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Best time to visit Can Tho – Monthly weather

Best time to visit Can Tho - Monthly weather

Best time to visit to Can Tho

As a curious tourist, I am sure when you go somewhere, there will be some questions that appear in your mind. Of course, that is very important because it helps you plan your trip better. If you are planning to visit the Mekong Delta or Can Tho for your coming trip, remember to make sure you check the weather or get to know about the weather beforehand so that you would prepare well for protecting yourself from the bad weather. 

As belonging to the Mekong Delta region, Can Tho has a tropical – monsoon climate helping it become one of the most extensive rice baskets of the whole region in particular and of Vietnam in general. 

Like many other provinces in the southwestern region Can Tho has two distinct seasons: the dry season from December to April and the rainy season (wet season) from May to November. You can visit Can Tho anytime in the year because the weather is always comfortable.

Gian Gua tree garden
Gian Gua tree garden

This article includes the weather in Can Tho, the best months to visit Can Tho, and travel tips. Read this article to plan your ideal trip to Can Tho.

Weather and the best time to visit Can Tho

The seasons in Can Tho infographic
The seasons in Can Tho infographic

Best time to visit Can Tho: Dry season

The dry season is from December to April. This season only has about five to ten percent of the year’s total rainfall. The temperature in the daytime is about 28°C, which drops by 3-4 degrees at night time. 

Travellers cycling in the countryside
Travellers cycling in the countryside

Generally, the weather in the dry season is quite hot, apart from December and January when it is cooler and more pleasant for tourists who are not really into heat. This time is perfect for outdoor activities like walking or cycling. 

What to enjoy in the dry season 

If you are an adventurous person, you can try walking between villages to learn about the local’s lifestyle or simply take a boat and explore the waterways lifestyle.

Boat to Son islet
Boat to Son islet

The dry season is also the time for Lunar New Year (Tết) or Tet Nguyen Dan in Vietnam. If you come here in late January or early February, you will see Tet everywhere. Because this is the most important holiday in Vietnam as you can see flowers, colorful decorations, cakes and jams in every corner of the streets. 

Tips when you travel to Can Tho in Dry season 

When coming to Can Tho this time, you should bring hats and light clothes because the weather is hot and sometimes humid. Besides, you should consider wearing sneakers, sandals, or flip-flops for easy walking around. 

The best time for nice weather to travel to Can Tho is from December to February when the air is always dry, the sun is shining and the temperature is comfortable. This time is excellent for outdoor activities such as cycling, walking, hiking, and enjoying the local culture. 

Tourist Take Pictures in small canal
Tourist Take Pictures in small canal

During this high season the regular attractions around Mekong Delta will be extremely busy with tourists and even the locals, so try to book tours and activities ahead of time as well.

The rainy season in Can Tho

The rainy season is from May to October. At this time you will see the rain almost every day and everywhere. The rain also changes unexpectedly. Sometimes it is just a light rain that lasts for a few minutes, or it can be a pouring and heavy rain that lasts for half or even a day. The heaviest rainfall occurs in June and July. 

Because it rains almost every single day, a flood will occur in the Mekong Delta after a few months. Thanks to the flood, water from a big and small rivers can flow into the rice paddies with an abundance of nutrients and alluviums for rice cultivation.

Despite the fact that it is the rainy season, you can get several nice days with comfortable temperatures in May, July, August, and even November. 

What to enjoy in the rainy season

However, in return, the flood season offers opportunities for bird-watching activities in Can Tho. Besides, when the water rises fish and aquatic products are in abundance. You will have a wide range of regional dishes on the menu. 

The flood season is also the time of seasonal fruits. Fruits are mostly ripe from June to August. If you come to Can Tho during this time you will have a chance to enjoy many exotic kinds of ripe fruits right at the garden. Tourists can witness the full progress of harvesting and transporting fruits. 

Pick fresh rambutan fruit on Son islet
Pick fresh rambutan fruit on Son islet

Interested in learning more: Son islet in Can Tho.

There is a wide range of famous tropical fruits for you to choose from like mango, rambutan, grapefruit, durian, jackfruit, longan, etc. This can be said to be the dream season for fruit-lovers. 

This time is usually considered to be the low season for tourists; therefore, a few tourists find their way in Can Tho and in the Mekong Delta during this off-season.

Even though the weather at this time is not quite perfect, you still have the advantage of more favorable prices and fewer tourists. If you choose to travel at this time, you will have more authentic experiences and have more room to explore the places on your own.

Tips when you travel to Can Tho in rainy season 

If your trip plan to be in the rainy season, you should remember to bring bug repellent. If it rains heavily all day then do not go out because of strong winds and heavy rain. If it is light rain, your trip will not be affected too much. 

As a rule, the peak and low season in Can Tho is decided by the seasonal weather. 

Can Tho weather by months

Rainfall and Temperature table
Rainfall and Temperature table

Can Tho weather is typified by features of the tropical monsoon climate, reflecting the influence of the Southwest circulation from the Indian Ocean. Can Tho climate has two distinct seasons: rainy season and dry season. But you can take note the detailed information about the weather by months as below.

Tourist visit cocoa farm in Can Tho
Tourist visit cocoa farm in Can Tho

December

Although being the first month of the dry season, the weather in December is quite cold, with an average high temperature of 30.7°C (87.3°F) and an average low temperature of 22.8°C (73°F). You can enjoy the winter breeze and busy atmosphere of the city in the last month of the year.

January

Similar to December, January is another warm and cool month in Can Tho, with an average temperature ranging between min 22.1°C (71.8°F) and max 31°C (87.8°F). The weather is cool, so it is suitable for exploring nature and outdoor activities. Taking a stroll in the fresh morning of January is also ideal for relaxation. 

February

February in Can Tho is a tropical month having comfortable warm weather with an average temperature varying between 33.5°C (92.3°F) and 22.7°C (72.9°F). February is also the prime for celebrating Lunar New Year – the most important holiday of the year. Can Tho city is full of stunning and gorgeous flowers on this occasion. 

March

March is the first month of the spring, with an average temperature varying between 24.6°C (76.3°F) and 35°C (95°F). The weather of March makes the most proper time for traveling. Besides, March is also the prime for traditional festivals like Southern Folk Cake Festival. 

April

If you are looking for the warmest time to visit Can Tho, April is the most suitable. In April, the weather is hot, with an average temperature varying between 35.2°C (95.4°F) and 26.1°C (79°F). It makes April the best time for swimming and other water activities. April is the most active time of Can Tho travel. This season is full of colorful tropical orchards that make May, June, and July ideal for those who want to taste Mekong fruit and explore farmers’ lives here. 

May

It is quite hot in May, the last month of the spring with an average temperature fluctuating between 33.9°C (93°F) and 26.7°C (80.1°F). The average humidity in May is 83.2%. This month has 124 hours of sun, so this weather is the best choice for sun lovers who love walking under the sun or watching sunrise and sunset.

June

June is the first month of summer so it is very hot with an average temperature fluctuating between 32.2°C (90°F) and 25.5°C (77.9°F). June weather is ideal for going hiking, watching the sunrise on the floating markets, cycling, and visiting fruit orchards.

July

Similar to June, the temperature in July ranges from an average temperature varying between 24.8°C (76.6°F) and 31.5°C (88.7°F). This month receives 42mm of rainfall over 7 days and has some showers which comfort the hot and sultry days of this month.

August 

August is the last month of the summer with an average temperature in the range of an average high of 32.1°C (89.8°F) and an average low of 25.3°C (77.5°F). More importantly, the rising–water season of Can Tho starts from August to November. Visitors may encounter some inconvenience to visit the city due to the rainfalls and floods, but it is not a big problem. They can explore a different view of Can Tho during the flooding season and enjoy many kinds of tropical fruits.

September

September, the first month of the autumn, in Can Tho, is still a tropical month, with the average temperature fluctuating between 31.3°C (88.3°F) and 25°C (77°F). The average high temperature is essentially the same as in August – a still tropical 31.3°C (88.3°F).

October

October, like September, in Can Tho, Vietnam, is a moderately hot autumn month, with an average temperature ranging between max 31.3°C (88.3°F) and min 25°C (77°F). 

November

November, the last month of the autumn, in Can Tho, is another warm month,  with temperatures in the range of an average low of 24.4°C (75.9°F) and an average high of 31.2°C (88.2°F). 

November is bustling with annual events: a flower garland contest, a light show, and a lantern festival to promote tourism. Tourists can enjoy beautiful lanterns with light effects on water, modern sound, and many traditional songs.

Festivals in Can Tho

Southern Folk Cake Festival

Southern Folk Cake festival is the must-see meaningful event you should participate in if you have a chance to visit Can Tho. More than 100 different kinds of Vietnamese traditional cakes which are not only pleasing to the eyes but also mouth-watering are offered to visitors at this festival.

Visitors coming to this event will be treated to a variety of traditional cakes and their variations from Kinh, Hoa, Khmer, and Cham ethnic people living together in the Mekong Delta region.

This festival will take place around April 

Cai Rang Floating Market Festival

Cai Rang floating market is a top destination in Can Tho which is the place visitors come to learn about the colorful and lively life on the water.

Life on Cai Rang Floating Market
Life on Cai Rang Floating Market

The festival is usually held in July annually to honor, preserve and spread the images, cultures, customs, and people of the floating market to visitors domestically and internationally.

This festival will take place for around July.

Interested in learning more: Cai Rang Floating Market (Viet Nam) – All You Need To Know.

Lunar New Year (Vietnamese: Tết Nguyên Đán)

Tet usually takes place from December 28 to January 3 (Lunar Calendar), it usually falls in late January and early February. 

A trip to the Mekong Delta before Tet on 25-29th December (in the lunar calendar) is already perfect for those who want to know how this region prepares for Tet.  At That time you will get lost in the colorful streets. Stuff and decorations are decorated colorfully on many streets to get a New Year theme. 

But please check all your booking if you travel on the Tet holiday (1st to 4th January Lunar Calendar). In our experience, It is not a good time to visit Can Tho during tet as people have spent most of their time working the whole year. Therefore, Tet is a period of time when people want to spend their time with families, friends, and relatives. Many restaurants and coffee shops are closed for around 5-7 days during Tet.

Fruits season in Can Tho

Rambutan season

When coming to Can Tho in June and July, you will see gardens covered in bright red rambutans. The fruits are full of branches and very eye-pleasing.

Visit rambutan garden on Son islet
Visit rambutan garden on Son islet

Durian season

At the end of May, durian begins to ripe and in July and August are the ripest time. The best durian that you must taste in this season is Cai Mon durian. Despite the fact that this fruit is hard to swallow, if you can stand the smell once you will get addicted.

Lai Vung tangerine season

The land of Lai Vung in Dong Thap is the homeland of red tangerine. The days near Tet are the time that tangerines start to ripe all over the gardens. This kind of fruit is indispensable on the Tet holiday for all the Mekong Delta people.

Star apple season

Star apple is the fruit that Westerners are proud to introduce to visitors coming to this land. If you want to enjoy this fruit, come in late March and early April every year.

Hoa Loc mango season

This kind of mango is available all year round. There are 2 seasons of ripe mangoes: from April to May and from December to January. Visitors often flock to mango orchards in Hoa Loc to enjoy this specialty.

FAQ

When Should You Visit Can Tho?

The ideal time to visit Can Tho is usually from January to March in the summer and or April to June in the rainy season.

When should you not go to Can Tho?

Despite the fact that you can visit Can Tho all year round, you should avoid coming here from July to October because this is the time of heavy rain and storms. 

What time of the year is the cheapest to go to Can Tho?

The cheapest month for traveling to Can Tho is May.

What are the warm months in Can Tho?

The hot and not too humid months in Can Tho are January, February, March, April, and May.

What is the rainy season in Can Tho?

The rainy season in Can Tho is from May to October.

How many days in Can Tho is enough? 

Spending 3-4 days in Can Tho is recommended because this allows you to visit almost all of Can Tho’s tourist attractions and relax in the countryside. It is also a standard tourist time frame. 

Should you visit Can Tho during Tet?

No, it is not a good time to visit Can Tho during Tet as people have spent most of their time working the whole year. Therefore, Tet is a period of time when people want to spend their time with families, friends, and relatives.
Many restaurants and coffee shops are closed for around 5-7 days during Tet. But before Tet from 25-29th December (in the lunar calendar) is already perfect for those who want to know how this region prepares for Tet.

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