Famous for the old town and traditional villages, Hoi An is one of Vietnam’s most popular destinations to visit.
When is the best time to visit Hoi An, Vietnam?
If you’re wondering when the best time to visit Hoi An is, take a look at this guide.
The weather in Hoi An
Hoi An has a tropical monsoon climate, characterized by the coastal climate of central Vietnam, which is hot, humid, and rainy.
As Hoi An has a high temperature and lots of sunshine, little influenced by winter winds, it is divided into two distinct seasons: rainy and dry.
The rainy season lasts from August to December, and the dry season lasts from January to July.
Read related: How to get from Da Nang to Hoi An.
Festivals in Hoi An – 14th lunar month every month
The lantern festival is an exciting time to visit Hoi An.
Because this is the day of the full moon, all families in the Hoi An town turn off the lights and light the lanterns.
In addition to lanterns, the 14th day of the lunar month of Hoi An also has other unique festivals that visitors cannot ignore, such as dropping flower lanterns, enjoying classical operas, etc.
Best time to visit Hoi An
The best time to visit Hoi An is from February to April.
Because around this time, Hoi An’s weather is cool and pleasant and has not yet entered the peak tourist season.
Therefore, the airfare and service price are reasonable, and the town is not crowded. It’s time for people to come to this town to rest, relax, and enjoy a getaway weekend.
Visitors can come here with family and friends to enjoy the holidays together, sip a few cups of tea, walk around the old streets, and enjoy delicious Hoi An street food dishes.
May and June is also an excellent time to visit Hoi An.
When NOT to visit Hoi An
You should avoid going to Hoi An during the rainy season around the end of the year.
As the old town is located on the bank of the Hoai River, it is easy to be flooded with heavy rain.
On rainy days, Hoi An is often empty and quite gloomy. You won’t be able to take good pictures, and your travel becomes inconvenient.
If you’re in Hoi An from October to November, don’t forget to prepare raincoats and umbrellas to avoid getting sick while traveling.
How to avoid the crowd in Hoi An Vietnam
The summer vacation season is Hoi An’s peak tourist season when domestic and international visitors are increasing rapidly.
According to the statistics, the number of tourists visiting Hoi An has doubled in the last five years, from about 1.6 million people (2013) to over 3.3 million (2017).
In 2018, Hoi An welcomed more than 4.99 million visitors, of which most were international. In 2019, that number was going up!
So when is the best time to avoid the crowd in Hoi An?
I suggest visiting Hoi An in the early morning, ideally before 8 am. At that time, the weather is not too hot and humid, and there are few people in town.
Best places to stay in Hoi An
Little Riverside Hoi An is an excellent stay if you’re looking for a relaxing time in the ancient town.
If you’re a solo traveler and plan to meet other travelers, the Wanderlust hostel is a great choice. The bed is comfortable, the staff is helpful, and the vibe there is amazing and chill.