam, Hoi An experiences almost all characteristics of the tropical climate. Hoi An is located in the transition zone between the North and the South. Therefore, the city tends to own the typical features of the tropical monsoon with two distinct seasons: a rainy season and a dry one.
Hoi An - Source: Pete Walls
The weather in Hoi An Vietnam is pleasant, and cool with an ideal average temperature. However, at the hottest time of the year, the temperature is around 40°C. In the cold months, the average temperature is also ideal, which is not much colder than the other regions of Vietnam, about 22.8°C.
I - The weather in Hoi An in the dry season
1 - Characteristics of the dry season in Hoi An
The Hoi An dry season lasts from February to August annually. The temperature stands from 18°C to 33°C. In short, it is very dry, cool, and pleasant in the dry season.
February is the time when the transition from the rainy season to the dry takes place. Accordingly, there is less rain, Hoi An weather is a bit colder but still pleasant. This month is also the time of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year and brings you very interesting experiences.
In April, May, and June, the weather in the daytime is quite hot. However, in the evening the weather will be very cool.
Weather in Hoi An in July & August: July and August is the transition period from the dry to the rainy season. As a result, you may sometimes see light rain.
Tra Que Vegetable Village in Hoi An - Source: VnExpress
2 - What to do in Hoi An in the dry season?
In the dry season, the weather is cool, a bit sunny, and dry, which is very convenient to visit monuments, landscapes, experiences Vietnamese culture while visiting architectural arts of Hoi An Ancient Town associated with traditional villages such as Tra Que Vegetable Village, Thanh Ha Pottery Village, and Kim Bong Carpentry Village. Visiting spiritual sites like Ong Pagoda and Phuoc Kien Pagoda is also a good idea.
As Hoi An weather at this time is dry, you can also take a tour to the far-from-center destinations. About 4 to 5km to the South-East of the city is the Bay Mau Coconut Forest where you can travel along the river by basket boat, enjoy coconuts, and made-from-coconut dishes. If you want to relax under the sunny beaches and enjoy the cool breeze, Cua Dai Beach and An Bang Beach are good choices.
Being in Hoi An, you must enjoy the amazing cuisine. Delicious dishes in Hoi An are so various that you may need a whole food tour to enjoy. It can be mentioned as Hoi An chicken rice, Cao Lau, Quang noodles, pancake, wonton, dumplings, corn sweet soup (made from Cam Nam corn),...
3 - What to note about the weather in Hoi An in the dry season?
- The dry season in Hoi An coincides with the peak of domestic tourism, so the number of tourists is quite high. You should book the accommodation in advance to get the good rooms as well as to avoid the overloaded situation.
- Although the sunlight in Hoi An is not too harsh, you still need to prepare some necessary items to protect your skin and health such as umbrellas, hats, sunscreen,...
- At the peak of tourism months, the price of accommodation is quite expensive, slightly higher than other periods.
II - How is the weather in Hoi An Vietnam in the rainy season?
1 - Characteristics of Hoi An weather in the rainy season
The rainy season in Hoi An starts in September and ends in January. During that time, the average temperature is 22°C. Sometimes, you may experience the sudden rains that bring romantic and peaceful beauty to the ancient Hoi An city.
In September, the first days of the rainy season come to the city. Rain falls more frequently. The next three months are considered as the time of the worst weather within a year. Heavy rain lasts for many hours and even storms happen, which cause flooding. However, by January - the last month of the rainy period, you see less rain because it starts to turn into the dry season.
Cafes in Hoi An - Source: Hiddenhoian
2 - Activities in Hoi An rainy season
The weather in Hoi An during the rainy season is suitable for chilling at the coffee shops while watching the romantic rains. You have time to enjoy the poetic, ancient, and peacefulness of the city. You may think that on rainy days, there is nothing to do. The fact is not like that. Under the rain, you can take a basket boat to go around the old streets as an interesting and special way to visit the city.
When the rain turns lighter and gradually ceases, you can wear umbrellas to take a walk or get a cycle rickshaw to explore Hoi An beauty after the rain. Hoi An weather after the rain becomes strangely pleasant. The "Hoi An Memories" show is the idealist choice for you who are interested in art. Being held on a special outdoor stage, the program is like a magic boat driving the audiences back to the image of a prosperous Hoi An trading port in the 16th and 19th centuries.
Source: Thanh Chung-LĐ
3 - Notes about the weather in Hoi An in the rainy season
- In the rainy season, sometimes a few storms will happen in Hoi An. You should update the weather forecast and make appropriate adjustments.
- You need to prepare umbrellas, raincoats, waterproof bags, and medicine.
- The rainy season is not the peak time of domestic tourism. However, it coincides with the peak of international tourists to Vietnam as well as some major holidays such as Christmas, Lunar New Year,... As a result, it is quite crowded at most of the famous tourist attractions in Hoi An. The demand for travel services increases, the price of accommodation and services also grows higher than normal days, leading to traffic congestion, and other inconvenient issues.
In summary, Hoi An is an ideal destination that you must visit at least once, even in the dry or rainy season. However, the weather in Hoi An Vietnam in the dry months, particularly from February to July should be more suitable for a vacation. At this time, you are likely to be more comfortable participating in various activities.