Travel: Rainy Season in Saigon

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Staying in Vietnam for more than a year made me experience their weather all year round. 
This post will be solely based on my experience and opinions. 

A year ago, rain started mid-May but for this year it seemed to start in the first week of May. I wasn't able to record the rain from last year due to our camera being broken. However, this time I am able to do so. 
The rain in Saigon that I have been experiencing in the first few weeks were really heavy, literally heavy. Either having a lot of water or the drops of water being huge creating a huge pool of water in many districts in just an hour of rain.

However, most rains in the middle of the month or around July gets really small and feels mostly like a drizzle. That kind of rain mostly happens within the remaining months of the year that is not part of the rainy season. But of course, when there is a typhoon, it might rain harder. 

The positive side is that some pools of water just goes down fast in less than an hour after the rain stops. The downside, traffic can be super heavy that a usual 20 minute car ride will become an hour.
However, as traffic is unpredictable in the city, you can also say the same with the weather.
It is best to carry an umbrella at all times when the month of May steps in.

When I was in the weekend market few weeks ago, I witnessed once again how the rain poured down and people get through this obstacle. 
 Even if the rain or the water from the tent may fall on them, the artists are still doing their job as usual while the assistants who call for customers and receive the payment tries to keep them from getting wet.
 Some sellers bring their puppies with them while they sell like this one.
 While the other two are sleeping despite the wet body and the rain threatening to dampen their fur more.
 This part in the middle of the market was really difficult to cross. I was wearing my sneakers and I have been trying my hardest to keep my shoes and feet from being wet. 
This owner always brings her puppies to the weekend market because no one can take care of them at home on those days. The puppies were 3 months old and she tried to keep them dry, however one of them were so playful and this is the result. 
The sellers and puppy owners are really kind and the animals are also friendly so just ask the owners if you want to pet their pets. 
 The water was clear and clean, so no one really knows how deep it is unless someone walks in it. I had to go to the food section since I was meeting up with some other friends at that time.
 But since the rain was still pouring down hard, I just snapped photos on the pool of water
 and the cyclists and motorcyclists drove like the pool didn't matter.
 Some people needed to cross the street but there was no other way to cross. It's either to wait for it to get drained, or get rained on and soak the feet into the pool of unknown water. I've been through something like this in the Philippines but much higher almost reaching my knees and I was from the office and couldn't wait to go home. So, I walked for almost 2 kilometers to be able to ride a jeepney or a public transport and a kilometer from that walk was around 200-300 meters of dirty pool of water.
Within 30 minutes after the rain, the pool of water got drained so fast I was surprised. I don't see that happen in my hometown.

For me, rain is a blessing when it pours down in Ho Chi Minh City. Why? Simply because dry season is super long in the city. It doesn't rain much and when the forecasts says it's going to rain, just check the sky. 65% of the year it is dry season in the city. If it rains, just buy a raincoat for 10, 000 or more and still do what you want to do. Rain doesn't stop the Vietnamese to do what they want as well.

I hope your visit to the city will be fun rain or shine.
And oh, this is based on my experience within Phu Nhuan, D3, D1, Tan Binh, Go Vap and An Phu District. I am not sure about the other parts.
Thank you for reading! Please do anticipate for the next food or travel post.

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