Ho Chi Minh City Nightlife
Its nightlife gained notoriety during the Vietnam War for its girly-bars but a lot has changed recently thanks to Vietnam's tourist boom. Ho Chi Minh City's nightlife has grown and diversified considerable, and while not rivalling the range of entertainment of other Southeast Asian destinations, it's still guaranteed to do the job.
With everything from rooftop bars and lounges to pubs and nightclubs playing all the latest dance hits, travellers looking to let loose on a night out on the town will have plenty of options in this bustling, neon third-world city.
Start off at the Rex Hotel's a trendy Rooftop Garden for drinks where you can watch the sunset over the busy streets where the flicker of streetlights and neon begin to come to life before heading out to District 1 where the funky bars and fashionable clubs can be found, particularly on the streets around Dong Khoi and Hai Ba Trung. Travellers should also head to the Apocolypse Now bar and club, a popular spot for expats and other westerners, where party goers can make use of the bar, dance floor pool tables and café.
The International Tourist Club disco and karaoke bar in the New World Hotel is a must for a night of fun and singing, or head over to the The Metallic Bar on Ba Huyen Thanh Quan in District 3 for live gigs from local rock bands or for something completely different, Bonsai Cruise on Nguyen Van Thu St. in District 1 operates Saigon River dinner cruises, the perfect way to relax and spend a lazy evening.
Travellers should also note that many of Ho Chi Minh City's bars and nightclubs close early by big city standards, around midnight or when the last customer leaves so anyone looking to keep going until the early hours of the morning will be sorely disappointed.
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