Best Time To Visit Mekong Delta | Unlock The Beauty!

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Tiffany Hoang
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Last Updated: June 14, 2023

Visiting Mekong Delta is a unique and unforgettable experience that offers a glimpse into the rural life of Vietnam. Located in Southern Vietnam, this vast delta is known for its picturesque landscapes such as Tra Su Bird Sanctuary, Cavern Pagoda; floating markets like Cai Be, Cai Rang; fruit orchards, and traditional villages. The region is also home to a diverse community of ethnic groups, who have preserved their cultural heritage over centuries through their customs, crafts, and cuisine.

Whether you want to explore the bustling cities or escape to the countryside, the Mekong Delta has something to offer everyone. From cruising along the river to tasting exotic fruits, from visiting ancient temples to learning about local customs, the experiences in the Mekong Delta region are truly authentic and enriching.

So, if you’re seeking an immersive vacation experience, the Mekong Delta should be at the top of your list. In this article, we will help you discover the best time to visit the Mekong Delta and have the trip of a lifetime!

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A Glance At Mekong Delta Weather

The climate in the Mekong Delta is affected by both the southwest and northeast monsoons, resulting in a unique weather pattern. With an average daily maximum temperature of 32 degrees, this region stands out as one of the warmest in Vietnam.

The weather in the Mekong Delta is characterized by high humidity and scorching temperatures, which can create pleasant but tropically humid conditions. It remains warm to hot throughout the year, with typical water temperatures reaching 29 degrees. The majority of rainfall occurs between June and October. The Mekong Delta experiences several exceptionally humid months and above-average humidity year-round. March has the lowest relative humidity at 68.2%, while September has the highest at 80.6%.

Given that boats serve as the principal mode of transportation in the Mekong Delta, water levels significantly impact travel in the region. As a result, the Mekong Delta has two distinct seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. Two primary hydrologic concerns in the area are floods during the wet season and salt intrusion during the dry season. These factors also influence the travel experiences of visitors to the region.

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What Is The Coolest Month In The Mekong?

Late December and early January have the lowest temperatures, though generally, all year round is hot when visiting the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.

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Average High and Low Temperature in the Mekong (Can Tho City) // Weather By © WeatherSpark.com

What Month Has The Least Rain In The Mekong?

Tourists visiting Mekong Delta in February will have the least rain. With such low precipitation, it is the best time to visit Mekong Delta floating villages and do outdoor activities. A tour of Cai Be Village is highly recommended in this season!

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Average Monthly Rainfall in the Mekong (Can Tho City) // Weather By © WeatherSpark.com

The Dry Season (November To April)

The dry season lasts from November to April, with the hottest month being mid-April when highs average approximately 89.3°F (31.8°C), and temperatures seldom fall below 81.4°F (27.4°C). The dry season is regarded as the preferred travel time.

Except for December and January when it is a bit chillier and more suitable for tourists who do not enjoy the heat, the weather is often hot and sunny. These days are ideal for a variety of outdoor activities such as sightseeing, cycling, boating, eating delicious fruit from the gardens of local people, and catching fish in the canal.

During this season, the flow of the Mekong River is inadequate to avoid salty incursion, resulting in severe salinization of waterways in the lower Delta. Due to insufficient freshwater flow in the river to remove saline incursion from the southwestern section of the Delta, the entire Ca Mau peninsula in the southwest area of the Delta gets salinized for roughly six months during the dry months.

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Ca Mau is Vietnam’s southernmost province, where nature and culture come together in perfect harmony. // Photo by camautourism.vn

The Rainy Season (May To Early November)

May until early November is the wet season. The rain falls in the afternoon and usually lasts barely an hour, so it has little impact on your vacation. The start of the rainy season is also the warmest time of the year, with excessive humidity and heavy showers that might make you uneasy.

This time of year is considered the low season for Mekong Delta travel. Tourists find more favorable prices and fewer crowds in the off-season. On the other hand, it is the perfect season to enjoy locally produced fresh fruits, such as dragon fruits and mangoes from floating markets. Furthermore, fishing is considered excellent during these months!

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Bountiful fishing during Mekong Delta’s flood season. // Photo by ThanhNien

When Is The Best Time To Visit Mekong Delta?

During the dry season, temperatures are cooler and there is less rain, making it a popular time for visitors to explore the area’s waterways and rice paddies. The wet season brings heavy rainfall and occasional flooding, which can make travel more challenging. However, this time of year can also be a good opportunity to experience the vibrant greenery and lush landscapes of the Mekong Delta.

It is worth noting that the temperature and humidity levels may vary between different areas of the Mekong Delta. Therefore, it is advisable to check the weather stations in the region before planning your trip.

Overall, the best time to travel to the Mekong Delta depends on your preferences and priorities.

The Peak Season (October to February)

The weather in the Mekong Delta from October to February is typically favorable. The temperature during the day is approximately 28°C and drops by 3-4 degrees at night. It seldom rains during this time of year, so you can enjoy various outdoor activities without being hindered by rain. Cruising on the floating market with the blue sky and calm water will be delightful.

During the peak season, the Mekong Delta is beautiful with a lush sky, brilliant flowers, a variety of vegetables, and tranquil rivers. Almost all beaches and other tourist attractions are crowded, which is understandable. The Mekong Delta is currently the most congested. It is advisable to reserve your accommodations and airline tickets well in advance.

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Visitors relish rowing through the vast lagoon, adorned with iconic water coconut trees of the Southwest region. // Photo by ThanhNien

The Low Season (March to September)

Because March to September is typically considered an off-season for tourism, only a few tourists find their way to the delta during this time. The weather is extremely pleasant during the middle of the year, with high temperatures that are quite warm.

June or July is the best time to visit the Mekong Delta if you enjoy eating and want to sample the fresh, unique tropical fruits of this area. The harvest season is already in full swing in many orchard gardens, so you can visit any of the locals’ gardens to hand-pick fruit and consume it on the spot.

Even if the weather isn’t necessarily perfect, you’ll benefit from more favorable prices and fewer travelers, resulting in a more genuine experience.

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June or July is the best time to visit the Mekong Delta if you enjoy eating and want to sample the fresh, unique tropical fruits of this area.

The “Floating Season” (August to October)

The “Floating Season” in the Mekong Delta occurs from the 7th to the 9th lunar month of the year when the weather becomes warmer and the rivers and canals widen.

The yearly floodwaters transport a large quantity of nutrient-rich alluvium for agriculture and sustain a variety of fish, shrimp, and other aquatic creatures. It also marks the start of the Mekong Delta’s tourism season.

If you are a foodie, the floating season is an excellent time to try numerous meals made from the season’s distinctive vegetables and herbs, such as a hot pot of Linh fish and Dien Dien flowers, small shrimp, and crispy Linh fish fried with Dien Dien flowers.

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Because the flood in the Mekong Delta is rather calm, it is also known as the floating season (high-water season). If you enjoy river trips, September to November is the best time to visit this wetland.

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Vibrant Mekong Delta floating market: A feast for the senses! // Photo by Quangpraha

Ready To Explore Mekong Delta?

Discover the enchantment of the Mekong Delta on one of our unique day trips is a good choice! Let our knowledgeable guides walk you through beautiful green rice fields and stunning fruit orchards! Whether you’re looking for a peaceful boat cruise or an exciting cycling experience.

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