With its exotic landscapes and rich culture, Vietnam is an exciting travel destination that offers plenty to see and do. Ho Chi Minh City is the cultural centre of Vietnam, as well as the country’s largest city. Located along the scenic banks of Saigon River, Ho Chi Minh wows visitors with its impressive architecture, great food and top attractions. Party-lovers are also catered for, as the city has a buzzing nightlife scene with a huge array of bars and glitzy clubs. With so many to choose from it can be tough to know where to head first. We reveal the top four watering holes to get your drink on in Ho Chi Minh City.
Enjoy panoramic views of HCMC and beyond while sipping on a cocktail at Chill Skybar. This beautiful bar sits on the 25th floor of the New World Building, and it has a modern and glamorous vibe. Chill Skybar attracts a trendy crows of 20 to 40 somethingâ€™s, with both local and expats enjoying a cocktail or three here. There is a very strict dress code policy, so make sure you don your best clothes (and leave your flip flops behind) before you hit the bar.
Pham Ngu Lao
Okay, so this is not such much a bar as a whole street filled with bars and shops. A hit with the backpacker crowd, this area is the place to go if you like your booze cheap and your music loud. Many bars set-up shop on the side of the road, and put out plastic chairs on the pavement for revellers to sit on. It’s certainly not glamorous, but you’ll probably have a fun night out — and a sore head — in the morning.
Prepared to be impressed when you step into the wooden Wild-West type bar that is Seventeen Saloon. This two-story music and bar complex is where you can witness cover bands and rock musicians do their thing on stage. The eclectic crowd include locals and expats, and drink prices are reasonable. Seventeen Saloon is sure to provide a fun, and slightly surreal, night on the tiles.
If after a bar crawl you feel like hitting then club, then Lush Nightclub is the place to be seen. Vietnamese pop stars, models and the It-crowd party the night away in this super-slick establishment. International DJS often play here, so expect a mix of funky house, hip-hop and party classics. Drinks prices are more expensive, and sometimes there is a cover entry charge. Ladies make sure you head down on Tuesday nights when you will receive free booze until midnight! Despite the stylish decor, Lush Nightclub does not have a dress code, so you can go out in your favourite jeans and flip-flops if you wish.
Add one of the above bars onto your HCMC bucket list, and you won’t be disappointed. We recommend sipping on sticky rice wine or an ice-cold beer. As with in any city, always know your drinking limits, and make sure you have backpacker travel insurance too (just in case)! Enjoy your Vietnamese adventure.