As the intense heat và fierce solar rays of the day disappear a new side to Ho Chi Minch City emerges. The coolness of the night brings locals & tourist alượt thích out for rest, relaxation & even for a bit of excitement. Don’t expect to lớn have sầu your mind blown by the nightlife in Ho Chi Minch 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 bởi in Ho Chi Minch City at night. It’ll also introduce some fun things khổng lồ bởi vì at night on a motorxe đạp and a few lesser-known places of interest.

Popular Night Time Activities in Saigon

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Wander Down Nguyen Hue Boulevard

(Source: houseoftravel.co.nz) Nguyen Hue St và the restaurants và cafes nearby are a great spot lớn chill out after a big day.

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

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

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

Take an XO Motorbike Tour

(Source: travelhappy.info) Xo tours are all-female led motorxe đạp tours that showcase some of Ho Chi Minh City’s best food và street life.

Sometimes Ho Chi Minch City can be a little overwhelming for visitors lớn the city. There’s so much lớn eat and so many motorbikes lớn navigate through. As they say, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em”. The best way to vì that is to 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 lớn districts that most travellers rarely get khổng lồ see. These fun guided trips will give you insight into the rapid progress this thành phố has faced & 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 and ‘nhau culture’. Prepare your taste buds to lớn be exposed lớn flavours from across the entire nation of Vietnam giới during the evening. Guides will outline and discuss the culinary culture và customs & provide context to what you’re eating. We recommkết thúc joining this tour at the beginning of your Vietnam trip if possible as it will surely open up your mind (& taste-buds!) in regard to 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 and a great place lớn view the thành phố from.

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

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

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

Take a Dinner Cruise 

(Source: hanatourist.vip) A dinner cruise is a great way to lớn cool down and see the thành phố from a different perspective.

A popular way to enjoy the thành phố 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 khổng lồ cruise is usually fine.

Dinner is several courses & 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 & tall buildings of downtown Saigon makes up for it. 

Live bands are on most boats and 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 Minh City & known for its street life, cheap bars and street snacks. It’s a fairly quiet place during the day but at night it transforms with crowds, street performers and loud music.

It’s the place lớn be in Ho Chi Minc City if you want to experience Vietnam’s ‘bia hoi’ culture. At night crowds of locals and travellers pull up small plastic chairs & 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 weekkết thúc evenings as the street becomes closed khổng lồ traffic around 7 pm. This is the lachạy thử addition khổng lồ a growing number of Saigon’s walking streets. Some of the more unusual sights disappear but it becomes a much safer and 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 Thanh hao 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 lớn siêu thị 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 & products on offer there are usually of a higher chất lượng than other markets & 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 to life at night. Aside from the brick-and-mortar shops, makeshift stalls and racks turn the pavements into lớn semi-illegal storefronts. This open-air street market area is a popular spot for locals lớn cửa hàng for all types of clothes, hats, shoes, and 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 Minch 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 thành phố go by. 

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

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

If you lượt thích beer you’re probably going to lớn pretty happy in Vietphái mạnh. It’s cheap, cold & readily found. However, if you want something a little tastier than basic lagers you’re going khổng lồ want 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 and Heart of Darkness can be pricey but serve sầu a wide variety of tasty brews.

Cheông chồng Out Some Live sầu Music

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

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

Acoustic Bar and Roông xã Fan Club have huge cult followings with Ho Chi Minc City’s roông xã lovers. They’re super popular venues và host some of the most talented local roông xã 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 rochồng và roll!

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

Chechồng Out a Vietnamese Night Club 

(Source: vietnamguide.com) Vietnam giới has some excellent clubs lớn enjoy a drink và dance the night away.

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

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

Apocalypse Now has been around for years và is an inhỏ of the local club scene. It’s mainly frequented by tourists và expats & has impressive và 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 khổng lồ one Ho Chi Minc City’s many beer clubs. Beer clubs are often fronted by a DJ blasting out local và foreign dance tunes. Punters take their seats at a table and share a beer tower with their friends. Those who wish to lớn, simply st& up và dance near their tables. Beer clubs have sầu a more casual environment và mixed clientele compared with traditional night clubs.

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Sing Karaoke

(Source: theguide.vneconomictimes.com) Singing in Vietnam giới is about sharing yourself & your time & with others.

No trip to lớn Vietnam giới or serious danh sách about nightlife in Ho Chi Minc City is complete without Karaoke. Most venues have sầu large lists of foreign và particularly western songs. If you’re a little shy don’t worry. 

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

Other Interesting Areas in HCMC 

Japan Town, District 1

(Source: luxstay.com) Bliên kết and you may just miss one of the few entrances into lớn Ho Chi Minh City’s lively Japan Town.

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

This area spreads inside a hidden network of alleys và is home to the best sushi & udon restaurants in Ho Chi Minch 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 & girly bars. 

Cho Lon, District 5

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

Cho Lon is also known as Ho Chi Minh City’s Chinatown and is a popular area for tourists khổng lồ explore out during the day. The ancient pagodas và 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 & unique historical architecture. 

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

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

This district is also known for its old architecture which is highly decorative and chất lượng 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 Minch City known for its large expat community. Located beside the Hanoi Highway it’s easy to lớn access và about a 20-minute xe taxi ride from the centre of town. 

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

As one might imagine, this area is also trang chủ 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 a good range of western food from gastro style lớn classic pub-grub. 

Phu My Hung, District 7

(Source: itour.vn) The Crescent and 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 khổng lồ it, is located in the southern reaches of District 7.

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

Crescent Mall và 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 taxi driver) that remains the jewel in the crown and main drawcard of this complex.

Tips For Staying Safe at Night

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

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

Bag & phone snatching

Bag and phone snatchings in Ho Chi Minh City are unfortunately fairly common in the busiest & most central parts of the thành phố. Most people think it won’t happen khổng lồ 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 lớn leave it at home page 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 motorbike.”

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 và cash at trang chính.

Pick-pockets hang around crowded and noisy areas such as markets, bars & events. They are particularly drawn khổng lồ tourists as they have sầu cash and 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 see if it’s still there!

Locks on bags are a good idea lớn prsự kiện pickpockets in crowds but it’s still better khổng lồ avoid. The Vietnamese have a saying that if you don’t want to lớn thua trận something then leave sầu it at trang chính.

Alcohol & 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 Vietphái mạnh. The Vietnamese are far from violent people và if someone is going lớn challenge you it’s probably not the kinda guy (or gal) you want to lớn 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 đô thị can also be incredibly dangerous.

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

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

As the night gets later the streets get quieter but still have sầu dangers. Faster speeds and 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 Minc City at night, particularly after midnight, it’s highly recommended that you don’t go alone. Go with a friover or family member. Not only will you be able khổng lồ help each other out but there’s always more safety in numbers. Should you insist on flying solo, be sure to lớn kiểm tra out our safety post for female solo travellers to Vietphái mạnh.

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Ho Chi Minch City’s nightlife và entertainment make it an incredibly fun place to be. It’s unrivalled by any other city in Vietphái nam. With a variety of different activities lớn suit most desires và budgets, make sure you get out & make the most of Ho Chi Minc City by night. 

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