Weather in Vietnam varies considerably, so what you wear is dependant on the time of year you visit and where you go. Dress standards can be more conservative outside of major cities in Vietnam. To respect this, and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend wearing modest clothing. This means clothes that cover your shoulders and knees, particularly in pagodas and religious sites. In many rural areas, women will need to wear modest clothes, even while swimming. Consider bringing a sarong, which conveniently doubles as both a cover-up and a blanket.

Summer months can be incredibly hot and sticky, so loose, lightweight and breathable clothing is essential. While linen and cotton are good options, cotton in particular does not dry well in high humidity. Athletic wear designed to absorb sweat and stay dry is a better option for humid days. Remember that short shorts, crop tops and tank tops are not considered appropriate in Vietnam. Loose, long clothing is both respectful and tends to keep you cooler in hot climates.

Southern and central cities, such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hue, are warm year-round, with temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C (68°F), however the temperature does drop as you go further north. Pack a light jacket, hoodie or fleece for travel to Hanoi and Halong Bay between November and March. January is typically the coldest month, when temperatures drop as low as 13°C (55°F). It gets particularly cold in Saba from November to February, when temperatures can dip near the freezing mark. Pack a warm jacket, layers, gloves and beanie to stay warm for trips during this time.

Good quality, comfortable footwear is best for hiking. Paths can be uneven, rocky, slippery and muddy depending on the season, so waterproof, worn-in walking boots or shoes with good grip is recommended. A raincoat is also a good idea during the rainy season.

 

Packing list for Vietnam

  • Loose, breathable clothing that covers your knees and shoulders. Athletic wear is recommended for particularly humid days
  • Swim shorts or bathing suit
  • A sarong
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • A hoodie plus warm layers are recommended for the evening during cooler months (especially if travelling to Northern Vietnam)
  • Warm jacket, gloves and beanie if travelling to Saba between November and February
  • A raincoat
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Flip flops
  • Reusable water bottle

See our ultimate packing list for a more comprehensive list of items you should bring on your trip to Vietnam.

Click here to return to Vietnam FAQs

Our Vietnam Tours

10 Days From 12083

Travel from historic Hanoi to modern Ho Chi Minh City. Tour down the Mekong, visit...

9 Days From 10134

Travel through Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Bangkok in Thailand on a...

18 Days From 21569

Travel into the heart and soul of South East Asia on this comprehensive tour of Vietnam...

11 Days From 8402

Head from old-world Hanoi to ancient Hue and on to pretty Hoi An via beachy Phan Rang, ...

18 Days From 21569

Jump on this adventurous three-week journey to see the very best of Cambodia and...

13 Days From 13868

Experience the Asia of old on a family adventure that captures the spirit of Vietnam....

10 Days From 12083

Travel to Vietnam and see the ultimate Ho Chi Minh tourist spots. Visit hidden Hanoi...

10 Days From 7191

From Bangkok you'll hit the ancient streets and temples of Angkor in Siem Reap, get...

15 Days From 21614

Jump in the saddle for a two-wheeled adventure tour of Vietnam. Take in cultural...

8 Days From 19950

Experience historic Hue, vibrant Hanoi and the limestone beauty of Halong Bay and Phong...

15 Days From 10226

From hectic Ho Chi Minh City to historic Hanoi, with Hoi An, Hue and Cat Ba Island in...

12 Days From 9747

Travel from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City on a journey of discovery. Uncover the...

15 Days From 58450

Experience the beautiful coast of Vietnam on a small-ship adventure cruise to Nha Trang...

12 Days From 19490

Travel the breadth of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, experiencing tranquil...

13 Days From 15504

Experience Vietnamese customs and charms on a 13-day family adventure from Hanoi to Ho...

8 Days From 30495

Travel the south coast of Vietnam on a Intrepid small-ship adventure cruise, visiting...

15 Days From 11606

Discover Vietnam and all its wonders on this exciting two-week tour. Uncover hidden...

11 Days From 8402

Delve into Vietnamese culture on this 11-day journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City....

15 Days From 23346

Uncover the proud, spirited heart of Vietnam on this classic adventure. Tour to Halong...

22 Days From 16609

Bounce from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island, through Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville Province and Siem...

8 Days From 19950

Embark on a small-ship coastal cruise in Vietnam, visiting iconic Halong Bay, the cave...

15 Days From 16848

Journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on this 15-day Vietnam adventure. Trek in the...

9 Days From 10134

Follow the Angkor trails on a trip to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Explore the...

12 Days From 9747

Travel to Cambodia on an Intrepid adventure from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok. Explore...

8 Days From 13815

From Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, discover the delights of one of South-East Asia's...

12 Days From 8123

Dive headfirst from Ho Chi Minh into Cambodia, visiting Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampong...

8 Days From 21347

Cruise Vietnam’s south coast on a small-ship Intrepid adventure, visiting Hoi An, Nha...

11 Days From 13775

Hike, bike and kayak across Vietnam on this active tour based out of Hanoi. Trek in...

13 Days From 25943

See Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand from two wheels on this 13-day adventure from Ho Chi...

20 Days From 23346

From bustling Ho Chi Minh City to historical Hanoi, the Best of Vietnam tour is an...

26 Days From 20745

Experience South East Asia on a trip through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Journey...

15 Days From 61370

Travel to Vietnam and embark on a small-ship adventure cruise to Nha Trang, Ha Long Bay...

24 Days From 17496

Take a trip with the lot – Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City, Tuy Hoa, Hoi An,...

22 Days From 17627

Explore South East Asia on a trip through Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Travel from...

30 Days From 42921

Travel into the heart and soul of South East Asia on this comprehensive tour of...

13 Days From 30753

Uncover the dramatic histories of these two beautiful countries on a trip through the...

10 Days From 10350

Experience the boundlessly welcoming and friendly nature of the ethnic hill tribe...

9 Days From 12559

Get the most out of your family getaway by cycling, kayaking, walking and cruising...

20 Days From 39978

Get to know Vietnam and Cambodia, each with their own uniquely enchanting culture and...

15 Days From 26138

Combine the excitement of Vietnam with the friendly warmth of Cambodia for an exotic...

13 Days From 13868

Experience the Asia of old on a family adventure that captures the spirit of Vietnam....

35 Days From 35775

Embark on an epic journey to explore the best of South East Asia. Venture out from...

15 Days From 27285

Experience the sights, smells and tastes of Southeast Asia on a family tour through...

34 Days From 33609

Join us for the South East Asian trip of your dreams – a little bit of Bangkok, a pinch...

22 Days From 33089

Indochina Uncovered snakes its way through the delights of Thailand, Laos and Vietnam,...

28 Days From 46130

Gear up for an energising and rewarding cycling tour that takes in the best of...

8 Days From 10827

Jump in the saddle for a two-wheeled adventure tour of Northern Vietnam. Take in...

20 Days From 33309

Travel from Hanoi down and over to Siem Reap, seeing the landmark attractions,...

18 Days From 24080

From Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, explore Cambodia's fascinating history and impressive...

9 Days From 16555

Experience the eclectic allure of China on this adventure from Hanoi to Kunming....

18 Days From 28600

Discover the remote mountains of northwest Vietnam and southwest China on a trip from...

20 Days From 34665

Discover the spectacular southern reaches of China on this adventure through its most...

29 Days From 46390

Discover the remote mountains of northwest Vietnam and southwest China on a trip from...

17 Days From 35042

Journey through the highlights of Cambodia and Vietnam, experiencing local life,...

10 Days From 12083

Travel from historic Hanoi to modern Ho Chi Minh City with a group of solo travellerse....

23 Days From 55094

From Vietnam to Cambodia, discover incredible diversity, delectable cuisines, dramatic...

23 Days From 26204

Explore vibrant Vietnam, charismatic Cambodia and beguiling Bangkok on this awesome...

5 Days From 3945

Trek through Vietnam's mountainous region in the north-west to experience hiltribe...

2 Days From 2935

Cast away on a traditional-style boat and set sail through hundreds of limestone karsts...

2 Days From 2310

See local industry, beautiful islands and what life is like along the mighty Mekong...

4 Days From 5005

See the contrasts of city and river life around Ho Chi Minh City on this exciting short...

13 Days From 52795

Unearth the essence of Cambodia seeing the sights of Phnom Penh and exploring mystical...

23 Days From 76565

Journey from Bangkok to Chiang Mai then cross into Cambodia and unearth mystical Angkor...

9 Days From 44950

Travel the south coast of Vietnam on a Intrepid small-ship adventure cruise, visiting...