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When Is The Best Time To Visit Hoi An Vietnam?

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Famous for the old town and traditional villages, Hoi An has become one of the most popular destinations to visit in Vietnam.

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 to find out!

best time to visit Hoi An Vietnam ancient town

 

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 seasons.

The rainy season lasts from August to December, and the dry season lasts from January to July.

Hoi An Vietnam store

>> 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. 

Hoi An Vietnam lantern

 

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 super crowded. It’s the 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 special dishes of Hoi An.

Hoi An Vietnam bicycle

May and June is also an excellent time to visit Hoi An. 

As the time near the end of the dry season, it’s recommended to visit the beaches such as An Bang, Cua Dai, and Cham Islands. Laying on the sand with sunshine and hearing the sea waves is a great experience. 

 

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 Hoai River, it is easy to be flooded with heavy rain.

On the 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 the most peak tourist season of Hoi An when both domestic and international visitors are increasing rapidly.

According to the statistics, the number of tourists visiting Hoi An has doubled in the recent five years, from about 1.6 million people (2013) to over 3.3 million people (2017).

In 2018, Hoi An welcomed more than 4.99 million visitors, of which most are international. In 2019, that number is going up!

Hoi An Vietnam travel guide

So when is the best time to avoid the crowd in Hoi An?

I suggest visiting Hoi An early in the morning, ideally before 8 am.

At that time, the weather is not too hot and humid, and there are not many people in town. 

 

Best places to stay in Hoi An

Pho Hoi Riverside Resort is a great stay if you’re looking for a relaxing time in the ancient town.

If you’re a solo traveler, I strongly recommend the Tribee hostels in Hoi An: Tribee KinhTribee CotuTribee Ede and Tribee Cham.

 

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