What to Wear in Vietnam? Recommended Clothing

Around the world, people dress differently. Even though most countries have adopted Westernized attire, there are still some clothing standards to be aware of if you want to travel overseas. Here's our guide about what to wear in Vietnam, as well as some advice for overseas visitors.

  1. What to Wear in Vietnam - Regional and Seasonal
  2. Top 5 addresses to have the best Ao Dai (long dress) of your own in Hanoi

What to Wear in Vietnam - Regional and Seasonal

The climates in the North and South of Vietnam are very diverse. The north has four seasons, but the South has just two: dry and wet. In Southern Vietnam, the humidity and heat levels are typically substantially higher than in the north. The temperature amplitude in northern places such as Hanoi, on the other hand, is pretty extreme. Knowing what to wear in Vietnam depends a great deal on the weather of your trip.


The South (Ho Chi Minh) and the Central (Danang) only includes 2 seasons in a year: Rainy season and Dry season.

  • Rainy season: from May to November
  • Dry season: from December to April next year

There is no Winter in the South and the Central, so the weather is really hot, especially in the Dry season. That’s why locals often choose short outfits to make them feel cooler and comfortable. You will never see people dress warm clothes on the street in these areas.

Around 11:00 am to 1:00 am is the time sunlight is super strong. If you are exposing large parts of skin without protection, your skin may be burned or damaged. To protect the skin from sunlight, locals wear a coat, hat, and mask when going out, which makes them look like a ninja. My advice to you is to use Sunscreen while walking around, you can also wear a coat to better shield it.

The North (Hanoi) contains 4 seasons in a year includes Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

  • Spring: from February to April
  • Summer: from May to July
  • Autumn: from August to October
  • Winter: from November to February next year

In the North, the weather is quite cold in Autumn and Winter. At this time, locals wear long sleeves, long pants, and a sweater. Winter clothing is just available in the North and some areas with cold climate, not in the South. Young people in the South often complain that they can not wear beautiful winter outfits, because the weather in the South is too hot. When traveling to Northern Vietnam in the last months of the year, remember to bring warm clothes. Short outfits are not suitable for the weather around this time.

Spring which begins from February to April has a cool climate. Summer in the North has a high temperature but not as high as in the South and the Central. Locals prefer to wear T-shirts and shorts. So you can freely put your favorite Tank top into your suitcase and carry it with you in a trip to Northern Vietnam around this time.

Another factor affecting the dressing styles in the North, the Central, and the South is the cultures and lifestyles of locals. A long history of resistance and influences from invading countries have caused differences in the culture of the costumes in these regions. People in the South and the Central have a modern and liberal way of lifestyle and thinking. They often choose outfits that are trendy, comfortable and sexy. Meanwhile, in the North, people have traditional and humble views.

  • What do Vietnam people wear ? (Тhеrе іѕ nо lаw fоr а drеѕѕ соdе іn Vіеtnаm реr ѕе, but thеrе аrе thіngѕ уоu nееd tо соnѕіdеr bеfоrе tаkіng оff уоur ѕhіrt іn thе рublіс јuѕt bесаuѕе thе wеаthеr іѕ tоо hоt fоr уоu оr thаt’ѕ whаt уоu dо whеn уоu’rе оn а hоlіdау.)
  • Can i wear shorts in Vietnam ? (Yes. Shorts make you feel comfortable and cool during the journey, which helps you to enjoy the best of your trip. On the other hand, you need to make sure that the types of outfits or the short level of clothes you wear are appropriate for the weather, culture, and etiquette in the places you visit. Doing these things well is the way you show respect for the culture of the country you come in.)
  • What do men wear in Vietnam ? (Keep in mind, too, that Vietnamese people dress conservatively. Women and men wear long pants and short- or long-sleeved tops, for the most part, and visitors should do the same, despite the heat.)

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