Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam? If you're planning to go to Ho Chi Minh City, this article contains some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


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.

Important essentials 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.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas of this country may have potentially unsafe tap water, so it's useful to take an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a excellent option.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Ho Chi Minh City.

If you intend to check out the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to see the beautiful Central Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who is allowed to enter the building; it is best to check with the Ho Chi Minh City tourism authority.

If you check out a temple, such as Cao Dai Temple, wear:

If you go to Ho Chi Minh Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

Castle hopping? For Reunification Palace, take:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Ho Chi Minh City.

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

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January

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

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February

If you go to Ho Chi Minh City in February, you will notice that it is consistently hot and dry with little rain. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

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March

If you vacation in Ho Chi Minh City during March, you may notice that it is extremely 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.

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April

If you visit Ho Chi Minh City during April, you may notice that it can be excruciatingly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

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May

In May, Ho Chi Minh City is constantly hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 90s F (low 30s C) and 5-10 days this month jump into the 90s F (mid 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 May, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

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June

If you vacation in Ho Chi Minh City during June, you may see that it is consistently hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

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July

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

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August

In August, Ho Chi Minh City is extremely 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 August, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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September

September is constantly hot and somewhat stormy. Temperatures average in the high 80s F (low 30s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

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October

If you go to Ho Chi Minh City in October, you will notice that it is extremely hot and somewhat stormy. Expect it to rain most days. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

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November

Traveling to Ho Chi Minh City in November, you will notice that it can be very hot. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 80s F (low 30s C).

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December

December 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), although night temperatures can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

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