Climate - HCMC’s tropical climate is divided into two seasons - wet and dry. While it is warm throughout the year, the city is more susceptible to rainfall from May to October, and the months from December to April are a lot more arid. The average daily temperature hovers around 28℃, so remember to dress lightly.

Language - Unsurprisingly, Vietnamese is the main language in this town, but a smattering of Chinese dialects, such as Cantonese and Hainanese, may be heard. But fear not, many locals are able to speak English, as a result of tourism and commerce.

Getting in - Tan Son Nhat International airport is Vietnam’s largest, and located approximately 8 kilometres from the city centre. It consists of two terminals, the newer international half and the more run-down domestic half. On your way out of HCMC, remember to denote which terminal you are headed to, as it is a good 600 metres away from each other.

It is advisable to take either a bus or a taxi from the airport to the city. Buses take approximately 45 minutes or up to get to Pham Ngu Lao Street, while taxis can take either 15 minutes to 1 hour, depending on traffic.