Hanoi, Vietnam: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Hanoi, Vietnam? If you're planning to go to Hanoi, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Hanoi, Vietnam

Based on the climate and weather in Hanoi, the best time to go is November. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Hanoi, Vietnam by month

January

In January, Hanoi is mild. Temperatures routinely are in the 60s F (high 10s C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Hanoi, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage

February

If you visit Hanoi during February, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear

March

March in Hanoi is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) to low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants

April

April here is warm. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat

May

If you visit Hanoi during May, you are likely to find that it is extremely hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat

June

In June, Hanoi can be sweltering. Temperatures routinely are in the low 90s F (low 30s C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C). This is also a rainy time for Hanoi, with more than half of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion

July

If you go to Hanoi in July, you will notice that it is consistently hot. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella

August

If you go to Hanoi in August, you will notice that it is extremely hot. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat

September

Traveling to Hanoi in September, you will notice that it can be sweltering. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat

October

If you vacation in Hanoi during October, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts

November

November is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear

December

December here is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Hanoi, Vietnam

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Hanoi, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, B and C
  • A SIM card that works in Hanoi
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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