Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Street HCMC

Pham Ngu Lao Street in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is renowned as the backpacker's paradise because of its inexpensive mini-hotels and guesthouses.

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Pham Ngu Lao Street Overview

Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham, Bui Vien, and Do Quang Dao streets are within a 25-minute cab trip from Tan Sot Nhat International Airport. There are various lanes and back alleys, but the main thoroughfares are Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham, Bui Vien, and Do Quang Dao streets.

Coffee shops, western-style restaurants, and international bars, as well as countless affordable motels, hostels, tour companies, kiosks, and guesthouses (as well as many of the so-called "mini-hotel" buildings with six to seven floors and rarely offering an elevator), pharmacies, and souvenir-and-craft shops, as well as internet cafes, are all located along these streets.

Pham Ngu Lao Street caters to a wide range of affordable travelers. Due to its close proximity to famous attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, it attracts visitors from all around. Many visitors prefer to enjoy local street food or people-watching while sipping bia hoi draught beer on the roadside because there is always something going on on Pham Ngu Lao Street.

Pham Ngu Lao Street Attractions

Despite the fact that Pham Ngu Lao has grown rapidly in the last decade, there are still many exquisite colonial-era buildings where local families have lived for generations. With hawkers offering anything from cigarettes to massage services, the street scene can appear a touch wild.

Due to its handy position near several major landmarks and attractive activities, budget-conscious tourists also choose to stay in hotels in Pham Ngu Lao. The famous Ben Thanh Market and Ho Chi Minh Fine Arts Museum are all within a 10-minute walk of the backpacker zone, while the Reunification Palace and Mariamman Hindu Temple are both within a 10-minute cab ride.

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Pham Ngu Lao Dining Experience

The only risk is the ice served in your drinks, which may come from questionable sources. Saigon's street food scene is a must-see for first-time visitors to the city, and the only risk is the ice served in your drinks, which may come from questionable sources. Local favorites include banh mi sandwiches with all the trimmings, banh xeo (pancakes), pho (the most common and popular rice noodle soup), bun bo hue (a thicker rice noodle soup), and Vietnamese coffee. Take advantage of the eateries in the Pham Ngu Lao area, which are well-known for serving good and reasonably priced cuisine. There are also several cafes serving strong Vietnamese coffee, which are usually equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi.

Pham Ngu Lao Street Nightlife

The nightlife of Pham Ngu Lao is also one of the best in Ho Chi Minh City, with swarms of street sellers, bia hoi kiosks, bustling bars, and downtown clubs. Seventeen Saloon, Go 2, The View Rooftop Bar, and Crazy Buffalo Nightclub, as well as many smaller pubs known for their cheap drinks and happy hour promotions, are all interesting nightlife entertainment options. It's also common to run into friendly expats who are more than willing to share a few travel ideas about Vietnam and beyond.

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Pham Ngu Lao Street Shopping

Pham Ngu Lao Street is the place to go in Vietnam if you're looking for conical hats (the unofficial national symbol), paintings, silk products, handicrafts, tee-shirts, tea, coffee, coffee containers, rice paper, tropical fruits, and coconut sweets.

Within the small lanes of Pham Ngu Lao, there are numerous bustling street markets and contemporary retail malls, as well as boutique shops and art galleries. While buying here can be a lot of fun for most people due to the low prices, it's still a good idea to look around and compare prices before making a purchase.

Pham Ngu Lao Street Activities

We recommend getting up early and visiting the surrounding parks if you want to immerse yourself in the local culture. It's fascinating to observe (and sometimes join in on) the elderly engaging in Tai Chi-like exercises. Another must-do is to visit one of the city's morning markets, such as Ben Thanh Market, where local sellers sell a variety of fresh vegetables, household necessities, and Vietnamese street food at reasonable prices.

Because Pham Ngu Lao is not a vast region, it's ideal for exploring on foot. The best times to do so are early in the morning and late in the afternoon, as the temperature can be quite hot during the day. If you're feeling adventurous, there are also travel agencies that can help you plan day trips both within and outside of the city.

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