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March marks the arrival of spring in Vietnam, making it one of the best times to visit. In the north, mild temperatures and minimal rain create perfect trekking conditions around Sapa and Ninh Binh. Weather conditions in Central Vietnam are ideal for exploring Unesco sites like Hue's imperial citadel and relaxing on Hoi An's pristine beaches. And down south, it is time for island getaways to Con Dao or Phu Quoc before the wet season arrives. Taking a trip to Vietnam in March is also a great idea if you are looking to explore local culture, as the country hosts several festivals this month.

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Vietnam Weather in March

Get this view of Turtle tower in Hanoi in March.
Explore the landmarks in Hanoi during spring weather in March.

March sees pleasant weather across Vietnam's three regions. North Vietnam destinations, including Hanoi and Sapa, see temperatures ranging from 16°C (61°F) to 26°C (79°F). With minimal rainfall and abundant sunshine, this period presents an ideal opportunity for outdoor pursuits. The central region around Hue, Danang and Hoi An enjoys warm, dry conditions between 21°C (70°F) and 29°C (79°F), perfect for coastal pursuits. Down south, cities like Ho Chi Minh City experience consistently hot but dry weather, with temperatures ranging from 26°C (79°F) to 33°C (91°F) before the rainy season arrives.

For a detailed seasonal overview, read our article on the best time to visit Vietnam.

Weather in Vietnam in March - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)242731
Avg Nightly (°C)171922
Avg Daily (°F)768188
Avg Nightly (°F)636772
Avg Rainfall (mm)71832

Why Visit Vietnam in March

Relax on a beach bed in Da Nang in March.
Go on a relaxing beach holiday in Da Nang in March.
View Thay Pagoda while touring Vietnam in March.
Visit Thay Pagoda in March where they celebrate the inventor of traditional water puppetry, Tu Dao Hanh.

March is part of the spring season in Vietnam, and one of the peak travel months. Here are some reasons why it is an excellent idea to make a trip to Vietnam in March:

  • Spring blossoms: With the arrival of spring in March, Vietnam's landscapes come alive with blooming flowers and lush greenery. This makes it an ideal time to explore the country's natural attractions, such as the terraced rice fields of Sapa, the stunning karst landscapes of Ha Long Bay, and the serene countryside around Hoi An.

  • Comfortable trekking conditions: The mild temperatures and low humidity levels in March create excellent conditions for trekking and outdoor adventures in Vietnam's mountainous regions. Popular destinations like Sapa, Ha Giang, and Phong Nha offer opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, and exploring caves and national parks.

  • Festivals and events: March hosts several lively festivals and events that offer a glimpse into Vietnam's rich cultural heritage. Notable ones include the Elephant Racing Festival in Ban Don, showcasing the traditions of elephant caretakers; the Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival, celebrating the region's coffee production; and the Thay Pagoda Festival, a religious event honoring Buddha.

  • Seasonal delicacies: March is a prime time to savor Vietnam's seasonal fruits and delicacies. It’s one of the best months to try star fruit and rambutan and sample the famous Vietnamese coffee in regions like Buon Ma Thuot, known as the coffee capital of Vietnam.

Where to go and what to do

Explore Son Doong in Vietnam in March
Spring presents a great opportunity to explore the world's largest cave, Son Doong.


March is one of the best times to take a cruise trip through the ethereal emerald waters of Ha Long Bay, a Unesco World Heritage site. Marvel at the bay's striking limestone karsts and hidden grottoes. As the fog lifts, the dramatic rock formations are revealed in all their splendor, creating unparalleled photographic opportunities.

In Central Vietnam, the imperial city of Hue, with its regal citadels and ornate pagodas, unveils its grandeur under warm, sunny skies. Meander through the Unesco-listed Complex of Hue Monuments, delving into the region's dynastic history, or embark on leisurely boat rides along the Perfume River, taking in the scenic countryside. March is also an ideal time to explore the Ancient Town on foot, strolling along the iconic Japanese Bridge and bargaining for souvenirs in the bustling riverside markets.

A March trip to Ho Chi Minh City, the nation's bustling metropolis, showcases palpable energy, its streets buzzing with motorbikes and street vendors hawking tantalizing local fare. Delve into the city's turbulent past at the War Remnants Museum or embrace its modern verve by exploring the trendy boutiques and rooftop bars of District 1.

If you are seeking an island escape, head to Con Dao or Phu Quoc. These pristine coastal havens offer white sands, azure waters, and plenty of opportunities for snorkeling, diving, or simply basking in the tropical sun. On the mainland, the coffee-centric town of Buon Ma Thuot hosts its annual Coffee Festival, a lively celebration of the region's famed brews and coffee culture, complete with tastings, exhibitions, and performances showcasing the local ethnic minority traditions.

In the remote northern town of Sapa, the arrival of spring paints the terraced rice fields in vibrant shades of green, while the cherry blossom season casts a delicate pink hue over the rolling hills—a breathtaking sight for trekkers and nature enthusiasts alike. Meanwhile, in the Central Highlands, the ethnic village of Ban Don comes alive with the raucous Elephant Racing Festival, where locals celebrate their intimate bond with these majestic creatures through a series of lively races, swimming competitions, and demonstrations of traditional elephant care.

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Published by Tim Green, updated on April 4, 2024

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