Nightlife of ho chi minh city: 17 things to do in hcmc at night


The scorching heat of Saigon can shy people away from day-time activities, & we bet you’re looking for some night fun to ảo diệu for the lost time. That’s why we have wholeheartedly assembled the best choices khổng lồ relish the night in Saigon for you and your beloveds. Rest assured that, from food choices lớn recreational spots, the things to do in Saigon at night you’re about to read here have sầu been recommended by our team of local guides.

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Saigon - a thành phố that never sleeps

Grab a Bite khổng lồ Eat First – Food Tours and Dinner on Boats

Organized Culinary Tours

If you are one of those who is not a great planner, then let i Tour Vietnam giới bởi vì the work for you. OurI Love Food Tour features professional local guides who take you to lớn stellar food corners across the inner-đô thị khổng lồ enjoy the best of Saigon cuisine.

An extended version of the food tour is also available for those seeking more food adventures. Cheông xã out I Really Love Food Tour for more details on prices và inclusions.


Trying Banh xeo on your food tour

Special Vietnamese Treats

"Com tam" is one of our top recommendations, guaranteeing a loaded stomach & full battery for your succeeding night plans. Marinated grilled pork rib, perfectly cooked broken rice & flavorful sauce come together to lớn create a mind-blowing taste.

Another classic choice of Saigon for dinner is "banh xeo" - the tasty crispy Vietnamese pancake that allures even the finickiest diner.

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Fancy Dining on Cruise Liners

A budgeted sum of money, around VND 300,000 - VND 900,000 (depends on the ship and menu pricing), would bởi for a happy dinner with a fascinating ride on Saigon’s iconic river. Embarking on one of the several cruise liners that begin their journeys at around 7 PM from Nha Rong Harbour, you will find extensive menus starring local and international cuisine offered at reasonable prices. The experience can be an unforgettable one.


A stunning dinner cruise on Saigon River

Get Ready for Some Sightseeing & Mingling

Saigon Opera House

A trace of the French imperialism in Vietnam và now a widely recognized landmark of Saigon, theSaigon Opera House certainly is a tantalizing sight in the daylight. Surely the authority would not ignore investing in an impressive sầu lighting system lớn make it shine in the night time. The system is relatively new though, only 10 years old (try dumbfounding your local friends with this fact).


The twinkling theatre of Saigon at night

Apparently, apart from being a mere sight lớn admire và take photos of, the theater is for shows. Visit the official website of the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra & Opera for more details on show schedules if you’re interested.

You may need khổng lồ make a phone hotline lớn book tickets, so kiểm tra out our guide on how to buy a SIM card in Ho Chi Minh City. Just be sure you travel with an unlocked phone if you wish to use a local SIM thẻ.

Drop by 7 Cong Truong Lam Son, District 1 for a stunning night of auditory entertainment or simply idle the night away by the constant flow of traffic at Nguyen Hue"s walking street nearby.

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Saigon Central Post Office


The famed post office at 125 Cong Xa Paris, District 1

Nestling in the touristy corner of Saigon, in the vicinity of Nguyen Van Binch Book Street, Saigon Central Post Office is another sight to lớn marvel at. “Then I just come here and look at a building?!”, you may ask. Well, apart from that, locals also say that meeting up with their friends, sitting on the sidewalk sharing little anecdotes is simply invigorating. Don"t miss out on the Notre Dame Cathedral locating just in front of the post office. And if the weather isn"t rainy, there are street vendors in the middle square selling the local version of a Vietnamese pizza. Try one with the cost of VND 15,000 - 20,000.

Or, if you are a book lover, head towards the brightly lit street of Nguyen Van Binc nearby to browse through all the intriguing, minuscule containers of Vietnamese & international culture.

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Nguyen Hue Walking Street

Within a few years of its existence, the street has become a household name ahy vọng all the locals. Come to lớn Nguyen Hue Walking Street và see dynamism at its best. Youth club meetings, contemporary dances, zest-filled performances of would-be big stars congregate at the most crowded spot in Saigon at night. Street food options are also abundant in the place. Side note: avoid Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays; otherwise you would find yourself pretty lonely in the vast open space.

Night Markets

You probably think roaming night markets in Saigon is kind of a classic (and lackluster) choice of activity in Southeast Asian travel destinations. Well, it may be. However, we’re sure there’s no better way to lớn gain an authentic insight into the local life than visiting a market. With all the trading hotspots in Saigon that may give you a headache on choosing, we deem it imperative to put the following two items in our danh mục of things to lớn do in Saigon at night for you.


Seafood at Psi mê Van Hai Night Market, Pham mê Van Hai Street, Tan Binh District

First one, Psi Van Hai Night Market.Besides the overwhelming number of stalls, 1,500 to lớn be precise, the market also stars a generous corner of mouth-watering street foods. What we value most in this market is the fact that pricing is done with kindness, which means for the most part you need not have sầu mastered the art of bargaining when you siêu thị here. Feel không tính tiền to lớn try on Vietnamese-styled outfits at all the shops there và bring your favorites home (after payment of course).

Second on the menu is Xom nhala, at 82 Nguyen Hue, District 1. A typical hangout for millennials và one where you should not expect to buy any clothes since it is a food market. The interior design is true "lit", as the young would put it. Worth a visit & some tasting.


Xom nha la - a cozy indoor market in District 1

Wrap up the Night with Peace or Wildness

Lastly on our menu of things to lớn vày in Saigon at night are the places where you would love sầu khổng lồ linger, albeit in different manners.

Acoustic Cafes

It’s true, the rumor you’ve heard: Walk along the streets of Saigon, và you will never fail to find a coffee cửa hàng. Nonetheless, it would take some extra effort lớn find a coffe where you can enjoy live music while savoring a sip of Vietnamese highlands’ aroma. Therefore, it’s wise to lớn look up the addresses before you hotline a cab.

For the most part, acoustic cafes in Saigon feature ballad & R&B musicians, besides the omnipresent catchy tunes requested by their customers. This can be explained by the fact that most locals turn to lớn acoustic cafes as a simple and subtle way to lớn while the night away, especially those nights of restless thoughts. That said, cafes that go with heavier choices of music are not a rare breed in the downtown areas.

The best part about acoustic cafes in Saigon is that, apart from professionally prepared performances by guest bands & singers, the stage is specially dedicated to lớn all the audience members who love sầu to showcase their voice to lớn the crowd.

Live sầu performances reach their zenith at around 9 PM, so it’s best to drop by around this timeframe. There’s often an extra charge for music, varying ahy vọng different cafes.


An acoustic coffe in Saigon - Its bamboo-themed walls give pleasantly svào vibes of the Vietnamese countryside


Live sầu rock music cafe is another choice for you.

A night Blast at the Best Bars

Where else is it better to spend the wee hours than a downtown bar? A place to socialize with the most chic-looking Saigonese, khổng lồ appreciate the smart choice of music, & lớn luxuriate in a gratifying cocktail. That is the perfect description of all the busy bars in Saigon, most of which reside in District 1 & District 3.

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When it comes to lớn bars and pubs, it’s impossible not to mention Bui Vien Street, widely dubbed as “the Westerners’ Street”, referring to lớn the fact that the street is the hub of foreign backpackers. Fancy bars aside, Bui Vien houses amazing "quan tiền nhau" (Vietnamese-styled pubs) where you get khổng lồ drink "bia hoi" (Vietnamese draft beer) at incredibly low prices.