April is one of the best months to visit Vietnam as it takes us towards the end of Vietnam’s very peak season from a weather perspective. Besides, with the lower number of visitors, visiting Vietnam in April can come with numerous advantages.
Let us take you on a travel guide to Vietnam in April.
Weather/ Temperature in Vietnam in April
Unlike the other months, the weather in Vietnam in April is quite similar throughout the country. You will have an opportunity to enjoy the sunny days (but not too hot as the average temperature is 25-30oC) before it starts getting hot and humid all over the country.
- North Vietnam: The north of Vietnam in April is heading towards its hot and humid summer but it is still enjoyable summer as you can still expect plenty of dry days. This weather is perfect for any outdoor activities, especially walking & exploring the far north regions such as : Ha Giang, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa or exploring the world heritage site – Halong Bay.
- Central Vietnam : Whilst the center still remains constant with the temperature between 25 and 33 oC. Make it is still at the best time for beach activities. April is consider the best month to visit Hoi An – Danang – Nha Trang before it getting hit by domestic tourists for their summer vacation.
- South Vietnam: the rainfall season starts to become more likely in the south but clear dry blue days are more prevalent. As clear skies are more likely throughout April ensuring that Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne remain amongst the best of Vietnam’s beach choices.
Holiday in Vietnam in April
Hung Festival. Held each 8th to the 11th day of the third lunar month, this festival honors the ancient Hung Vuong dynasty born, according to legend, from the union of a princess and a sea dragon, resulting in a hundred sons hatched from eggs laid by the princess… inspiration for Game of Thrones’ Daenerys Targaryan, perhaps? It’s held at the Hung Temple near Viet Tri, in Phu Tho province, some 50 miles (30 km) northwest of Hanoi.
Thay Pagoda Festival. This celebration honors Tu Dao Hanh, a wise religious sage and inventor commemorated for inventing Vietnamese water puppetry. Such puppetry shows are a highlight of the festival, held at the Tu Dao Hanh Pagoda, about 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Hanoi, on the fifth to seventh days of the third month of the lunar calendar.
Xen Xo Phon Festival. An invocation for rains, this festival in Mai Chau features nighttime singing by torchlight by youngsters of the White Thai indigenous tribe. According to tradition, the bigger the festival the more abundant will be the rains to feed their rice paddies.
Reunification Day. The last day of the month–the Day of Southern Liberation for National Reunification—sees a nationwide celebration of reunification following the fall of Saigon in 1976, marking the end of the Vietnam War. The Danang International Fireworks Festival (April 30–May 1) is an integral part of the festivities,
The whole April month remains calm because most tourist attractions are by and large not as crowded as later months. However, in the last day of the month, April 30, is the celebration of reunification – an important holiday to Vietnamese people. Plus, the following day is the international labor day so everyone in the country will have at least 2 days off for the holiday.
But if you visit Vietnam these days, you can expect to see plenty of events and festivals in the big cities.
What to pack when travel to Vietnam in April
When it comes to visit Vietnam in April, you should pack light. Shorts to knee, skirts, slack and light shoes are recommended as the weather is quite warm to hot. Also, remember to bring sunscreen to protect your skin from the tropical sun.
Best places to visit Vietnam in April
Mu Cang Chai
Mu Cang Chai is a rural district in the northeast region of Vietnam. It is well-known for its terrace fields that have been recognized as one of the unique landscapes of Vietnam. Mu Cang Chai’s sheer rice terraces were sculpted over centuries by Hmong people as a way to keep water sources on the land and ground for growing rice on the slope of mountain.
Each season brings íts own charm. Every year, from the end of April to May, local ethnics get the rain water from mountains to feed their rice terraces for the new crop – creating picturesque scenery & wonderful photos.
Visiting Mu Cang Chai at this time, you will see a lots of activities of people working on the field, from plough to harrow on the field with water buffalo, replanting rice. Normally they work in group with very beautiful and colorful clothes of hill tribe woman, and it can be very interesting for very good photo shooting on the field in this period.
The alternatives for Mu Cang Chai in April can be Sapa or Ha Giang.
Ninh Binh is a small province in the North of Vietnam, just 100km (2h of driving) from Hanoi. It is now becoming one of the top trending destination in Vietnam due to its history and beautiful rural landscapes and striking limestone karst.
Once to be as the first capital of Vietnam over 1000 years ago, today the area is a protected UNESCO World Heritage site with full of mossy pagodas.
The most interesting activities in Ninh Binh can be named as cruising on a paddle tour in Trang An or Tam Coc or conquering the top of Hang Mua to see a panoramic view of Tam Coc Valley or go hiking in Cuc Phuong National Park. Ninh Binh is also a home to Bai Dinh Pagoda – an enormous complex and the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.
April is the time to change the season in the summer, so in Ninh Binh there is quite fresh weather with light windy days, not too strong sunshine and the days with an ideal climate for you to conquer high mountain peaks. Starting in April is also the season of butterfly flying around in Ninh Binh, especially in Cuc Phuong National Park.
Ha Long Bay
April is one of the ideal months to visit Halong Bay from weather perspective.
the weather is neither too cold nor hot as the winter is already over and summer is only on its way. The average temperature is around 23 C degree with the highest temperature of 28 C degree and the lowest temperature of 20 C degree, which are perfect for many outdoor activities in Halong Bay. Clear blue skies and light wind also a great chance to admire the breathtaking sites.
Also, since it is not a peak season to travel Halong, every service is at a comfortable price.
Beaches in Danang – Hoi An – Nha Trang
If you are looking for a beach destination in Vietnam in April, then beaches in Danang, Hoi An or Nha Trang are the perfect choices. The pleasant weather, calm sea, less touristy are the reasons to come to this region.
Mui Ne is a coastal fishing town in Central Vietnam, which is well-known for a strong of mid-range beach resorts, which have fused into one long coastal resorts. With the strong world-class sea winds, Mui Ne beach is a popular destination for kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Red and White Sand Dunes are also famous attractions, where travellers can enjoy a fun-filled day of riding ATVs or sliding down the slopes on rickety sled.
If you want to enjoy the most beautiful beach, you should visit Mui Ne from December to April. In these months, the beach of Mui Ne is just amazing with yellow sand, blue water and clear sky.
Mekong Delta or Mien Tay is one of the most unique destination in Vietnam that alluring visitors every year. With most of the land covered and divided by wetlands and rivers, Mekong Delta has developed a unique way of life and culture adapting to the geography characteristics. There’re a lot of things to do in Mekong Delta Vietnam – the region that includes 13 provinces/cities with the immense beauties and cultural charms.
Mekong Delta is a large region with many things to offer such as:
- Visit floating markets to enjoy the daily life on Mekong River
- Discover the handcrafted villages
- Taste the freshness of fruits in the vass orchards
- Sampan cruise and many more.
Since April is the last month of the dry season in Mekong Delta, it is a good time to visit this region.
Phu Quoc or Con Dao Island
After visit the beautiful countries from North to South, then spend a few days relaxing on one of the most beautiful islands in Vietnam such as Phu Quoc or Con Dao is a wonderful choice to complete your trip.
While Phu Quoc Island is home to a UNESCO-listed national park, luxurious resorts, traditional villages, and quaint cafes along the southern coastline, Con Dao Islands are an archipelago of 16 mostly uninhabited islets just off the southern coast of Vietnam, each of which offers expansive beaches shaded with evergreen trees.
Both islands have plenty of unspoiled beaches where you can enjoy a day of sunbathing, swimming, and dining on fresh seafood.