When is the most suitable time to visit Ho Chi Minh City?

When is the most suitable time to visit Ho Chi Minh City?

Traveling to the biggest city of Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City, you may have a few questions about this place. But surely the first one that comes to your mind is “When is the best time to visit there?”. 

Ho Chi Minh City is the most vibrant city in the country with numerous things to do and explore. So, to help you plan the most ideal itinerary here, let’s see our information about the weather to answer this question.

The overview of the weather in Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City, located in the Southeast region and adjacent to the Mekong Delta region, has two distinctly different climates between the two seasons: the dry season and the wet season.

The wet season lasts from May to November and the dry season lasts from December to April. 

In the hot season, the temperature in Saigon is quite high, averaging about 27.96 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature is in April (30.5 degrees Celsius) and the lowest one in December is about 26 degrees Celsius.

The weather in Saigon is unpredictable. It is dubbed as a teenager with mood swings. It can have sudden rains even if the sun is still shining.  And the rain stops after a moment you put on your raincoat. 

So, when is the best time to visit Saigon?

The answer is any time of the year. If you do not mind the heat, you can go there during the dry season. However, Saigon on rainy days is also beautiful. 

Saigon in summer

Saigon in summer

The dry season in Saigon

The busiest months of the year in Ho Chi Minh City are December, January, and February when the climate is quite pleasant. It is no longer sunny. The temperature in the morning is about 17 degrees Celsius and in the afternoon, it increases to around 24-26 degrees Celsius. 

These months are also the time of many important festivals in the year such as Christmas, New Year and Lunar New Year. 

At that time, the streets are very crowded with a lot of people and tourists. The locals decorate every corner of the streets with twinkling lights, ornamental flowers, and music. There are also many activities taken place. 

Remember that it’s the tourist season, the accommodation price will increase. 

During the Lunar New Year when local people come back to their home provinces, the city becomes quiet and most shops and local restaurants are closed. So you should prepare for this because you may find nothing to eat. 

It gets hotter and dryer in March and April. The temperature at this time can hit up to 36-40 degree Celsius.  

Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office

Traveling to Saigon, do not forget to pay a visit to Mekong Delta where you can see the rural life of the locals. Floating markets are must-come spots here. From March to April is also fruit season with a lot of yummy fruits. 

Things you need to pack to deal with the heat in the dry season: sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, caps, tank tops, shorts, battery-powered fans or hand fans, water and umbrella. 

The wet season in Saigon

In the wet season, the humidity is higher than average and rain starts pouring down. The storms often occur in August, September, and October. A lot of rain can cause flooding. 

The biggest benefit when visiting Ho Chi Minh City at that time is the cheap accommodation. It’s also a great chance for those who love photography. 

Saigon on a rainy day

Saigon on a rainy day

Even on rainy days, you can also enjoy your own travel. You can visit places of interest in Saigon, get to the markets or shopping centers to watch the bustling shopping scene. Or you can go to the cafes, drop yourself into a quiet space and quietly watch the streets of Saigon. After the rains, the sky in Saigon becomes cool and pleasant, makes your trip to Saigon more exciting.

Things you need to pack in the wet season: rain poncho (always carry it with you even it’s sunny), disposable raincoats and insect repellent.

No matter when you come here, Saigon always treats you well. Let’s take Vietnam tours and explore this vibrant city right now! Visit our website to get further information about other destinations. If you find this article useful, please share with others. Thank you!