Saigon has always had a reputation for lively nightlife. And even the Communists, when they turned it into Ho Chi Minh City, didn’t do much to change that. Here are some Ho Chi Minh nightlife suggestions.
Bars & Nightclubs
District 1, especially around Hai Ba Trung and Dong Khoi, comes alive every day when the sun goes down. There are other areas of the city where you can go out for dinner and a few drinks, but this is where the action is.
In most places you don’t have to go too fancy, you can walk in with jeans and sneakers almost anywhere. The nightlife in Saigon is pretty relaxed.
Apocalypse Now- in 2C Thi Sach, it gets lively from midnight on. It’s probably the most popular nightclub in Saigon… with such a name you already have a sense of humor.
The Tropics Bar- at 185 De Tham Street. They open around 10:00 a.m. and don’t close until the last customer leaves. Western and Vietnamese food.
Blue Gecko Bar- at 31 Ly tu Trong. Lots of Australians playing pool and darts.
The Q Bar, 7 Cong Truong, Lam Son Square. In the basement of the Saigon Opera House, the most chic place in town.
The Catwalk, 76 Le Lai Street, east wing of the New World Hotel. Very popular with Koreans and Japanese, karaoke and “cheerleaders”.
Spaceship, in Ham Nghi, the biggest techno club in Saigon.
The Wild Horse Saloon, at 8A1/1D Thai Van Lung. Live music almost every day, blues one day, country the next…
Walking along Nguyen Hue Boulevard
Nguyen Hue is considered an ideal destination in Ho Chi Minh City when the sun goes down. Although this street is quite quiet in the daylight, it turns into a beehive of hustle at night. You can choose to mingle with the crowd, take a walk or just sit at the corner of the cafe on the road and watch the locals pass by.
In fact, you can find many old residential blocks, which have been converted into unique cafes and restaurants. This will make your private trip through Vietnam a delight and help you to learn more about the local culture. In case you are young at heart and yearn for some musical performances, you can easily get a group of young people or even some professional teams to come together and showcase their talents.
Shopping at the Ben Thanh night market
Shopping under a sky full of stars is what you wouldn’t want to miss on your personalized trip through Vietnam. With an incredibly low price compared to shopping malls, not only do you have the opportunity to improve your negotiating skills, but you can also choose souvenirs for family and friends from a wide range of specialties.
In particular, Ben Thanh is where you can find anything you want, from local handicrafts, electrical devices, fresh fruit to branded outfits and various food products. It is open all day, but is most interesting in the evening, so heading to Ben Thanh before dinner is a good option for a stroll. After you’ve finished with our shopping spree, you can stop by any of the food stalls to try some of the well-known Vietnamese cuisines for your meal. However, be careful because you may become disoriented when you are surrounded by a large maze of makeshift stalls.
Take a motorcycle tour of the city
The traffic madness in urban Vietnam may make this idea seem more dangerous with many risks. However, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” The best way to familiarize yourself with the means of transportation is to rent a motorcycle, mingle with the influx of residents and take a tour of the city.
At night, when every corner of the streets is decorated with lights and music, you can go wherever you want or even stop by some local shops to buy things. In addition, a motorcycle tour of the city can help you get off the beaten track to explore regions that most tourists rarely see. You also have the opportunity to taste delicious exclusive dishes, as well as explore the culinary culture behind the food you eat by asking the locals.
Tower over the Saigon horizon
When the sun sets, Ho Chi Minh City is delighted by the glow of thousands of street lights. If you don’t want to miss the greatness of the panoramic views, just go to Saigon Skyline and step on the top floor with observation platforms. There are also many western style cafes, bars and restaurants for you to dine and catch up with friends.
In case you want to have more excitement, Landmark 81: Vietnam’s tallest building can be a considerable option to make you feel like you are on top of the world. However, it costs you about $35 to approach the viewing area. The price of places to eat here is also relatively more exorbitant than other skyscrapers. Meanwhile, the Bitexco Tower is not as tall as Landmark 81, but tourists on a family trip through Vietnam can go to a coffee shop, have a drink and admire the view for free. There is no doubt that this type of building is a perfect place for your instagrammble photos.
Dinner on the cruise
One of the most famous ways to enjoy a dinner is to celebrate on a windy deck of the Saigon cruise ship besieged by the city lights. It’s just a small errand on Nguyen Hue Street, but you can take in the exquisite beauty of Ho Chi Minh City’s nightlife with all the buildings lit up.
In addition, live bands play traditional music regularly, so visitors on board can savor dinners in the soft music environment and have the opportunity to learn more about Vietnamese culture as well. Most of the dishes on the cruise menu are Vietnamese culinary food and seem to be a bit loved. However, the amazing view of the Saigon River and the colorful lights would make up for it. One word to keep in mind: your trip should be booked in advance to ensure that you have a perfect trip in Vietnam.