Bui Vien Street
Bui Vien is a bustling street connecting Tran Hung Dao Street and Cong Quynh Street in District 1. It is named after a famous diplomat and mandarin under the Nguyen dynasty. Although it’s been part of HCMC’s famous touristic streets for a while, Bui Vien is now a full-fledged walking street during the weekend for all to come and enjoy its magnificent night life. Almost all locals can speak English so you can feel at ease coming here.
Over the years, backpackers have been gathering at this place for the many tourist-friendly services it provides. Bustling with bars and eateries all over, this street is bound to satisfy everyone thanks to its reasonable prices. With around VND 100,000 – 200,000 (USD 5-9), you can already enjoy a wide selection of local street food. It’s also nice to sit down at bars and cafés as they offer drinks while you soak up the urban lifestyle, with many open overnight.
Not just a place to satisfy the stomach, you will find other tourist friendly services available in the area as well. From massages, motorbike rental, to travel agencies, there are plenty of things to make your trip to HCMC even more fun. Also be on the lookout for the many souvenir shops. You will be delighted by the affordable and wide range of merchandise you can buy from these stores, from paintings, statues to clothing and bags.
Various entertaining performances happen right on the streets that you can’t catch at anywhere else. Whether delightful musical performances or extraordinary stunts, these street performers know that the audience can be a tough crowd and thus they do their best to deliver a great show every single time.
The total ‘backpackers area’ consist of roughly four streets and some small interconnecting alleys. To have dinner here is very affordable and will cost you around VND 100-200.000 (US$ 4-8), for this amount you will have a decent meal including a drink. The options vary from Vietnamese, Indian, Italian to Chinese and Western.
On Bui Vien street you also find many bars that offer drinks with a view of the busy city life. Depending on the location you can have a beer for VND 10.000 to VND 80.000 (US$ 0.5-3). Besides this there are many souvenir shops that sell affordable gifts ranging from paintings, statues to clothing and bags. As this is the heart of the city centre it can easily be reached by foot or taxi and almost all locals in here speak English. It gets busiest from early evening, around 18:00, with the many bars and pubs popular until 02:00 or even later.