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Feb 13th, 2020 | Info & travel

The best time to visit the timeless beauty of Hoi An Ancient Town

Each season in Hoi An allows visitors to immerse in a unique experience. However, you should consider some valuable notes to know the best time to visit Hoi An.

Hoi An is a worldwide renowned destination with fascinating cultural significance. The outstanding values ​​of culture, architecture, lifestyle make Hoi An a "muse" in the eyes of tourists. Proudly, Hoi An was recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site in 1999. Hoi An Ancient Town is a lowland region located downstream of Thu Bon River in Quang Nam Province. The location of Hoi An is adjacent to Da Nang city, just 30 km to the South. Tourists coming to Danang will certainly go to Hoi An for at least a half-day tour because the traveling time only takes less than an hour. Hoi An is well-known for its old streets with classic architectural styles. That distinctive construction is a combination and resonance of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese architecture. Hoi An is also the destination of ancient and sacred temples and traditional villages.

Here are several significances in Hoi An weather condition that we recommend travelers to best prepare for their journeys.


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Hoi An weather overview

Hoi An is a city of Quang Nam province located in the South Central Coast of Vietnam. This destination possesses all the typical characteristics of tropical weather with four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. However, Hoi An lies in the transition zone between the North and the South, it is subject to changes in climate, and there are two distinct seasons in Hoi An, which are rainy and dry seasons. Each season has its own characteristics. The dry season starts from January to July, and the rainy season is from August to December. This is a climate feature that tourists rarely pay attention to when they travel to Hoi An. 

In general, Hoi An weather is quite pleasant with the average comfortable temperature. At the peak of summer, the temperature is at 28-33°C, while winter temperatures are also quite ideal at 18-23°C.

The dry season in Hoi An

Annually, the dry season in Hoi An starts from January to July. In the opinion of experienced travelers, this is the most suitable time to come and experience the ancient town of Hoi An. The heat amplitude ranges from 18°C to 33°C which is greatly advantageous for tourism activities. During the dry season, Hoi An in February and April is at its most glorious enchanting beauty because the weather is pleasing and it hardly rains.

January and February are months with the lowest temperatures of the year, however, the aforementioned temperature is particularly fitting for travelers from temperate regions like Europe. These months will also coincide with the occasion of the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, granting visitors the chance to discover plentiful unique and fascinating experiences about the Tet holiday in Hoi An. The dry months are definitely the best and most convenient time for tourists to come and visit Hoi An.


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The rainy season in Hoi An

Hoi An rainy season lasts from August to December. Many people think that the rainy season is a "taboo" season to travel, but perhaps Hoi An is an exception. The Old Town of Hoi An in the rainy season appears particularly attractive with a newfangled and poetic charm. It's quite rare chance to walk around the old alleys in the chilly rain or sit in some classic coffee shops to sip a hot cup of tea, listen to a melodious tune and watch the rain covering the delightful ancient town and streets. After the rain, the old town is covered in clarity and tranquillity. Therefore, traveling to Hoi An in the rainy season is also a refreshing and unforgettable experience.

In the following passages, tourists can find detailed suggestions introducing Hoi An weather conditions in specific periods and also recommendations for each season.


The 14th day of each lunar month - Monthly Lantern Event


The 14th day of the lunar month is a remarkably entertaining opportunity for visitors to come and experience Hoi An. Because this is the day before the full moon. On the very special day, all families in the ancient town of Hoi An will turn off the lights and light lanterns. Tourists visiting Hoi An on the 14th have a chance to admire the colorful sparkling lights of the lanterns. These vibrant, shimmering lanterns have become a distinguishing feature of Hoi An Ancient Town. Lighting lanterns are a cultural tradition here, and monthly on the 14th, people also drop lanterns on the Cau River, sing folk songs to cheer and show gratitude for the life they have. The full moon festival has been held by the Hoi An government on the 14th day of every lunar month since 1988. This unique idea originated from the wish of a Polish architect who invested his prominent efforts in preserving two significant heritage sites of Vietnam - Hoi An Ancient Town and My Son Sanctuary.

During the festival, all houses, restaurants, and cafes turn the lights off, the old town will be immersed in the splendor of lanterns and the full moon. Visitors can participate in many enjoyable activities such as watching lion dance, listening to poetry, joining the masquerade… Therefore, traveling to Hoi An on the 14th lunar month truly bring tourists an unprecedented experience. 


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Hoian in February to April - The best time for holidays 


These are the dry months with cool and pleasant weather. February to April is the best time to visit Hoi An. Tourists should come here with family and friends to enjoy the vacations together. It is such a wonderful experience, on a cool spring day, you and your loved ones visit Hoi An, enjoy the refreshing cool breeze, sip some tea, stroll around the old streets and enjoy the special local food.

According to the travel connoisseurs, this is a time when the weather in Hoi An is exceptionally pleasing and invigorating, very suitable for visitors who want to come here to unwind and relax. The whole town is surrounded by light sunshine, subtle winds without rain. Undoubtedly, February to April is the ideal occasion to travel and contemplate the old town scenery. 


Hoi An in May to July - Refreshing Summer vacation 


May or July can be considered as the last month of the dry season in Hoi An. During this  time, Hoi An weather is very suitable for tourists to go to the beaches and islands such as Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island), An Bang beach, Cua Dai beach, or other beaches in Danang. An interesting activity for visitors is to lie on the white sand under golden sunshine, watch the azure sky, bathe in the crystalline water, enjoy the cool sea breeze, which brings a truly wonderful experience. Especially, beaches in the south-central coastal region are usually very clean, with long white sandy beaches, gentle waves, fitting for tourists of all ages including small children.

However, this is also the peak season for domestic tourism. Vietnamese students have a long summer vacation of about 2 months, so most families go on vacation at that time. Companies or travelers also choose summertime to go to the beaches including coming to Hoi An for their holidays. Therefore, Hoi An in the summer will certainly be more crowded. However, because it is the peak season, travel agencies also have many tour packages and promotions to attract tourists.


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Hoi An in October to December - Unique experiences in Hoi An Rainy season


Hoi An in October to December comes to its rainy season, the rains will probably interrupt your journey to the old town, visitors may also encounter some difficulties in sightseeing and taking part in activities. However, there is one fascinating thing that might attract tourists' curiosity, at this time Thu Bon River water level is on the rise, Hoi An Old Town will be submerged in floodwater, and local people have to travel around using boats. Therefore, if tourists want to try "traveling" by boat to explore the old town, they should not miss this unique opportunity. Their journey will be filled with an unforgettable remarkable memory.

Still, visitors should also consider visiting Hoi An at this time because heavy rains can happen, the weather is changeable and The sky can get cloudy and dull. Due to weather conditions, the small children who do get used to the climate can be very susceptible to colds. Visitors should equip themselves with raincoats, umbrellas and waterproof clothes.

Traveling to Hoi An in any season, visitors will also have pleasurable and memorable excitements and adventures. However, travelers should consider the times specified above so that they will have ample preparation and avoid interruptions during the trip.  With the aforementioned information, tourists now know when is their best time to visit Hoi An in Vietnam.