Two Main Seasons
The weather in Ho Chi Minh City is all about two seasons: wet and dry. Located in the south of Vietnam, the vast city has one of the most appealing weather systems in the country. This sprawling and vibrant city is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. And with warm temperatures all year round, it makes for an ideal winter escape.
Unlike the north of the country, the weather in Ho Chi Minh is more consistent and only experiences two main seasons.
How is the weather in Ho Chi Minh City?
With only two main seasons, a trip to Ho Chi Minh can be relatively straightforward to plan. Due to its consistent temperatures and similar landscapes, the city can be enjoyed all year round.
However, the main weather element that should be considered when visiting Ho Chi Minh is rain. The rainy season rolls in during the summer months. And throughout this period Vietnam is prone to heavy showers and flash flooding from north to south.
Despite this, the rainy season lasts longer in the south, as there are no transition seasons. Unlike North Vietnam’s 4 seasons, the south misses out on autumn and spring. And to add to this, winter in the south can’t really be referred to as winter as temperatures do not drop below 25 degrees. You’ll never require a coat in Ho Chi Minh.
In this post, we will begin by exploring the two main weather conditions that need to be considered when visiting Ho Chi Minh. Secondly, we will look at some of the cities main attractions and how the climate might affect these. Finally, we will summarise with a basic guide to what we think you should pack for a trip to South Vietnam.
Rainy Season - May to October
As the month of May progresses, the humidity and temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City begin to increase. Despite the fact that temperatures do not vary throughout the year, many find this period more uncomfortable due to humidity.
Temperatures during this time vary between 25 and 31 degrees, which is more or less the same as the winter months. However, as the storms and rain begin to arrive, the humidity in the city center joins them. Before a storm, the air can become very sticky and close, giving the illusion of higher temperatures.
To add to this, the weather during this period often consists of heavy rain and dark clouds. It is not uncommon for the sun to be shining one moment and for the sky to be black with storm clouds the next. You should always carry a waterproof of some kind during these months. You can never quite know what the weather has in store for you!
Due to this, the summer months are often referred to as the monsoon season and are generally the least popular times to visit South Vietnam. Many visitors opt to avoid this season due to the unpredictability of the weather.
Despite this, we would not suggest ruling out a trip during this season altogether. Although there are often storms on the horizon, they regularly pass quickly. Leaving behind blue skies and fresh air.
Pack accordingly and be prepared to get soaked!
Dry Season – November to April
Towards the end of October, Ho Chi Minh City approaches the dry season. During this time humidity begins to lower and the rain becomes less heavy and not as frequent. Winter in Ho Chi Minh City is easily the best time for visitors to make the most of this modern city.
The weather between the months of November and April is predictable and is often very pleasant. Unlike the North of Vietnam, temperatures in this region do not drop and the weather is altogether more enjoyable.
Temperatures in Ho Chi Minh City rarely rise above 31 degrees and do not drop below 24 degrees, making for a very comfortable and sunny winter. For those wanting to make the most of the outdoors, this is the best time to visit the South of Vietnam.
Destinations in South Vietnam: Weather
Unlike the North of the country, the South of Vietnam does not have as many destinations for visitors. Most will only spend time in Ho Chi Minh City, completing day trips to surrounding destinations before heading north.
Below we will look at some of the destinations and activities surrounding Ho Chi Minh City how they might be affected by the weather.
Weather and the Mekong Delta
The Mekong Delta can be completed as a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City or as a cruise over 2 to 10 days. For those who want to make the most of a trip to the Mekong Delta, the best time to visit is during the winter months.
A visit to the Mekong Delta very much involves being outside and on a boat. As a result, it is important to avoid visiting during the rainy season or at least checking the weather prior to booking.
There are numerous different tour companies that offer all kinds of trips to the Mekong Delta. Therefore we suggest that you wait until you are in Ho Chi Minh to book your trip. This way you can take the forecast into consideration prior to booking. Despite these tours are prepared for all weather conditions and will ensure that you stay as dry as possible during a trip.
Weather and the Cu Chi Tunnels
Due to the nature of the trip tours can be affected by rainfall. The best time of year to see this attraction is during the dry winter months.
The Cu Chi Tunnels are a popular day trip for visitors from Ho Chi Minh City. Much like the Mekong Delta, tours from the city are easy to book and run daily. The Viet Cong used this network of tunnels surrounding the area of Ho Chi Minh City during the Vietnam War.
A day trip gives visitors an opportunity to experience and learn about what life was like during the war for the Viet Cong. Looking at how the tunnels were used and how they contributed to the war itself.
What to Pack for Ho Chi Minh City
So there are only two different types of weather in Ho Chi Minh City to plan for. Wet and dry.
It is important to pack for warm temperatures and all visitors should pack light comfortable clothing. If visiting during the dry winter months, everyone should pack a light cover-up to avoid sun exposure during peak hours. A good sun hat is also a good idea.
When visiting during the rainy season, waterproofs are essential. Light waterproof footwear, such as flip-flops or plastic sandals or essential and will allow for feet to easily dry after a downpour. We would also suggest investing in a poncho to keep you and all of your items dry.
North, Central South - All different
So, as you can probably tell, the different regions of Vietnam have quite different weather and you will need to prepare well for each, especially if you’re planning on renting a motorcycle or doing some touring. You can find out more about what is in store for you in the other regions by taking a look at our other posts on this topic.