Vietnam in October: Weather and Best places to visit

October is a good time to travel to Vietnam? Which part of the country is the best this month? If you want to visit Vietnam in October and you are wondering what are the places not to miss this month, read the article below on Vietnam in October: Weather and best places to visit, you will have the answer!

Overview of Vietnam Weather in October

Generally, October marks the end of autumn in our country, the weather is like a mixture of late autumn and early winter. The average temperature throughout the country is about 26°C – 27°C, which is really cool and very comfortable. There will be a lot of rain in the beginning of October and the rainfall will decrease strongly at the end of the month. So, if you want to visit Vietnam in October, the period from October 20 to 31 should be the best.

In the North: Cool, chilly with some drizzle

In northern Vietnam, October is clearly the end of the rainy season, the weather is cool, chilly with some drizzle. Although there may be some flooding at the beginning of this month, the second half of October sees a decrease in heat and humidity. The average temperature varies between 23°C and 26°C with a pleasant atmosphere.

The beginning of October is a particularly picturesque time of year to visit remote mountainous areas such as Sapa, Mu Cang Chai and Ha Giang, as it is the harvest time and you can see the beautiful landscape of golden rice terraces. In addition, the weather is dry and sunny (temperatures of 16-17°C), which is perfect for adventure activities such as trekking. On the other hand, if you are planning a Ha Long Bay cruise this month, book in the second half of October to avoid the stormy season.

The weather in October is perfect for exploring the northern mountains

The weather in October is perfect for exploring the northern mountains

In the Center: Not ideal to visit

Unfortunately, October is not really a good time to travel in central Vietnam. Although the average temperature here is 24°C to 27°C, which seems comfortable enough, it is in the middle of the rainy season here, and all you may see is heavy rain and severe flooding or storms. Due to bad weather, Phong Nha caves are inaccessible, while heavy storms may harm you in Danang and Hoi An becomes the Venice of Vietnam due to floods. Therefore, if you have a travel plan in October, it is better to avoid visiting the center of the country.

In the South: Good time for a beach holiday

In southern Vietnam, October is the moment of change from the hot and dry summer, as rainfall continues to decrease, especially towards the end of the month. Temperatures slowly rise towards 20°C and sunny days are frequent. The average temperature of this month reaches 27°C and it is ideal for a beach holiday. Many tourists visit Phu Quoc Island and the coastal town of Phan Thiet at this time, as it rains less and the sea is quite warm, especially towards the end of the month.

Phu Quoc

A beach holiday in Phu Quoc is perfect in October

Major Events in October

Vietnamese Women’s Day (20/10)

Vietnamese Women’s Day is held on October 20 every year. Established on October 20, 1930, following the creation of the Vietnamese Women’s Union on the same day, this important day reminds the Vietnamese people every year that women also came together and fought for the country’s independence. Since then, they have continued to assert their rights, just like men. On this special day, women receive gifts, flowers and congratulations from their friends.

Vietnamese Women's Day is an occasion to honor Vietnamese women

Vietnamese Women’s Day is an occasion to honor Vietnamese women

Kate Festival (Binh Thuan)

The Kate festival, or also called Mbang Kate, is organized by the Cham people for 3 days in early October. This event takes place in a large space in the three Champa towers (Po Nagar, Po Klong Garai and Po Rome). This festival is to commemorate their heroes Po Klong Garai and Po Rome, as well as the deaths in the families. In addition, it is an opportunity for the people to relax, meet and wish each other good luck for the future.

Kate Festival

Kate Festival

This is one of the biggest and most important events of the Cham people in Vietnam. Therefore, it is a good opportunity for visitors to experience the beauty of Cham culture, from the architecture to the costumes to the traditional instruments and songs used to honor their kings in the past. Each tower’s Kate festival begins at the same time on the same day, and on the following day, villages and families begin to organize their own rites. During the rite, people call upon their ancestors and gods with the help of a shaman, then pray for health and prosperity. The festivals after the rites are a combination of traditional music and dance, including such activities as performances of Ginang drum and Saranai flute or the traditional dance of Cham girls.

Best places to visit in October

Golden rices fields in North Vietnam

As mentioned above, the harvest time in northern Vietnam is October, and this is the only time of the year when you can see the most beautiful golden rice terraces. The further away the destination is, the more beautiful the view of the ripe rice fields. You can start your trip in Ninh Binh with the classic beauty of flat rice fields, then go further to see the special landscape of golden terraces in Mu Cang Chai or Ha Giang.

Rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai in October

Rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai in October

Hanoi in fall

Autumn settles into the city gracefully, bringing cool, gentle breezes and rays of sunshine that sprinkle just the right amount of warmth all around. With its romantic scenery and cool weather, Hanoi in October with the falling leaves wins the heart of any visitor to the city.

Hanoi is romantic in autumn

Hanoi is romantic in autumn

Walk under the trees of these streets: Kim Ma, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Hoang Hoa Tham, Phan Dinh Phung, or Tran Phu, you will surely have to linger to feel the poetic features tinged with the yellow of time. And it is not an exaggeration that Hanoi is ranked by CNN on the list of the best places to go for fall.

Mekong Delta

Traveling south to the Mekong Delta, October is in the middle of the water flood season here, although there is less rain. In other areas, rain may prevent you from traveling; however, in the Mekong Delta, this time is the most beautiful time, when the rain helps reveal the natural charm of the land.

Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta

As a place where nature and people have to depend mainly on the river, rain is important because it brings life here. Mangrove forests, floating markets, bird sanctuaries and small islands are the places to visit in the Mekong Delta in October, as they are impressive and easy to access after a long rain.

October is a great time to travel to Vietnam. Wherever you go, the Vietnamese will be very open and welcoming. Take your luggage and go on a trip to Vietnam in October! And if you want a tailor-made trip, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our consultants are always ready to help you create a precious memory in Vietnam!

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Hello, I'm Amélie NGUYEN. I was born, raised in Hanoi and have been to almost all places in Vietnam and Asia. Let me share with you more interesting information about travel !

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