Oi Gioi Oi, It's Hot! Travel Tips: How to beat the Vietnam heat

Summer time is here, and whether it’s climate change or not – and we think that climate change has something to do with it – it is hot, really hot, and humid too!

Coming from  Australia, the US or the UK, the heat and humidity while on your Vietnam tour is going to hit you like a ton of bricks as soon as you get out of the air-conditioned airport, so brace yourself, or at least, be well prepared.

Footprint Vietnam Travel wants to ensure that all of its guests, as well as all visitors on their Vietnam tour will have an enjoyable stay. As the temperatures begin to rise to the mid to high thirties (degrees Celsius) and the humidity is nearly 100%, here are 10 travel tips to help you along your way:

1. Drink water – lots of it! Bring a refillable bottle and use the hotel’s water stations whenever possible. Try to avoid coffee (even though it’s delicious) and beer (even though you’re on holiday)


2. Eat fruits. Vitamin C is good against heat-related illnesses such as heat rash and heat exhaustion!

3. Dress appropriately. Cotton is a killer in the cold and the humidity. Try to wear light clothing that will wick away the sweat. For ladies, scarves work well to also block the sun.

4. Avoid rush hour, especially in Hanoi and Saigon. Walking around during rush hour is not fun. The sounds, smells, and the heat from the engines seem to increase the heat of the day. Rush hour is usually 7:00 am till 9:00 am, and 4:30 pm till 6:30 pm


5. Go on a bicycle tour. Morning tours are best when the sun is low. But getting a little exercise with a little outside breeze will help to make the rest of the day feel that much cooler.

6. Museums in the heat of the day are a great option. Many of them have air conditioning or are well ventilated.

7. Find a pool! There are all kinds of outdoor public pools in the city. Ask our travel consultants and we will help you find one.

8. Pick a destination in the mountains. Heading up to Sapa in the north or Dalat in the south is a great place to find some cooler temperatures.


9. Midday naps are also a great way to avoid the heat. In Vietnam you will find that it is very normal to go for an hour nap right after lunch.

10.Find the lakes! The cities and countryside are dotted with small man-made and natural lakes. Book a two or three-day getaway to one of these during your trip to Vietnam and escape the heat! 

We hope that these tips are of help, as you begin to plan and pack for your trip to Vietnam. Last but not least, please remember to carry a hat, sunscreen and reusable water bottle.

Wishing you safe and happy travels from Footprint

Author: Footprint Team

Always full of travel spirit and laughter. Our expertises are shown not only through knowledge of the destination but also experience working in the tourism industry for over 15 years.

Footprint Team