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Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area

Vacation Travel Guide
Pham Ngu Lao which includes street scenes and a garden

Known as the city’s main backpacker area, the streets of Pham Ngu Lao are lined with great value restaurants, colorful markets and lively bars.

Stroll along Pham Ngu Lao’s traditional streets and stop off at the small, local cafés, friendly backpacker bars and shops selling local treats like sugary coconut candies and tropical fruits. Stay at a welcoming guesthouse and swap tales and tips with other travelers and then head out in the evening to experience some of the city’s best nightlife.

Even if you choose to stay outside Pham Ngu Lao, you should definitely visit the area to sample some of the city’s best, and cheapest, food. Pick from numerous local delicacies at the small restaurants tucked into every side street. Try delicious stuffed pancakes, thick rice and noodle soup, spicy dishes made with crab or tasty grilled shrimp. Be aware that while cooked food is usually safe, it’s best to avoid uncooked vegetables and ice in your drinks.

Explore the safe, winding streets and you will find colorful markets selling a mix of souvenirs and local goods. Purchase anything from the iconic conical hats to beautiful paintings and silk embroideries. Shop around a bit before you buy. Don’t be afraid to bargain for the best price.

If you enjoy a night out, don’t miss the buzzing atmosphere of Pham Ngu Lao after dark. Bars pump music onto the street from every corner and serve cheap drinks to an international crowd. Dance all night or ask for travel tips from expats who have taken up residence here.

Pham Ngu Lao is located in District One, just a short walk from the center of Ho Chi Minh City, making it a great place to base your overall visit. Use the regular public transportation links around the city or take taxis, a cheap and reliable option. You will find no shortage of guesthouses and hostels, most with English-speaking staff. It’s a good idea to look at a few places before deciding, and again, don’t be afraid to bargain on the price of a room.

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Top Hotels Close to Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area

Dyn Opera Hotel
Dyn Opera Hotel
3.5 out of 5
18 Cao Ba Quat, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh
The price is ¥1,872 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Opera House and Vincom Center Shopping Mall. Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Saigon Central Post Office ...
4.3/5Excellent! (49 reviews)
"Nhân viên thân thiện, giả rẻ, nội thất mới, yên tĩnh"

Reviewed on Jul 18, 2021

Dyn Opera Hotel
Grand Hotel Saigon
Grand Hotel Saigon
5 out of 5
8 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥4,325 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
This family-friendly Ho Chi Minh City hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 5-minute walk of Dong Khoi Shopping Street and Saigon River. Opera ...
4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
Highly recommended
"I went to HCM for a business trip and stayed here for one day. The staffs are so kind to me, the room rate is reasonable, the location is closed to everywhere. I could go to Ben Thanh in 10mins by walking and the famous restaurants and massage shops are also within a walking distance. The pool looked ..."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

Grand Hotel Saigon
Park View Saigon Hotel
Park View Saigon Hotel
3 out of 5
98R -100 Le Lai street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area, Bui Vien Walking Street, and Ben Thanh Market. Takashimaya Vietnam ...
4.1/5Very Good! (78 reviews)
great for budget travelers
"ok hotel. great location with good food court across the road and very busy night life only 100mtr walk. and very easy walk into city centre and main attractions"

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020

Park View Saigon Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area


Best Lodging Options Near Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area

Meraki Hotel by HCG
Meraki Hotel by HCG
3 out of 5
198 Bui Vien Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥437 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Meraki Hotel by HCG
Grand Hotel Saigon
Grand Hotel Saigon
5 out of 5
8 Dong Khoi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥4,325 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Grand Hotel Saigon
Park View Saigon Hotel
Park View Saigon Hotel
3 out of 5
98R -100 Le Lai street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Park View Saigon Hotel
Dyn Opera Hotel
Dyn Opera Hotel
3.5 out of 5
18 Cao Ba Quat, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh
The price is ¥1,872 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Dyn Opera Hotel
Chez Mimosa Corner
Chez Mimosa Corner
3.5 out of 5
No 43 Co Giang street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥2,369 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Chez Mimosa Corner
Orchids Saigon Hotel
Orchids Saigon Hotel
4 out of 5
192 Pasteur Street, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥3,745 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Orchids Saigon Hotel
Saigon Cozy Hotel
Saigon Cozy Hotel
3 out of 5
241/22 Pham Ngu Lao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥1,162 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
Saigon Cozy Hotel
New World Saigon Hotel
New World Saigon Hotel
5 out of 5
76 Le Lai Street, District 1, Ben Thanh, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is ¥9,074 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
New World Saigon Hotel
H Best Hostel Cafe Saigon
H Best Hostel Cafe Saigon
2 out of 5
265/39 Pham Ngu Lao, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Sai Gon
H Best Hostel Cafe Saigon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.