I have yet went to Vietnam in my travel itenary and it is definately in my list as I have heard so much good things about this country especially on their food! Not only that. Vietnam do have their DARK side! What I mean is Vietnam After Dark with a guide to the best nightlife activities in Ho Chi Minh City

nightlife activities in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city by population. While taking up just a mere 0.6% of the country’s land area, it contains 8.34% of the country’s population and 20.2% of its GDP. This high octane city of both commerce and culture has driven Vietnam forward with an effervescent energy. The city breathes life and vitality into all who settle here, and visitors cannot help but be hauled along for the ride.

While Saigon (as it was formerly and still quite affectionately known) is amazing and bustling during the day, the night takes Ho Chi Minh City to a whole new level. Known as a city that never sleeps, Ho Chi Minh City is brimming with a myriad of pursuits and activities after the sun goes down to please just about anyone. While lively and vibrant, it can also be quaint and peaceful. All these factors contribute to Ho Chi Minh City’s uniqueness – which one truly has to experience to appreciate.

So, from live music to street dining to cultural pursuits to simply taking in the city lights, here’s a brief guide to Ho Chi Minh City after dark:

Live music in Ho Chi Minh City - Photo by Sam Sherratt

Ho Chi Minh City comes alive after dark with its vibrant music scene – Photo by Sam Sherratt

Ho Chi Minh City has garnered a solid reputation in recent times for its great live music scene. From smooth jazz to heavy rock and everything in between, there most likely is an establishment that caters to your music preference. Sing along, dance or just enjoy watching the show. On open mic nights you can even go up and sing!

Gigs are fairly well spread out across the city so you should never be too far from some singalong fun, and if you are staying in the popular areas of District 1 or 3, then music aficionados will certainly be spoilt for choice.

And while we’re on the topic of live music, Karaoke fans will love to know that Vietnam has taken this favourite Asian pastime to a whole new level. In Ho Chi Minh City, it’s not unusual to find grand lounges, decorated so lavishly as if they were expecting royalty! Rooms can be booked for as low as RM130.00 per group, which includes drinks, finger food and hours of singing your heart out to Backstreet Boys, Michael Learns to Rock, Guns ‘n’ Roses or just about any artist that tickles your fancy. The playlists are endless.

A bit of culture at Ben Thanh Market

A bit of culture at Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Opera House

For a glimpse of Vietnamese culture, head on down to Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. This is certainly a great place to buy local handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. Although busiest during the day, night time brings many food vendors onto the streets serving a wide variety of seafood, as well as many fashion stalls and souvenir type stalls. The night market is setup alongside the market on Phan Boi Chau Street and becomes a pedestrian zone from 7pm to 11pm so you can browse at your leisure. Be prepared to haggle as prices may start a little high – but that being said, it is not hard to find a good bargain here.

Here, you’ll also find eating stalls inside the market where you can get a taste of hawker-style Vietnamese cuisine or simply cool off with a cold drink when the bargaining becomes too much. When night falls, restaurants around the perimeter of the market open their doors creating a vibrant streetside scene filling the air with the scents of wok-fried noodles, barbecued fish and meats. One of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentically Vietnamese.

Meanwhile, for a different side of culture, a visit to Saigon Opera House is a must, especially when the sun goes down. Also known as Municipal Theater, the Saigon Opera House is a beautiful colonial building in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City with a stunning facade of ornate winged statues and curved window frames. Inside, the culturally inclined are able to witness the best of the fine arts that visit Vietnam seasonally, and although there is no consistent performances, events are common. Performances range from ballet and musical concerts to Vietnamese traditional dances and live theatre. Performances are advertised around the building and information can be found in the state-operated tourist information centre close by.

City lights in Ho Chi Minh City

Venture into the city at night for a glimpse of Ho Chi Minh City’s dazzling city lights

If architecture and night scenery is your thing, then Ho Chi Minh City is definitely a city for you to explore. Walking around Ho Chi Minh City is the best way to get around, especially at night. If you head over to the city center, around Nguyen Hue Boulevard, you will have easy access to spectacular attractions such as the City Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post Office and Opera House. All these buildings are so beautiful at night when the flood lights come on. Wandering through the maze of alleyways is also fun.

For a bird’s eye view of the city lights, visit Bitexco Financial Tower – the high-rise building in Saigon with a total of 68 stories – enabling guests to take exquisite shots of the city from above. Inside the tower, the Saigon Sky Deck provides visitors with a spectacular panoramic view of the bewitching cityscape at the height of 178 metres. The building also houses a complex which comprises of a shopping center, cinemas, restaurants, and coffee shops.

Enjoy flying with Vietjet

If you like what you’re reading, then Ho Chi Minh City is definitely a place for your next holiday – and getting there is easy too. While Vietnam in general is easily accessible via a host of airlines, Vietjet operates daily flights direct from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh City.

As they say, getting there is half the fun and nobody makes this adage truer than Vietjet. Vietnam’s new-age budget airline, which is known for its “fun and quirky” offering and service at affordable rates, is fast winning over travellers to become one of the region’s most favourite airlines.

So there you have it, a quick guide to Ho Chi Minh City at night – so for all night owls out there, this could very much be the destination for you!

For more information, visit www.vietjetair.com or https://www.facebook.com/VietjetMalaysia

There has never been a better time than now to visit the exotic country of Vietnam with Vietjet as the streets of some of Vietnam’s top destinations are set to take on a lively turn with a stream of cultural, gastronomic, art festivals and tourism related events slated for the next few months.

Included in the string of activities is the Southern Land Cuisine Festival running from 24 – 28 May 2017 and the Southern Fruit Festival taking place in June 2017 in the vibrant city of Ho Chi Minh City. Organised by the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, the festivals are organised to honour and introduce the unique culinary offerings and exotic local fruit produce of Vietnam and the South to international and domestic visitors.

Southern Land Cuisine Festival

Southern Land Cuisine Festival

Southern Land Fruit Festival

Southern Land Fruit Festival

Over in the northwest market town of Sa Pa – a colourful and charming hill station town, the exciting Sa Pa Summer Festival has already kicked off with a bang attracting many domestic and foreign tourists from afar to witness and experience the unique culture of the ethnic minority in the region.

Organised as part of National Tourism Year 2017 – Lao Cai, the Sa Pa Summer Festival will run from 29 April – 30 June 2017, giving visitors a chance to indulge in a slew of activities including a flower festival, contests featuring traditional sports, a cooking performance, a climbing contest to the peak of Ham Rong Mountain and even the recreation of a wedding ceremony of the Dao people. Other activities include the custom of dragging H’Mong wives, the new season celebration of the Xa Pho people and a ‘one day as a farmer’ program in the Ta Phin commune. These activities are certain to provide visitors with an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience of Sa Pa, Vietnam.

Sapa Summer Festival

Sa Pa Summer Festival

Not limited to only land events, Vietnam also welcomes the 2017 Da Nang International Fireworks Festival which is set to fill the skies with a hue of colourful splashes and loud crackles over the course of five weeks. Formerly known as the Da Nang International Fireworks Competition, the event consists of five separate firework shows held from 29 April – 24 June 2017. Themed Shining Marble Mountains, each show is named after the five elements of the Universe namely Fire Night, Earth Night, Metal Night, Water Night and Wood Night which will feature fireworks from Vietnam, Austria, Japan, Switzerland, China, Australia, and Italy.

Da Nang International Firewords Festival

Da Nang International Firework Festival

Also in the pipeline is the Nha Trang Sea Festival taking place from 10 – 13 June 2017 in the coastal resort city of Nha Trang. Already in its 8th instalment, the popular coastal festival has successfully introduced the ethnicity, culture and beauty of Vietnam to the world in the past. This year, the festival will seek to once again underscore the vivid atmosphere of the Sea Festival through a wide range of programmes related to art performances, exhibitions, sporting competitions, education, travel, cuisine and commerce.

Nha Trang Sea Festival

Nha Trang Sea Festival

Further adding on to the mix is the Hoi An Lantern Festival 2017 which falls on 8 June 2017. Unlike other festivals, the Hoi An Lantern Festival is a monthly event celebrated on the 14th day of each lunar month. The event will see the quaint UNESCO World Heritage Site transformed into a spectacular display of paper lanterns. Every shop, restaurant, bar and business in the Ancient Town will switch off all electricity and rely solely on hundreds of candles and lanterns. Now that is certainly a feat not to be missed!

Hoi An Lantern Festival

Hoi An Lantern Festival

From the hustle and bustle of the city to the charming quirks of the valley, visitors are certainly in for a real treat these next few months. Those interested to bask in the bustling and exciting ambience of the various cultural festivals can now do so as Vietjet – the Vietnamese new age airline is currently offering irresistible promotions on its domestic network as part of its ‘Free Summer, Fly for Free’ campaign.

From 23 – 25 May 2017, 1.5 million promotional tickets from as low as USD0 will be up for grabs during the golden window of 1pm to 3pm daily. The promotion is applicable on all of Vietjet’s domestic destinations for travels within 1 August to 31 December 2017 (excluding public holidays).

The promotional air tickets will be available for booking at www.vietjetair.com (also compatible with smartphones at https://m.vietjetair.com) or at www.facebook.com/vietjetvietnam (just click the “Booking” tab).

After the first 4 restaurant hop, I am nearly Ko’ed with the food that was offered that even though not much on each restaurant, as heading to the 5th restaurant Vietnam Kitchen, I am already start to drag myself there even though Vietnamese food is also one of my favorite.

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Part 1 food Crawl: Shyet-Li’s Kopitiam & Nagomi

Part 2: Deutsches Haus & d’Italiane Kitchen

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Vietnamese Kitchen offer a very good ambiance that is pretty quiet and cozy place just to enjoy your dinner.

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One interesting thing is that their menu is in newspaper style and price is quite reasonable too . ..

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Vietnam Seafood Salad @ RM12.90 that crackers is very crispy, a bit salty and just nice to eat along with the seafood salad

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Star of the night is this Braised Pork in coconut Juice @ RM 19.90. Perfectly braised and soft on the fats, meat that makes me like the smooth texture of it.

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Lemongrass fish fillet @ RM20


Vietnamese Kitchen @ Jaya 33 – facing main road

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