The best times to visit Dien Bien Phu for ideal weather are
October 8th to April 1st
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Dien Bien Phu Travel Guide
Other Dien Bien Phu Travel Info
Weather in Dien Bien Phu
Average temperatures in Dien Bien Phu vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 47th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Dien Bien Phu, the hottest months are June, May, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid June where highs are regularly around 88.5°F (31.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 73°F (22.8°C) at night.
Dien Bien Phu Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Dien Bien Phu Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Dien Bien Phu Perceived Temperature (F)
Dien Bien Phu Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Dien Bien Phu Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Dien Bien Phu are February, January, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early February. For example, on the week of February 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid July with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of July 16th.
When can you find snow in Dien Bien Phu? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Dien Bien Phu.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Dien Bien Phu (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Dien Bien Phu has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (62.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (80.1%).
Wind in Dien Bien Phu is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by April and January. March’s average wind speed of around 3.2 knots (3.7 MPH or 6 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 7.8 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Dien Bien Phu.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||3||Barely noticeable||6.6||Light breeze|
|Feb||3||Barely noticeable||7||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||3.2||Barely noticeable||7||Light breeze|
|Apr||3||Barely noticeable||6.9||Light breeze|
|May||2.9||Barely noticeable||6.6||Light breeze|
|Jun||2.5||Barely noticeable||6.1||Light breeze|
|Jul||2.2||Barely noticeable||5.6||Light breeze|
|Aug||2.3||Barely noticeable||5.6||Light breeze|
|Sep||2||Barely noticeable||5.4||Light breeze|
|Oct||2||Barely noticeable||5.2||Light breeze|
|Nov||2.4||Barely noticeable||6||Light breeze|
|Dec||2.6||Barely noticeable||6.2||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Dien Bien Phu?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Vietnam; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam is October, followed by January and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Dien Bien Phu in February. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Dien Bien Phu Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 88.5°F (31.4°C) and 78.4°F (25.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 11 to 14 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Dien Bien Phu, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 86.1°F (30.1°C) and 74.1°F (23.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 2 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Dien Bien Phu to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 82.1°F (27.8°C) and 64.7°F (18.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.