Ho chi minh's infamous bui vien walking street


Bui Vien Street is well-known in Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị due to lớn its status as a hub for backpackers and party-going tourists. Perhaps no other street in Vietnam is met with such polarization as this one.

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Some see Bui Vien Street as an exhilarating concoction of hedonistic stimuli whilst others look down upon it with disgust và disdain. No matter which side of the fence you find yourself on, there’s no denying that Bui Vien Street is successful in its mission lớn fascinate the lucrative tourist sector. It’s the main hub of Ho chi Minh’s backpacker district, which also includes Pham ngốc Lao Street and De Tham Street.

The Walking Street

Nightlife at Bui Vien.

Bui Ven street offers bars, restaurants, and hostels aplenty. A daytime visit will show Bui Vien in its dormancy, filled with only the chitter-chatter from the restaurants và a symphony of motor vehicles whizzing by.

This, however, is only temporary. As dusk begins lớn descend on Bui Vien, a sinking feeling of anticipation begins to lớn infiltrate the bodies of locals & tourists. The raucous atmosphere and hedonistic aura are comparable to lớn the Las Vegas Strip.

Looking down on Bui Vien Street during the day.

Street performers start entertaining passers-by as drinkers in plastic chairs watch from the bar terraces. Scantily-dressed females begin commandeering the street’s nooks & crannies hoping lớn lure tourists into suspect massage parlors.

Drunk backpackers fall to the ground under fluorescent light thinking they’ve just stumbled upon the gates of heaven.

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Zero PUB in Bui Vien street, sài gòn City. Photo: Hiếu Bùi

History of Bui Vien Street

Thirty-five years ago, Bui Vien was a forgettable strip in the middle of District 1 in Ho đưa ra Minh City. It wasn’t until Vietnam’s tourism sector opened in 1986 that Bui Vien began to evolve into its current incarnation. The streets growing notoriety began to attract more & more visitors until, finally, it became what it is today.

Bui Vien Street during the day in Saigon. Photo: Marco Verch Professional Photographer

Backpackers began khổng lồ take full advantage of the cheap hostels and bars and the proprietors of such establishments had no problem allowing them to vị so.


Traffic is banned during weekend evenings lớn allow the Bui Vien juggernaut khổng lồ come to lớn life at dusk. While alcohol is the most widely-consumed và available substance, there is a vice for all niches on Bui Ven, evidenced by the flock of characters that come crawling khổng lồ its corners at night.

“I Love You 3000” sign on Bui Vien Street.

If you’re not a particularly big drinker, it’s perhaps best if you park yourself in a plastic chair outside one of the restaurants and watch the crazy underworld of Bui Vien scream by. It’s probably the most thrilling spot for nightlife in the city.

Anything can happen on Bui Ven and a feeling of impending excitement takes hold of you whenever you enter. While gentrification has caused the street to lose a little of its old thrill, the excitement và drama that unfolds there every night is truly unmatched & has lớn be seen khổng lồ be believed.

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Bui Vien is so much more than a mere street – it’s an experience that spans the full spectrum of human emotions, urges, and desires. You’ll be enchanted into its spellbinding haze và it serves as a soaring crescendo to lớn your trip to lớn Ho đưa ra Minh City.