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Pham Ngu Lao

Pham Lu Ngu © Chelsea Marie Hicks
Pham Lu Ngu © Chelsea Marie Hicks

Located in District One, this area of Saigon is known as South Vietnam's backpacker district. Stretching along the streets of De Tham, Pham Ngu Lau and Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao is often compared to the more famous Khao San road of Bangkok, and is a similar amalgamation of bars, guesthouses, restaurants, souvenir shops and small travel agencies.

Known also to be an expat playground, these bars stay open later than most in the city. The prominent Go2 Bar is the most popular among tourists but dozens dot the area. Day trips to the Mekong Delta or the Cu Chi tunnels are easily organised in any of the travel agencies as well as transport to most of Vietnam. Although prices vary the trips usually are the same despite the agency.

Address: Pham Ngu Lao, District One

Transport: The easiest way to get there is to take a taxi from Ho Chi Minh City Centre.