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Things to do when night falls in HCMC - Strolling a city that comes alive at night

HCMC or Ho Chi Minh City, the hub of nightlife in Vietnam is all about diversity. Its night scene can drastically vary from one end to the other, giving you plenty of things to do.


Sip a cocktail at a rooftop bar

Ho Chi Minh City is well known for its rooftop bars. From highly modern bars with all the features of the 21st-century bar to ones with the old school charm and allure, there is a wide range of personalities in the bars in HCMC. You can take one of these rooftop bars and watch the sun sink over the mesmerizing skyline of HCMC. Most of these bars are open until early hours of the morning, which enables you to simply sit back and enjoy the night out in languid relaxation.


Try your luck at a Casino

Ho Chi Minh City is no Las Vegas. But it still has an active casino circle where you can spend a night. From roulette tables to mah-jong, gambling and casinos have become an integral part of the nightlife. Most hotels have a casino catering to the visitors, while any serviced apartment in Ho Chi Minh City is within a short distance of such hotels. Try your luck in a foreign land, but be careful to learn all the rules beforehand.


Sip a beer at Pham Ngu Lao

Pham Ngu Lao located in District 3 of HCMC is the haven for backpackers. It is also the place to be if you want to mee new and interesting people. The streets are lined with plastic stools and tables, and cheap beer is sold almost everywhere down the street. You can also grab a meal from one the restaurants here, for quite cheap prices. Alternatively, if your chosen mode of accommodation is a place like Sedona Suites Ho Chi Minh City, which allows for you to make your own meals, you can head down to Pham Ngu Lao after a hearty homecooked meal to meet some interesting characters.


Take a dinner cruise

If you are looking for a serenading experience, nothing speaks romance better than taking a romantic dinner cruise down the Ho Chi Minh River. The cruise is a wooden barge made according to the original architectural design. They serve a variety of dining options. The onboard live jazz music combines with the slow pace of the cruise to create an unforgettable experience. Ideal for a couple, those on a honeymoon, or even for those simply wishing to connect at a deeper level, the dinner cruise is an experience unto its own.


Visit the Ben Thanh Night Market

This is one of those markets that is in operation from morning until midnight. While the daytime is its busiest time, the night market is where all the food vendors appear. There are other stalls like clothes and souvenirs as well. Located along Phan Boi Chau Street, the night market is in operation from 7 pm to 11 pm. Bargaining is mandatory at this night market as the prices start quite high.

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