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Hochiminh City is the first-choice paradise for the nightlife lovers in Vietnam. All travelers and local expats can live it up at the party until midnight.


Hochiminh City – A pearl of far east under French war

Hochiminh City (commonly known as Saigon) is the biggest city in Southern Vietnam which famous for its core role in the Vietnam War. Saigon is also renowned for its place of French colonialism. It includes the Notre Dame Cathedral built entirely with materials imported from France, Opera House and the Central Post Office built in the 19th century.

The term Far East Pearl (French: la Perle de l’Extrême-Orient) is a beautiful name French colonialism used to refer to the city of Saigon. They considered it t as the capital of the French Indochina Federation in the early twentieth century. (The Far East there is only the three easternmost colonies of France, including Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia).

During the French colonial period, Hochiminh City became an important center, both administratively and economically, culturally and educationally. People called it ‘’the Far East Pearl’’ or a ‘’Little Paris in the Far East’’.

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Cocktails at a rooftop bar 

When the sun goes to bed, the darkness comes down, all streets in the city lights up and the young dresses up to party at the best luxury rooftop bar in Hochiminh City. One of the best rooftop bars is Saigon Saigon Rooftop – opened in 1959, at the ninth floor of Caravelle Saigon 5-star hotel. It is an iconic symbol in this city as the setting for daily war correspondents briefing during the Vietnam war.

In reality, Saigon Saigon Rooftop bar is famous for offering the best panoramic views of the colonial charm of Saigon. However, for a different style, we should glance on EON Heli Bar or Chill Skybar for the ultra-modern ones. With the best lively atmosphere, fantastic music, it deserves to spend even two nights out at Hochiminh City stylish favorite rooftop bars.

Daily happy hour promos at Saigon Rooftop Bar are between 16:00 and 19:00 where you can enjoy 50% off your total bill. All drinks are also served with a selection of snacks such as nuts, dried fruits, and shrimp. Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 03:00 and address: 19 Lam Son Square, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Tel: +84 83 823 4999

Saigon Rooftop Bar

Get lucky at Casino

In Vietnam, the gambling is everywhere but illegal while there are few Casino which can run legally. Several of the best hotels in Hochiminh City has its casinos so you can get lucky on the Roulette table as well as other typical game lists. In this city, you can find out the best casino inside the top luxury 5-star hotel such as Caravelle Hotel and Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers. In Vung Tau beach city, we have The Grand Casino at Ho Tram Boutique Resort (2-hour drive from Hochiminh City center).

The game list includes:

  • Baccarat
  • Roulette
  • Sic Bo
  • Blackjack
  • Ho Tram Stud Poker Progressive
  • Ho Tram Hold’em Poker Progressive
  • Texas Hold’em VIP
  • Game player: roulette, baccarat, sic bo and craps

Walking at Ben Thanh night market – The symbol of Hochiminh City

Ben Thanh night market

If Dong Xuan Market is an iconic landmark of Hanoi, Ben Thanh Market is one of the typical characteristics of Saigon and the oldest French relic. The government has this market constructed entirely at the end of March 1914 in District 1.

It is busy all day until late at night. When the darkness comes down, almost food vendors run onto the streets serving a wide variety of seafood, as well as many fashion stalls and souvenir type stalls. The night market is alongside on Phan Boi Chau Street and becomes a pedestrian zone from 19:00 until 24:00. As a result, you can wander without hassle. Be aware that bargaining is a must when shopping here.

Beer hoi on Pham Ngu Lao street – Beer corner of Hochiminh City


In Vietnam, Draught beer means ’Bia Hoi,’’ and you can find it every corner, especially Pham Ngu Lao corner in Hochiminh City. This street is downward in District 1 – the most bustling part with full of backpackers. A nearly half-an-hour short drive from HCMC airport, you can see many lanes, back alleys from the main roads. Along with these lanes, there are many western-style restaurants, international bars, kiosks, affordable motels, hostels, souvenir-and-craft-shops.

Drinking beer after working is the regular habit of a Vietnamese man. When drinking, their favorite chatting topics are their wives, their career with substantial potential projects, etc. When the light is up, both the local and local expats gather around Pham Ngu Lao street then chatting together and cheering up.

Romantic dinner on Saigon river cruise

For leisure, a romantic cruise trip down the Saigon River is a perfect choice. Bonsai is the best famous luxury brand name for this experience. Its decor is for boutique and luxury concept. It is offering a slow river journey with a dramatic river scenery and an ultimate handy-pick menu of Vietnamese and western cuisines. While dining, a live jazz performance on board is a bonus to in-house guests.


The art show for Hochiminh City nightlife

The Saigonese is very proud of their impressive theatrical performance, which attracts both domestic and international travelers from the friendly-budget to the luxury clients.

Ao show – the pride of Hochiminh City

Why it named AO Show? You will find a correct answer easily when watching this performance and can’t stop saying ‘’A! Oh!’’ which expressing your admire. With a perfect combination of bamboo props, circus techniques, traditional music effects, and dramas, AO Show creates a buzz worldwide. Since 2015, it has conquered audiences across four continents and spread out Vietnam culture worldwide.

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With over 1 hour and the ticket fee from US$ 35, it worths spending every single dollar because of its uniqueness, and various musical instruments (pliers, bamboo flute, lips, beatbox bar, etc…). You can find it out at 54-56 Hoa Dao, Ward 2, Phu Nhuan Dist., Ho Chi Minh or can buy the ticket online via website: https://www.luneproduction.com/

Water Puppet Show – Traditional show

Water Puppet is the most typical art performance in Vietnam, and you can find it nowhere except in Vietnam. This show is a sophisticated traditional folk theatrical art form, originated from agriculture. It has existed over ten centuries in the Red River Delta and played in almost the village festivals, Lunar New Year Eve, etc. It is the most fun entertaining performance on the water and brings happiness to the children.

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With nearly an hour and the entrance fee of US$ 7, that is the best choice for an entertaining show, especially for the family with children. Here is the list of highly recommended water puppet theaters:

  • Thang Long theater: 57B Đinh Tien Hoang, Hang Bac, Hanoi
  • Bong Sen theater: 16 Le Thai To Str.,(79 Hang Trong) – Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
  • Ethnology museum: Nguyen Van Huyen Str., Quan Hoa, Cau Giay Dist., Hanoi

They are available the daily schedule at 2:45 pm; 4:00 pm; 5:15 pm; 6:30 pm and receive a schedule to request.

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