In general, take light, breathable clothing suitable for the hot and humid tropical weather. In Hanoi for November to March bring a light jacket/fleece as temperatures drop to a low average of 15°C (66°F). In Sapa, from November to February temperatures can drop to 4°C (39°F), so bring a warm jacket, warm layers, gloves and beanie. A light packable raincoat is worth taking for light rain.

What to wear in Saigon

Temperatures in Saigon are consistently warm, so loose-fitting and breezy fabrics are a must.

What to wear in rural Vietnam

Dress standards can be more conservative outside major cities in Vietnam. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot climate. In many rural areas, women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim.

What to wear to pagodas and religious sites in Vietnam 

For visits to religious sites, you will need to wear clothing that covers shoulders and pants/skirts/sarong that go past the knee. 

What to wear for trekking in Vietnam

Good quality, comfortable footwear is best for hiking. Paths can be uneven, rocky, slippery and muddy depending on the season, so waterproof, well worn-in walking boots/shoes with good grip are recommended. Bring a hat.

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