A Comprehensive Guide On What To Wear In Vietnam

A Comprehensive Guide On What To Wear In Vietnam

How to dress appropriately in Vietnam? What are the differences in the dress code between the North and South? This article will provide you with an answer in no time!

Each country has a different climate as well as unique local etiquette and customs. Therefore, it is necessary to pay attention to the relevant knowledge of the country to have a memorable holiday without annoying or insulting anyone accidentally.

In this article, I will share with you some suggestions and tips when you are in Vietnam - a country is located in a tropical and temperate zone.

Weather in Vietnam varies considerably, so your clothes depend not only on Vietnamese culture and customs but also on the time the place you visit.

Keep reading and find what you need in the sections below!

What to Wear in Vietnam: the South and North

During summer days, you will feel the weather becomes incredibly hot and sticky in both southern and northern cities. Some people are favored of linen and cotton because these materials are lightweight, loose-fitting, and breathable.

However, keep in mind that Vietnam has a humid climate which makes your cotton clothing remain wet for a good while.

In that case, my suggestion is athletic wear which has an excellent sweat-absorbing ability and stays dry for a long time.

Sunglasses, sunhat, and sunscreen are the must-have items you need to bring to wherever you go in the summer months.

Also, you can wear crop tops, short skirts, or tank tops, but you must consider whether it is suitable in a particular situation. I will talk more about this issue in the next part.

If your destination is the southern and central cities, you need to know that the temperature here is always high around the year.

In the contrary, the northern areas have a cold winter from November to February. If you want to visit Hanoi or Sapa at that time, remember to prepare a light jacket, a fleece, or a hoodie.

Also, gloves and beanie play an essential role in keeping you warm during the coldest days.

Bring high-quality and comfortable shoes in any case. Besides, in the rainy season which often lasts from June to August, you should bring a raincoat.

I highly recommend the app Weather + which will keep you updated on the weather and help you choose suitable and comfortable clothing accordingly.

Clothing Tips For Different Customs

General speaking, Vietnamese people are conservative. In particular, the way the Northerners wear is more modest than the southerners do.

Thus, you should avoid wearing revealing clothing, especially in public. In such a situation, I must mention a culturally sensitive area like a temple or pagoda.

You can wear shorts, crop tops, short skirts, tops with low necklines, or bare shoulders if you are on beaches. But it is very impolite and unacceptable when you wear them to enter a temple in Vietnam.

The proper clothes in these cases are long pants and a long-sleeved cotton shirt.

Besides, some religious places require you to remove your shoes before entering. Similar to many Vietnamese households, if you don’t take off your footwear, it might offend the owner.

To know more about Vietnamese culture, you can read our article about 5 Important Worthy Factors You Should Know When Visiting Vietnam.


Wearing suitable clothes is a way to show respect to a different culture.

You will face no difficulties in Vietnam when you follow these simple clothing tips.

Lastly, if you still have further questions about what to wear in Vietnam, please leave a comment below to let me know!