The variation of weather from North Vietnam to South Vietnam in June is perfect for every-season lover. June may not be the peak time for travellers to visit Vietnam but that generates a plus point - you can wander freely through a plethora of sites. This is the month of Green Turtles nesting. The first half of June is a suggested time frame to visit Vietnam. We bring you a bunch of information about the places that you can visit and the festivals that you can enjoy in Vietnam in May.
Weather in Vietnam in June
Weather in June is a blend of hot summers and plentiful monsoon in Vietnam. The country is less visited in the first half of the month as compared to other appropriate months so it's a golden period to go and rejuvenate with your family and friends in Vietnam. Different parts of the country experience a range of temperatures but 30 degrees is the average temperature that hovers over Vietnam in June.Northern Mountain Region - Sapa, Ha Giang, Bac Ha, Mu Cang Chai, Haiphong
The mountainous region of Vietnam gets little wet in June. Although rains are short yet it is unadvised to choose the peaks for trekking. On a brighter side, travelling to the mountain region in the first half of June is a relief from the scorching sun.North Vietnam - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Cuc Phuong, Mai Chau & Ninh Binh
June marks the beginning of Typhoon Season in North Vietnam but there are variations in some regions. The average temperature is 30°C, appropriate to hit beaches and covered architectural sites and modern museums. This part receives relatively less amount of precipitation than the Southern part of Vietnam. Mosquitoes breed largely this month.Central Vietnam - Hoi An, Danang, Hue, Dalat, Quy Nhon & Nha Trang
Central Vietnam is perfect for June. The sky is sunny and clear and the winds are dry with an average of 30 °C temperature. Sunscreens and sunshades are a must if you wish to travel to central cities as well. Hue is the warmest with 31°C while Dalat receives downpours in June making outdoor little hurdling.South Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City, The Mekong Delta, Phu Quoc and Con Dao, Phan Thiet & Mui Ne, Ho Tram & Long Hai
In June, South Vietnam receives a good amount of rain but it is unlikely to go rough. Although the afternoon showers are heavier than previous months yet one can expect brighter days with an average temperature of 28°C. Green Turtles are seen on Con Dao beach of South Vietnam in June as this is their nesting season.
Events and Festivals in Vietnam in May
1. Da Nang International Fireworks Festival
Da Nang International Fireworks Festival is not just a celebration but an international competition where different countries showcase their pyrotechnic skills. To have the best view of firecrackers, you can go by the banks of Han River, on iconic bridges of Day Nang, can take a boat ride or can watch from the hotel rooftop. This festival is a must-attend because apart from spellbinding night sky full of fireworks, this festival includes other ventures like Food Festivals, Art Festivals, etc.
2. Tet Doan Ngo (Summer Solstice Day)
Vietnamese celebrate Summer Solstice Day ‘Tet Doan Ngo’ as pest killing day and as the day to remember the national mother of Vietnam, Au Co. Visit the rural parts of Vietnam on this day to appreciate the greens. You will see the farmers removing pests and insects from crops, families worshipping their ancestors and having cultural dishes together. Some major dishes include Vietnamese Pancake, Sticky rice wine, fruits, Vietnamese sweet soup with lotus seeds, roasted pork and duck.
As this is the day when the sun is the closest to Earth, the chances of getting sick become high. It is believed in Vietnam that taking bath with special leaves will protect one from illness, negative energy thus bringing luck in life. Some people even take baths in the sea to cleanse their mind and soul and have an enthusiastic start to another phase of the year.
3. Nha Trang Sea Festival
People of Nha Trang honour the natural beauty of the city in the form of the Sea Festival. This vibrant and cheerful festival is organised every two years around June in Nha Trang City. International art groups along with Vietnamese come together to perform in opening ceremonies and various cultural performances. There are authentic exhibitions, competitions, seafood shops and stalls, mini intriguing sports like kite flying, human chess, beach volleyball. Underwater group weddings, lightning lanterns on Cai River and Fish Worshipping Festival are other major mesmerising events to be part of.
4. Hoi An Lantern Festival
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 in the ancient town area of Hoi An where natives, shops, bars light paper lanterns around 9 pm. 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.
Best Places to Visit in Vietnam in June
Why visit in June?
- In Northern Vietnam, green fields emit energetic vibes with new rice crops swaying in June. This month is recognised as Falling Water Season in Vietnam where water runs from one terrace to another. Villages alongside the Red River Delta are brilliantly picturesque.
- Tortoise is the only living creature worshipped by Vietnamese out of four sacred animals. June is the nesting month of Green Turtles spotted at multiple Con Dao Islands.
- Because of the monsoon, try to avoid trekking in the mountainous region of Vietnam, instead head to the beaches. June is the summer vacation month in schools in Vietnam so expect crowded beaches after mid of the month. It is advised to book your accommodations and beach tours in the first half of Vietnam. However, there won’t be any bargaining entertained.
Where to Go?
Located in the Northwest Mountain region of Vietnam, this beautiful town SaPa has various small villages. Where Vietnam suffers hot daytime in June, SaPa proves to be a relief with its soothing weather. Travellers must visit ‘SaPa museum’ and ‘Cat Cat Village’ (one of the oldest villages of Sapa) to learn the history of people here and ‘Cloud Yard’ to compliment the beauty of clouds. SaPa is great for hiking (do not skip Heaven Gate), boating on SaPa Lake, having warm beverages and tasting local cuisine or delicious desserts in restaurants.
You can buy handicrafts from SaPa Market or visit ‘Ta Phin Village’ to witness Communal Church Singing - a marriage tradition. 3 or 4-star hotels are available at cheap rates in June, book your stay and enjoy the beauty of hills.
- Other major attractions include Fairy Cave, Silver Waterfalls, Tram Ton Pass, Muong Hoa Valley, Muong Khuong Bird Market.
2. Mu Cang Chai
Mu Cang Chai is a northwest mountainous rural district in Vietnam which creates jaw-dropping scenery. Khau Pha Pass called ‘Skys Horn’, creates magnificent scenery. There are other small villages in the city to visit to adore the beauty of paddy farming and to experience their local culture by the homestay. Visit to Mu Cang Chai is incomplete without visiting two of its breathtaking waterfalls - Mo and Phu Nu waterfalls. Mu Cang Chai has its own market too.
- Other major attractions include Ba Nha Bridge, Mam Xoi Hill, Kim Noi Village.
3. Ninh Binh
Located in North Vietnam, Ninh Binh Province is famous for its Karst Landscape in Tam Coc. 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. Van Long Nature Reserve is the place for keen birdwatcher and nature lovers as here you can spot local flora and fauna.
- Other major attractions include Trang An, Bai Dinh Pagoda, Phat Diem Cathedral.
4. Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh Province
In the soothing season of May biodiversity is at its peak in Cuc Phuong National Park located in Ninh Binh Province. 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. Families must not miss a trip to the national park because May is known as butterfly season here. Do not forget to apply mosquito repellent and wear good hiking shoes.
Hanoi is the only capital of a country which isn't its largest city. Capital of Vietnam - Hanoi, is a place for every traveller. From several historical museums to underrated monuments to extravagant nightlife, Hanoi offers everything all together. There’s a lot to do in Vietnam, in the morning travellers can visit historical sites and enjoy markets, to save the nights for the view of Old Quarter Hanoi at weekend nights 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.
6. Halong Bay
Halong Bay located in North Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so there’s a lot to explore and spend your May here. Apart from rejuvenating and getting tanned on beaches and islands, travellers can go for a cruise, kayaking, swimming, cooking classes. 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, Ban Sen Island - a forested island, perfect for hiking - and Quang Ninh Provincial Museum to visit.
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.
7. Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay
Cat Ba Island is one of the most amazing and highly visited Island connected to HaLong Bay. 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. To experience the raw culture of Cat Ba visit Viet Hai Village.
- Other major attractions include Dinh Lagu Lam, Cat Ba Archipelago, Monkey Island.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Nha Trang
Nha Trang is located in Central Vietnam and is great to visit in May 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.
12. Da Lat
Da Lat, a city in Central Vietnam is recognised as a garland of flowers where the average temperature remains 23-degree celsius in June. Da Lat showcases French Colonial times which can be explored in Colonial Palaces - Da Lat Palace I, II, III. Truc Lam Temple - Zen Buddhist Temple and Linh Phuoc Pagoda are best places to adore the art along with worshipping. Get crazy in the Crazy House, a guest house with weirdly interstitial architecture.
Natural beauty can’t be skipped in Da Lat, route your tour towards Datanla Waterfall, Valley of Love, Clay Tunnel, Elephant Waterfalls, Xuan Huong Lake. Not just this, the city offers specialised gardens - Dalat Flowers Garden, Zoodoo Garden, Giant Pumpkin Garden, Lavender DaLat Garden, Maple Leaf Garden. There’s plentiful flowers, fruits, fruit candies, coffee beans, vegetables to buy from DaLat central market. DaLat is a magnet for photographers to capture the flowery surroundings and spectrum cloudy sky.
- Other major attractions include Dalat Railway Station, Clay Tunnel of DaLat, Smurf Village, Dalat Heaven Gate, Prenn Waterfall.
13. Ho Chi Minh City
In the Southern part of Vietnam, Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in the country. Travellers visit here every year majorly for diverse cuisine, magnetic nightlife, french architecture and fascinating skyscrapers. This major city offers spectacular enjoyment spots - Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, Ho Chi Minh City Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon, Chu Chi Tunnel and Buddhist Cultural Theme Park. Hit ‘Ban Than Market’, ‘Binh Tay Market’, ‘An Thong Market’ for shopping. The night is alive in Saigon through rooftop bars, lush nightclubs, casinos, music bars and Ben Thanh Night Market.
- Other major attractions include Artinus 3D Art Museum, September 23rd Park, Tao Dan Park, Ngoc Hoang Pagoda, Cao Dai Temple.
14. 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.
15. 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 June. 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.