When to Go in Ho Chi Minh City

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Ho Chi Minh has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons – rainy and dry. The rainy season lasts from May to October, making the best time for visit Ho Chi Minh from November through to April. With hot weather all year, it becomes increasingly unbearable in the summer when the humidity reaches 100% nearly every day.  

Best Time to Visit Ho Chi Minh City

The dry season is subjective in this area, as it often rains regardless. The rainy season in Vietnam brings in a lot very heavy and long rains that can last for several days without ending. However, Vietnamese do not take much notice of the weather and the rain does not stop much of anything. The exception is that you should be extra cautious in traveling, as some roads are rather poor and can become increasingly dangerous as it rains. As far as dealing with the heat, which averages around 27 degrees Celsius or 80 degrees Fahrenheit, air conditioning is a standard feature in rooms throughout the city.

Festivals in Ho Chi Minh City

During the national festival Tet is a great time to visit Ho Chi Minh City. Taking place in late January or early February, the festival that is scheduled around the lunar calendar lasts about one week and is extremely lively and festive.

Buddha’s Birthday Festival is lavishly celebrated in Ho Chi Minh and is not to be missed if you are traveling in April. Falling on the 15th, this holiday is celebrated in the city at the Nghia An Hoi Quan Pagoda.

The Fisherman’s Festival is another nice holiday that is an interesting look into the fishing culture of the country. During this festival that takes place August 16th, fisherman throughout the city stop catching fish for the day to attend the festival in the Can Gio District where the shrines, harbor and boats are all nicely decorated.  

Other festivals celebrated in Ho Chi Minh City include Le Van Duyet Temple Festival, Thien Hau Pagoda Festival, Mid Autumn Festival, National Day, Wandering Souls Day and Ho Chi Minh’s birthday. During festivals the city is lively with celebrations and is one of the best times to make a trip. Try special festival foods, see the city festively decorated and join in on the celebrations to get an authentic taste of Vietnam.

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