Experiencing Saigon City’s Nightlife

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?
hcmc nightlife
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!

hcmc nightlife

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.

vietnamese food
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!

vietnam food

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).

vietnamese food

Old-Style Bar Entertainment

After the sumptuous dinner, we headed over to Seventeen Saloon for music, where some of the entertainers were actually Filipino. It caters to a much more older crowd who enjoys stage performances.
hcmc nightlife

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.

hcmc nightlife
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!

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  • Reply
    veethee dixit
    August 3, 2016 at 12:40 AM

    hats off to the photography!! pictures are of great help. Truly informative post I must say. The food looks super delicious.I admire the old style bar entertainment! 🙂

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    May 20, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Kahit na anong ganda pa ng city, basta kung ako iyan? I would like to eat din there sa small resto… OMG, looking at the food photos, those are some delicious looking dishes and nagutom na tuloy ako!

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      Sam Coronado
      May 20, 2016 at 8:45 PM

      Sobrang sarap!! I would gladly eat street food daily if seafood and ganito kasarap!

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    December 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Your seafood photos made me hungry! It sure looked like you guys had a lot of fun. It made me miss those days that I still got to experience the nightlife. Haha!

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      Samantha C.
      March 2, 2015 at 11:37 AM

      Believe me, I don’t have a nightlife haha. But it’s fun to try it here!

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    Doctor Eamer
    December 11, 2014 at 4:12 AM

    Waaaaah! I want this! #bucketlist

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    December 8, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    We were supposed to go here but we went for Malaysia instead. Sounds fun though! Maybe next time/

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      Samantha C.
      March 2, 2015 at 11:36 AM

      Malaysia is also a good place to visit! 🙂

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    December 7, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Looks like perfect ambiance for an Asian city nightlife. Never been there though.

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      Samantha C.
      March 2, 2015 at 11:35 AM

      When you do, don’t forget to drop by 🙂

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    Patricia | MrsC
    December 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Looks like such a fun night! And wow, the seafood. My tummy literally grumbled.

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    Chef Jay
    December 7, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Wow, Saigon looks beautiful! I hope I can visit sometime in the future. Hope you had a lot of fun.

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    Fernando Ceballos Lachica
    December 6, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Travelers are more prone to feel differently in the new environment. And when nothing special left, they find another place to feel about. Nice travel

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      Samantha C.
      March 2, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      It’s more important to be happy wherever you go. Travel is a way of experiencing even old things in a new way 🙂

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    Rebecca Wong
    December 6, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Beautiful night out!! The food looks amazing too, the photos are making me hungry now….

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    December 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Ahhhh, Saigon. Night life + their delish food = what more can one ask for?

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    Aisha Kristine Chong
    December 6, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Seems like so much fun! I miss my night life, haha! THose are a bunch of good foods too

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      Samantha C.
      March 2, 2015 at 11:31 AM

      I don’t have a nightlife in the Philippines, actually. So to do it abroad is even more awesome 🙂

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    December 6, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    I also enjoyed the night life in Saigon because they have a lot of night places to visit.

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      Samantha C.
      March 2, 2015 at 11:30 AM

      True. Lots of Filipino entertainers in the city too 🙂

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    December 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Been to Saigon once… Our nightlife was spent eating at night markets and street side eateries! Hahaha!

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    December 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Oh wow that looked so much fun! I have never been to Saigon and it’s like a nice place for me and the hubs to visit.

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      Samantha C.
      March 2, 2015 at 11:27 AM

      It will remind you also of the nightlife in Manila 🙂

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