March may be the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh City due to its suitable weather and fewer crowds than the previous couple of months. It’s still the dry season in Saigon and temperatures are only beginning to rise to their summer highs.
Climate Averages in Ho Chi Minh in March
Ho Chi Minh City Cathedrale in March. Photo: Alf Igel
Temperatures continue rising in March, averaging from a low of 76°F (24.4°C) to a high of 92°F (33.3°C). Similar to February, Hoi Chi Minh City receives 8.8 hours of direct sunlight in March, although the average day increases to 12.1 hours.
March also receives the same 70% humidity as February, which makes the climate feel less sticky but drier. Due to the hot temperatures, rainfall slightly increases compared to February, averaging around 10.2 mm of precipitation over 1.9 rainfall days.
|Precipitation||10.2 mm (0.40 in)|
Things To Do in Ho Chi Minh in March
Ho Chi Minh City Postoffice in March. Photo: Alf Igel
March is one of the best times of the year to enjoy Hoi Chi Minh’s City’s many outdoor attractions, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Hoi Chi Minh City Opera House, and Nha Rong Wharf.
Visit the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens during March to enjoy the warm sunshine and explore the park’s extensive collection of over 500 animals and 260 plant species. You can also enjoy the zoo’s gardens, Ferris wheels, kiddie pools, bumper cars, and snack shops.
On the 10th day of the third lunar month, Hoi Chi Minh City locals celebrate the Hung Kings Commemoration Day. This public holiday honors the Hung Kings, who are recognized throughout Vietnam as the founders of the nation. To pay tribute to the Hung Kings, offerings are carried from the foot of the mountain to the High Temple, where locals will say prayers and offer incense. The celebration also features a colorful parade with brightly-colored costumes and banners intended to prevent bad luck.
Tips for Visiting Ho Chi Minh in March
Park Hyatt Ho CHi Minh in March. Photo: Marco Ooi
March’s warm temperature, low humidity, and dry weather makes this one of the top months for sightseeing and enjoying Hoi Chi Minh City’s stunning green spaces. Make the most of its public parks, like Tao Dan.
Due to the low humidity and high temperatures, it’s recommended that you wear ample sun protection, light clothes and moisturizer. It’s also essential to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Don’t worry about bringing a raincoat or other rain gear during this month as rainfall is infrequent and uncommon.
If you visit Hoi Chi Minh City during the Hung Kings Commemoration Day, be prepared to find many shops and restaurants closed.
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