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Pham Ngu Lao Street

Known for Shopping, Dining and Tour

Travelers on a budget flock to this area of Ho Chi Minh City, which offers up quality rooms, delicious food and a variety of goods for very reasonable prices.

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For cheap meals, accommodation and markets in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, look no further than Pham Ngu Lao. It is known by Vietnamese locals as “khu tay ba lo”, which translates to “Backpacker’s area.” If you are a traveler on a budget, Pham Ngu Lao is the place to be.

Pham Ngu Lao is named after a celebrated military general from the 13th century. Tourists, and even locals, flock to its bustling open air and indoor markets. Buy clothing, electronics and souvenirs for extremely cheap prices. Bargaining is part of the shopping experience at Vietnamese markets, so come prepared to haggle with vendors.

Find a huge range of budget accommodation options within Pham Ngu Lao. Because of this, room rates are easily negotiable and you never have to settle for a subpar room. Cable television, Wi-Fi and other luxury amenities are available in most places. Note that the best deals on rooms can be found in the alleyways that connect the main streets.

Pham Ngu Lao offers just about any kind of food imaginable, from local fare to more mainstream dishes. Stop at a cart for some street food or pop into a café for a tea. Many pho eateries are open around the clock so you can enjoy some noodles after a late night on the town. Visit the area’s bars and clubs for cheap beer, cocktails and live music.

The district of Pham Ngu Lao comprises two parallel streets, plus several interconnecting alleyways. It is located in District 1, the central area of Ho Chi Minh City. Parks, markets and many of the city’s major landmarks are within easy walking distance. In less than 15 minutes, you can reach the War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Basilica and Reunification Palace.

Activities in Pham Ngu Lao Street

Get an appreciation for the years of conflict and unrest that plagued Vietnam during the 20th century at this fascinating palace.

Situated in central Ho Chi Minh, this magnificent cathedral is a lasting reminder of the city's 19th-century French occupation.

Discover a huge array of exhibitions that explore Vietnam’s intriguing and sometimes troubled past.

A sobering collection of artillery, documentation and graphic exhibitions depict the effects of the Vietnam War.

This striking government office is undoubtedly one of the city’s most impressive colonial buildings.

This stunning theater, with its glistening white architecture and curved lines, makes it easy to forget that you are in Ho Chi Minh City and not in Paris.

Whether you want to see exotic animals or enjoy a stroll through colorful gardens, this park transports you from the bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.

An exquisite French colonial villa is home to a collection of fine art that explores the interesting history of this diverse country.

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Take a private journey to My Tho, a city on the water in the heart of the Mekong delta. Spend a day in the beautiful Vietnamese countryside, spotting vast rice fields, riding a boat down the Mekong River, and visiting the Vinh Trang Temple.

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Escape the bustle of the city to explore rural scenery of Southern Vietnam and get an up-close look at the famous Cu Chi Tunnels in Southern Vietnam. Learn about the lives of Vietnamese soldiers by going for a subterranean stroll through the tunnels, and get the chance to fire guns from the Vietnam War era at a nearby shooting range.

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Imagine spending your days living in underground tunnels, only able to come out at night when the sun is down - that's what the people of Cu Chi did nearly 50 years ago during the Vietnam War.

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Please note that, we have 2 options for this product: the VIP option (max 7 participants with Transfer by Limousine) and the Small Group option (max 12 participants with Transfer by regular Bus) This VIP full-day Tour takes you from Ho Chi Minh city to 2 popular attractions: Cu Chi Tunnels and the Mekong Delta 7:45AM.

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Visit the Mekong Delta, stopping by the Vinh Trang Pagoda along the way, and board a cruise to learn about life in the delta region. Afterward, get the chance to sample ripe seasonal fruits and take lunch with hot tea on a farm before your day is up.

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Start your trip with hotel pickup and transfer to Ho Chi Minh Pier where you board a luxury speedboat made of high-quality teak wood. Zip along the Saigon River to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, a ride that takes about one hour along tree-lined waterways.

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