October is a perfect time to visit Hanoi, with both cooler and dryer temperatures than the summer months. It’s also not quite as chilly yet as the winter, with warm days still appropriate for a t-shirt and shorts.
Climate Averages in Hanoi in October
Comfortable temperatures continue throughout October as Hanoi progresses further into its fall season. Compared to September, temperatures continue to drop to as low as 73°F (22.8°C) and as high as 82°F (27.8°C).
At the beginning of the month, temperatures tend to be warmer and will decrease as the month progresses. Warm temperatures will typically last from 1 pm to 5 pm at the beginning of the month. The amount of direct sunlight continues decreasing throughout October to an average of 5.3 hours, representing 45% of the 11.7 hours of daylight.
Humidity decreases to 75% compared to September. Combined with the decrease in temperature, Hanoi receives a drastic reduction in rainfall throughout October. An average of 130.7 mm of rain is expected over nine rainfall days.
Things To Do in Hanoi in October
With its comfortable temperatures, ample sunlight, and dry weather, October is the perfect time of year to explore some of Hanoi’s outdoor attractions, such as the Hanoi Old Quarter (Hoan Kiem District). Here you can enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes and street food, sidewalk cafes, walking tours, shopping at Dong Xuan Market and Hanoi’s night market, and more. The best time to visit the Hanoi Old Quarter is on weekends and evenings when the streets are closed to vehicles to make way for food vendors.
Hoan Kiem Lake is another must-see when visiting Hanoi. This peaceful, freshwater lake is located inside the Hanoi Old Quarter and attracts locals and visitors looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It is best to visit Hoan Kiem Lake early in the morning or on Fridays to Sundays during the hours of 7 pm to 12 am when traffic is banned.
Tips for Visiting Hanoi in October
October is one of the best months to visit Hanoi to explore all that the city has to offer. The milder temperatures, ample sunlight, and light breeze, combined with the changing colours of the leaves, make this the perfect season to visit Hanoi.
Temperatures are comfortable enough to wear a t-shirt during daylight hours. Still, it may be necessary to wear long-sleeved shirts and jeans during the evening as temperatures drop slightly. This depends on what weather you are accustomed to.