The Hanoitimes - Ho Chi Minh City has been ranked 2nd on list the best night experiences in Southeast Asia, according to Rough Guides, travel site.
“When the sun goes down, the bustling energy of southern Vietnam's megalopolis transfers to its many clubs and bars.” Rough Guides says.
Bui Vien walking street.
Atmospheric rooftop lounges like Chill Sky Bar stay open until late, and besides drinking, there's a small but exciting music scene to check out.
Acoustic Bar in District 3 has pop-rock cover bands, while Carmen in District 1 offers an odd selection of Spanish flamenco played by skilled Vietnamese musicians. For a casual good time, the plastic tables along Bui Vien – also known as 'Beer Street' – in backpacker central Pham Ngu Lao are a must.
Other best night experiences in the region that are named on the list are music scene in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak, an overnight stay at Thailand's most populous city The Big Mango or dance parties in Malaysia's Penang.
Or, visitors can grab a bite at Myanmar's former capital Yangon, indulge in street life and live music at Yogyakarta's Malioboro strip in Indonesia and dive into Singapore's art hub Kampong Glam.
In 2017, Ho Chi Minh City welcomed more than 6 million international tourists, an increase of 22.8% from 2016, reaching 110% of the set plan. Total tourism revenue is approximately at VND116 trillion (US$5.11 billion), up 12.6% over the same period last year and meeting the set plan. China was the biggest source of visitors, followed by South Korea, Japan, the US, Taiwan and Russia, according to Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism.
The southern largest hub of Ho Chi Minh City hopes to receive 7.5 million international visitors in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 25%, according to Bui Ta Hoang Vu, Director of the city’s Department of Tourism
“The number of domestic arrivals is expected to rise by a more modest 15% to 29 million,” Bui Ta Hoang Vu was quoted as saying.