Hoi An has long been known for its unique old quarter and atmospheric nightlife with vintage lanterns and glimmering Thu Bon river. Come to Hoi An, one will enjoy all the very best of Vietnamese culture: the architecture, the tradition, the food, the scenery…. December is one of the best month to visit Vietnam in general but is it wise to visit Hoi An in December? Let’s find out in our Hoi An weather guide below.
Hoi An Weather Overview
Hoi An belong to Quang Nam province which mean the city is characterized with climate patterns of central Vietnam which is different with both other climate areas – northern Vietnam and southern Vietnam. If Hanoi weather and other cities in northern Vietnam have 4 seasons with a chilly winter, central Vietnam and Hoi An only have two seasons with a warm weather all year round, averaging 29 degree Celsius.
However, the two seasons in Hoi An have so much influence to tourists’ traveling experience because the change is drastic and the impact is constant.
Dry season in Hoi An lasts from May to September with hottest months June and July, reaching 38-40 degrees Celsius during daytime. In this season, the rain is much less, and humidity is even lower.
The wet monsoon season, as you can see, falls in between October to January, making December also a month of wet season. In this season, Hoi An suffers from constant showers which frequently lead to flooding. Typhoons can also happen in this time of year, especially in October.
From December to January, the rains ease up but expect everything still to be damp and musty. Temperature reach the lowest with only 19 – 24 degree Celsius. Evenings are cooler and you should prepare thicker jacket if you want to go out for a walk until late.
When is the best time to visit Hoi An
The best time to visit Hoi An should be in dry season, from May to September when the weather is warm, dry and just perfect for a beach break. However, this time is the peak season of domestic tourism.
And here is your answer for the question “Is December the best time to visit Hoi An?”: no, it’s not the best but it’s not the worst either. The rain in December in Hoi An isn’t that intense and there’re not much crowds so you still can enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful town.
Hoi An in December? What are there to enjoy?
Hoi An in December might not be breathtakingly beautiful as it is during summer season, but Hoi An in this time of year have a certain attraction. The old in December is sparkling with colorful traditional lanterns instead of electric lights for year’s end festivals like Christ mas and New Year.
In December, a trip from Hoi An to destinations like Cam Thanh village, Da Nang or My Son would be also perfect to do.