The Best Time to Visit Ho Chi Minh City
Ho Chi Minh City by Seasons
Ho Chi Minh City’s year is split into two seasons, the Wet Season and the Dry Season. The precise dates of these seasons differ from those in northern and central Vietnam, so if you’re combining Ho Chi Minh City with other destinations in Vietnam, it’s worth taking a look at the whole picture before deciding when to travel.
December – April
Ho Chi Minh City’s dry season is exactly that: dry. Days are hot and sunny, with temperatures pushing 40°C from March to April. December is the coolest month, where the mornings might be a little chilly, but overall the whole period is filled with bright blue skies and low humidity levels. It’s the perfect time to explore the city, and the most popular time for visitors.
Christmas: come to Ho Chi Minh City in December to see the colourful Christmas decorations. Even though Vietnam doesn’t traditionally celebrate the festive season, in recent years it’s become more popular.
Tet: the Lunar New Year falls around the end of January and early February, when locals will be in a celebratory mood, with copious eating, offerings, music, flowers and firecrackers.
May – November
The wet season brings higher humidity and a greater chance of rain. But don’t let that stop you – rain showers usually last an hour or so before being replaced by bright sunshine, and accommodation is much cheaper at this time of year. Better yet, the attractions are less crowded than during the dry season, making for a more relaxing holiday.
Mid-Autumn Festival: in October, join in with this colourful and family-friendly festival, celebrated with toys, lights and moon cakes, as well as dragon dances in the street.
Vietnam National Day: on 2nd September, the Vietnamese celebrate their independence from France with fireworks, marches and a day off work, which many use to visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum.