A sunny day in March in Binh Thuan desert, South of the Central Region ofVietnam
A sunny day in March in Binh Thuan desert, South of the Central Region ofVietnam

March Weather & Adventure Travel in Vietnam

March is spring in northern Vietnam, dry season in the Central Region, the Central Highlands and the South of Vietnam. March is the peak tourist season in Vietnam as the country receives the least amount of rainfall compared to the other months of the year.

 In March, the cold wind from Siberia and the Gobi Desert tends to be weakened and less cold. Each spell of cold wind coming into the North of Vietnam often is in conflict with the easterly wind or southeasterly wind. The two latter winds tend to be warm and moist and when these winds meet, there are light rains in the Northeast and lowlands of northern Vietnam. The rains in these regions in March are normally too light for raincoats.

Countryside in Hai Phong (northern Vietnam) on a rainy day in March
Countryside in Hai Phong (northern Vietnam) on a rainy day in March

The Northeast and lowlands of North Vietnam may also have some days with extremely wet environment indoors which is quite uncomfortable for households without air drier. This happens because of low temperatures indoors and high humidity due to the easterly and southeasterly winds. The humid warm air meets cold surface (walls, floors…) indoors which makes it wet. When there is a renewed spell of cold wind, the air is cool and dry again, it is also dry and comfortable indoors. The temperatures in March are 12-30oC in the Northeast, 17-32oC in the lowlands.

Sunny weather is the norm in March in Ha Giang, Vietnam
Sunny weather is the norm in March in Xin Man, Ha Giang, Vietnam

The Northwest of Vietnam including part of Hoa Binh, Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau Provinces are affected by the foehn wind with sunny, dry weather and higher temperatures than the rest of the North. In March temperatures are still pleasant in this region, 16-34oC. The temperatures are higher in Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau than in Hoa Binh, Yen Bai and Lao Cai. It is possible but not often that the cold wind (northeasterly wind) is strong and has influence in the Northwest, then it would cause torrential short-lived rains in some areas.

Sunny weather in Bac Ha (Lao Cai, Vietnam) in March
Sunny weather in Bac Ha (Lao Cai, Vietnam) in March

Looking at the weather pattern in March, it is certain that this is the best time for adventure travel in North Vietnam. There are some days you may encounter light rains in Lang Son, Cao Bang, at Ba Be National Park, Ha Giang and in Sapa, but mostly they are light rains which do not normally last more than 2 days. This is the best time for mountain-climbing in the Northwest as the temperatures are good, the sunshine is not too bright and you’ll get lots of wild flowers on your treks!

Those who embark on car adventure or cycling tours, motorcycling tours in the Northwest will mostly enjoy the weather with bright sunshine most of the time. It may be warm at mid day sometimes, but mostly very pleasant..

The temperatures tend to get high in the North of the Central Region, and the South of Vietnam in March. Quang Binh (North of the Central Region) can have some days with temperatures reaching 36-37oC. The province is hot due to the foehn wind. If you go trekking at Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, then make sure you bring enough water and have a sun hats with you. This is a good time to go to the Nhat Le Beach as it is warm with bright sunshine, and not too crowded.

Except for Quang Binh, the rest of the Central Region including Hue, Da Nang Beach, Hoi An, Quy Nhon Beach, Tuy Hoa Beach, Nha Trang Beach, Ninh Chu Beach and Mui Ne Beach enjoys sunny weather with pleasant temperatures of 22-32oC.

The Central Highlands may have a few warm day at mid day, but mostly from 17-34oC. It is normal the air is chilly in the morning and in the afternoon in the Central Highlands due to high altitudes. In Da Lat the temperatures are cooler, 16-26oC. March is in the middle of the dry season and the Central Highlands do not normally have rains.

In South Vietnam, the provinces further inland like Binh Duong and Tay Ninh (South of Vietnam) tend to have the highest temperatures which could reach 36-38oC. The rest of South Vietnam including Vung Tau, Saigon and the Mekong Delta tends to have sunny weather with temperatures from 26-35oC.

It is getting warmer in most of South Vietnam in March, but not the warmest and the temperatures are still very tolerable. Those who go to the beaches will have good time and those who go for adventures in the Mekong Delta will enjoy the nice weather, too.