The Ultimate Budget Trip to Enjoy Nightlife in Vietnam and Cambodia

Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest and the most active city in Vietnam, that promises you a wonderful nightlife and makes your trip to Vietnam and Cambodia an unforgettable experience. There are a plenty of incredible places  to visit and interesting things to do with your families, friends, or even by yourself, such as taking a walk in Nguyen Hue Boulevard, chug down a few beers on Bui Vien Western Street, watching musical performances at HCMC Opera House, beholding the entire city from Bitexco Tower, and so on. Besides, spending a night at Siem Reap, Cambodia is also worth a try.

Now, it is the high time to explore things to do have the best trip to Vietnam and Cambodia!.

1. Taking a walk on Nguyen Hue Boulevard

Nguyen Hue Boulevard is definitely can’t be missed place in your trip to Vietnam and Cambodia.

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Nguyen Hue Boulevard is a must-see place in Ho Chi Minh City (Source: Google)

It is highly recommended for both locals and foreigners when setting foot on Ho Chi Minh City for the first time to explore its lively and bustling atmosphere. Built in 2015, Nguyen Hue Boulevard covers a big area of 670m long and 64m wide. It seems to be a picture depicting the striking Sai Gon at night with lots of trees, colorful artificial water feature, street musical bands, etc. You can listen to the street music while walking, it is very relaxing, isn’t  it?.  What is more worth visiting this Boulevard?, there are a great chain of restaurants, milk tea, fast food and coffee shops around. You can easily grab some delicious food or stop by a nice coffee shop to act like a local.

Address: Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening hour: 24/7.

Destinations around the boulevard:

  • Time Bistro Vietnamese Cuisine: 44 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Street View Coffees: Apartment 42 and 90 Nguyen Hue, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Zone 87 – Food & Shopping Complex: 87 Nguyen Hue Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

2. Sipping a drink on Bui Vien Western Street

Bui Vien has been a famous place to visit at night for outlanders in Ho Chi Minh City. This street looks like a Western street with many foreigners coming from US, Canada, UK, etc. Eerybody can start a conversation easily regardless of their nationality.

There are a lot of hotels, travel agencies, massage shops along the street. The four crowded roads are: Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao, De Tham and Do Van Dau.


Bui Vien is a favorite corner of foreigners in Ho Chi Minh City (Source: Google)

Bui Vien has officially been the second walking street of Sai Gon since August 2017. Similar to Nguyen Hue Boulevard, many noteworthy activities and places are waiting for you: art performances, mini bars, BBQ restaurants, odd costumes, etc.

Address: 50-82 Bui Vien, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

3. Watching musical performance at HCMC Opera House

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HCMC Opera House is also called as Sai Gon Opera House (Source: Google)

If you are a fan of classical music, then HCMC Opera House should be on your list. Established in 1990, the Opera House was first used for the French government to watch play, symphony, opera, etc.


The elegant architectural design of Sai Gon Opera House (Source: Google)

With its elegant architectural design of Gothique style, HCMC Opera House is sparkling and shiny at night than ever. Coming here, you can enjoy cup of coffee while beholding the ancient architecture under the stunning sky. Also, a lot of fantastic activities are held there in some dates, such as: big events, workshops, experiencing shows,…

Address: 7 Cong Truong Lam Son Street, HCMC

4. Beholding the whole city from Bitexco Tower

Be prepared! The impressive panoramic view of the whole city will leave you in awe.

Bitexco Tower has a look of a lotus – the official national flower of Vietnam. This skyscraper is the renowned symbol of Ho Chi Minh City, so you should not miss this destination for sure!.


Bitexco Tower is the symbol of Ho Chi Minh City (Source: Google)

Most notably, it offers visitors the panoramic view of Sai Gon from its 49th floor. From there, the whole splendid beauty of Ho Chi Minh City can be seen from skydeck.

It is a good chance for you to get an insight into this lively city of Vietnam.

Address: 36 Ho Tung Mau Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Skydeck ticket: from 180,000 VND.

5. Angkor Night Market

Well-known as one of the most prosperous night markets in Siem Reap, Angkor Night Market is founded in 2007 and has become a favorite place for souvenir shopping for the best trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Angkor Night Market is built to preserve traditional handicrafts and improve the living condition of the Khmer people, but today it is home to all kind of souvenirs in Cambodia for visitors.


Angkor Night Market is a souvenir shopping paradise (Source: Google)

The market includes over 200 stalls selling a various range of artisanal handicrafts such as shadow puppets, paintings, recycled material handmade bags, etc. Furthermore, Angkor Night Market is only a five–minute walk from Pub Street, so it is very easy for you to wander around.

Address: Off Sivatha Boulevard, Siem Reap

Opening hours: 4pm to 0am

6. Cambodia Cultural Village

If you do not have enough much time to discover all the traditions and customs in Cambodia, then you should drop by Cambodia Cultural Village. Sited in the countryside of Siem Reap, Cambodia Cultural Village is the only cultural village in miniature. Launched in September 2003 and covering an area of 210,000 square meters, the village is a theme park showing the Cambodia lifestyle, beliefs, customs, historical milestones as well as the Khmer people’s display of rich cultural heritage.


Cambodian Cultural village show (Source: Google)

Stepping inside, you will see wax statues of prominent kings, queens, monks, ethnic minorities, dancers, movie stars, etc. After that, you will have a chance to watch special live performances: fishing performances, traditional Khmer wedding ceremonies, Apsara dances and so on. Notably, pampering yourself with foot and body massage services will help you refill the energy after a long day.

Address: National Road #6, Krours Village, Siem Reap

Closing time: 9 pm

Having delightful nights is an important part when you come to visit strange countries. Hopefully, this article will help you to have the best trip to Vietnam and Cambodia if you are planning to come soon.

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