Taking a break from historical tours and nature parks, we go to the nightlife scenes of Vietnam’s capital city.
Penthouse Drinks Sponsored by our Hosts
On Friday night, our Filipino hosts who has lived in Vietnam for 8 years, took us barhopping all around the city. Of course, we dressed for the night of drinking, city lights and sumptuous Vietnamese food. If there’s one thing I was surprised about Vietnam, it is that their capital city Ho Chi Minh is absolutely beautiful.
What better way to experience the city than to experience its nightlife, right?
Our first stop was the Happy Hour at Chill Skybar, an exclusive bar that gives us a penthouse view of HCMC’s city lights. From the deck we can see the tallest building in the city — the Bitexco Financial Tower along with a glittering skyline and the glistening city lights of Saigon. What a sight to behold!
Going to Downtown for Seafood
We were served drinks and finger food over conversations of being in a relationship and planning the future. But we were just getting warmed up. From uptown, we went to downtown HCMC to their favorite seafood place, Quan Oc Hoang where I had one of the best meals of my life. NO exaggerations.
Seafood swept over. We ate crabs, tiger prawns and clams that were dipped in banh (bread). We got so busy wiping the food off the plate that we hardly noticed we haven’t had rice yet. Needless to say, it was SO good.
I find that Vietnamese food has a lot to do with spreading and topping. Plus, they eat very light and healthy meals usually composed of vegetables.It definitely deserves another story!
I know I lived in an archipelago and even born near coastal areas of Cavite, but I have never tasted seafood this good! In no time, we were chowing down with our fingers never mind that we were all dressed up (read: wa-poise).
Old-Style Bar Entertainment
Partying Like a College Undergrad
And to cap off the night, we dropped by to dance at Lush, which is the go-to bar for the younger crowd. There were also a lot of travelers of all ages loosening up in this place. Us girls had our own share of dancing! But no photos allowed.
By the time the night was over, we were all pumped up for the road trip home. Huge thanks to our hosts — we never would have experienced the Saigon nightlife like this were it not for them!