For those of you who are planning a few days in Ho Chi Minh city, we have put together the ultimate guide for drinking, sleeping and eating!
Qui Lounge has an extensive whiskey, wine and cocktail list but be warned, many pubs and lounges in Vietnam still allow smoking inside (actually, you can still smoke nearly everywhere)! However, the atmosphere here is great, especially if you are in a sophisticated sort of mood!
Glow Skybar is one of the many posh rooftop bars to visit during your stay in Ho Chi Minh. With one of the best views of the city, hottest DJ’s and of course plenty to drink Glow Skybar is a must-do on the weekend.
D2 Sports Pub may not look like much but this is the place to be when you are missing home. If you are travelling with a mad sports fan then you will most likely find yourself here watching the footy.
Propaganda Restaurant proudly uses 100% local ingredients to create their “redesigned” Vietnamese home-cooking. Here you will find traditional dishes like spring rolls and banh mi in a unique setting of extravagant and unique local artwork.
Sushi Rei is an authentic Japanese restaurant in the heart of the city. Chef Naka changes the menu daily with most of the ingredients imported directly from the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. There are only 8 seats in the restaurant so booking is essential!
El Gaucho is an Argentinian steakhouse that sources their meat from Australia. Seems silly to eat here when you are travelling in Vietnam but El Gaucho is one of the most popular and delicious restaurants in the city.
Dragon Palace II Hotel is perfect for travellers on a budget that don’t mind a bit of noise. The hotel is located on Pham Ngu Lao Street which is better known as “the street that never sleeps.” If you are going solo or with a group friends this is the best location to meet new people.
Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel has many sister hotels across the city but this location is the most convenient for walking to the nearby sites. The hotels are Vietnamese owned and operated which is a great way to immerse yourself into the culture straight away. Plus the rooftop bar and pool has great views of the city!
InterContinental is for best suited for big budgets or for when you want to splurge after staying in a hostel. The location is very central and most attractions are easy to walk to. Here you will find the Western amenities that we have grown accustomed to and stellar service.
Note that the higher-end hotels in Vietnam don’t allow you to bring any guest back after dark. So if you are looking to party with new friends you will have to take your shenanigans elsewhere.