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Pham Ngu Lao Street, Ho Chi Minh City

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A busy area of Ho Chi Min City, Pham Ngu Lao Street provides a paradise for backpackers, with bustling social street life and affordable accommodation. Not limited to low-budget travelers, many visitors come to explore a maze of lanes and back alleys, observing street activities and enjoying countless restaurants, cafes, and bars. Browse through war memorabilia and cheap clothes in many shops, or enjoy some of the remaining colonial-style buildings built during the Saigon era. The area around the street enjoys a reputation as the top nightlife district suitable for all budgets. Named after a 13th-century general who repelled Mongol-led Chinese troops, the street is a must-see for first time visitors. To visit Pham Ngu Lao Street on your holiday in Ho Chi Minh City, and find out what else Ho Chi Minh City has to offer, use our Ho Chi Minh City vacation trip planner.
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  • My hotel is located right here on this busy street lined with hotels, shops, restaurants, bus/plane ticketing offices , street vendors , and lots of motorbikes especially in the late afternoon...what ...  more »
  • On the street a large concentration of travel agencies offering various tours. Also concentrated a large number of hotels and guesthouses. Increased criminal component of this place as prostitutes and thieves. Be careful.
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  • Pham Ngu Lao Street Bùi Viện, together with a number of side streets and a framework for a fast-paced backpacker area in Ho Chi Minh City. This is where you'll find a huge range of cheap massage places, restaurants, bars and small "travel agencies". The competition is fierce, so prices are low! The area may well remind you a little bit about Khao San in Bangkok, but nevertheless different. Same same, but different, as they say. Pham Ngu Lao area is not just for tourists, as there are a great many young Vietnamese, which fills the street scene at night, especially on weekends. There is a lot of noise and a lot of people. Unfortunately, the area is also not cordoned off for cars and scooters in the evening. You can, however, find some more tranquil side streets, where there are some small cosy restaurants. It is a place that should be experienced-if you want to be or quickly get away from there, it must be a matter of temperament).
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