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Cheap Flights to Ho Chi Minh City

Popular in December High demand for flights, 23% potential price rise
Cheapest in May Best time to find cheap flights, 6% potential price drop
Average price $683 Average for round-trip flights in September 2020
Round-trip from S$ 755 From Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City
One-way from S$ 457 One-way flight from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City
Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

Cheapest prices for Ho Chi Minh City flights by month

January
$776
February
$662
March
$614
April
$651
May
$606
June
$657
July
$610
August
$623
September
$642
October
$616
November
$637
December
$837
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Ho Chi Minh City is currently May; with December being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City?

Choose a month below to see average flight price and weather conditions.
MEL - SGN
Price
$606 - $1,212
SGN
Temperature
32 - 35 °C
SGN
Rainfall
9 - 211 mm
The best time to fly to Ho Chi Minh City is during May, but great deals can be found at other times. If weather is an important factor for you when considering when to fly to Ho Chi Minh City, the warmest period tends to be April, with the wettest being October.

When is the best time to book a flight to Ho Chi Minh City?

The best time to book flights to Ho Chi Minh City is 55 days before your desired departure date. The cost of your flight will likely increase significantly if you book two weeks in advance of your flight.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Ho Chi Minh City?

At the moment, Monday is the most economical day to take a flight to Ho Chi Minh City. Wednesday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Ho Chi Minh City?

Ho Chi Minh City flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight at midday. Booking a flight in the morning will likely mean higher prices.

When to fly

Peak Season:

The dry season December through March, is the best time to book flights to Ho Chi Minh City as the rainfall is significantly less. The crowds start arriving in November and stay until April.

Reservations for Tet, the lunar New Year, must be made far in advance. Even though most businesses close for the holiday, including museums and shops, it is the most celebrated event in Vietnam. A running of events take place to celebrate the occasion through grand and impressive displays such as fireworks and street processions. It is tradition in Vietnam for the locals to dress in their finest clothing and visit relatives and friends. The holiday lasts for a week and falls between January 19 and February 20.

Off Season:

The wet season is humid and hot, but the showers tend to be short. If you book your flights to Ho Chi Minh in May, the city will be celebrating their former president, Ho Chi Minh’s, birthday as he was a crucial figure of authority in helping gain freedom for the natives of Vietnam. On 19th May the city hosts an array of events throughout the day which will see large crowds gather in the streets on this special and key national holiday.

Late autumn is a particularly nice time to visit southern Vietnam. The end of the high season, March to April, can also be somewhat less crowded.

Why visit

Travellers booking cheap flights to Ho Chi Minh City are sometimes taken aback once they land. The city, often called HCMC, is bustling and buzzing and sometimes feels as if it is bursting at the seams. The city centre is filled with street vendors, cafés and family-owned souvenir shops all eager to make a living and stay afloat. But stay alert while you’re wandering between them or you’ll wind up flat on the street: Ho Chi Minh City’s chaos is fuelled by some three million motorbikes that run the streets on a daily basis.

Located on the Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh City is home to more than eight million people and is Vietnam’s commercial and industrial centre. Known as Saigon until 1970, its old name is still frequently used by tourists and locals. The city has a turbulent past, and evidence of its many periods can be seen in the architecture: a mixture of French-colonialism, pagodas and temples and Communist-style concrete blocks. The city is much younger than the venerable Hanoi, only growing to a significant size in the 17th century. It is an expansion that carries on today; the erection of modern blocks and skyscrapers constantly takes place throughout the city, adding to the general noise, chaos and sense of movement.

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Ho Chi Minh City climate

Ho Chi Minh City is in the tropics and close to the ocean, making the city hot and humid year-round. November through January are the coolest months with temperatures reaching the low to mid-20s. February through April the temperature rises to 32 degrees. Then it goes down to the high 20s during the rainy season.December to March is the dry season with the least amount of rain and humidity. The rain starts in May and is heavy from June to August with sudden but short showers. The typhoon season is July to November.

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Getting around Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is considered by many visitors to have the world’s worst traffic… Deal with it as little as possible by taking a taxi. Just make sure the meter is running. Agree to a fare ahead of time if the meter is nowhere to be found. 

Motorcycle taxis can also be hailed. They run off of an hourly rate which you can negotiate. Tour operators or travel agents can help you arrange for a car and driver to take you around for the day. If you’re taking a short trip, a cyclo (pedicab) is a good way to get around. There are no meters though, so negotiate a fare before you board. Many drivers speak English and are available for hire as tour guides as well. They will wait for you at your destination and can pick you up the next day, too. 

If you’re really feeling brave, you can rent bikes, mopeds or motorcycles, but you’ll be on your own with the chaotic traffic. 

A nice way to slow down and escape from the chaos is to hire a boat and view Ho Chi Minh City from the river.

Getting downtown from the airport

Minibuses and metered taxis are available for transport from the Ho Chi Minh City airport (SGN) to the city centre. Make sure the driver is wearing an official name badge and that the meter is on. Most hotels can arrange transport for arriving passengers, but visitors should organise this in advance.

 

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Ho Chi Minh City airports

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