Pham Ngu Lao Street

Filled with lots of bars, cafes, clubs, affordable hotels and souvenir shops, this loud street is backpacker central in Ho Chi Minh City.

You know you’re in a tourist mecca if the local cafes sell western meals, money exchange is advertised everywhere and you’re addressed in English. That’s because you can catch a bus to just about anywhere in Vietnam from Phạm Ngu Lao Street, making it a convenient base for international travellers. After a visit to the Ben Thanh Market and a stroll through the park, follow this bustling street into downtown via Bui Vien, HCMC’s other backpacker hangout.