Wondering where to visit Vietnam in December? Keep on reading our guide on where to go, what to do for your best experiences traveling around Vietnam in December.
Weather quick tip: Speaking of the weather in Vietnam, the country possesses the tropical monsoon climate, dominated by the South or Southwesterly monsoon — from May to September and the Northeast monsoon – from October to April.
The Southern summer monsoon brings rain to the two deltas and west-facing slopes, while the cold winter monsoon picks up moisture over the Gulf of Tonkin and dumps it along the Central Coast and the Eastern edge of the Central Highlands. Within this basic pattern, there are marked differences according to altitude and latitude; temperatures in the South remain equable all year round, while the North experiences distinct seasonal variations.
Best Places To Visit Vietnam In December
December is the beginning of winter in North, average temperature dropping down to 20 degrees Celsius, with bright skies and chilly breezes. In Central, rainy season has ceased, returning the beaches their original beauties. Average temperature is about 24 degrees Celsius. In South, the sunny days continue with temperature of 26 degrees Celsius, sunny days and less humidity.
Best places to visit Vietnam in December – the Northern destinations
Ha Noi: This stunning and peaceful city might be the best place to visit in December. Dry, no rain and biting cold is the ideal weather for travelers to take part in the cheerful activity in the bustling street. Travelers can stroll around Hanoi and enjoy the hot and tasty dishes then see the Hanoians rushing in the final days of the year.
Nowadays, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are prepared warmly in Hanoi. Shops and stores are decorated with many beautiful items welcoming a new year. Visitors who are in a Hanoi tour can immerse in the crowded places in the Old Quarter as Dong Xuan market, Ta Hien Street, Hang Dao or Hang Ma during the festivals to enjoy the cold weather and find the warm among people.
Sapa: As always been an attractive destination for any traveler to Vietnam, especially in winter, when the temperature can reach under zero degree, Sapa offers tourists an amazing time to climb Mount Fansipan, “the Roof of Indochina” and witness the incredible beauty of the rice paddies.
Accordingly, many attractive activities will take place in the framework of the Sa Pa Winter Festival annually, such as traditional music and dance performances; folk games; recreation of traditional wedding of Red Dao ethnic people; photo exhibition on SaPa’s snow; display of traditional ethnic costumes, local agricultural products and cuisine; especially, artificial snow space and reindeer sleigh ride model, etc. When visiting Vietnam in December, a tour to Sapa is definitely on everybody’s travel list.
Best places to visit Vietnam in December – the Center destinations
Hue: Located on both sides of the Perfume River, which is the world’s cultural heritage that used to be the ancient citadel of Vietnam in the Ly dynasty, Hue is a place which is filled with ancient culture, amazing architecture, interesting markets, and delicious local cuisine.
There are numerous attractions to experience when you visit Hue in December: Imperial Citadel, Tomb of Minh Mang, Tomb of Gia Long, Thien Mu Pagoda, Temple of Literature… Hue is also admired by the scenic spots like Ngu Binh Mountain, Thuan An beach, Lang Co beach, and Tam Giang lagoon…
Situated about halfway between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, Hue is a great place to rest when traveling through Vietnam. Heading either North or South, all roads pass close to Hue, which facilitates you a Center Vietnam tour easier than ever.
Da Nang: As one of the most beautiful and cleanest cities in Vietnam, this city has many famous scenic spots such as Marble Mountains, Cu Lao Cham Island, South River, and many spectacular beaches. Especially, Da Nang has many legendary bridges with unique architecture as Dragon Bridge, Han River Bridge.
Aside from, many sightseeing that you should not miss is the Champa museum – a historical place, Linh Ung Pagoda, Son Tra Peninsula, and Ba Na Hill. Visitors can as well spend time on a number of pretty beaches as My Khe, Non Nuoc, My An…
Da Nang also has quality security service, tourist will experience peaceful moments when traveling to this area.
Best places to visit Vietnam in December – the Southern destinations
Ho Chi Minh City: As the busiest city in the South of Vietnam, Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City in December is mild and attracts tourists with many historical sites, beautiful spots and museums. This area has also marked the war against the French and Americans in the 19th century in Vietnam. There are 11 must-visit museums in this area, including the War Remnants Museum – the most famous war exhibition in Vietnam.
Along with that, tourists should not miss many attractive sites in the 1st crowded people of Vietnam: City Hall of Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee, Opera House, Central Post Office, Nha Rong Port, Ben Thanh Market and the Independence Palace. On the city outskirts, there are also prominent attractive sites with the famous destination is the Cu Chi Tunnels.
Also, as the hub of tourism of entire region, tourists can easily discover Mekong Delta, its neighbor areas, which in December are full of festive activities and season favors that describes the true Vietnam you might not see before.
Da Lat: Da Lat in December can be very exciting. This city is influenced by both the Northeast and Southwest monsoon. At this time, Da Lat has bright and warm sky in the daytime while it can be a bit cold at night. Moreover, this is the most pleasant climate to enjoy the fresh and cool air.
In December, the streets are full of lights and colors as the preparation for the big holidays. Tourists can enjoy the electrifying atmosphere of the coming Christmas in the temperatures hovers around 12 C degree to 23 C degree. Visiting Dalat, the green highland with pretty landscape. in winter and festive time, one shall never regret.
Above is our suggestion about the best place to visit Vietnam in December. If you have already experienced the destinations, or wish to have your own itinerary, please hesitate not to contact us for your tailored request.