Ho Chi Minh City is located in South Vietnam so that it has a tropical monsoon climate with 2 obvious seasons. This article below will show you the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City where you will never need more than one layer of your clothes in this southeastern Vietnam City.
When Is the Best Time to Visit Ho Chi Minh City/ Saigon?
Weather and temperature of Ho Chi Minh City by month
The weather is quite dry with the low deluge of rainfall average at about 10 mm. However, it is the time of the combination of the dry and hot weather so that the average temperature is high and reaches 32 Celsius degrees while the low-temperature peaks at 22 Celsius degrees.
Normally, the weather in January and February are quite similar, there is a very small increase in the temperature average. In details, the high temperature is about 33 Celsius Degrees and the low-temperature rise by a single degree to 23 Celsius Degrees.
In this month, the climate heats up another peak to 34 Celsius Degrees (increase 2 degrees compares to last month) and the average low temperature also goes up to 24 Celsius degrees.
This is the warmest month in the year in Ho Chi Minh city and South Vietnam. There are 6 hours of daily average sunshine in this city. In details, the high temperature remains similar to last month at 34 Celsius Degrees, compared to the increase of the low temperature at 26 Celsius Degrees.
In May, the weather in Ho Chi Minh City will change, it is time for the beginning of rainy season, the precipitation averages reaching 140 mm. However, the average is similar to the last month with 34 Celsius degrees for the average high temperature and 26 Celsius degrees for the average low temperature.
In this month, the average temperature begins a downward trend but the precipitation averages have an upward trend. In particular, the high temperature falls to 32 Celsius degrees while the lơ temperature average goes down to 25 Celsius Degrees.
It is the wettest month of the year in Sai Gon with the precipitation averages at around 190 mm. It is noticed that both average high temperature and low temperature are quite the same as last month at 32 Celsius Degrees and 24 Celsius degrees respectively.
This month, the precipitation average decrease slightly but still remains at the high level (around 170 mm). The temperature also stands from 25 – 32 Celsius Degrees.
September every year sees the little change of the temperature with the high temperature at 31 Celsius degrees and the low temperature at 25 Celsius Degrees.
The high average temperature is the same as last month, at 31 Celsius Degrees, while the low temperature has a light decrease at only 24 Celsius Degrees. However, the precipitation average remains the high level at 160 mm.
From November, daytime seems shorter with only 4-hour daily average sunshine. The high average temperature still remains at 31 Celsius Degrees, compared to the decrease of the low average temperature, reaching the level at 23 Celsius Degrees.
It is the coldest month of the year because the low average temperature reaches the bottom at 22 Celsius Degrees with a high average temperature remain stable at 31 Celsius Degrees.
Best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City
Like the Weather and temperature of Ho Chi Minh City by month above, you can be easy to realize what is the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh city. It is obvious that Ho Chi Minh City has 2 main seasons: the wet season and dry season. The dry season starts from December to April, and the wet season begins from May to November each year, but it is not a bad time to visit.
In this period, this is surely an attractive occasion because of the celebration of Christmas and New Year. On the one hand, The streets and hotels are filled with colorful decorations, local people are hanging out and the grand sales are happening in all kinds of shops here. On the other hand, the activities of the local are showing everywhere, you can attend in order to know more about the local life. Moreover, in some foreign streets like Bui Vien, the atmosphere is hustle and bustle until midnight. However, if you want to experience more the tradition and culture of Ho Chi Minh city, you should plan your itinerary between late January to mid-February when the Lunar New year atmosphere descends upon the city. And that is the time for all of the festivities and fireworks in Ho Chi Minh city.
Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City?
During the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh city, there are plenty of sites which you should plan to visit.
Saigon Cathedral of Notre Dame
Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral was built in the late 1880s by the French colonists, and it has become the symbol of Ho Chi Minh City. It is 60 meters in height, with the all-red brick facade, stained glass windows, 2 bells towers and located at a peaceful garden in the center of the city. Outsides, A Virgin Mary Statue is in front of the Cathedral with many flowers are blooming every day. Inside the cathedral, you will see the wooden pews, the classic plaid floor tiles, and many beautiful stained glass windows. Here is the place where usually happens the local weddings.
- Address: Ben Nghe District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- Open hours: 08 – 11 a.m; 03 – 06 p.m on weekdays only; 09:30 a.m on Sunday is free for tourists.
- Entrance price: Free
Central Post Office
Central Post office is located next door to Notre Dame Cathedral – you can visit 2 culture sites together and have a chance to imagine the life in Vietnam during the times of Indochinese Empire. This is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and nowadays, it is the largest post office of Southeast Asia. It was designed by Alfred Foulhoux and constructed between 1886 and 1891 so that the post office has impressive for both its interior and exterior architecture.
Visitors will be easy to realize it because of the large and spacious architecture. The huge metal arches on the ceiling with the wooden countertops along two sides are more like a train station. Moreover, there are two large maps which are painted on either side of the entrance. At the back, there is a large portrait of president Ho Chi Minh. Tourists can visit 38 customer counters service, original paintings, old telephone booths, the spaces for writing… During the passage of time, it seems to have had only little effect on the Saigon Central Post office.
- Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Open Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00
- Entrance price: Free
Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh market was built in 1870 by the French and named Les Halles Centrales before being called Ben Thanh in 1912. Now, it is a bustling market during the daytime and a social center (night market) with a few restaurants and touristy shops after sunset so that Ben Thanh market is absolutely a must-visit attraction of the dynamic city in South Vietnam.
In the morning, you can find almost everything from dry food, local foods to clothes for a reasonable price. However, you should remember that bargain is a must in any Vietnamese markets to get the best price. There are many vendors and food stalls in Ben Thanh market and offer you various kinds of local foods like Banh Cuon, Cha Gio, Hu Tiu, Banh Xeo, Banh Trang… Try as much as you can.
From late afternoon until the midnight, all the shops inside the market are closed, instead of the shops and sidewalk restaurants open outside so that make it extraordinary lively area. The goods in the night market are also variations such as clothes, bags, souvenirs,… If in the daytime, you are busy visiting Ho Chi Minh City sites, you can visit here, buy food or souvenirs here. You can see many choices of street food here like seafood, bubble teas, grills…with cool local beer.
- Address: Le Loi, Ben Thanh, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
- Open Hours: Daily 6:00 –24:00
- Entrance price: Free
In conclusion, this city is very attractive in any period during a year, so you can choose the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh depending to your free time. If you need our expert’s help, please contact us anytime.