Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Air pollution data from World Health Organization Info
PM10 Pollution Level: High

Pollution in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Air Pollution
89.87 Very High
Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility
65.77 High
Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal
80.05 Very High
Dirty and Untidy
79.65 High
Noise and Light Pollution
70.05 High
Water Pollution
78.76 High
Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City
78.51 High
Dissatisfaction with Green and Parks in the City
69.82 High

Purity and Cleanliness in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Air quality
10.13 Very Low
Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility
34.23 Low
Garbage Disposal Satisfaction
19.95 Very Low
Clean and Tidy
20.35 Low
Quiet and No Problem with Night Lights
29.95 Low
Water Quality
21.24 Low
Comfortable to Spend Time in the City
21.49 Low
Quality of Green and Parks
30.18 Low

Contributors: 118

Last update: February 2018

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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7 Comments so far

#tourist on Feb 05, 2016 :
A good alternatieve would be if people in HCM start using electric bikes. You already see them in several Vietnam cities, like Hanoi or smaller towns like Hoi Ann. Bikes in HCN are really killing, pollution and noise is terrible
#Louis Nguyen on Jan 29, 2015 :
All the comments above are right. I'm a Vietnamese, I am living in Saigon, honestly, it's really terrible :(
#Anonymous on Jan 28, 2015 :
I came to Ho Chi Minh City back in 2004. Within less than a year, I developed some small respiratory issues and returned to my home country.

I came back again in 2006. After about half a year, I was fed up with the pollution again, and moved to Vung Tau.

It was pretty good when I stayed there on and off till 2009. Then I went to Danang, and I got bronchitis from all the pollution there downtown. I left in a couple months.

I went back to my home country, recuperated, and returned to Ho Chi Minh City in late 2010. The first year there was fine as I stayed in a remote district, technically not a district but a suburb. The second, third and fourth year afterwards things got progressively worse for me healthwise in Ho Chi Minh City as I was first diagnosed pre-asthma and then about a year later allergic asthmatic.

I now am severely irritated/somewhat allergic to pollen, incense, smoke, tobacco smoke (this one has always been an issue for me though), mold and dust.

I can say the development of Vietnam in the past ten years has directly caused my health conditions, as pollution ramped up and my body slowly lost the ability to filter it out.

My recommendation: stay away from Vietnam and other countries where the environment takes a backseat on public policy and the mind of its citizens.
#Anonymous on Dec 22, 2014 :
It's not just air pollution that Vietnamese people don't care about. A man was angle grinding a new metal fence on the street three houses over, and the noise was so loud that me and my friend couldn't hear each other talking even with all our windows closed and sitting in a room at the opposite side of our building. The noise kept on for days, and turns out the man wasn't wearing any ear or eye protection. Why? Because, as my Vietnamese friend explained to me, no one cares about their health here. Having lived in Vietnam about a year, I can add that the Vietnamese version of the common Asian concept of "keeping face" includes never showing signs of softness or love - that is, protecting your eyes or ears, eating healthy food, caring for the other people around you apart from your close family, least of all caring for your environment.

Why would someone from a culture where you must be ready to have your ears and eyes ripped apart to not look "soft", you woulnd't walk an unbroken five hundred meters in your life even if it meant becoming a acidic, robot-faced sack of fat plopped on top of a motorbike, who can barely struggle, feet splayed to the sides, rubbery arms flailing and quavering and butt jutting behind into the horizon, the ten meters from bike to sofa, who takes pleasuse in animals caged, maimed or dyed for entertainment, and whose social connections are all coloured by the need to dominate and suck energy from other people with the most abrasive and piercing voice and the most aggressive and unbalanced behaviour possible, why would someone like that care about burning charcoal? Now I could stand a bit of burning charcoal, but I taste burning plastic everywhere here.
#Octopuss88 on Apr 21, 2014 :
I agree. When I was in HCM city I saw everyone driving with the pollution-mask but, then, they go home and, may be, they decide to make a bbq using charcoal! This is: "I'm aware of the problem, but I'm not gonna move a finger for solving it!"
Instead, if you know the problem and you don't like it, you should do something! You are aware of the problem and you are driving a motorbike, so the problem is your fault too! And you have to do some sacrifice for remedy your faults! HCM city is so polluted that, even if having a bbq with friends is funny, only a criminal can think to have it!

Other good point: moving.
Vietnamese says it's hot and so they can't walk and they have to take the motorbike. The result is that they are still hot and they have lost the ability to move, so they need even more the motorbike!
Vietnamese says it's polluted and so they can't be exposed for too long to the pollution and they have to take the motorbike. The result is that they are stopped, blocked with 10000 motorbikes with switched-on engine around them, and they are producing more pollution without being able to avoid it!

One can think that, if the air is polluted, it's not good to move, as his lugs will be exposed to more pollution as he has to breath more. Instead it is not moving that is totally wrong: doing exercise is better even in a polluted air! Have a look at or similar studies.
I HCM city I have seen the worse physical shapes I have ever meet! People in HCM city should move a bit by feet or by bike! Instead they move only from the bed to the motorbike and from the motorbike to the elevator, and vice-versa!
If they really aren't able to use their feet, they should go by bus! A bus ticket cost 5000 dong, and often you need 5000 dong for parking your motorbike! I know buses in HCM city are dirty and crowded but, if more people take them and start to complain about the quality of service, there will be more buses and better served.

But the most important thing is to speak with people, give a good example and try to make you change. I have no idea of how many millions of people are now driving a motorbike in HCM city, making noise and pollution, but I'm sure that quite no one of them will read this comment!

Best regards!
#A traveller on Apr 21, 2014 :
Vietnamese should start becoming seriously concerned about the pollution in their cities.
I stayed 2 months in TP HCM and, as I love Vietnam, I want to launch my message to all Vietnamese that can understand they are truly ruining their wonderful country!
- Stop throwing rubbish, food and smelly liquids on the street! They calls also a lot of rats, cockroaches and illnesses.
- Switch off the engine of the motorbike at the red traffic light!
- Reduce the use of the horn. F.e.: if you drive till a house of a friend, please, do not start beeping but, instead, switch off the engine, move your ass down from the motorbike and ring the bell of the house! Acoustic pollution is serious and force people to beep and scream even more, making things worst!
- Try to have a more healthy life-style! Do not take the motorbike if you have to do 400 metres but, instead, try to use your feet!
- Do not push the dirtiness out of your house, on the road, or do not throw it in to the water! All the dirtiness you throw on the road will enter again from your window! All the dirtiness you throw in to the water will enter again in your stomach, from poisoned fishes, crabs and shells!
- Try to do some waste sorting! F.e. there are a lot of people who go on the street asking for paper and cardboard: why the hell do you continue to throw a lot of paper and cardboard with all the rest of the rubbish??
- Try to educate other people!
#Anonymous on Mar 14, 2014 :
Let's be serious : air pollution index of hochiminh is far higher than 80