Ho Chi Minh city is a perfect blend of French-Asian style. It has several iconic skyscrapers and at the same time, temples and pagodas flood the city with the remnants of french-inspired buildings. At night, the whole city lights up and transforms into a magical panorama – creating breathtaking scenes and dancing lights that pleases your sense of sight. If it’s your first time travelling to Vietnam, here are things to do in Ho Chi Minh City at night:
1. Drinking at Bui Vien the Western street
Drinking scenes at the streets of Bui Vien and Pham Ngu Lao don’t come as a surprise to the locals of the area. As a backpacking hub, this district in Ho Chi Minh never sleeps and expect to be welcomed with a chaotic early morning – aftermath of fun and intoxicating night.
The streetsides are lined up with pocket bars that offer alcoholic drinks, tasty finger-food and inviting loud music. If you are familiar with the Khao San street in Bangkok, then you know what to expect.
You can also find some classy decent bars around the streets of Bui Vien with which Thi cafe and Republic is known for. Even if cheap party places are not your thing, it’s worth checking it out, especially if you are with a group of friends. Some bars here are quite decent, like Thi café, and there are even great clubs such as Republic.
If you ever feel the need to fill up an empty belly after hours of drinks, this street is swarming with restaurants and food stalls that will surely satisfy your cravings.
2. Dinner Cruise On The Saigon River
If you are traveling to Ho Chi Minh with a loved one, then a dinner cruise would surely be on top of your list for a romantic experience or if you have more time to spare, a laid-back cruise in the Saigon River is a must!
A popular choice for a dinner cruise is The Bonsai Dinner Cruise which offers a classy and romantic atmosphere that sets the mood right especially for couples – overlooking Saigon under a starry night.
Be entertained as traditional music with dance performances and live jazz music does the added icing on a cake while savoring a delectable meal with your partner or friends.
The cruise offers an array of both Western and Asian cuisines which absolutely brings joy to your taste buds!
3. Karaoke night show
Traveling to an Asian country is never complete without Karaoke! karaoke bars and night shows are well-known in Ho Chi Minh City with an upgraded make-over to the traditional setup – you will be amazed by staggering lounges styled with lavish decoratives fit for the royals.
Karaoke is considered one of the best night out experiences to enjoy with friends and family in Ho Chi Minh. You can rent the whole place depending on the availability. The rooms can be booked with a price range from 100k-150k/hour with a variety of food and drinks you can order!
4. Nguyen Hue Walking Street
Nguyen Hue Street is the perfect place for leisure walking in the District 1 city center. The area is surrounded by stunning French colonial structures like the People’s Committee, the Rex Hotel, and a luxury shopping mall.
You can find the statue of Uncle Ho Chi Minh at the fore of the People’s Committee and enjoy a fountain show by night. The other end of the place is known for the best spot to relish the beauty of the Saigon river with matching fresh cool breeze from the river.
Reaching the endpoint of the street will take you roughly 10 minutes. The street is an easy walk with several food stalls, bars, and restaurants along the way (yes, you will surely be tempted to stop and grab something to devour) or simply find a seat in one of the benches at the streets while munching a takeaway.
The locals of Ho Chi Minh love to take some breath of fresh air in this street – away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Families bring along their children for quality time together here too!