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Ho Chi Minh has been listed in the top 10 of the world’s best street food destinations.

Ho Chi Minh is known affectionately as ‘Uncle Ho’.

Vietnam is the only country where you’re already 1 year old at birth.

Everyone is a millionaire, you can make like some big dollar dropping hip hop star with 100,000 Dong notes…

You don¹t need prescriptions to get things from the pharmacy – Dr BarChick will see you now!

Things we wish we’d known

In Saigon there is 1 motorbike for every 2 people and 4 people per motorbike. You do the math.

In Vietnam, women wear masks and long gloves. Nothing to do with religion or pollution here, it’s to make sure they stay white (tan is considered low class).

Go out in district 1, sleep in district 2, eat in district 5.

You can buy your way out of any trouble.

They tax cars 200 percent which is why everyone rides bikes!

Come on… means thank you. And you ho yo means watermelon… useful.

Best bars in Ho Chi Minh
Best bars in Ho Chi Minh
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2 Lam Son at Park Hyatt
2 Lam Son at Park Hyatt

Enter the very grand and high ceilinged Park Hyatt, walk on through past what you might think is the bar, until you turn right into the sexier beautifully lit one. The glass windows mean you can watch the hectic streets Read More

Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now

Welcome to Saigon’s warehouse of sin.  If you are looking for a hooker, then this place is a bit like a swarm of bees, they’re everywhere and you can’t escape them, you can try swatting then, but they will stick Read More

Blanchy's Tash
Blanchy's Tash

The head chef here has been snapped up from the infamous Nobu, so Blanchy’s Tash should deliver. It’s at the centre of Saigon, it’s pretty new, and very swanky. This place has got it all, but with three floors to Read More

Casbah
Casbah

This place is Morocco meets Vietnam, and we like it, plus we think that (as long as you like the colour blue) you will like it too. It’s the perfect hideaway, secretly nestled up an alleyway so you will only Read More

Chill Skybar
Chill Skybar

Saigon is as flat as a pancake, so it is the perfect place for some up high drinking because you can literally see everything. Located on top of the AB Tower, this swanky bar is the perfect place to sink Read More

Fenetre Soleil
Fenetre Soleil

Blink and you’ll miss it… this stylish restaurant/bar/café is tucked away up a very tired looking staircase, but don’t be put off, it’s pretty enchanting. It’s cool up here with exposed brickwork, rustic furniture, some sexy chandeliers, and a lot Read More

Go2 Bar
Go2 Bar

This place opens early and shuts late, it’s pretty much 24 hours so it’s a hit, especially with the travelling scene. Located right in the heart of the buzzing tourist district, this wicked dive bar is a must visit – Read More

Le Bouchon De Saigon
Le Bouchon De Saigon

With all its French history, it’s no surprise that Saigon has a brilliant French bar and restaurant. As great as all the local delicacies are, it’s nice escape the Vietnamese traditions if you are a little pho’d out. Splash out Read More

Q Bar
Q Bar

Wanna party with expats and business dudes alike? then this is the joint for you. Alternatively, if you’re gay then this place is a great pick up venue. It’s kinda arty, intimate, retro and we like it. Located bang smack in Read More

Saigon Saigon Bar at Caravelle Hotel
Saigon Saigon Bar at Caravelle Hotel

Head straight up to the 9th floor of this five (ish) star hotel. There’s an awesome view of Ho Chi Minh City’s skyline and on a good day an awesome breeze which is needed in this city. It looks a Read More

The Deck
The Deck

Welcome to the chill out zone. This district 2 hangout is super shanti, although it’s sat on the Saigon River so are you surprised? The clue is in the title, it’s a restaurant and bar set on a deck. We Read More

The Refinery
The Refinery

This French restaurant is very pretty, inside and out. Set in a beautiful little square with a leafy terrace that is perfect for a glass of vino on your way home. Home to what was once an old opium refinery, Read More

Yoko
Yoko

This sweet acoustic bar is named after Yoko Ono, which kind of sets the tone for what it’s all about. Small but perfectly formed, this bar is found in district 3, not too far from the centre of town. It’s Read More