Flooded areas in Ho Chi Minh City – Travel guide to Saigon in rainy season

Huong Lien NguyenTravel Inspiration

Customers joining a tour in the rain

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.

Flooded area in Saigon Vietnam

Flooded area in Saigon Vietnam. Source: Zing.vn

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. 

HOW TO READ THIS MAP

ngập lụt mùa mưa bão Click to the icon   to see the list of the flooded roads in Ho Chi Minh City

ngập lụt mùa mưa bão Click to the icons  or ngập lụt mùa mưa bão to see the details areas

* Note:

ngập lụt mùa mưa bão The heavily-flooded areas

ngập lụt mùa mưa bão 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.

Open hours:

 8 am – 11 am and 3 pm – 6 pm (from Monday to Saturday)

 9.30am on Sunday

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon Vietnam

Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon Vietnam

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.

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City

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.

Skydeck in Saigon

Skydeck in Saigon. Source: res.klook

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.

Independence Palace in Saigon

Independence Palace in Saigon

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.

Saigon Opera House

Saigon Opera House. Source: Silverlandhotel

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.

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