Vietnam Climate Guide – When to Plan Your Golf Holiday

Vietnam Climate Guide

Vietnam is a beautiful place to visit. It is rich in culture, heritage, architecture, and natural beauty. In essence, it’s a traveler’s paradise and offers a wide array of experiences. So, it’s understood that this is a great tourist destination, but is it suited for a golf holiday experience? The answer to that is a big, resounding yes.

In 2012, the country was awarded the title of Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year by the IAGTO, the International Association for Golf Travel Operators. Many even call it the next Thailand. Since 2012, the region has only improved, offering a variety of choices and some exemplary golf courses. However, like most of South East Asia, Vietnam’s weather doesn’t always permit you to enjoy golf to the fullest. Here’s a brief guide on the best time to visit the country for a golf holiday.

Regions

Vietnam is divided into three different regions and the climate actually differs quite a bit when you move from one region to another. The Northern Region has some spectacular tourist sites, including the ethereal Ha Long Bay. This region also has the beautiful rice-paddy fields of Sapa, and the nation’s capital city Hanoi.

The Central Region has the city of Danang, the beautiful Non Nuoc Beaches, and some spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites like Old Town Hoi An, the City of Hue, and the ruins in My Son. Here you can explore the traces of the ancient Champa civilizations.

The Southern Region has the famous Ho Chi Minh City along with the noteworthy Mekong Delta. As you can see, visiting Vietnam would offer a great deal to do aside from golf. But golf lovers aren’t ignored here. There are over 35 golf courses in Vietnam and about 65 in the process of being built. The best clubs are located in Darang and Nha Trang.

Climate

Vietnam enjoys a tropical climate with a long monsoon. That’s great for the rising economy and for the people of the country and somewhat disappointing for golf lovers. Nevertheless, you can enjoy some of the best golf courses in the world if you visit at the right time. Unfortunately, Vietnam has three different weather systems and that can get confusing. Consider the following:

The Far North

This region includes Sapa, Bac Ha, and Ha Giang and is characterized by two different seasons. The dry season extends from October to March, and the wet season from April to September. The best months to travel to this destination is during the dry season. December and January can get very cold and might not be ideal golfing weather.

The North

This region consists of Hanoi City, Ha Long Bay, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh, Cuc Phuong and has some excellent golf courses. If the sole purpose of your holiday is to enjoy some championship golf courses, this is the place to visit. This region has a very distinct summer and winter season. The cooler months are between November and April, which January to March being the coldest.

Summer lies in the months of May to October. Most of the time, the climate is hot, humid, and wet here. From July to September, you can expect the entire region to be drenched in rain. If you plan to visit this region, consider the following points carefully:

The best months to travel

  • March, April, and October to December has the best weather
  • Average minimum temperature at 20°C
  • Average maximum temperature at 26°C
  • Rainfall of 40mm.

The Monsoon Season

  • July to September as the region sees heavy rainfall and excessive heat
  • Average minimum temperature at 26°C
  • Average Maximum Temperature at 33°C
  • Rainfall of 260mm.

Winter Months

  • December to February as the region is cool and sometimes even chilly
  • Average minimum temperature at 14°C
  • Average Maximum Temperature at 20°C
  • Rainfall of 20mm.

The Central

This region consists of Danang, Hoi An, Quy Nhon, Hue, and Nha Trang. Danang boasts some very excellent courses and is on the list of every golfer that visits Vietnam. Between the months of January to August, this region experiences dry and hot weather. The temperatures can easily reach upwards of 30°C. Rainfall doesn’t happen in the summer, but rather in the winter. In the months of October and November, Central Vietnam receives considerable amount of rainfall. This time isn’t suitable for golf as the region would experience about 50% of the total annual rainfall at this time.

The best months to travel:

  • January to July as it’s the dry season
  • Average minimum temperature at 22°C
  • Average maximum temperature at 30°C
  • Rainfall of 40mm.

The Monsoon Season

  • September to December as the region sees heavy rainfall.
  • Average minimum temperature at 20°C
  • Average Maximum Temperature at 27°C
  • Rainfall of 300mm.

The South

Southern Vietnam consists of Ho Chi Minh, Dalat, The Mekong Delta, and Phu Quoc. This region is most favourable for golf because the temperature and rainfall here is pretty consistent. There are two seasons, the dry and the wet. The dry season starts in November and can extend up to April and May. The months of February and May tend to be the hottest.

The wet season sees heavy rainfall during the afternoons. Some regions like Phu Quoc are comfortable throughout the year. Others, like Dalat experience very heavy rainfall.

The best months to travel:

  • December to May as it’s the dry season
  • Average minimum temperature at 23°C
  • Average maximum temperature 32°C
  • Rainfall of 30mm.

The Monsoon Season

  • June to November as the region sees heavy rainfall.
  • Average minimum temperature at 24°C
  • Average Maximum Temperature at 32°C
  • Rainfall of 300mm.

If you have any questions about golf courses in Vietnam, you can get in touch with us at Pattaya Golf Trips. Just fill in this contact us form and we’ll get back to you. Or you can call us on 0499 013 536.

Thanks for reading,
Dave Miniter
0499 013 536

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