Ho Chi Minh City is a vibrant, exciting metropolis that has heaps to do by day and night. A full-on Westernised City it is also very Asian. The two cultures collide here in a riot of excitement and adventure. The city has an extremely active backpacker scene in the Pham Ngu Lao area but at the same time caters for high rollers staying at the many 5 star hotels.
The main business and entertainment area in the city is District 1. It is here that you’ll find the bulk of the bars, restaurants and clubs that make Ho Chi Minh City what it is today. Bui Vien in the aforementioned backpacker district is also here. Having a late night beer on Bui Vien is a “must do”. The bars around town range from typical city centre bars, to trendy wine bars and lounges, and incredibly open air sky bars, hundreds of feet above the city. There are girly bars a plenty, though this scene is very modest compared to the likes of Bangkok. Real ale is catching on fast in Saigon with the Pasteur Street Brewery leading the way.
There is no shortage of cinema screens in the city. In recent years, every time they have opened a new mall they have included a new multiplex. There are many in Districts 1, 2 and 7. Also popular in the shopping malls are ten pin bowling alleys and again these are well covered in the same districts. The newly opened Vincom Mega Mall Thao Dien in District 2 has the added attraction of an ice rink.
Paintball Saigon, over in District 2, offers a great outlet for those with energy to burn. Those who don’t can remain seated at the bar, watching whilst enjoying a cold beer.
The restaurant scene in Ho Chi Minh City is simply superb. Just about every top world cuisine is represented here and the city enjoys the work of several Michelin trained chefs. There are some amazing al fresco and indoor dining experiences to be had.