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Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area
Holiday Travel Guide

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 10 Hotels Near Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area

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
The price is SG$29 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

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 11 Mar,2020

Park View Saigon Hotel
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
4 out of 5
26 Thi Sach st, Ben Nghe ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$57 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Vincom Center Shopping Mall, Parkson Plaza and Opera House. Ho Chi Minh City Hall and Saigon Central ...

4.3/5Excellent! (82 reviews)
Cute hotel

"The lobby was amazing, it was very beautiful, I can tell before is a very old hotel, and they did some remodeling to the hotel, I think is a very nice and reasonable price for the room. recommend to everyone who wants to stay in Saigon."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar,2020

Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Hotel Nikko Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon
5 out of 5
235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$108 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in District 1, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ho Thi Ky Flower Market and Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area. Bui Vien Walking Street and ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (999 reviews)

"Professional!! The staffs were nicely, smiling faces and good manner."…"

Reviewed on 3 Oct,2020

Hotel Nikko 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.

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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
The price is SG$29 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
Park View Saigon Hotel
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
4 out of 5
26 Thi Sach st, Ben Nghe ward, Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$57 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
Prostyle Hotel Ho Chi Minh
Hotel Nikko Saigon
Hotel Nikko Saigon
5 out of 5
235 Nguyen Van Cu Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$108 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel Nikko Saigon
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 SG$119 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
New World Saigon Hotel
Rex Hotel
Rex Hotel
5 out of 5
141 Nguyen Hue Blvd, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$135 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
Rex Hotel
Pullman Saigon Centre
Pullman Saigon Centre
5 out of 5
148 Tran Hung Dao St Dist 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$103 per night from 19 Feb to 20 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
Pullman Saigon Centre
Lotus Central Hotel
Lotus Central Hotel
4 out of 5
102-104-106 Le Thi Hong Gam, District 1, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$44 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
Lotus Central Hotel
Vien Dong Hotel
Vien Dong Hotel
3 out of 5
275A Pham Ngu Lao Street, Dist. 1, Ho Chi Minh City
The price is SG$43 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees
Vien Dong Hotel
The Hideout Hostel Saigon
The Hideout Hostel Saigon
2 out of 5
275-279 Phm Ng? Lão, Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh Municipality
The Hideout Hostel 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.