As the intense heat và fierce solar rays of the day disappear a new side to Ho Chi Minh City emerges. The coolness of the night brings locals và tourist alượt thích out for rest, relaxation and even for a bit of excitement. Don’t expect to have your mind blown by the nightlife in Ho Chi Minh City but rest assured you won’t be bored.

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This guide will help you discover some of the coolest things to lớn do in Ho Chi Minc City at night. It’ll also introduce some fun things khổng lồ vì at night on a motorbike & a few lesser-known places of interest.

Popular Night Time Activities in Saigon

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Wander Down Nguyen Hue Boulevard

(Source: houseoftravel.teo.nz) Nguyen Hue St and the restaurants & cafes nearby are a great spot to chill out after a big day.

Nguyen Hue is the beating heart & centre of Ho Chi Minc City. While it is fairly quiet during daylight hours it becomes a hive of activity by night & is a great place lớn take a walk or simply just people watch. 

Local youth come here khổng lồ hang out and keen street performers & dancers are often seen showing off their talents. Despite its central location and popularity it still remains a great place khổng lồ come & ignore the hustle và bustle.

Aside from the street action the area also has some great places khổng lồ eat and drink. At number 42 Nguyen Hue you’ll find some of the street’s oldest residential buildings, which in recent years have sầu been turned into some of the cities coolest cafes and boutique stores.

Take an XO Motorxe đạp Tour

(Source: travelhappy.info) Xo tours are all-female led motorbike tours that showcase some of Ho Chi Minch City’s best food & street life.

Sometimes Ho Chi Minc City can be a little overwhelming for visitors to lớn the city. There’s so much khổng lồ eat & so many motorbikes lớn navigate through. As they say, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”. The best way to lớn do that is lớn take an XO tour that highlights the local nightlife & food culture. 

XO’s Saigon by Night scooter tours will take you far away from the typical tourist traps và to districts that most travellers rarely get lớn see. These fun guided trips will give sầu you insight into the rapid progress this city has faced và the determined resilience of the friendly locals. The tours also include some tasty local food for dinner. 

XO’s world-acclaimed Foodie Tour focuses entirely on the city’s scrumptious street food & ‘nhau culture’. Prepare your taste buds to lớn be exposed to flavours from across the entire nation of Vietnam giới during the evening. Guides will outline và discuss the culinary culture & customs and provide context lớn what you’re eating. We recommkết thúc joining this tour at the beginning of your Vietnam giới trip if possible as it will surely open up your mind (và taste-buds!) in regard lớn the variety of street food that is available in Vietnam!

View the City from the Saigon Skyline

(Source: klook.com) Bitexco Financial Tower is a truly iconic building & a great place to view the thành phố from.

The streets are where the Ho Chi Minch City’s nightlife is. However, sometimes it’s good khổng lồ be able to lớn look at the world from a different perspective sầu. Two of the Saigon’s tallest buildings house viewing decks but also cafe’s, bars & restaurants.

Landmark 81 isn’t far from downtown and at 462m is Vietnam’s tallest building. It has a public observation deck but at US$35 it’s fairly pricey compared to lớn other attractions. It’s better lớn have sầu dinner at the Oriental Pearl restaurant to lớn see Ho Chi Minc City at night from this perspective. 

Bitexco Tower is easily the better option. While it’s not as tall as Landmark 81 it is more centrally located and much better value. Aside from the viewing deông xã, Tập Đoàn Bitexco also has a bar & a cà phê where you can admire the view for không tính tiền. After buying a drink of course! 

Take a Dinner Cruise 

(Source: hanatourist.vip) A dinner cruise is a great way khổng lồ cool down & see the thành phố from a different perspective.

A popular way lớn enjoy the đô thị lights is from the breezy decks of an iconic Saigon River dinner cruise. Several companies run cruises from Nha Rong wharf in District 4. It’s only a short distance from Nguyen Hue St but all trips must be booked in advance. Booking on the same day you wish to lớn cruise is usually fine.

Dinner is several courses and from a choice of phối menus that showcase some of Vietnam’s best dishes. It should be noted that portions are quite small on these cruises. Nevertheless, the astounding view of the colourful lights and tall buildings of downtown Saigon makes up for it. 

Live bands are on most boats và play traditional music for the guests onboard. All ships sail a similar set route for about two hours before the ship docks & the evening ends.

Party Hard On Bui Vien Street 

(Source: Toureer.com) Bui Vien is a lively place come nightfall although not exactly family-friendly.

Bui Vien St is a hard partying centre for backpackers in Ho Chi Minc City và known for its street life, cheap bars và street snacks. It’s a fairly quiet place during the day but at night it transforms with crowds, street performers & loud music.

It’s the place khổng lồ be in Ho Chi Minch City if you want to experience Vietnam’s ‘bia hoi’ culture. At night crowds of locals & travellers pull up small plastic chairs and sit beside the busy street together. There are also dozens of bars located that help keep the area lively và partying till dawn. 

The Bui Vien nightlife attracts large crowds on weekover evenings as the street becomes closed to lớn traffic around 7 pm. This is the lathử nghiệm addition to a growing number of Saigon’s walking streets. Some of the more unusual sights disappear but it becomes a much safer và more enjoyable place.

Go Shopping at a Night Market 

(Source: static.trip101.com) Shopping at night can be much more comfortable without the heat of the sun. It also saves more time for sightseeing!

Shopping at night in Ho Chi Minc City offers something a little different. Each night after Ben Tkhô giòn Market shuts a night market is swiftly erected on the streets outside. These stalls offer a range of goods và souvenirs for those who prefer khổng lồ shop when it’s cooler. 

Not far from here is Saigon Square 1. It’s open all day but is more popular at night time. The clothing and products on offer there are usually of a higher chất lượng than other markets and prices won’t be as marked up. In our experience, the vendors at Saigon Square will generally not discount their prices more than 20%.

Running west from District 1 is Nguyen Trai Street. Like Ben Thanh’s night market it also comes lớn life at night. Aside from the brick-and-mortar shops, makeshift stalls and racks turn the pavements inlớn semi-illegal storefronts. This open-air street market area is a popular spot for locals to lớn siêu thị for all types of clothes, hats, shoes, & bags.

Visit a Bar in Saigon

(Source: Vietcetera.com) Ho Chi Minch City has some of the best rooftop bars in southeast Asia.

Ho Chi Minc City’s bar scene has grown exponentially over the last few years. Drinkers are spoilt for choice with countless bars lớn indulge in your favourite cocktail and watch the đô thị go by. 

There are dozens of cheap bars in Ho Chi Minh City. They offer good beers and fun environments. However, rooftops are the most popular place for visitors lớn Saigon khổng lồ unwind. The cool breeze and interesting perspectives of city life are worth the slightly higher drink prices. Saigon Saigon, Chill, Broma, Not a Bar and The View are some of the Ho Chi Minch City’s most popular rooftop bars. 

“… rooftop’s are the most popular place for Saigon visitors to lớn unwind.”

If you like beer you’re probably going to lớn pretty happy in Vietphái mạnh. It’s cheap, cold and readily found. However, if you want something a little tastier than basic lagers you’re going khổng lồ want to lớn visit a craft beer pub.

While the industry is in its infancy here, there are a few noteworthy venues for good beer in Saigon. East-West Brewery, Pasteur Street Brewery và Heart of Darkness can be pricey but serve sầu a wide variety of tasty brews.

Check Out Some Live sầu Music

(Source: traveller.com.au) Ho Chi Minch City has some excellent live music venues. Some can get pretty crowded but for music fans are worth visiting.

Vietnamese love sầu listening khổng lồ good music and there are several decent venues for live sầu music in Ho Chi Minc City. Yoko Bar is one of the city’s most popular venues for live music. The cosy cafe-come-bar has plenty of seating and attracts a wide variety of artists from around the world. Their line-up is always changing so best to check with them to see what’s on.

Acoustic Bar và Roông xã Fan Club have sầu huge cult followings with Ho Chi Minch City’s rochồng lovers. They’re super popular venues and host some of the most talented local rochồng artists. House bands are usually seen on centre stage but they also host some touring groups from time to time. A word of warning that they can both get crowded, loud và pretty smoky. Very rock và roll!

Sax ‘n Art is a centrally located jazz lounge. It attracts some amazing musicians & is reputedly the best place for jazz in Vietnam giới. It never gets overcrowded here & the cover-charge and the drinks are reasonably priced.

Cheông chồng Out a Vietnamese Night Club 

(Source: vietnamguide.com) Vietphái nam has some excellent clubs to enjoy a drink and dance the night away.

At night you’ll usually find most locals enjoying life at the cafes and bars that line the city’s streets. Increasingly, however, many young Vietnamese also enjoy a quality style nightclub that can only be described as “Vietnamese.” For those who have sầu have some extra cash, this has become the ultimate way khổng lồ parade their new status. Luckily there are some cool clubs in Ho Chi Minc City that open till the wee morning hours. 

Lush nightclub is probably the most popular & well-known club in Saigon. They run special nights và discounts throughout the week and regularly hosts international DJ’s. 

Apocalypse Now has been around for years and is an icon of the local club scene. It’s mainly frequented by tourists và expats and has impressive sầu & very locally-themed decor. Republic, Evy và Gossip clubs are also particularly noteworthy for their energy và atmosphere. 

For a truly local twist on clubbing head lớn one Ho Chi Minc City’s many beer clubs. Beer clubs are often fronted by a DJ blasting out local and foreign dance tunes. Punters take their seats at a table and nói qua a beer tower with their friends. Those who wish to, simply stvà up và dance near their tables. Beer clubs have sầu a more casual environment & mixed clientele compared with traditional night clubs.

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Sing Karaoke

(Source: theguide.vneconomictimes.com) Singing in Vietphái mạnh is about sharing yourself and your time & with others.

No trip khổng lồ Vietphái nam or serious list about nightlife in Ho Chi Minc City is complete without Karaoke. Most venues have large lists of foreign & particularly western songs. If you’re a little shy don’t worry. 

The Karaoke rooms are private, there is no stage và the audio is tuned to lớn make you sound even better. Additionally, you also get a dedicated waiter to lớn keep refreshments flowing. We recommover checking with each venue individually if you want khổng lồ karaoke throughout the night because closing times vary and rooms are usually charged on an hourly basis.

Other Interesting Areas in HCMC 

Japan Town, District 1

(Source: luxstay.com) Bliên kết và you may just miss one of the few entrances inkhổng lồ Ho Chi Minc City’s lively Japan Town.

As night falls, the narrow and photographic alleys in Ho Chi Minc City’s Japanese precinct come to life. This small area is not far from downtown Saigon & the city’s more touristy areas but bliên kết and you’ll miss it. The only hint is several Japanese restaurants on Le Thanh hao Ton Street & some lanterns hanging above sầu a gateway. 

This area spreads inside a hidden network of alleys & is home page to the best sushi and udon restaurants in Ho Chi Minc City. Many members of the city’s large Japanese expat community come here to relax và socialize after work. This area is also known for its friendly pubs và girly bars. 

Cho Lon, District 5

(Source: vntrip.vn) Cho Lon is the beating heart of Ho Chi Minc City’s Chinese culture and cuisine. If you can visit here when there is a special holiday on, vày it!

Cho Lon is also known as Ho Chi Minch City’s Chinatown & is a popular area for tourists to lớn explore out during the day. The ancient pagodas & markets shut in the evenings, apart from special holidays, but there are other attractions here after dark. Cho Lon isn’t about clubs và bars but street life, food và quality historical architecture. 

The streets and shops are decorated differently và hawkers & street stalls offer something different. The cuisine here is a mix of Chinese and Vietnamese flavours using alternative sầu herbs and cooking methods.

Cho Lon is famous to lớn locals for its Peking Duông chồng which you’ll see hanging in windows everywhere. Make sure you also save sầu room for congee and wonton noodle soup! 

This district is also known for its old architecture which is highly decorative sầu & unique to this quarter. It’s easier khổng lồ see these structures during the day but at night there is more atmosphere as families have returned trang chính.

Thao Dien, District 2

(Source: tripadvisor.com) Thao Dien has some nifty hidden precincts for eating.

Thao Dien is a ward of District 2 of Ho Chi Minc City known for its large expat community. Located beside the Hanoi Highway it’s easy to lớn access & about a 20-minute taxi ride from the centre of town. 

It’s hard to lớn look past this area if you’re looking for somewhere different to lớn spover an evening. There are dozens of chất lượng restaurants serving international and Vietnamese cuisine. Some are large và devoid of atmosphere while others are small và cosy. Prices here also have a wide range so best khổng lồ vị specific retìm kiếm online first.

As one might imagine, this area is also trang chính to lớn loads of foreign styled bars. Beer choices are pretty similar lớn other parts of the city but music, sports on TV và atmosphere in this pub is very western. Bars here also serve sầu a good range of western food from gastro style to lớn classic pub-grub. 

Phu My Hung, District 7

(Source: itour.vn) The Crescent và the Starlight Bridge are well-known attractions that remain off the mainstream tourist radar.

This area of town is one of the more modern parts of the city. Saigon South or “Little Singapore”, as some refer lớn it, is located in the southern reaches of District 7.

Villas & modern apartment complexes line its wide & relatively quiet streets. Another characteristic of this neighbourhood is the large parks & green areas integrated in the developments.

Crescent Mall and The Crescent area with its fancy restaurants và bars are big attractions for locals. However, it’s the spectacular Starlight Bridge (“Ho Ban Nguyet” for your xe taxi driver) that remains the jewel in the crown và main drawthẻ of this complex.

Tips For Staying Safe at Night

(Source: vnexpress.net) Ho Chi Minc City is a relatively safe đô thị yet there still are precautions which one must take lớn ensure they stay out of harm’s way.

As far as big cities go around the globe Ho Chi Minch City is a relatively safe thành phố and there’s little violent crime towards locals & tourists. However, there are certain things you should be aware of. Here are some measures you should take khổng lồ avoid danger và crime at night:

Bag và phone snatching

Bag & phone snatchings in Ho Chi Minc City are unfortunately fairly comtháng in the busiest & most central parts of the thành phố. Most people think it won’t happen to lớn them. Even the most seasoned travellers get caught unaware by the swiftness of a passing motorbike. 

The best way lớn avoid your phone being stolen is to leave it at trang chính unless needed. If you must use a phone don’t use it on the street or make sure you use it in a protected area. 

“Even the most seasoned travellers get caught unaware by the swiftness of a passing motorxe đạp.”

If you must carry a bag with you at night carry then keep it on your front. Avoid shoulder bags as they are the ones that are targeted by thieves. Disregarding your stuff, the injuries from an attempted bag snatching can be horrific. 


(Source: usuda/shutterstock) Avoid pickpockets by leaving unnecessary items and cash at home.

Pick-pockets hang around crowded & noisy areas such as markets, bars và events. They are particularly drawn lớn tourists as they have cash & are usually distracted from their belongings. 

The best pickpockets out there can easily open zippers or buttons without you noticing. They can also see where your wallet is from the way you keep checking to lớn see if it’s still there!

Locks on bags are a good idea to prevent pickpockets in crowds but it’s still better to lớn avoid. The Vietnamese have sầu a saying that if you don’t want lớn đại bại something then leave sầu it at home page.

Alcohol và Fighting

(Source: itchyfeetonthecheap.com) When under the influence of alcohol even the most minor altercation can rapidly escalate inlớn something more serious.

Everywhere in the world where people are drinking there is a higher risk of arguments or fights. Avoid this anywhere but particularly in Vietnam giới. The Vietnamese are far from violent people & if someone is going khổng lồ challenge you it’s probably not the kindomain authority guy (or gal) you want khổng lồ get involved with.

It’s rare, but if an argument breaks out things can escalate pretty quickly. If you’re a foreigner giving a local a hard time then you may find yourself out-numbered pretty quickly.


(source: homeiswhereyourbagis.com) Ho Chi Minc City’s traffic is a highlight of the city can also be incredibly dangerous.

One of Ho Chi Minch City’s highlights also happens khổng lồ be one of its biggest dangers. We’d never tell you khổng lồ avoid the street life but care must be taken và particularly so after dark. 

Visibility is more difficult at night for riders và drivers. Although the streets are well-lit there are always dark corners & more blind spots. Cross at lights whenever possible và always wait for a decent break or for the traffic lớn come to a stop. 

As the night gets later the streets get quieter but still have dangers. Faster speeds & sometimes drunk riders add additional concerns. Enjoy the streets but remain aware. Even enjoy being on a motorbike yourself but make sure you’re with a responsible rider.

Keep good company

If going out in Ho Chi Minh City at night, particularly after midnight, it’s highly recommended that you don’t go alone. Go with a friend or family member. Not only will you be able to lớn help each other out but there’s always more safety in numbers. Should you insist on flying solo, be sure to kiểm tra out our safety post for female solo travellers to lớn Vietnam.

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Ho Chi Minh City’s nightlife & entertainment make it an incredibly fun place to be. It’s unrivalled by any other thành phố in Vietnam giới. With a variety of different activities to suit most desires and budgets, make sure you get out và make the most of Ho Chi Minc City by night. 

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