A sleepless night on Bui Vien Street
If you’ve been to Vietnam, someone must have told you that “don’t sleep in Saigon”. It’s because when the sun goes down and the light goes on, the hustle of the daytime will be replaced by the noise and bustle of the nighttime. And, one of the famous entertainment venues you should come by is Bui Vien Street.
What can you find on Bui Vien Street
Before becoming a walking street, Bui Vien Street used to be a “backpacker street” due to a large number of foreigners coming here for partying all night. There is no motorbike allowed from 7 PM to 2 AM on the weekends. It leaves space only for entertainment activities such as food, drinks, games, street performances, etc. Furthermore, pedestrians here can also enjoy its special “4-free” including free restrooms, free Wifi, free visitor center, and free smile! Therefore, on the weekends, Bui Vien Street becomes more bustling than ever. Whenever the sun goes down, this street is full of people from all corners on earth.
What’s more, the bright lights and vibrant music from the cafes, bars, and pubs along both sides of the street make tourists feel extremely excited and interested. In addition to bars and pubs, you also can experience the Vietnamese drinking style. If EDM music and the intense lights are too much for you, you can sit on the sidewalk with friends, drink local beer and taste some special Vietnamese snacks. This street is also like an outdoor stage of many extraordinary performances from amateur circus performers to professional singers. Especially, they also hold folk games that attract much attention from foreigners such as jumping rope, tug of war, etc.
In addition to that, since Bui Vien Street becomes a tourist destination, the tourism services here are also very diverse and abundant with many types of stores ranging from souvenirs, books, tour retailers to spas or massages. Plus, if you love parties and love to spend your vacation around watering holes, a hotel room on this street is recommended. Plus, there is a hotel with a large rooftop pool.
Fulfill your stomach in Bui Vien Street
Bui Vien Street is now a familiar nightspot of youngsters in Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to bars and pubs, this walking street also a venue for Vietnamese street food. Actually, it would be a “mission impossible” to try all the food vendors on this road in only a night. Therefore, here are some significant stalls you should give a try when setting foot in this place.
Hai Thien rolled Pho
Bui Vien has a very unique dish that you can’t find anywhere else called Rainbow rolled Pho. Rolled Pho is an upgrade of the original one consisting of “banh Pho” (the whole flat Pho without cutting into strips) rolling with beef, veggie, coriander, etc. They serve this dish with special sweet and sour fish sauce. However, the unique feature of this dish in Hai Thin stall is that instead of the plain white, “banh Pho” here is colorful. Plus, all of those colors are made from natural fruits. For example, red is from spiny bitter gourd, yellow is from pumpkin, purple is from cabbage, and so on.
Address: 14 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City.
Every afternoon at 5 PM, there is a hot tofu vendor carrying her stall to 169 Bui Vien Street and temporarily settling down their till everything is sold out. Although the shop is small with limited seats, the atmosphere around it is extremely bustling. Moreover, the tofu here is soft, smooth and goes perfectly with the jasmine syrup and coconut milk. If you’re in search of something to calm your stomach after the last call.
Address: 1659 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City.
Mrs. Sau barbecue
Mrs. Sau small barbecue stall is one of the most famous stalls on Bui Vien Street. It’s also known as BBQ Saigon Night. Diverse raw ingredients are skewed already. You just need to select which you like and grill them directly on your table. Each skewer costs 10,000VND so with a low budget around 100,000VND, you and your friends can have a full meal for dinner.
Five Boys Smoothies
What’s more, if you’re not into alcoholic drinks, Five Boys Smoothies is the suitable one for you. You can order here any smoothie you want: guava, apple, pineapple, grapefruit, etc. Moreover, you can mix the fruits according to your taste.
Address: 84/7 Bui Vien Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City.
Regardless of the moral standard, for those who love parties and want to try the Vietnamese style, Bui Vien street is the right place for you to overnight. However, make sure to have one designated driver. Even you decide to take a taxi home, someone needs to be sober to keep all the hammered ones safe.