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Ho Chi Minh weather in December: Temperature & Things to Do

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Ho Chi Minh City, also known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s largest and most chaotic city. And it’s one of the most popular places for travellers exploring Vietnam. Unlike other regions, the weather in Saigon in December is pleasant with a lot of sunshine, making it one of the best months to visit this city. If you plan to travel, do not miss this article includes information about Ho Chi Minh weather, things to do, and some useful tips for your trip.

Ho Chi Minh weather in December

The month of December is a transition phase between the dry and wet season: it rains less frequently, and the weather remains cool and humid. It is one of the best times for western tourists to leave the freezing cold in the homeland and visit Ho Chi Minh City to taste a “warm winter” in the tropics.

Temperature: varies between 23°C to 31°C. It is still hot even it is the beginning of the winter.

Humidity: the average relative humidity in Ho Chi Minh City is 74%.

Rainfall: It rains for 7 days. Throughout December, the precipitation is 32 mm

Daylight: The month with the shortest days, with an average of 11.5 hours of daylight.

Sunshine: The average sunshine is 7 hours

Min Temperature 23°C Chance of Rain 23%
Max Temperature 31°C Precipitation 48.3mm
Water Temperature  26°C Rainy Days 7 days


Pros: This is considered the most ideal time to travel in Saigon. In the dry season, you will not have to worry about sudden rain affecting your journey. The weather is sunny and warm in day time and it becomes cool at night. You will feel the festive atmosphere of Christmas and the new year on every street corner. Besides, this is also the time of promotions from world-famous brands at expensive and luxurious shopping centres.

Cons: Because the weather in December is so great for visitors from all over the country, this is also the peak tourist season, and the prices of all services increases, especially air tickets. The price of domestic tickets to Ho Chi Minh during Christmas and New Year's Eve can be up to 3-4 million per person.

Ho Chi Minh weather in December


Things to do and events in Ho Chi Minh in December

Visit Ben Thanh Market

Ben Thanh market is the largest and busiest market in Saigon, the centre of trade, commerce, shopping, and delicious cuisine for not only tourists but also a large number of locals. It is located in the middle of the intersection, so it is extremely convenient to get there. There are up to 1500 stalls managed by 6000 merchants inside the market, so you can buy everything here from garments, clothes, dried foods to fresh products, meat, and flowers…


Visit Tan Dinh Church

It is not only the beautiful architecture with pink colour covering all the buildings, but also one of the oldest to witness the change of history and Catholicism in the city as well. Every day, the church organizes more than 200 free meals for lonely and elderly people, and it also has a charity clinic for the poor. Surely, you will be impressed when visiting this church, especially during December, as you will be immersed in the beautiful Christmas space here.

Tan Dinh Church

Tan Dinh Church


Explore Saigon Nightlife

Ho Chi Minh city is busy and energetic during the day and night time. When in this city, do not miss your chance to explore the city at night. There are many exciting bars and clubs, and theatre performances when the night falls. You can either explore the city on your own or sign up for a night tour to get around. Pham Ngu Lao, Ngo Van Nam, Dong Khoi, and Le Thanh Ton area surely will bring you extraordinary experiences.  There is a place you can relax at the clubs with music, enjoy tasty drinks, meet other people, and join many other exciting activities.


Indulge in Delicious Food

You may find it hard to resist Vietnam cuisine in general and Saigon cuisine in particular. There are hundreds of amazing dishes in Saigon you should try such as Cơm tấm (broken rice), Bánh Mì (Vietnamese baguette), “Bún mắm” (Vietnamese gumbo), and “Bún thịt nướng” (vermicelli with grilled pork). You can easily find a place to taste Saigon cuisine from the local stall to luxury restaurants, the food here is delicious.


Visit Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta is a large area, which is about 3 hours from the city centre. Tourists can spend one full day or two and 3 days for the experience in the region. To explore the area, tourists will need to get in a sampan to sail along the Mekong River and see the surrounding area. If you have time, spending an overnight in the region is great, and you can visit the floating market early in the morning. The floating market is very special as it sells many kinds of fruits on boats from bananas, oranges, pineapples, coconut, watermelon, to vegetables or fruits. Let's sign up for a Mekong Delta tour from Ho Chi Minh now.

Visit Mekong Delta

Visit Mekong Delta


Tips for travelling Ho Chi Minh City in December

What to pack

You do not need to worry too much or prepare too many things for the trip to Saigon in December because the rain rarely happens in Saigon in December. Just bring comfortable, and light clothes such as dresses, tops, T-shirts and skirts made of cotton or linen. With a water temperature of around 27.0°C, this is a great month to swim so bring your swimwear.

Travel tips

  • Book all the services early in advance because December is quite a busy time for Saigon tourism
  • Book a hotel near sightseeing areas, train stations for convenient transportation if you book all the services separately.
  • When travelling on public transportation, store your luggage carefully and be wary of strangers on the road. Although the people are quite friendly, Saigon is also famous for its sophisticated theft and robbery tricks.

The weather in Saigon in December will never disappoint you. If there is anything you need to know about Saigon or you need help to book any tours to Saigon, do not hesitate to contact us for the best support.

You might want to know about Saigon weather in January.


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