Best places to visit Vietnam in August
Weather in Vietnam in August is a mix bag of rain and sun. While the North and South of Vietnam are affected by monsoon & typhoons with a lot of rain, the central Vietnam is expected to have a lot of sunshines, offering a great beach holiday in Vietnam in August.
There is a lot more than that, follow our article to learn more what to expect in Vietnam in August and tips to make the most of your experience.
Weather/Temperature in Vietnam in August
Due to Vietnam’s geography, Vietnam is prone to typhoons annually. The typhoon season in the southwest spans from April to September, before moving to the central coastline from August to November and takes the northeast region between the months of October to March.
- North Vietnam
August is among the wettest months in Hanoi or North Vietnam. The typical weather of the North in this month is rain that is affected by typhoon. The temperatures are lower than the previous months but still hot with temperatures from 24-37oC.
- Central Vietnam
At this time, Central Vietnam is not yet affected by typhoon (Oct – Mar), the region is dominated by sunny days, offering the beautiful beach holidays. The temperatures is around 30-35oC.
- South Vietnam
While the North is affected by typhoons, the South is affected by monsoon with lots of heavy rain. However, these showers go as quickly as they come, leaving the sky bright and clear again.
Best places to visit Vietnam in August
Not yet affected neither by monsoon or typhoon, the central Vietnam, including Danang, Hoi An, Nha Trang or Mui Ne or Hue in August, is blessed with fantastic beaches and golden sands.
Quy Nhon is a small city town in Central Vietnam. Unlike the above cities, Quy Nhon is not a tourist hub but receives more and more tourists every year because of its untouched beauty.
The town is ringed with stunning beaches and breathtaking countryside, promising a great getaway. Besides, Quy Nhon is also well-known for its exceptional fresh seafood at a surprisingly reasonable price. Quy Nhon is also a home to Thi Nai Bridge – considered the longest sea-crossing bridge in Vietnam and many more fascinating attractions such as: Ki Co, Eo Gio, Cham twin towers, etc.
Con Dao Islands
Con Dao Islands are a secluded paradise off the southern coast of Vietnam where you’ll find white sand beaches, vivid jungles, unique wildlife and some of the best scuba diving in the region. The islands are home to only 5000 people, therefore you can be expected to see the slow life around the sea.
Con Dao islands are also a marine tourism paradise. August marks the height of Green turtle nesting season on the white sandy beaches. You will have an opportunity to see turtles laying eggs and baby turtles hatching from the sands.
Beside the untouched beaches, Con Dao is also well known for its terrifying history in the past.
More than 20,000 Vietnamese political prisoners were held here, being brutally beaten, tortured and crippled and many of them had lost their lives.
Buon Ma Thuot
Vietnam is the second biggest coffee exporter in the world. Therefore, what is more exciting to visit the capital of coffee – Buon Ma Thuot. Buon Ma Thuot is considered the center of the Central Highlands culture, attracting visitors thanks to its immense coffee fields, majestic lush waterfalls and the beauty of the legendary Serepok river. Buon Ma Thuot is definitely an off-the-beaten-track worth to consider in your bucket list in Vietnam in August.
While exploring coffee country around Buon Ma Thuot, be sure to visit the Trung Nguyen Coffee Village to learn about kopi luwak (civet, or weasel, coffee).
Another must-visit attraction is the Yok Don National Park which is considered the largest nature reserve in Vietnam and here visitors can find rare animals and birds, as well as endangered species. Buon Ma Thuot is home to ethnic tribes such as the Ede and M’nong live here as well and they are known to domesticate wild elephants nearby Yok Don National Park.
Phong Nha Ke Bang
Phong Nha Ke Bang is a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site in the central Vietnam, and is noted for its cave and grotto systems as it is composed of 300 colossal caves and grottos.
Phong Nha Cave and Paradise Cave are the most popular attractions in the national park. Both of these are enjoyable, straightforward half-day tours, easily booked via your hotel. The entry to Phong Nha Cave features a journey along the river, while in Paradise Cave, a series of wooden walkways lets you explore safely. If you’re travelling with kids, both of these caves will allow them to join the fun.
The reason to visit Phong Nha Ke Bang in August is beacáuse it is one of a few places in Vietnam in the dry season. When the temperature outside is around 36-37oC, the insides of the caves are very cool and pleasant with temperatures around 20-21oC.
There are also a lot of exciting things to do nearby such as kayaking, hiking or cycling to rural villages.
In August, the terraced fields in Sapa put on a charming golden coat, creating a breathtaking scenery.
In the chilly weather of the morning covered with dew, sitting on the Muong Hoa mountain climbing train, driving from the town through the valley to Fansipan, you will be amazed at a valley bursting with warm yellow of the terraced fields.
Under the shimmering sunshine, clouds above and cottages beneath, the landscape is even more impressive that would win your heart. Enjoy the golden season from the Fansipan cable car to embrace the whole nature of wonder in the most beautiful season in the Northwest.