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

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January in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) is not cloudy and cold like it is in the north of Vietnam. It is in fact one of the best months to visit Saigon. You can see blue skies all the time and the little rain can not affect your travel plan. If you plan to visit Saigon next January, do not miss our below article. It is about Ho Chi Minh weather in January, pros and cons, things to do, and some useful tips

Ho Chi Minh weather in January

Ho Chi Minh City welcomes the new year with wonderfully mild weather. Temperatures in January range from 21°C to 32°C, with very little rain. It is estimated to have only 2 rainy days this month. January is the spring in Vietnam, but unlike the wet and cold weather in Hanoi, the spring in Ho Chi Minh is full of sunshine. Therefore, January is considered one of the best months to make a trip to this 300-year-old City.

Please more detail of the weather in Ho Chi Minh January below

Min Temperature  23 °C Precipitation 6,8 mm
Max Temperature 32 °C Rainy days 2 days
Humidity 66% Sunshine hours 8 hours


Pros: January is one of the coldest  & driest months in Ho Chi Minh City, making this month one of the best times to visit this city.

Cons: If you travel during New Year, there can be a little surcharge for some services like 4 stars to 5 stars hotels, restaurants, etc.

Ho Chi Minh weather january


Things to do and events in Ho Chi Minh in January

Celebrate the Vietnamese New Year

If lucky enough, Vietnamese New Year is in January and you can enjoy the festive atmosphere, and see how local people celebrate this occasion. They prepare for Tet by cleaning their rooms to get rid of bad luck, decorating the house with a kumquat tree and various colourful flowers, and buying new clothes and shoes to wear on the first few days of the new year. You can visit Nguyen Hue Flower Street, Dam Sen Park, or visit the pagoda to see many special activities on this occasion.

Join Dinner cruise on Saigon river

Dinner on the Saigon cruise can be an unforgettable experience with live music, dance performance, and buffet. This dining cruise can give you an excellent opportunity to avoid the hustle and bustle and emerge ourselves into nature in the heart of the city. On the journey along the Saigon River, you can enjoy a variety of Vietnamese traditional food and exclusive culinary delights from Western and Asian cuisine with romance as well as watch the amazingly beautiful views and scenery of Saigon nightlife.

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Visit Cu Chi tunnel

January is among the best months to visit the Cu Chi tunnel as it is in the dry season and there is no rain. The tunnel will not be flooded like it is in other months in the rainy season from May to November. The weather in January is not as hot as it is in the summertime, and your trip to Cu Chi will be more comfortable. Crawling through the hospitals, schools, theatres, kitchens…in the tunnels, you will know more about Vietnam history, how hard Vietnamese live during wartime, so appreciate more every single peaceful moment in life. 

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Cu Chi Tunnel

Cu Chi Tunnel


Join cooking class

Saigon is one of the best places in Vietnam to learn cooking class as the cuisine here is affected by not only other surrounding provinces but also many other countries such as Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand… Visiting Saigon in January, do not miss your chance to learn how to cook from the simple to the more complicated dishes. Saigon add more sugar when they cook, making their dishes special. If you love the food here, you can not stop eating until the dish is empty.


Tips for travelling to Ho Chi Minh City in January

What to pack

  • Airy and comfortable clothes
  • Hats, and face masks for going out under the heat.
  • Bottles of water
  • Sunscreen to apply frequently
  • Some long-sleeved tops in case it turns cold at night.
  • An umbrella or raincoat and carry it with you as the rain can come at any time.

Tips for the best experience

  • Although the people are quite friendly, store your luggage carefully and be wary of strangers on the road. If you plan to go out at night in Saigon, choose the tourist area and use reliable taxi brands such as Vinataxi, Mai Linh, Group taxi, etc.
  • Choose to stay at the hotel near the city centre, sightseeing places for convenient transportation.
  • Vietnamese New Year can occur in January, and some hotels can be closed at that time, the price for the service can be increased. Moreover, it is difficult to find transportation. Therefore, you would better book all the services early in advance to avoid disappointment.

There are lots of exciting activities waiting for you to participate in Saigon in January, especially if you come here during the Lunar New Year. If you have a holiday in January, let choose Saigon for a great experience. We do provide tours to Saigon either a full day or a package tour, visit our website and choose the best for you.

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