Vietnam in November: Weather and Event Guide
What weather to expect in November, what to do, what's on in Vietnam in November?
Hue, Vietnam in November
With variation in the country's geography, Vietnam experiences different types of weather conditions across the regions. Vietnam's weather in November is affected by northeast monsoon with a general decrease in temperature from the North to the South. Hanoi and mountainous provinces are much cooler and drier than the rest of the country, while the central region faces risks of typhoons and storms.
Temperatures and humidity
In the North, November is regarded as a transitional period between the fall shoulder season and cold winter. The weather is characterized by dryness and coolness. The temperatures remain mild at around 24°C so you do not need to pack many thick clothes. Lower precipitation also makes the average humidity decrease to about 74%. The 7 hours of sunshine on average is enough for one to appreciate the beauty of the changing season. Little rainfall in the Sapa, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, and other mountainous provinces is also a perfect condition for trekking or cruising experiences.
The average temperature rises slightly to around 25°C as you move to the central region from Hue to Hoi An. Unfortunately, November often coincides with the peak of the rainy and stormy season. The high possibility of torrential rains often causes flooding in the lowland, landslides on the mountains and difficulty in outdoors adventure in general. Recorded humidity is also at the highest point, at about 84%. It’s best that you check the weather forecast at least a week before visiting this region in November. On the brighter side, Central Highlands is sunnier and receives less rainfall during this month.
In the far south, the total amount of precipitation, temperatures, and humidity decrease altogether but by a small discrepancy. Visitors have a chance to enjoy mild weather with temperatures varying from 24 to 31°C The relative humidity stands at around 80%.
November is the dry season of Saigon and beyond, with little rain and balmy weather - perfect for outdoors trips. Stretches of stunning beaches in Mui Ne, Phu Quoc Island, Ho Tram, and Long Hai with plenty of sunshine are the top picks for beach lovers.
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Events in November
Vietnam Teachers' Day on 20-November
November is not a festive month in Vietnam. There are only several events that are of local importance such as Vietnam's Teacher Day (20th November), when students bring flowers and little presents to express gratitude for their teachers.
Know before you go/ what to expect
- International travelers to Vietnam in November can expect comfortable weather. In fact, this is the best time to visit Vietnam especially the North and South.
- November is the peak tourist season so prices tend to be higher than the summer seasons from May to September.
- November is a perfect time for sightseeing and activities, but not the best time for witnessing cultural events in Vietnam.
Best destinations to travel
Beautiful rice field in Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai, Vietnam
Sunny splendor and moderate weather in November in the North are the best conditions for trekking and climbing through majestic valleys and village roads in Sapa. If you're lucky enough, you'll be allured by the last mesmerizing silk yellow terraced rice fields in the harvesting season.
November is also a good time for leisure travelers to take up excursions in Hanoi. Waking up early and rolling into the local lifestyle by sipping a cup of coffee on the sidewalk is absolutely a memorable and hassle-free experience. Additionally, flower lovers cannot neglect the blooming season of baby daisy flowers in Tay Tuu and Nhat Tan flower garden to take the most beautiful photo albums.
Action-enthusiasts seeking strenuous activities are highly recommended to visit Mui Ne in November. Sandy strips are somehow less boiling hot and strong sea breezes enable fascinating thrills like kite-surfing and wind-surfing.
Always shortlisted in the list of Vietnam's most top-rated tourist destinations, Phu Quoc Island is best to visit in November. The harsh rainy season is over so your vacation will be filled with excitement. Make sure you book the accommodation in advance because the island is usually overcrowded this time of the year and many rooms are fully booked for weeks or even months ago.