Ho Chi Minh City nightlife: experiences for a joyful night

When the night covers the streets, Ho Chi Minh City changes into another style. The Saigon nightlife begins with many lively activities, more food stores opened, people going out, and colorful lights. Do not stay at accommodations, step to the roads to experience the local life at night.

Here are the nightlight experiences that you can try…

Saigon night
Saigon night | © dMz/pixabay

Explore Ben Thanh night market

Ben Thanh night market is a popular destination at night for the local people and tourists in Ho Chi Minh City. You can take a walk along the streets organized with a lot of shops and a food store.

A lot of visitors come here to find the typical Saigon night culture. Many young Saigonese look for exclusive goods. All are very eager to spend their time in the opening-air shopping area.

This night market is arranged on 2 sides of the Ben Thanh market. The stalls begin from dusk, but the busiest time is after 8:00 pm and lasts until late at night. The market opens daily on 4 streets of Phan Boi Chau, Phan Chu Trinh, Nguyen An Ninh, and Luu Van Lang.

After dinner, you can relax while walking to enjoy the fresh night air, combining shopping. The market has contributed to creating a very unique feature for the nightlife in Saigon.

Enjoy local dishes

This experience attracts most of the guests when traveling to Saigon. Spending time to taste a few local foods in HCMC is a good thing to enrich the journey.

The interesting thing about this activity is that you have to go late at night, when the city lights up or when there are no cars left. The popular restaurants open all night long, so you can have a lot of choices. A hot plate of steamed broken rice or a bowl of steaming rice noodles and a glass of sweet soy milk will fascinate you.

The broken rice and pancake are typical dishes for night street food in Saigon. So, you try them one time to know the typical flavor of the local food in this city.

Go to the bars, clubs

Many people believe that bars are unhealthy and costly. But in fact, this is an activity chosen by most visitors like exciting nightlife. In the middle of the night, vibrant music and colorful lights are lit up in bars or clubs in many streets.

Bui Vien Street at midnight still attracts a large number of foreign and domestic tourists with many bars.

At the bar, you can relieve the stress of work and busy life. This is also an ideal place to gather friends. Many bars are affordable and also often organize interesting entertainment programs, especially on holidays such as Christmas, New Year …

>>> If you want to go to the elegant bars, you can visit Little Japan Saigon.

Spend time at a white night cafe

Saigon is originally dubbed the “sleepless city” because the pace of life is very lively at night. It is not hard to find midnight resting place.

Sitting in the 24-hour cafes is also an enjoyable experience. At a small corner with a cup of bitter coffee, you will easily feel the city at night more clearly.

Some non-sleeping cafes can be mentioned, such as Thuc coffee, Heritage coffee & clothes, Factory, Anh Coffee… Thuc Coffee is the name you will think of first for sleepless nights.

Visit convenience stores

The space of convenience stores like Circle K, Family Mart, B’s Mart will make you feel like you’re in a familiar modern country. Most of the stores in this 24/7 retail system have a drink bar outside or lounge chairs inside, so you can enjoy the food and drinks you’ve bought in a relaxing time.

The advantage of this 24-hour retail chain is that it has an extensive menu and a variety of drinks. If hungry, your stomach will temporarily be satisfied with the food here.

Explore the streets in Saigon

If you prefer not to sit still, you can hop on the motorbike or cyclo to run on the streets in the city center. The long, green trees will bring you a sense of relaxation. After going around on the roads, you can stop at a white night cafe to taste a cup of Vietnamese coffee before continuing your journey.

Somewhere in the corners, the Saigon street has its own beauty, adorning the city at night and making locals and tourists love this city more.

Go to the sleepless market Ho Thi Ky

From 1:00 am, the market Ho Thi Ky is busier. The market considered as “Little Dalat” in the heart of Saigon has its very own beauty. The scene of kiosks full of flowers and the fragrant scent will leave you with an unforgettable impression.

Ho Thi Ky Flower Market is located on a street of the same name, hidden in the Le Hong Phong apartment building, in Ward 1, District 10. This is one of the largest wholesale flower markets in Saigon and nearly 40 years old.

You will easily find all kinds of flowers from chrysanthemums, coins, auspicious to orchid, pink, sunflower, lilac… All are showing in colorful stalls and always radiantly blooming under the shimmering lights.

Strolling around the flower market at the chilly atmosphere of the late-night, the sound of motorbikes carrying goods, the sound of buyers and sellers resounding continuously, you will still feel the vibrant nightlife very different from a busy Saigon.

Take a cruise on the river

Saigon River flows through the middle of the city. Spending time on the cruise is one of the best activities to enjoy Ho Chi Minh City nightlife.

You can combine to book a dinner on the cruise so that you can both enjoy the meal and look at the scenery of Saigon on both sides of the river. You will find a different view of this busy city because you can feel very peaceful and cool on the river.

To take a cruise, you can find them at Ben Nghe Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. But, book them in advance is a good choice.

Enjoy a panorama view at the rooftop bar

Taking a panorama view of the city and enjoying the cool air on the rooftop bars is a great experience at night in Saigon. While tasting a cocktail, you relax at the opening-air without horns and motorbikes.

Many rooftop bars in Saigon offer nice scenery for you to choose, such as Chill Sky Bar at AB Tower, 76 Le Lai, District 1; Saigon Rooftop Bar at Caravell Saigon 23 Lam Son Square, District 1; M Bar at Hotel Majestic Saigon at 1 Dong Khoi, District 1, HCM.

One thing to note in the rooftop bars is that the price of drinks is often higher than the normal bars. But, it is also valuable to spend once to experience the nice views of Saigon at night.

When visiting Ho Chi Minh City, nightlife experience is an interesting activity that you should not miss to know a different side of the local life. Choose one or two things mentioned above to do in Saigon, you can have memorial time in this beautiful city.

Which nightlife activity will you choose when you visit Ho Chi Minh City?

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