Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam? If you're planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Based on the climate and weather in Ho Chi Minh City, the best time to go is January. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by month

January

If you go to Ho Chi Minh City in January, you will notice that it can be very hot and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses

February

If you vacation in Ho Chi Minh City during February, you are likely to find that it can be very hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

Humidity is generally around 50 during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunglasses
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Shorts

March

If you vacation in Ho Chi Minh City during March, you are likely to find that it is consistently hot and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses

April

April in Ho Chi Minh City is scorchingly hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C), although night temperatures can dip into the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Light shorts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Tank tops
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Light dresses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

May

May is extremely hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear

June

In June, Ho Chi Minh City is really hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Ho Chi Minh City, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses

July

In July, Ho Chi Minh City can be sweltering and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Ho Chi Minh City, with most of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof footwear

August

Traveling to Ho Chi Minh City in August, you will notice that it can be very hot and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear

September

In September, Ho Chi Minh City can be very hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Ho Chi Minh City, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts

October

In October, Ho Chi Minh City is consistently hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 80s F (low 30s C) range. At night, lows are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

This is also a rainy time for Ho Chi Minh City, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion

November

November in Ho Chi Minh City can be very hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunglasses
  • Shorts

December

December in Ho Chi Minh City is really hot. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Shorts
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Short sleeve shirts

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Ho Chi Minh City, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A, B and C
  • A SIM card that works in Ho Chi Minh City
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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