If Hanoi capital city features an interesting mixture of Eastern and Western culture, Ho Chi Minh City is a place to go for the contrast between old and new. With cheap eats, coffee culture, vibrant markets to warm-hearted locals, Ho Chi Minh City always welcomes you!
Best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City
Saigon is beautiful all year-round (Source: Internet)
Fortunately, Saigon is blessed with a pleasant, warm climate all year round with few severe natural disasters, like floods or typhoons, but that doesn’t mean on planning your trip, you should not take its two distinct seasons into account. The weather in this city is divided into two distinctive seasons: dry (between November and April) and wet (from May to October).
These dry months which run roughly from December to April is generally thought of as the best time to visit Saigon. During that time, there is almost no rain affecting your trip and the weather is mild and comfortable, especially in December. Humidity is moderate in December and starts to decrease from January to April. Thus, if this period is the greatest time to go if you want to escape from the normal sticky weather of Saigon.
In term of activity, if you visit Ho Chi Minh City in late December, you will get a chance to experience some big holidays like Christmas and Lunar New Year, when all the streets are beautifully decorated. It’s time to go for Saigonese’s culture and lifestyle experience.
Though the most popular time to go is the dry season, the monsoon season still has its own advantages, considering that Saigon is endowed with a rare nice climate. Even in rainy season, the days are usually sunny, bright, and humid and your trip will not be affected seriously as the rains often occur in a short of time.
Must-visit destinations in Ho Chi Minh City
War Remnants Museum
War Remnants Museum (Source: Internet)
Opened by the Vietnamese government in September 1975 shortly after the end of the Vietnam War, the War Remnants Museum is the city’s most popular attraction but not for the faint-hearted. Ranked 5th in the poll of 25 Asia's most attractive museums implemented by TripAdvisor.com in 2013, War Remnants Museum is a must-visit destination in Saigon.
With a grisly portfolio of photographs of mutilation, napalm burns and torture; a guillotine–a popular symbol of the French colonial years–some of the brutal tiger cages used for punishment; a wide range of American military hardware like US armored vehicles, bombs, artillery pieces, and infantry weapons on display, it is a shocking reminder of the long and brutal Vietnam War. What’s more? visitsaigon is sure that it is your rare chance to see some of the experimental weapons used in the war, which were at one time military secrets and to see the scars of the decades of war the country has endured.
- Address: No.28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: Daily 7.30 AM – 6.00 PM
- Ticket fee: VND 15,000 (less than USD $1) / person
Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market (Source: Internet)
Centrally located in one of the liveliest areas in Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh Market is the most famous shopping destination for tourists in Ho Chi Minh City. Ben Thanh not only features every type of souvenir the spending traveler desires to buy including local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs but also has become a historical witness looking on at numerous ups and downs of Ho Chi Minh City throughout nearly a hundred years. Moreover, Ben Thanh is also famous as the place for real Vietnamese food. These food stalls inside the market are where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine like banh cuon, banh xeo, banh beo, cha gio, hu tiu, etc. or simply cool off with a cold beer when the bargaining becomes too much.
- Address: Intersection of Le Loi, Ham Nghi, Tran Hung Dao Avenues and Le Lai Street, Ho Chi Minh City
- Opening hours: 7.00 AM – 8.00 PM