Pham Ngu Lao street - Bui Vien Street of Foreigners (Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam)



With nearly everything that a traveler needs and a centralized location within proximity of markets and attractions, Pham Ngu Lao (located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City) is the perfect base for exploring the heart of Saigon, the place where most backpacking travellers stay during their holiday.

Pham Ngu Lao street, in the Vietnamese language, this area is called “Pho Tay” (street of foreigners) is a familiar address as well as the gathering place of foreign visitors in Ho Chi Minh City. Most things to do in Ho Chi Minh City are situated a short walk northeast of Pham Ngu Lao. The Reunification Palace, War Remnants Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral can be reached on foot in around 15 minutes.

This area is the home to a lot of hotels, motels, restaurants, travel centers and travel services for foreign backpackers, similar to Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand.

Tiny alleys radiate from these main streets into the area's interior. These aren't your typical grimy crime-infested alleyways; ordinary families live in the residences lining these alleys, and it's not out of the ordinary to walk past an open door and see families gathered around the TV eating their dinner.

The living rhythm in “Pho Tay” is always fast and noisy, especially at night. During the daytime, foreign visitors can travel to other places but at night, they return to “Pho Tay” to relax, entertain and experience the pavement life of Saigon. The night in “Pho Tay” is colorful in lights and the colors of varied culture.

“Pho Tay” does not sleep at night, with a lot of fun, sadness and happiness in the life span of Saigon.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Address: District 1
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
Entrance fee: Free

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