Ho Chi Minh City is always one of the ideal destinations to visit in Vietnam. However, in the rainy season, such full-of-water streets make you face more difficulties to move around the city. Follow us to know what to do in Ho Chi Minh City during the rainy season.
Rainy season in Ho Chi Minh City
Rainy season in Ho Chi Minh City starts from May to November. Prolonged heavy rains and tides make various local streets severely flooded, which causes serious traffic jams and other problems in the rush hours. It leads to traffic chaos in which several kinds of vehicle are not able to move anywhere.
Thus, it is necessary for you to know which places may be flooded so that they can avoid unexpected troubles in your trips. The districts that are usually flooded include District 7, District 2, Binh Thanh District and Thu Duc District. In other districts, there are several roads that can be underwater. Take a look at the map below for more details.
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The heavily-flooded areas
The flooded areas
Recommended Sites to Visit
Despite these flooded streets, most of the visitors still enjoy their trips in Ho Chi Minh City. The rain cannot stop people from discovering popular sites. The following is the list of “dry” sites you can consider for your trip to Ho Chi Minh City on rainy days.
1. Saigon Cathedral of Notre Dame
Being one of the popular symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Cathedral of Notre Dame is located right in the main street, at Number 1 Cong Xa Paris Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The center cathedral was built in a high ground of the city so it could avoid flooded streets which causes many troubles for everyone. Have a visit the cathedral – a perfect combination of Western architecture, Roman and Gothic style.
8 am – 11 am and 3 pm – 6 pm (from Monday to Saturday)
9.30am on Sunday
2. Ben Thanh Market
Ben Thanh Market is an ideal place in Ho Chi Minh City for shopaholics. All kinds of traditional and modern items are sold in the market where you can explore local foods as well as buy lovely gifts. Note that you should bargain to get the best price while going shopping in Ben Thanh Market. The market sits on District 1, surrounded by main streets are Phan Boi Chau Str, Le Thanh Ton Str, Phan Chu Trinh Str, and Quach Thi Trang Square.
If you are looking for a great tour in Saigon which takes you to the best attractions, check Saigon City Tour out. The local guides are so friendly and knowledgeable that I can’t recommend enough.
Saigon City Tour
Price: From 45 USD/person
3. Saigon Skydeck
This is the observatory which is located on the 49th floor of 180-metre Bitexco Financial Building where you have an overall view of the city. The Skydeck is not far from Ben Thanh Market. The ticket fare is 200.000 VND ($ 8.59) per person. Address: 36 Ho Tung Mau, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, HCM City.
4. Independence Palace
If you want to know more about Vietnam’s history, have a visit to Independence Palace is the best idea for you. The palace used to be the workplace of Government of the Republic of Vietnam in the past. At present, it is included in the list of the special national monuments. Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
5. Sai Gon Opera House
The Municipal Theatre of Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon Municipal Opera House is a large architecture structure on District 1. Built in 1897, the opera house has French colonial unique architecture style of the early 20th century, faces Dong Khoi Str and Cong Truong Lam Son Str. Enjoy Vietnam’s cultural richness through dance and music performances in Saigon Opera House.
Address: 07 Cong Truong Lam Son, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
6. Sai Gon Local Foods
Last but not least, one of the best things to do in Ho Chi Minh City in the wet season is enjoying the foods! There are a huge number of great dishes in Ho Chi Minh City. But the best ones are always in the hidden lanes which only locals know. I highly recommend you to check Saigon Local Food Tour with local guides for the best dishes. Or you check these list of 10 best foods in Ho Chi Minh City.
Travelling Ho Chi Minh City in the wet days, carrying umbrellas is neccessary in case heavy rains suddenly rush down. Moreover, remember to keep personal belongings carefully on your trips.