Vietnam has been an astonishing country to rejuvenate and is visited by a large number of tourists throughout the year. The summers in Central Vietnam and monsoon in North and South Vietnam, in July, are perfect for enjoyment. Foreign visitors count is still lesser in July as compared to other summertime nevertheless natives crowd the beaches before their kids’ schools reopen. In this article, we have enlisted a bunch of information about the places that you can visit and the festivals that you can be part of in Vietnam in July.
Weather in Vietnam in July
Weather in July is a blend of warmth and plentiful monsoon in Vietnam which is somewhat similar to June. This is the time when this South-Eastern Peninsula is moderately affected by Southwest Monsoon leading to daily downpours in South Vietnam. Different parts of the country experience a range of temperatures but 31 degrees is the average temperature that hovers over Vietnam in July.Northern Mountain Region - Sapa, Ha Giang, Bac Ha, Mu Cang Chai, Haiphong
July is the monsoon month in the northern mountainous region of Vietnam. If you are not bothered by light rains in hilly areas then you must not skip Sapa and Mu Cang Chai. Yellow rice fields, dusky weather, drizzling and warm coffee are the reasons that make July a peak month to visit SaPa and Mu Cang Chai. Families must not prefer to go to mountain regions as trekking is off cards in July.North Vietnam - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cuc Phuong, Mai Chau & Ninh Binh
With an average temperature of 30 degrees celsius, North Vietnam in July suffers hot weather and rains that sometimes turn into storms. Hanoi and Halong Bay bear one of the wettest months in July. However, rains are short and often occur in the afternoon thus promising a good amount of daylight hours.Central Vietnam - Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Dalat, Quy Nhon & Nha Trang
Central Vietnam promises dry and sunny weather in July with an average temperature of 31°C. Coastal lowlands - Hoi An, Danang, Hue make July the best time to rejuvenate under the sun but be prepared for crowded breaches. While in Dalat and Central Highlands plentiful rainfalls.South Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc and Con Dao, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai
July is the peak monsoon season in Ho Chi Minh City and Mekong Delta with daily heavy but short-lasting afternoon pours which can, however, turn into floods after week-long rains. While in the far South sunny weather allows the visit to islands of Phu Quoc and Con Dao.
Events and Festivals in Vietnam in JulyWhat could be more exciting on a tour than enjoying cultural festivals of that place? Vietnamese celebrate two major festivals in July which can’t be missed. Check below the description of the cultural events of Vietnam that you can rejoice under sunny days and cold yet soothing nights.
1. Tra Co Festival
The seaside city of Mong Cai celebrates the one-week festival ‘Tra Co Festival’ from the 30th day of the fifth lunar month to the 6th day of the sixth lunar month. Tra Co Festival is organised at Tra Co Communal House which is decorated with antiques. Vietnamese honour the spiritual guardian of the community, whose shrine was built during Le Dynasty. After the ritual processions, there are contests like cooking contests, calligraphy writing, tug of war, stilts and other fun games. ‘Mr.Elephant’ is a unique feature of Tra Co Festival where the person who owns the fattest pig wins.
2. Hoi An Lantern Festival
For a spectacular night view on the 14th night of every month in Hoi An, Vietnam is worth experiencing as the city celebrates the festival of lights. Lighting lanterns is considered to be good luck and fortune charm in Vietnam. Hoi An lantern festival is considered to be an incredible moment to follow the rituals of worshipping the deceased relatives. The festival not just brings closeness and happiness but is a wise method to save electricity.
Visitors and locals gather at An Hoi Bridge and on the banks of Hoai River as the sunset begins, to enjoy the luring food of Vietnam. The view is the best at the ancient town area of Hoi An where natives light paper lanterns around 9 pm and hang on streets, bars, shops. Families give each other presents like flowers, foods and fake money in the belief of future prosperity. The streets are sparkled with musicians, instrumentalists, poetry readings and mini craft classes for kids too. The traffic is prohibited in the area allowing a hassle-free movement. Not to worry if you are vegetarian as there are numerous vegetarian foods and mouth-watering snacks to grab.
Places to Visit in Vietnam in July
Why visit in July? What are the things to take care of?
- Technically, July is the last month preferable for outdoor activities and adventure in Vietnam. So sandy beaches, markets, Buddhist temples, gothic-style Catholic churches, tribal villages, and at places mountains decorated with rice paddies are magnets at this time.
- In the major cities, the prices are the lowest of the year. July is the cheapest month in Ho Chi Minh City. You can plan to visit the major markets to purchase souvenirs, collectibles and gifts.
- Nature is at its best in July in Ninh Binh, Con Dao, Bac Son Valley, Phan Tiet.
- July is the end of summer vacation month in schools in Vietnam so expect crowded beaches with an increase in the prices for accommodations. Also, there won’t be any bargaining entertained.
There are lots of places in major cities of Vietnam to explore and learn about in July. Vietnam offers bonnie coastlines, historical architectural sites, exotic adventure activities, air-conditioned modern museums, flowering fields, mouth-watering foods and lively markets. Below is the list of the cities and places from North Vietnam to South Vietnam to visit in July.
1. Ninh Binh
Located in North Vietnam, Ninh Binh Province is famous for its Karst Landscape in Tam Coc. July is one of the best seasons to visit Ninh Binh because it is the harvest season. A boat can be hired to see the limestone cliffs in Tam Coc, a two-hour excursion takes you through three natural caves - Hang Ca, Hang Hai, Hang Ba. A journey of about five hundred steps to the ancient temple on the hilltop - Hang Mua will lead to a panoramic view from Tam Coc. Van Long Nature Reserve is the place for keen birdwatchers and nature lovers as here you can spot local flora and fauna.Other major attractions include Hoa Lu, Trang An, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Phat Diem Cathedral, Ken Gha.
2. Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh Province
In the summer season of July, biodiversity is moderate in Cuc Phuong National Park located in Ninh Binh Province. You can trek through grass jungle and observe ancient trees and rich variety of flora and fauna. Vietnam’s oldest national park includes the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre where Monkeys, Langurs and Gibbons were rescued and kept and the Turtle Conservation Centre. There is Cave of Prehistoric Man where centuries-old skeletons, tools are preserved. Families must not miss a trip to the national park.Note: Do not forget to apply mosquito repellent and wear good hiking shoes. Check daily weather before planning the trip to Cuc Phuong.
Hanoi is the only capital of a country which isn't its largest city. Capital of Vietnam - Hanoi, is a place for every traveller. July is the warmest month (average temperature - 33˚C) with humidity at its peak so prefer to visit closed areas. From several historical museums to underrated monuments to extravagant nightlife, Hanoi offers everything all together. There’s a lot to do in Hanoi, in the morning travellers can visit historical sites and enjoy markets to save the nights for the view of Old Quarter Hanoi at weekend and Hoan Kiem Lake for a boat ride.
Where St. Joseph’s Cathedral and OnePillar Pagoda are major sites for worshipping, there are Hanoi Opera House, Thang Long water puppet Theatre, Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda that reflects Vietnamese culture. If you love museums you should not miss the National Museum of History, Vietnamese Women’s Museum and Hanoi Museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, and Thủy Cung Times City which is an aquarium. Families can visit Thu Le Zoo, Union Park, Hanoi Botanical Garden. To buy souvenirs, gifts and to taste Vietnam cuisine night markets are best to go to, so hit Hanoi Night Market, Long Bien Market.Other major attractions include Hanoi Train Street, Cau Giay Park, Dong Xuan Market, Rose Park, Smiley Ville, Lotte Observation Deck, Long Bien Bridge, Ba Vi National Park, Perfume Pagoda.
4. Halong Bay
Halong Bay located in North Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so there’s much to explore and spend a hot and sunny July here. Apart from rejuvenating and getting tanned on beaches and islands, travellers can go for a cruise, swimming, cooking classes. It is the perfect month for kayaking and snorkelling. There are caves to explore and floating villages to visit. Halong City (divided into East HaLong - Hon Gai and West HaLong - Bai Chay) in the North part of Halong Bay has an artificial beach 'Bai Chay Beach’ and a Bai Chai Market to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, gifts or souvenirs.
Amongst islands, Dau Be Island is famous for diving and swimming, Dau Go Island for its large and colourful caves and Fighting Cocks Island for its sunset view when purple-red colour sets across the sky and two large rocks in water appear as two fighting cocks. You can enjoy the top view of islands from seaplane rides as well. To enjoy the quieter part of Halong Bay, visit Lan Ha Bay renounced for white sandy beaches. You can enjoy swimming, rock climbing, sea kayaking and visit Cai Beo Floating Village.Other major attractions include HaLong Queen Cable Car, Sun World Halong Complex, Stacking Rocks, Tuan Chau Island, Cannon Fort.
Note: Nights are hot; storms or typhoons may occur in humid July. Take note of the weather forecast.
5. Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay
Cat Ba Island is one of the most amazing and highly visited Islands connected to Halong Bay. July is a peak month to visit here if you love tropical summers; the average temperature is around 33˚C. There are three famous sand beaches- Cat Ba 1, 2 and 3, enjoy the time under the sun or swim in the water.
If you want to explore caves, visit Surprise Caves to enjoy the colourful atmosphere, Hospital Cave to learn how this secret hospital functioned during the Vietnamese War, Trung Tran Cave. There’s Cat Ba Island Resort which offers a water park and spa centres. Cat Ba National Park is home to native Cat Ba Langur, 1500 plant species and over 280 fauna species, commonly seen mammals include civet, deer, macaques and squirrels. Apart from going on a cruise and enjoying the beach, visitors can take part in Yoga Classes which is a popular activity here. To experience the raw culture of Cat Ba visit Viet Hai Village.Other major attractions include Dinh Lagu Lam, Cat Ba Archipelago, Monkey Island.
6. Quan Lan - Minh Chau
Two unspoilt beaches near HaLong Bay are good-to-go for private space in July. Quan Lan beach and Minh Chau beach are adorned with white sands. One can hire an electric car to travel around Quan Lan Beach. Minh Chau Beach is freshest of all beaches in Vietnam and has green water. There is seafood to enjoy and various beach activities to be part of.Other major attractions include Quan Lan temple, Van Don ancient port
7. Bac Can
Bac Can is a mountainous region in North Vietnam and has a dry-cold season in July. It is famous for its natural resources and major attractions namely Ba Be National Park and Dau Dang Waterfall. Ba Be consists of three large lakes - Pe Lam, Pe Lu, Pe Leng. Bac Can offer to visit Ba Goa Island or Widow’s Island and various caves and caverns such as Phuong Cave, Hua Ma Cave, Lo Mo Cave. Dong vermicelli, Bee sweet soup, Bo Nam wine are special eateries of Bac Can.Other major attractions include An Ma Temple, Thach Long Pagoda, Fairy Pond.
Hue is an ancient city in Central Vietnam which is also recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Hue has preserved its old fashion, cuisine, language, art and architecture. It is located on the banks of the picturesque Huong River, commonly known as Perfume River. Starting from Imperial City, Hue has a plethora of historical sites to visit. Ngo Mon Gate is the entrance to Imperial City, inside has museums, lawns, temples, art galleries and markets. Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts and Forbidden Purple City are a must-visit spots. Thien Mu Pagoda (a seven-story Buddhist Temple), Ta Mieu Temple, Minh Mang Tomb are some of the historic sites for worshipping.
For outdoor activities and great photographs, travellers can go to Thanh Toan Bridge, Trang Tien Bridge and Thuy Tien Lake. For hiking, to explore wildlife in Hue visit Bach Ma National Park. Then there are ancient tombs of emperors constructed according to Feng Shui - Tomb of Tu Duc, the Tomb of Minh Mang and the Tomb of Khai Dinh. Hue offers Thuan An Beach to relax under the sun on off-white sands and multiple spa centres and hot springs. Buy traditional Ao dai, souvenirs, handicrafts, gifts from Dong Ba Market and do not skip Hue’s famous dishes like Com Hen, Hue Beef Noodle Soup, Steamed rice cakes, Vietnamese Crepe.Other major attractions include An Hien Garden House, Huyen Tran Princess Temple, Vong Canh Hill.
9. Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park
Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Park is a part of a district ‘Minh Hao’ in Central Vietnam. Phong Nha is the home of Son Doong Cave - the largest cave in the world covered around Karst Mountain and has the longest underground river. There are a tremendous number of species of flora and fauna to explore by rowboats. To experience an unforgettable scenery one must visit Phong Nha Cave or The Wet Cave and Tien Son Cave or The Dry Cave. The national park also offers beautiful Horizontal Spring ‘Nuoc Ngang’ and a field to catch a glimpse of bulls in Ran Bo.Other major attractions include Nuoc Troi, Chopping Board Shaped Stone, Crouching Stone, Chai Waterfall.
10. Da Nang
Da Nang is a first-class city located in Central Vietnam which is visited by many mainly because of beaches but there’s more to see. If you want to experience the vibes of SaPa or DaLat visit Ba Na Hill Station which provides cable car ride and a fantasy park. Marble Mountains are a collection of Mountain of Metal, Wood, Fire, Earth and Water. Monkey Mountain is the place of the tallest statue of Goddess of Mercy in Linh Ung Pagoda. Non Nuoc Beach, a white sand beach and My Khe Beach are good to go for scuba diving, enjoying the sunbathing and sunset, snorkelling, jet-skiing, and surfing. You can shop for food, clothes, souvenirs from Han Market. There are many pagodas and temples to visit as well. An interesting museum is 3D Museum Art in Paradise Da Nang where you can click trick shots.Other major attractions include Am Phu Cave, Son Tra Mountain, Dragon Bridge, Giant Hand Bridge, Han River Bridge, Imperial City, My Son Hindu Sanctuary, Da Nang Museum, Black Rock Beach.
11. Hoi An
Another major tourist city in central Vietnam is Hoi An which was formerly known as FaiFoo. Ancient Town of Hoi An is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has an attraction spot near the riverside of Thu Ban River. Japanese Covered Bridge is a must-go site in mornings or evenings. To study the art and culture of the city go to the Heritage Art gallery and Hoi An Museum. To explore the natural beauty of the city, travellers must visit Cua Dai Beach, An Bang Beach and An Hoi Sculptor Garden. There's a plethora of food to taste and gifts to buy from Hoi An Day and Night Market, don't forget to visit Silk Market. Nightlife in Hoi An offers a wide range of bars, restaurants and streets coloured in paper lanterns.
Other major attractions include Museum of Ceramics, Fujian Assembly Hall, Terracotta Park, Van Duc Pagoda, Hoi An Fine Art Gallery.
12. Nha Trang
Nha Trang is located in Central Vietnam and is great to visit in July to enjoy various water sports at Monkey Island, Hon Tre Island and have relaxing hours at Thap Ba Hot Spring. You can spend a couple of hours at Hon Ba Mountain, and worship in aesthetically pleasing Long Son Pagoda (White Buddha Pagoda) and Panogark Tower. There is Tri Nguyen Aquarium, Vinpearl Waterpark for kids to enjoy. Roam at night in Nha Trang Night Market to buy food or clothes, you can get gifts, souvenirs, hand embroidered items from street shops.Other major attractions include Vinpearl Cable Car, YangBa Waterfall, Ba Ho Waterfall Cliff Jumping.
13. Phu Quoc Island
Phu Quoc Island lies in Southwest Vietnam apart from the mainland. Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is the largest island of Vietnam with its own international airport. There are four major beaches - Bai Sao (silky white sand beach with starfishes spotted in crystal water), Hon Xuong Beach (white sandy small beach, perfect for snorkeling), Starfish Beach (white sand beach with floating eateries, red sea starfish being a picturesque) and Bai Truong also known as Long Beach. Long Beach is the main stop-spot for visitors because of the yellow sand, sailing, swimming, snorkelling, and beach massage.
The island is distributed in three different parts, out of which the downtown Duong Dong is highly visited for shopping. Duong Dong offers Duong Dong Market and Dinh Cau Night Market from where travellers can buy souvenirs, pearls, funky jewellery and eat delicious seafood. Do not go back from Phu Quoc without buying the world's best fish sauce and Vietnam’s tastier black pepper.Other major attractions include Vinpearl Safari, Sun World Hon Thom Nature Park, Trúc Lam Ho Quoc Zen Monastery, Phu Quoc National Park.
14. Con Dao Islands
Con Dao Islands separated from the mainland, lies in Southeastern Vietnam. These islands are a set of various islands where Green Turtles nestle in July. You can spot turtles coming out around 2 at night. These Islands are great for wildlife lovers and families, you could spot a variety of exotic fishes, eels, stingrays here. Con Dao National Park protects many endangered species like Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, dolphins and dugong. Con Dao Prisons, better known as ‘Tiger Caves’ and Con Dao Museum are the sites to know the history.Other major attractions include Van Son Pagoda, Con Dao Market.
15. Bac Son valley
A sigh of relief from hot days comes at Bac Son Valley in South Vietnam. July is the month for nature lovers and photographers in the valley. The land is full of swaying golden rice crops where natives live in stilts houses. The tasty local food (sticky rice, sausage, grilled spring rolls) of Bac Son Valley are a must-try in Quynh Son Village. The viewpoint of the valley is on the zenith of Na Lay Mountain. To feel the freshness of Bac Son, Bac Son Flower Valley and Dang Mo Waterfall are spellbinding sites.Other major attractions include Tam Canh Pass, Nong Luc Temple
16. Phan Thiet - Mui Ne
To the south of Vietnam lies a coastal port area ‘Phan Thiet’ which is, again, one of the best places to visit in July. It is divided amongst the city centre and famous Mui Ne Beach and has plenty of accommodations. Right from tropical forests to mesmerising beaches to ancient architecture, Phan Thiet has some or the other engaging part for every traveller. Doi Duong Beach, Phu Quy, Mr. Dia Rock are some of the spectacular outdoor sites. Mui Ne is a magnetic point for sand dunes, natural beauty and ancient architecture. A place for everyone is Red and White Sands where you can slide down the slopes. Vietnam’s largest statue of reclining Buddha is in Linh Son Truong Tho Pagoda which is constructed at the top of Ta Cu Mountain.
Mui Ne Beach has clean and rock-free water which makes it suitable for swimming, surfing and kayaking. There are some outlets that sell local handicrafts, jewellery, beachwear. Try the seafood here which is served with Vietnam’s famous fish sauce.Other major attractions include Mui Ne Fishing Village, Cham Tower, Ta Ch Pagoda.