Saigon has long been known as the largest city of Vietnam with many historic spots and friendly people. But when the sun goes down, the city shows a totally different face. The main attractions of the city light up and its vibes become full of excitement with the locals and tourists looking for fun things to do. What some interesting Saigon tourist attractions should not be missed out? This is the most concerned question for many visitors when they intend to join a Saigon sightseeing tour. Here below are the list of 6 most interesting places to visit in Saigon so that visitors can make a choice for themselves.
1. Nguyen Hue Flower Street
This is a favorite street in Saigon of many tourists and young natives. There are many hotels, restaurants, stores, shopping malls and street food stalls around this area so you can stay, go shopping and taste Vietnamese food to the fullest. Night on the street is the best time to enjoy because the locals will organize many eventful activities like party, mini music show, dancing, etc. If you are here on the New Year Eve or in the festive seasons, you may attend fireworks shows with spectacular performances.
2. Bui Vien Western Street
Located in the center of District 1, Bui Vien Street is an incredible place to enjoy nightlife in Saigon. Bustling with restaurants, shops selling art, backpacker hostels, this is the most dynamic area during the night in Ho Chi Minh city. One will be spoilt for choices as there are lots of standard restaurants, splendid coffee shops as well as exciting bars on Bui Vien street. This street has been well-known by another name “Bia Bet” (Beer Sitting-plump). Come to this non-sleeping street, locals or foreigners sit on plastic stools on the pavements, drink a couple of ice cold beers, have leisurely chat until early morning. All of these make it a very vibrant place in Saigon. Bui Vien street is also highly recommended on Lonely Planet.
3. Saigon Opera House
If you have a chance to visit Saigon, you certainly can’t take your eyes off the elegant architecture of Saigon Opera House. The 115-year-old theatre reigns majestically over bustling Lam Son Square, the historic and cinematic heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon Opera House is an elegant colonial building, very close to the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. With a stunning facade of ornate winged statues and curved window frames, the building stands as one of the impressive sight in Saigon – both day and night. The exterior has the appearance of polished pearl and makes a great place to photograph especially at night when bathed in a soft, orange light. The restored three-storey 800-seat Opera House is used for staging not only opera but also a wide range of performing arts on show includes ballet, musical concerts, Vietnamese traditional dance and live theatre.
4. Ben Thanh Night Market
If you are thinking about things to buy in Saigon, just go to Ben Thanh market. Ben Thanh market plays a central role in Saigon from early morning until late night. The night market is set up alongside the market on Phan Boi Chau street and becomes a pedestrian zone from 19:00 until 23:00 so you can browse at your leisure. Ben Thanh night market is a great place to buy handicrafts, branded goods, Vietnamese art and other souvenirs. The market is big, difficult to navigate at times and certainly best avoided during the hottest part of the day but overall it well worths a look. Being one of Saigon’s oldest landmarks, Ben Thanh offers a great atmosphere that is absolutely authentic.
Above is a list of places to go to Saigon in the evening that we would like to recommend to visitors. Hopefully with these spots in Saigon by night, visitors can find for themselves a place to enjoy when they come to this beautiful city.
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