Top 10 things to do in ho chi minh city at night

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Once the sun sets, Ho Chi Minc City (aka “Saigon” khổng lồ the locals and abbreviated as “HCMC”), Vietnam giới offers some of the best nightlife. While there are so many attractions to lớn visit in Ho Chi Minch City in the daytime, there is something special about exploring the streets at night. 

The thành phố is buzzing with people, tourists, & has plenty of activities to lớn keep you occupied. Interested in seeing a performance? Want khổng lồ eat dinner on a rooftop?

We have sầu you covered with this guide on the 17 best things khổng lồ do in Ho Chi Minc City at night. Any of these nighttime activities would be a perfect addition to your itinerary whether you have 1 day, 3 days, or 5+ days in HCMC.

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We currently live in Ho Chi Minc City so we will update this guide when we find new & exciting opportunities for you khổng lồ try!

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Things To Do in Ho Chi Minch City at Night: Attractions & Activities

1. Bargain at the Ben Thanh khô Market Night Market.

Ben Tkhô cứng Market is the famous market in the center of Ho Chi Minc City’s District 1. Once the main market closes around 6:00pm, the vendors move outdoors khổng lồ mix up shop along both sides of the market on Phan Bội Châu Street và Phan Chu Trinc. 

Many of the shops sell similar stuff from nhái Nike và Under Armor workout clothes, North Face backpacks, shoes, purses, sunglasses, and other souvenir items. 

If you’re interested in purchasing something, don’t forget to lớn use your bargaining skills. The first price will be inflated. Then ask for 50% off the price or any amount that you would prefer. 

Cheông xã out our recommendations for the best souvenirs lớn buy in Vietnam

**At the time of publishing, the Ben Tkhô giòn Night Market is currently not open due to the current situation và the travel restrictions. We’ll continue to lớn monitor this and will let you know when it reopens!


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Ben Tkhô giòn Night Market is a recommended activity khổng lồ bởi vì in Ho Chi Minc City at night.


2. Take an evening stroll along Nguyen Hue Walking Street.

Nguyen Hue Walking Street is a pedestrian friendly walking street that is perfect for people watching. The street is 900 meters/.5 miles long và it’s a popular spot lớn visit at night. Plus, you get to lớn see a bronze statue of Ho Chi Minh with the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City building in the background. 

You’ll see crowds hanging out on the benches and enjoying drinks, kids playing, và hawkers wearing costumes. If you decide to lớn take a phokhổng lồ with these characters (ie: Elmo, Monkey King, etc), then it’s expected to give sầu a small tip such as trăng tròn,000 VND ($.88 USD). 

What is fabulous about this walking path is that it’s located in the center of Nguyen Hue Street so cars và motorbikes are not allowed. On the weekends, the street is closed lớn vehicles so everyone can walk on the streets.

Depending on your time of visit, there are holiday celebrations và festivals on Nguyen Hue Walking Street. If you visit during the Tet Vietnamese New Year, there are festive sầu decorations with red lanterns, flowers, & the zodiac animal. 

You can also visit the local attractions along Nguyen Hue such as Saigon Skydeck observatory deck and Cafe Apartments.


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Visit the Ho Chi Minc statue along the Nguyen Hue Walking Street.


3. Run or walk along the Saigon River. 

Depending on where you’re staying in Ho Chi Minh City, take an evening run or walk along the Saigon River. You won’t have sầu khổng lồ worry about the searing sun và heat at night. 

If you’re in District 1, head towards the end of Nguyen Hue Walking Street, cross the street (watch out for traffic on both sides và walk slowly!), and run along the river. You can run towards Le Meridien Hotel, cđại bại to Le Tkhô giòn Ton Street or head the opposite direction khổng lồ the Elisa Floating Restaurant, a large boat that docks on the Bach Dang Pier on the weekends. 

Another opportunity is khổng lồ walk/run along the river from District 1 along Hoang Sa or Truong Sa. Head to lớn the Saigon Zoo area and you’ll find the river route from there. Cheông xã out this post on other running paths you can take around the thành phố.


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When walking along the Saigon River in District 1, you’ll see the Elisa Floating Restaurant and other boats for the dinner cruises.

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4. Watch a show at the Opera House.

The Opera House, also known as the Ho Chi Minh Theater, is a gorgeous building with French colonial architecture. It was built in 1897 and restored in 1995. This place is in a central location as it’s a few minutes walk from the Nguyen Hue Walking Street. 

The theater has a variety of performing arts shows such as music concerts, ballets, và other cultural shows. During the November time frame, there is usually a Nutcracker show so get you into lớn the Christmas holiday spirit. 

Chechồng out the schedule here.

5. Watch a water puppet show.

One of the quality experiences in Vietnam giới lớn vì chưng is lớn watch a water puppet show. The show is an opportunity lớn see puppets tell a story about Vietnamese folklore and stories. It’s fun lớn watch và provides more insight into Vietnamese culture. 

These puppets are different from what you’re used lớn as they are made out of wood và lacquered. The puppeteers hold these puppets by rods và sticks so they float và dance on top of the pool of water. 

You can’t see the puppeteers as they’re hidden to lớn the side of the stage. Yet, you have khổng lồ admire the puppeteers’ strength lớn maneuver the heavy puppets in the pool. To the side of the pool, there is a small orchestra playing traditional Vietnamese music. 

We originally saw the water puppet show in Hanoi, yet, the show in Ho Chi Minh City is similar. It was a dễ thương show even though the show was in Vietnamese và had a TV screen with English translation lớn the side of the stage.

Purchase discounted tickets for the water puppet show in advance và save money!

6. Take an evening walk through Vinhomes Central Park.

If you’re in the Binc Tkhô hanh area which is about trăng tròn minutes away from Nguyen Hue Walking Street, then you have sầu lớn check out Vinhomes Riverside Central Park. We’re a bit biased as we live in the area, yet, it’s a fabulous place khổng lồ spover an evening. 

The 43.91 hectares (108 acres) public park was inspired by Thủ đô New York City’s Central Park và is beautiful with the luscious greenery and plants and paved walking paths along the Saigon River. There is a large lawn area for people khổng lồ hang out và a BBQ section for those living in the area. It’s also children-friendly with two playground areas. 

Afterward, you can head to lớn Landmark 81, the tallest building in Ho Chi Minch City at 81 stories high, for high-kết thúc shopping, movie watching, and/or khổng lồ check out the Landmark 81 Skyview observatory


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Visting Vinhomes Riverside Central Park to lớn see the gorgeous Landmark 81 illuminate at night.


7. Cheông xã out the Starlight Crescent Bridge (Rainbow Bridge). 

If you have more time in Ho Chi Minc City, consider visiting the other districts lớn explore. District 7 has the Starlight Crescent Bridge in the park next khổng lồ the Crescent Mall

From 5:30pm-10:00pm on Thursdays lớn Sundays, the bridge displays the colors of the rainbow. The bridge has water which illuminates with colorful LEDs. 

Afterward, try one of the Korean restaurants in the area. There is a high Korean expat population living in District 7. 

8. Get creative with a painting night!

Anyone can learn how to paint! Take a two hour painting class where everyone gets the opportunity khổng lồ paint. The painting will have a different theme such as landscape, animals, plants, etc. 

Your instructor provides guidance on how to paint each layer. Yet, you can get creative sầu with adding your own pizzazz to your painting. Plus, you get a glass of wine to enjoy during your course. 

The painting sự kiện starts either at 4:00pm or 5:00pm và lasts 2 hours. You still have the evening ahead of you to lớn try other activities in this list. 

The location varies so it’s recommended that you follow Paint và Wine in Saigon on Facebook & register for a class. 


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Let’s get creative with a Paint và Wine evening when you’re in Ho Chi Minc City. Photo credit: Bernarvì chưng Ramonfaur via Scopio Photos


9. Sing your heart out with karaoke night.

Karaoke is a cultural bonding experience in Vietnam giới. You often find a group of people on the sidewalk drinking beer và singing karaoke on the weeknights & especially on the weekends. We’ve seen speakers point to lớn the street so everyone can hear them. 

While you can participate in an ad hoc karaoke sự kiện, consider visiting karaoke bars around Ho Chi Minh City instead! This would be a fantastic opportunity for a group of people. You get the opportunity to rent a room for a certain time frame, order food và drinks, and sing as much and as loudly as you’d lượt thích. 

It’s a fun experience và you don’t need to worry about singing badly. Just have sầu fun with singing English and Vietnamese songs!

Recommended karaoke bars are iCool which has multiple locations in the city and King Karaoke in District 1.

10. Take a đô thị tour at midnight. 

One of the quality things lớn vày in Ho Chi Minh City is khổng lồ take a thành phố tour at midnight. Yes, midnight! Your tour guide will take you around the vibrant spots of the city on a motorxe đạp. It’s also the chance to lớn hang out with a local. 

Cliông chồng here lớn reserve sầu your spot. 

Things To Do in Ho Chi Minch City at Night: Food & Drinks

11. Take a sunphối or dinner cruise. 

One of the coolest things lớn vì in Ho Chi Minc City at night is lớn take a cruise along the Saigon River

Depending on your preference, you can either bởi vì a late afternoon cruise lớn see the sunset or have dinner on the boat. It’s a fun way khổng lồ kiểm tra out Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline & also pass through various districts along the river. 

Since we live sầu in Vinhomes Riverside Central Park in Binch Thanh hao District, we’ve sầu seen the Saigon Princess Cruise pass by & we hear the music playing. 

Check out these other dinner cruise options to lớn take:

12. Eat seafood for dinner. 

Vietnamese people love eating seafood, snails (ốc), và shellfish for dinner. It’s one of the most memorable experiences that you’ll have sầu. 

You get the opportunity lớn choose your fresh seafood from the tank & have it cooked in any way you’d like such as sauteed with garlic, salt và pepper, pepper sauce, etc. 

Tip: It’s helpful if you have someone who knows how to speak Vietnamese with you so they can order the fresh seafood. The prices aren’t marked so you have sầu lớn ask what is the price per kilo. Otherwise, you can order from the thực đơn. 

One restaurant that we recommkết thúc that you try is Ốc Đào Nguyễn Trãi in District 1. This restaurant is hidden yet it’s crowded every evening. 

We love eating razor clams with garlic, scallops, & shellfish in coconut sauce. We don’t know the name of the shellfish in English but it’s very delicious with the rich coconut sauce. You’ll need to use your lung capacity lớn suông xã the shellfish meat out of the shells or use a toothpick. 


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Mountain Retreat is a fabulous place to eat while you’re in Ho Chi Minch City!


15. Enjoy drinks and/or dance at the rooftop bars.

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Ho Chi Minh City is constantly growing so there are more và more skyscrapers and tall buildings appearing every year. Visiting a rooftop bar is an exciting opportunity to lớn see Ho Chi Minch City’s skyline & the sunphối (if the timing is appropriate). Many of these rooftop bars are also nightclubs with the party-vibe. 

In the Female Expat group, these are the top-recommended rooftop bars lớn visit: Banana Mama (this one is highly recommended for the casual vibe), M-Gallery, Chill Sky Bar, và Glow Rooftop. Chechồng out this post for additional rooftop bars lớn visit at night. 

Have a blast and các buổi party the night away!


16. Party & drink at Bui Vien Walking Street. 

Bui Vien Street, located in District 1, is Ho Chi Minc City’s version of Las Vegas. With the flashing lights, loud music, clubs, and crowds of people, it’s a busy area that’s popular with tourists & locals. 

This area is known as the “backpacker’s area” due to lớn the cheaper guesthouses & hostels, affordable restaurants, & cheap beer. We love sầu eating at Sara’s Ethiopian Restaurant, yet there are other good choices such as Baba’s Kitchen for Indian food & Bún Chả 145 for a classic Vietnamese dish of rice noodles with grilled pork that originated from Hanoi. 

If you’re inkhổng lồ the nightlife & want a different vibe than the rooftop bars, then Bui Vien is a top night attraction to lớn visit. You can tiệc ngọt & drink all night long! A unique place khổng lồ visit is the Hong Kong inspired beer club at Hẻm Bia: Lost in Hong Kong. The decor takes you lớn Hong Kong’s nightlife in 1968. 

Bui Vien is about 20-25 minutes walking from Ben Tkhô giòn Market. If you plan lớn stay up late và will drink, please hire a Grab oto or motorbike khổng lồ take you baông chồng to lớn your accommodations. 

17. Eat street food via a motorbike tour. 

Love sầu eating street food? Consider taking a street food tour where your guide takes you to the local places khổng lồ eat. You’ll have sầu an incredible time eating various Vietnamese cuisine và desserts & fill your belly with delicious food. Plus, it’s an opportunity khổng lồ learn more about Vietnam and Ho Chi Minch City from your tour guide. 

While you can vì a walking tour, it’s more adventurous khổng lồ ride on the back of your guide’s motorbike to travel from restaurant to restaurant. 

Cheông xã out food tours via motorxe đạp options here:

If you’re a vegan and/or vegetarian, check out this specific food tour

We hope you enjoyed reading this post on what to lớn vì in Ho Chi Minch at night. From the Ho Chi Minch City nightlife lớn the incredible food options, you’ll have a memorable evening here!

Have other questions about the nighttime activities? Ask them in the comments below!

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