Top 10 things to do in ho chi minh city at night

Once the sun sets, Ho Chi Minc City (aka “Saigon” to the locals và abbreviated as “HCMC”), Vietphái nam offers some of the best nightlife. While there are so many attractions to lớn visit in Ho Chi Minch City in the daytime, there is something special about exploring the streets at night. 

The thành phố is buzzing with people, tourists, & has plenty of activities lớn keep you occupied. Interested in seeing a performance? Want khổng lồ eat dinner on a rooftop?

We have sầu you covered with this guide on the 17 best things to vì chưng in Ho Chi Minch City at night. Any of these nighttime activities would be a perfect addition to your itinerary whether you have 1 day, 3 days, or 5+ days in HCMC.

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We currently live sầu in Ho Chi Minch City so we will update this guide when we find new and exciting opportunities for you to try!

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Things To Do in Ho Chi Minch City at Night: Attractions & Activities

1. Bargain at the Ben Tkhô hanh Market Night Market.

Ben Thanh khô Market is the famous market in the center of Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1. Once the main market closes around 6:00pm, the vendors move sầu outdoors lớn set up shop along both sides of the market on Phan Bội Châu Street & Phan Chu Trinch. 

Many of the shops sell similar stuff from giả Nike & Under Armor workout clothes, North Face backpacks, shoes, purses, sunglasses, and other souvenir items. 

If you’re interested in purchasing something, don’t forget to use your bargaining skills. The first price will be inflated. Then ask for một nửa off the price or any amount that you would prefer. 

Cheông xã out our recommendations for the best souvenirs to lớn buy in Vietnam

**At the time of publishing, the Ben Tkhô nóng Night Market is currently not open due lớn the current situation and the travel restrictions. We’ll continue to lớn monitor this và will let you know when it reopens!


Ben Tkhô nóng Night Market is a recommended activity khổng lồ vì in Ho Chi Minh City at night.

2. Take an evening stroll along Nguyen Hue Walking Street.

Nguyen Hue Walking Street is a pedestrian friendly walking street that is perfect for people watching. The street is 900 meters/.5 miles long & it’s a popular spot to lớn visit at night. Plus, you get khổng lồ see a bronze statue of Ho Chi Minh with the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minch City building in the background. 

You’ll see crowds hanging out on the benches and enjoying drinks, kids playing, và hawkers wearing costumes. If you decide to lớn take a pholớn with these characters (ie: Elmo, Monkey King, etc), then it’s expected khổng lồ give sầu a small tip such as đôi mươi,000 VND ($.88 USD). 

What is fabulous about this walking path is that it’s located in the center of Nguyen Hue Street so cars & motorbikes are not allowed. On the weekends, the street is closed to lớn vehicles so everyone can walk on the streets.

Depending on your time of visit, there are holiday celebrations và festivals on Nguyen Hue Walking Street. If you visit during the Tet Vietnamese New Year, there are festive sầu decorations with red lanterns, flowers, and the zodiac animal. 

You can also visit the local attractions along Nguyen Hue such as Saigon Skydeck observatory deck and Cafe Apartments.


Visit the Ho Chi Minc statue along the Nguyen Hue Walking Street.

3. Run or walk along the Saigon River. 

Depending on where you’re staying in Ho Chi Minh City, take an evening run or walk along the Saigon River. You won’t have sầu to worry about the searing sun and heat at night. 

If you’re in District 1, head towards the kết thúc of Nguyen Hue Walking Street, cross the street (watch out for traffic on both sides & walk slowly!), và run along the river. You can run towards Le Meridien Hotel, cthảm bại lớn Le Tkhô nóng Ton Street or head the opposite direction lớn the Elisa Floating Restaurant, a large boat that docks on the Bach Dang Pier on the weekends. 

Another opportunity is khổng lồ walk/run along the river from District 1 along Hoang Sa or Truong Sa. Head to the Saigon Zoo area và you’ll find the river route from there. Check out this post on other running paths you can take around the city.


When walking along the Saigon River in District 1, you’ll see the Elisa Floating Restaurant và other boats for the dinner cruises.

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4. Watch a show at the Opera House.

The Opera House, also known as the Ho Chi Minch Theater, is a gorgeous building with French colonial architecture. It was built in 1897 and restored in 1995. This place is in a central location as it’s a few minutes walk from the Nguyen Hue Walking Street. 

The theater has a variety of performing arts shows such as music concerts, ballets, and other cultural shows. During the November time frame, there is usually a Nutcracker show so get you into the Christmas holiday spirit. 

Chechồng out the schedule here.

5. Watch a water puppet show.

One of the quality experiences in Vietphái nam to lớn bởi vì is lớn watch a water puppet show. The show is an opportunity to lớn see puppets tell a story about Vietnamese folklore & stories. It’s fun khổng lồ watch and provides more insight into lớn Vietnamese culture. 

These puppets are different from what you’re used lớn as they are made out of wood và lacquered. The puppeteers hold these puppets by rods and sticks so they float and dance on top of the pool of water. 

You can’t see the puppeteers as they’re hidden khổng lồ the side of the stage. Yet, you have to lớn admire the puppeteers’ strength lớn maneuver the heavy puppets in the pool. To the side of the pool, there is a small orchestra playing traditional Vietnamese music. 

We originally saw the water puppet show in Hanoi, yet, the show in Ho Chi Minch City is similar. It was a đáng yêu show even though the show was in Vietnamese và had a TV screen with English translation to lớn the side of the stage.

Purchase discounted tickets for the water puppet show in advance & save money!

6. Take an evening walk through Vinhomes Riverside Central Park.

If you’re in the Binch Thanh khô area which is about 20 minutes away from Nguyen Hue Walking Street, then you have khổng lồ check out Vinhomes Riverside Central Park. We’re a bit biased as we live sầu in the area, yet, it’s a fabulous place lớn spend an evening. 

The 43.91 hectares (108 acres) public park was inspired by New York City’s Central Park & is beautiful with the luscious greenery & plants và paved walking paths along the Saigon River. There is a large lawn area for people khổng lồ hang out & a BBQ section for those living in the area. It’s also children-friendly with two playground areas. 

Afterward, you can head khổng lồ Landmark 81, the tallest building in Ho Chi Minch City at 81 stories high, for high-end shopping, movie watching, and/or khổng lồ check out the Landmark 81 Skyview observatory


Visting Vinhomes Central Park to see the gorgeous Landmark 81 illuminate at night.

7. Cheông chồng out the Starlight Crescent Bridge (Rainbow Bridge). 

If you have more time in Ho Chi Minc City, consider visiting the other districts to lớn explore. District 7 has the Starlight Crescent Bridge in the park next khổng lồ the Crescent Mall

From 5:30pm-10:00pm on Thursdays to lớn Sundays, the bridge displays the colors of the rainbow. The bridge has water which illuminates with colorful LEDs. 

Afterward, try one of the Korean restaurants in the area. There is a high Korean expat population living in District 7. 

8. Get creative with a painting night!

Anyone can learn how to lớn paint! Take a two hour painting class where everyone gets the opportunity to paint. The painting will have a different theme such as landscape, animals, plants, etc. 

Your instructor provides guidance on how to paint each layer. Yet, you can get creative sầu with adding your own pizzazz lớn your painting. Plus, you get a glass of wine lớn enjoy during your course. 

The painting sự kiện starts either at 4:00pm or 5:00pm & lasts 2 hours. You still have sầu the evening ahead of you lớn try other activities in this danh sách. 

The location varies so it’s recommended that you follow Paint & Wine in Saigon on Facebook và register for a class. 


Let’s get creative with a Paint và Wine evening when you’re in Ho Chi Minc City. Phokhổng lồ credit: Bernarvì Ramonfaur via Scopio Photos

9. Sing your heart out with karaoke night.

Karaoke is a cultural bonding experience in Vietnam giới. You often find a group of people on the sidewalk drinking beer và singing karaoke on the weeknights and especially on the weekends. We’ve seen speakers point khổng lồ the street so everyone can hear them. 

While you can participate in an ad hoc karaoke sự kiện, consider visiting karaoke bars around Ho Chi Minc City instead! This would be a fantastic opportunity for a group of people. You get the opportunity to rent a room for a certain time frame, order food and drinks, and sing as much & as loudly as you’d lượt thích. 

It’s a fun experience and you don’t need lớn worry about singing badly. Just have fun with singing English và Vietnamese songs!

Recommended karaoke bars are iCool which has multiple locations in the thành phố và King Karaoke in District 1.

10. Take a city tour at midnight. 

One of the unique things lớn vì chưng in Ho Chi Minc City is lớn take a đô thị tour at midnight. Yes, midnight! Your tour guide will take you around the vibrant spots of the thành phố on a motorbike. It’s also the chance to lớn hang out with a local. 

Cliông xã here to reserve sầu your spot. 

Things To Do in Ho Chi Minc City at Night: Food và Drinks

11. Take a sunphối or dinner cruise. 

One of the coolest things lớn vì in Ho Chi Minc City at night is to take a cruise along the Saigon River

Depending on your preference, you can either bởi vì a late afternoon cruise to see the sunset or have dinner on the boat. It’s a fun way to kiểm tra out Ho Chi Minch City’s skyline and also pass through various districts along the river. 

Since we live in Vinhomes Central Park in Binh Tkhô nóng District, we’ve seen the Saigon Princess Cruise pass by và we hear the music playing. 

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12. Eat seafood for dinner. 

Vietnamese people love eating seafood, snails (ốc), and shellfish for dinner. It’s one of the most memorable experiences that you’ll have. 

You get the opportunity to lớn choose your fresh seafood from the tank and have it cooked in any way you’d like such as sauteed with garlic, salternative text và pepper, pepper sauce, etc. 

Tip: It’s helpful if you have someone who knows how lớn speak Vietnamese with you so they can order the fresh seafood. The prices aren’t marked so you have sầu khổng lồ ask what is the price per kilo. Otherwise, you can order from the menu. 

One restaurant that we recommover that you try is Ốc Đào Nguyễn Trãi in District 1. This restaurant is hidden yet it’s crowded every evening. 

We love sầu eating razor clams with garlic, scallops, and shellfish in coconut sauce. We don’t know the name of the shellfish in English but it’s very delicious with the rich coconut sauce. You’ll need to lớn use your lung capađô thị to lớn suông chồng the shellfish meat out of the shells or use a toothpiông chồng. 


Mountain Retreat is a fabulous place to lớn eat while you’re in Ho Chi Minh City!

15. Enjoy drinks and/or dance at the rooftop bars.

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Ho Chi Minc City is constantly growing so there are more và more skyscrapers and tall buildings appearing every year. Visiting a rooftop bar is an exciting opportunity khổng lồ see Ho Chi Minch City’s skyline and the sunphối (if the timing is appropriate). Many of these rooftop bars are also nightclubs with the party-vibe. 

In the Female Expat group, these are the top-recommended rooftop bars khổng lồ visit: Banamãng cầu Mama (this one is highly recommended for the casual vibe), M-Gallery, Chill Sky Bar, & Glow Rooftop. Cheông xã out this post for additional rooftop bars to lớn visit at night. 

Have a blast & tiệc ngọt the night away!

16. Party và drink at Bui Vien Walking Street. 

Bui Vien Street, located in District 1, is Ho Chi Minc City’s version of Las Vegas. With the flashing lights, loud music, clubs, & crowds of people, it’s a busy area that’s popular with tourists & locals. 

This area is known as the “backpacker’s area” due to the cheaper guesthouses và hostels, affordable restaurants, and cheap beer. We love eating at Sara’s Ethiopian Restaurant, yet there are other good choices such as Baba’s Kitchen for Indian food & Bún Chả 145 for a classic Vietnamese dish of rice noodles with grilled pork that originated from Hanoi. 

If you’re inlớn the nightlife & want a different vibe than the rooftop bars, then Bui Vien is a top night attraction khổng lồ visit. You can buổi tiệc ngọt và drink all night long! A unique place khổng lồ visit is the Hong Kong inspired beer club at Hẻm Bia: Lost in Hong Kong. The decor takes you to Hong Kong’s nightlife in 1968. 

Bui Vien is about 20-25 minutes walking from Ben Tkhô cứng Market. If you plan to stay up late and will drink, please hire a Grab oto or motorbike lớn take you baông xã khổng lồ your accommodations. 

17. Eat street food via a motorbike tour. 

Love eating street food? Consider taking a street food tour where your guide takes you to the local places lớn eat. You’ll have an incredible time eating various Vietnamese cuisine and desserts và fill your belly with delicious food. Plus, it’s an opportunity khổng lồ learn more about Vietphái nam và Ho Chi Minh City from your tour guide. 

While you can vị a walking tour, it’s more adventurous to lớn ride on the baông xã of your guide’s motorbike khổng lồ travel from restaurant khổng lồ restaurant. 

Chechồng out food tours via motorbike options here:

If you’re a vegan and/or vegetarian, kiểm tra out this specific food tour

We hope you enjoyed reading this post on what to bởi vì in Ho Chi Minh at night. From the Ho Chi Minh City nightlife to lớn the incredible food options, you’ll have a memorable evening here!

Have sầu other questions about the nighttime activities? Ask them in the comments below!

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