Hanoi, Vietnam: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


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.

Important essentials 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.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage

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  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • A vaccine card protector

    Vaccine cards can wear away. An unreadable vaccine card can cause severe consequences. This vaccine card protector helps stop that.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

    N95 masks are not available for kids. These are a good alternative (and can also be used by adults if N95 masks are not available).


  • Hand sanitizer

    This hand sanitizer is a good plane-friendly product.


  • N95 masks

    These N95 masks provide the best level of COVID-19 protection possible.

  • (U.S. Residents) Telehealth COVID-19 test for entry to U.S.

    U.S. residents still need a certified COVID-19 test to return home, but it can now be via Zoom. Learn more


  • Touchless thermometer

    A touchless thermometer is important to have.

General health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's important to have an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a excellent option.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

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

Already know when you're traveling?

January

January here is mild. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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February

If you vacation in Hanoi during February, you might notice that it is balmy. 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.

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March

March here is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains most days.

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April

April in Hanoi is a perfect temperature. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) to high 70s F (mid 20s C).

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May

If you are traveling to Hanoi in May, 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).

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June

June here is really hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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July

In July, Hanoi is extremely hot. 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.

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August

August in Hanoi is consistently hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

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September

September in this region is extremely hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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October

In October, Hanoi is hot. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C). This is also a rainy time for Hanoi, with several of the days of the month having rain.

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November

November in Hanoi is warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

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December

If you vacation in Hanoi during December, you may see that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s 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 5-10 days this month.

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Activities for Hanoi, Vietnam

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Hanoi.

If you are intending to go to the stunning St. Joseph's Cathedral, it's suggested to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Hoan Kiem Lake, you're likely to do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Binoculars

    Like these

If you visit a temple, such as Bach Ma Temple, wear:

If you see the Air Force Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Castle hopping? For Ho Chi Minh's Vestige in the Presidential Palace Area, take:


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you can carry your stuff.

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