While Thailand hold’s the title for most popular south-east Asian country among backpackers, Vietnam is hot on its heels and is getting more and more popular every year. This has led to an increase in the number of bars and nightclubs in the city, particularly in the Saigon area, once notorious for its nightlife during the Vietnamese war.
Saigon is undoubtedly the liveliest place in the city. Weaving your way down between the locals, backpackers, and tourists from all over the globe you can see the extent of the amount of bars and clubs which line the streets. The Dong Khoi area in Saigon is particularly busy.
Cholon, Ho Chi Minh’s second busiest area, is also popular although it is mainly those from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, China and other Asian countries who frequent the streets.
2C Thi Sach, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Apocalypse Now is Saigon’s best known club and has been around for a very long time. Filled every weekend a mix of tourists, ex-pats and locals, there is always a party atmosphere and you will always have a good night here.
169 Pham Ngu Lao, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
As you can tell from this bar's title, it always and attracts travellers from all four corners of the globe. Everyone here is on holidays and there is always a good buzz around this place.
7 Cong Truong Lam Son, basement of the Opera House, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Q Bar is one of HCMC’s new ‘trendy’ bars and is a good place to go if you fancy sipping on a few cocktails rather than guzzle a load of beers. The décor is extremely stylish and its layout is quite unique with loads of small nooks and crannies to hide in.
141 Nguyen Hue, corner of Le Loi, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
'The Rex' is famous around Ho Chi Minh City for its rooftop garden which boasts some of the best views of the city. Along with the vistas to enjoy, it is great to peer over at the bustling Le Loi Avenue below.
74 A2 Hai Ba Trung, District 1, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Like Irish bars all over the world, O'Briens attracts many travellers along with locals. It is a quite a quaint place with brick walls but can still get very lively at the weekends. One of its best features is the pizza served which can be a great filler when you are peckish.