|Popular in||December||High demand for flights, 5% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||May||Best time to find cheap flights, 3% potential price drop|
|Average price||£506||Average for round-trip flights in May 2022|
|Round-trip from||£478||From London to Ho Chi Minh City|
|One-way from||£8||One-way flight from London to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)|
Information is based on travel restrictions from United Kingdom to Ho Chi Minh City
Most visitors from United Kingdom need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Ho Chi Minh City.
COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from United Kingdom must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 24 hours for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Ho Chi Minh City.
Visitors from United Kingdom are not required to quarantine after entering Ho Chi Minh City.
PC-COVID app - Foreign arrivals shall be required to make health declarations before entry and download and use the PC-COVID app during their stay in Viet Nam.
Returning to United Kingdom from Ho Chi Minh City
COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Ho Chi Minh City are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering United Kingdom.
Visitors from Ho Chi Minh City are not required to quarantine after entering United Kingdom.
LON - SGN
£621 - £958
32 - 35 °C
9 - 211 mm
The dry season December through March, is the best time to book flights to Ho Chi Minh City as there is significantly less rainfall. The crowds start arriving in November and stay until April.
Reservations for Tet, the lunar New Year, along with flights to Ho Chi Ming City, must be made far in advance. Most businesses close for the holiday, including museums and shops, as it is the most celebrated event in Vietnam. A variety 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.
The wet season is humid and hot, but the showers tend to be short. When flying 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 gaining 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, around October, is a particularly nice time to visit southern Vietnam. The end of the high season, March to April, can also be somewhat less crowded and visitors will be able to benefit from cheap flights to Ho Chi Ming City.
Travellers booking flights to Ho Chi Minh City are sometimes taken aback once they land. Ho Chi Minh 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 hree 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 the Vietnamese. 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.
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 Celsius. 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 make it the best time to book flights to Ho Chi Minh City. The rain starts in May and is heavy from June to August with sudden but short showers. The typhoon season is July to November.
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.
Flights to Ho Chi Minh City arrive at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) which is situated 4 miles (6.4 km) from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Minibuses and metered taxis are available for transport 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.
For a flight to Ho Chi Minh City, you will be flying into Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) is just 4.5 mi from the centre of the city.