Once known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is now one of the most dynamic cities in the world. In 2017 alone, Ho Chi Minh City saw six million international visitors. Though the city is hectic, it is full of spirit and culture. The city is home to everything a visitor could desire, from hotels with live music to tasty street food in relaxing parks. Motorbikes rule the streets, and many companies offer authentic motorbike tours for any visitors who desire them. Once you’ve visited, you’ll understand why Ho Chi Minh City is the Pearl of the Far East.


01Weather and When to Visit

Ho Chi Minh City has a tropical climate with an average humidity of around 80 percent. The rainy season usually runs from May to November with April and May being particularly hot. The area cools down in the winter, though it rarely drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Ho Chi Minh City remains a popular destination through most of the year. However, depending on what you’re looking for on your trip, you may wish to not visit the city during Tết. During this Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration, many of the city’s residents return to their hometowns to celebrate.

Reflection of Night view of Business District and Administrative Center of Ho Chi Minh city on Saigon riverbank. PhongTranVN / Getty Images