Ho Chi Minh City - Post Report Question and Answers

What is the air quality like at post (good/moderate/bad)? Are there seasonal air quality issues? Does the air quality have an impact on health?

Air quality is moderate - hot and humid, all day, every day. Pollution is worse in the dry season (Oct-May). All Consulate housing is supplied air purifiers in every bedroom and living space, as well as a few dehumidifiers. - Sep 2021

Bad, but not China or India bad. Ho Chi Minh City is near the ocean, so a lot of the bad stuff blows away. Hanoi is much worse. That being said, it’s bad. Too many motorcycles on the road at the same time creates a cloud of poison twice a day at rush hour(s). Also, Vietnam is a tropical country, and something is always blooming. People with sensitivity to pollen will suffer from allergies. - Jul 2019

Bad, pretty bad, and horrible. It's bad most of the time and occasionally becomes dangerous. - Mar 2016

Unhealthy. There is a lot of pollution and smog here. - Aug 2015

Unhealthy, for sure. This is definitely a major issue here. There is a lot of smog and pollution and it seems the local government is not doing much in this regard. - May 2014

It seems to be very unhealthy. You'll get air purifiers for your apartment/sanctuary. - Jul 2011

Air quality is not very good in HCMC, heavy traffic, millions of motor bikes. Many people suffer respiratory problems. Better air out in the countryside - Sep 2010

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