10 Top Destinations to Beat the Summer Heat in Vietnam

As the sweltering Vietnamese summer approaches, these breathtaking destinations offer a perfect reprieve from the heat, immersing you in the beauty of nature's embrace.

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Sa Pa

Sapa is a place of natural beauty, with cascading rice terraces, misty valleys, and majestic peaks. It is also a cultural hub, home to several ethnic minority groups with unique customs and traditions.

Sapa is a place of natural beauty, with cascading rice terraces, misty valleys, and majestic peaks. Photo: South East Asia Backpackers

It is surrounded by mountains that are part of the Hoang Lien Son range, with Fansipan being the highest peak in Indochina. Sapa weather is characterized by its four seasons, each season offers a unique charm. Summer is warm and humid, while winter is cold and dry, with occasional snowfall.

Ta Xua

Dubbed “Cloud Paradise”, Ta Xua (Son La) is an ideal destination for those who love to explore wild nature. Visitors can climb Ta Xua mountain, visit the Dolphin Cape, Lonely Tree, and Dinosaur Spine, and enjoy delicious meals with local specialties.

Dubbed “Cloud Paradise”, Ta Xua (Son La) is an ideal destination for those who love to explore wild nature. Photo: Petrotimes

Located at an altitude of 1,500-1,800 meters above sea level, Ta Xua has a cool climate all year round. Ta Xua’s geographical location plays a significant role in its allure. It serves as a natural border between the provinces of Son La and Yen Bai, creating a sense of mystery and intrigue. The mountain range stretches across the horizon, with its peaks reaching impressive heights.

Pu Luong

Located in Thanh Hoa, Pu Luong is a wonderful eco-tourism area. With immense rice fields, primeval forests, and small, hidden villages, visitors can participate in activities such as hiking, visiting Kho Muong cave, Kho Muong village, Don village, and experiencing the life of the local people.

Located in Thanh Hoa, Pu Luong is a wonderful eco-tourism area. Photo: Vietnam Coracle

Tourists are supposed to visit Pu Luong Thanh Hoa in late May and early June when the season starts. All the terraces will be covered with the green color of young rice, which brings tranquility. Although it is hot in summer in Thanh Hoa Province, Pu Luong maintains a comfortable temperature thanks to its location on a low limestone mountain area, with many tropical rainforests and a sparse population.

Moc Chau

With charming scenery of white mustard flower fields, green tea hills, Dai Yem Waterfall, and Bach Long glass bridge, Moc Chau is a favorite destination of many tourists. Visitors can participate in activities such as checking in with the poetic scenery of canola, plum, and pear flowers and inhaling the fresh air.

Moc Chau Vietnam is a district in Son La Province, situated nearly 200 kilometers northwest of Hanoi. Photo: Local Vietnam

Moc Chau Vietnam is a district in Son La Province, situated nearly 200 kilometers northwest of Hanoi. Thanks to its location amidst gigantic mountains, this highland destination offers a refreshing climate and splendid natural beauty. Moc Chau Vietnam is famous for its massive tea plantations, where visitors can watch the tea-making process, go through lush green fields, and enjoy the flavors of freshly brewed tea.

Tam Dao

Located at an altitude of 900m, Tam Dao town (Vinh Phuc) has a cool, fresh climate, with 4 seasons in a day. In addition to the journey to conquer the three mountains, tourists also have the opportunity to visit famous scenic spots such as Tay Thien Pagoda, Tay Thien Temple, and Tam Dao National Park, among others.

Located at an altitude of 900m, Tam Dao town (Vinh Phuc) has a cool, fresh climate, with 4 seasons in a day. Photo: Chao Hanoi

Located about 900 meters above sea level, Tam Dao is touted as Da Lat in the North because of the cool weather all year round with an average temperature of 20 to 22oC and a little bit cold like early winter at night. Going to Tam Dao to relax, take a long rest in the fresh air, contemplate the open sky with free-flying clouds, eat delicious local foods, and freely have a walk on sloping roads are interesting activities for two-day trips at weekends.

Bach Ma

Located at an altitude of nearly 1,500m, the Bach Ma mountain range (Thua Thien – Hue) is one of the resorts with the most pleasant climate in the highlands of Vietnam. The resort on this mountain was built by the French in the 1930s.

Located at an altitude of nearly 1,500m, the Bach Ma mountain range (Thua Thien – Hue) is one of the resorts with the most pleasant climate in the highlands of Vietnam. Photo: Petrotimes

Bach Ma National Park is a large primeval forest hosting many plant and animal species. It is home to over 2,400 plant species, including rare and endemic ones.

The park also harbors more than 1,700 animal species, including several endangered species such as the red-shanked douc langur, Annamite striped rabbit, and Owston’s civet. There is an entrance fee to access Bach Ma National Park. Specifically, it costs VND 60,000 for adults and VND 20,000 for children.

Da Nang – Hoi An

Hoi An Ancient Town and Da Nang City are attractive destinations that attract many tourists. Photo: Local Vietnam

Hoi An Ancient Town