Vietnam in August: Weather, Tips & Beaches Fun


Looking to escape to one of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches during the hot and humid summer months? Capture that last little bit of dry summer magic before kids go back to school with a trip to Vietnam in August.

You will probably have to skip the hiking trails across the north of the country during this month, given the amount of rainfall the region receives. However, Central Vietnam, nestled between two rainier areas of the country, remains a hot and dry haven during this month. The southern part of the country is also on the receiving end of storms and downpours during August, although showers here only last for a short period of time.

Vietnam Weather in August

Motorcycle riders wearing raincoat during heavy rain in Vietnam in August.
You can expect heavy rainfall in Vietnam in August, so bring your raincoat or umbrella.

As we have already said, Vietnam is extremely hot and humid during this time with an average temperature of 32℃, which drops to 26℃ overnight. This can be quite uncomfortable for many travelers, especially if you are traveling inland where the mercury hovers high. Temperatures in Hanoi in August can hit up to 38℃, making it stiflingly hot.

Expect a lot of rain if your itinerary includes the northern or the southern parts of the country, with the latter experiencing its monsoon season. Ho Chi Minh City receives 180mm of rainfall spread across the entire month.

Not sure when to visit Vietnam? For a seasonal overview, check out our travel guide to the best time to visit Vietnam.

Weather in Vietnam in August - Rainfall and Temperatures

Avg Daily (°C)191923263132323231282421
Avg Nightly (°C)151518212425262625221915
Avg Daily (°F)
Avg Nightly (°F)595964.469.875.27778.878.87771.666.259
Avg Rainfall (mm)1030501001501902102001601006030

Why Visit Vietnam in August:

A turtle in a pond of the jungle of Cuc Phuong in Vietnam in August.
You can experience the magic of nature as baby turtles hatch during the nestling season.
The beach front at the Cua Dai Beach in Vietnam near Hoi An.
You can escape the heat by heading to the beaches and enjoying the nice coastal breeze.

Although the weather in Vietnam in August might not be ideal, there are still plenty of amazing things to see all around this beautiful country. Let us dive in and find out more about why you should book your flight to the country for this month.

  • Beaches come calling: With inland spots getting really hot and humid, August is a great time to head for the coastal areas of Central Vietnam and kick back on pristine beaches. Head to Hoi An or Da Nang, where you will find plenty of sandy stretches to kick back on. Plus, the end of the peak season means that there are fewer crowds to contend with.
  • Festive time: Looking for a celebration that takes place on the water? Check out the Hon Chen Festival in August. This event features dragon boats, colorful processions and participants dressed in Nguyen-dynasty costumes along with ethereal lanterns that bob along Hue’s Perfume River.
  • Green turtle nesting season: If you travel all the way down to Vietnam’s southern tip, you might be able to witness majestic green turtles laying their eggs during this time of year. If luck is on your side, you can even watch these eggs hatch into adorable little baby turtles!

Where to go and what to do

Colorful buildings in Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam.
If the beaches in Central Vietnam are too crowded for you, then head to Phu Quoc Island for a relaxing time.

Thinking about things to do in Vietnam in August? Well, if you are looking forward to checking out one of the biggest cultural events in the country, make sure that you are in Vietnam on August for Tet Trung Nguyen. This unique festival honors animals, birds and the homeless. People can often be seen offering up an assortment of flowers and tasty treats for their ancestor’s wandering souls during this festival.

One adventure spot that tends not to be affected by the August monsoon is Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which offers climbing, caving, kayaking and more. Enjoy its beautiful surroundings and get that adrenaline pumping. This is one of the best places to visit in Vietnam.

Leave behind the beach crowds of Central Vietnam with a trip to Phu Quoc Island. If you do not mind the rain, this island offers countless waterfalls and streams to gaze at along with relaxing spas and delectable food. Plus, you might even be able to snag discounts of up to 40 percent!

What to bring

A shot of Cat Ba Island with warm glow of the sun.
Vietnam is very humid in August, so make sure you pack the right clothes.

Thanks to vastly different weather conditions throughout the country, it can be difficult to figure out what to pack. If you are heading for humid Hanoi or plan to relax on sultry beaches, you will need lighter fabrics that protect you from the powerful sun. If your itinerary includes northern or southern parts of the country, you will need plenty of waterproof items that can dry out in a pinch.

If you are longing for a beach holiday or some quiet time with nature in Vietnam and are not the one to be deterred by spells of rainfall, then August might just be the month for you. From beautiful, unique festivals to natural wonders coming to life and pristine sandy beaches, there is a lot to love about a trip to Vietnam towards the end of summer.

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