Ho Chi Minh City climate
Ho Chi Minh City is in the tropics and close to the ocean, making the city hot and humid year-round. November through January are the coolest months with temperatures reaching the low to mid-80s (F). February through April the temperature rises to 90 degrees. Then it goes down to the low to mid-80s during the rainy season.December to March is the dry season with the least amount of rain and humidity. The rain starts in May and is heavy from June to August with sudden but short showers. The typhoon season is July to November.
Best Time to Fly to Ho Chi Minh City
Many travelers book flights to Ho Chi Minh City for Tet, the lunar New Year, but plans must be made far advance. Most businesses close for the holiday, including museums and shops. The holiday lasts for a week and depending on the calendar, the time to travel is usually between January 19 and February 20.
Other than Tet, the best time to book flights to Ho Chi Minh City is during the dry season, December through March. The crowds start arriving in November and stay until April.
The wet season is humid and hot, but the showers tend to be short. Late fall is a particularly nice time to visit southern Vietnam. The end of the high season, March to April, can also be somewhat less crowded and cheap flights to Ho Chi Minh City are likely to be found.
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Getting around Ho Chi Minh City
Formerly Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is considered to have the world’s worst traffic. Deal with the traffic as little as possible by taking a taxi. Just make sure the meter is running. Agree to a fare ahead of time if the meter is nowhere to be found. Motorcycle taxis can also be hailed. They run off of an hourly rate which you can negotiate. Tour operators or travel agents can help you arrange for a car and driver to take you around for the day. If you’re taking a short trip, a cyclo (pedicab) is a good way to get around. There are no meters though, so negotiate a fare before you board. Many drivers speak English and are available for hire as tour guides as well. They will wait for you at your destination and can pick you up the next day, too. If you’re really feeling brave, you can rent bikes, mopeds or motorcycles, but you’ll be on your own with the chaotic traffic. A nice way to slow down and escape from the chaos is to hire a boat and view Ho Chi Minh City from the river.