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When is the Best Time to Visit Hue Vietnam in 2024/2025?

The ancient imperial city of Hue is a living museum and bustling hub of modernity. Famous for its cultural treasures like the Forbidden Purple City and the Complex of Hue Monuments, it is one of the must-visit destinations in Vietnam. The weather in Hue can be erratic, so you need to carefully plan when to go. When is the best time to visit Hue in 2024/2025? Keep reading to find out.

Where is Hue Located in Vietnam & Its Climate Features

Sitting on the banks of the Perfume River along the eastern coast of central Vietnam, Hue’s climate is influenced by the nearby South China Sea. The sea brings humidity and causes a lot of the variability in the climate.

Typical of central Vietnam, the weather in Hue is often hot and humid. It has only two seasons, the monsoon season and the dry season.

From March to August, the weather of the dry season is hot and sunny. Temperatures can peak around 40°c towards the end of the season, but early on weather is warm with low humidity. Rain is much less frequent, but there are occasional brief showers.

The monsoon season from September to December brings heavy rains and frequent storms. There is some risk of flooding, but the rainfall transforms the landscape into lush and vibrant greenery.

Hue Forbidden Purple City
Visit Hue Forbidden Purple City.

The Best Time of the Year to Visit Hue: from Jan to April with Temperatures Between 20°C and 24°C

January to April is considered the best time to visit Hue. During these months, temperatures are warm and humidity is not too high. It’s a perfect time to be outdoors exploring the city, or experiencing top things to do in Hue of Vietnam.

This season comes at the end of monsoon season bringing clear skies and warmer weather. It ends right when temperatures rise to the peaks of the hot season. The landscape, lush and green after the monsoon rains, is enhanced by the spring blossoms. Occasional showers during this time keep Hue’s charming parks and garden picturesque.

You’ll be comfortable outdoors during this time, exploring sites like the Imperial City, Thien Mu Pagoda, or the Minh Mang Tomb. The sunny weather makes it a great time for taking pictures.

Hot Season from May to August, from 27°C to 29°C, But Sometimes Reaching 38°C to 40°C

If you don’t mind the heat, you can visit from May to August. Temperatures are usually between 27-29°c, but can sometimes reach a scorching 38-40°c. The attraction of these months is the endless blue skies as the rains almost completely disappear. It’s a great time to experience the city’s nightlife and visit the Night Market.

Nature lovers can escape the city heat at nearby Bach Ma National Park. At a higher elevation than Hue, temperatures stay cooler there. Visitors can explore the park’s vibrant ecosystem, cascading waterfalls, and mountain peaks.

It’s also a good time to escape to one of the nearby beaches. The white sands and clear waters of Thuan An or Lang Co are the ideal way to take advantage of the hot season conditions. Besides relaxing on the beach, you can take a fish trip, or enjoy fresh seafood dinner at sunset.

Relaxing on the Hue beach
Relaxing on the Hue beach.

Try to Avoid the Rainy Season in Hue from Sept to Dec, with Temperatures around 19°C

It is not recommended to visit Hue from September to December. The rainy season in many other parts of Vietnam is marked by periodic showers, but Hue gets longer and more intense rain, sometimes lasting several hours.

Planning outdoor activities is challenging during this time, and days can often be overcast with low visibility. Temperatures stay around a cooler 19°c, but humidity is high and constant. There is also a risk of flooding in parts of the city, making it even harder to get around.

The one attraction of this time is that it is the low season for tourism. With fewer tourists visiting the attractions are not crowded. Hotel prices are lower and it’s possible to find good deals on tours. If you’re looking for a budget trip and smaller crowds, you might consider the rainy season.

The Monthly Climate Features of Hue

The weather in Hue can be a little erratic. Some of the months with the most sunshine can also experience days of heavy rain. Other periods, like January to March, have regular dry and comfortable conditions. To help your Vietnam travel planning, here are the monthly weather conditions of Hue.

Conditions are cool and dry. The temperature stays between a comfortable 17°c to 24°c. Conditions are ideal for exploring Hue’s historical sites or joining in outdoor activities.

Conditions are similar to January, with a little less chance of rain. Temperatures stay in the comfortable 17-24°c range.

It starts to get a little warmer with temperatures between 19°c and 26°c. March has the lowest annual precipitation and ideal conditions for outdoor travel.

The transition to the hot season begins. There is a small increase in the chance of rain, and temperatures range between 21°c to 28°c. Average daily sunshine hours start to rise.

Temperatures continue to rise, starting to reach highs of 32°c during the day. Mornings are still a comfortable time to be outside, and chances of rain are low.

Temperatures are between a hot 25°c to 34°c. It’s a good idea to stick to the shade during the hottest parts of the day. Conditions can be humid with the occasional heavy rain.

Similar to June, temperatures remain hot between 25°c to 34°c. July has the higher number of daily sunshine hours, but during peak temperatures it is a good idea to plan for indoor activities.

The hot season continues with temperatures between 25°c to 33°c. With occasional heavy rains, the weather is humid, but there is still a high number of sunshine hours on average.

The rainy season begins with a sharp increase in precipitation. There is a chance of tropical storms during the month and temperatures are between 24°c and 32°c.

Rainfall peaks in October with occasional storms and possibility of flooding. Temperatures range between 23°c and 28°c, and humidity can make conditions uncomfortable.

Rainfall remains very heavy, temperatures are from 21°C to 28°C. It’s best to plan for indoor activities like visiting museums.

The weather starts to transition to the dry season toward the end of the month. It still often rains, but much less than the previous months. Temperatures are from 17°C to 24°C.


Hue is an enchanting city with a lot to offer at any time of year. The distinct differences in each season appeal to tourists looking for different experiences. There is no wrong time to visit Hue, but if you’re not sure, plan to visit between January and April. The outdoor friendly conditions during these months will let you try a bit of everything Hue has to offer. Feel free to reach out to us to customize your Hue travel itinerary with a comprehensive package from IndochinaTour!

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