Pham Ngu Lao StreetVietnam

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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.

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.

Top hotels in Pham Ngu Lao Street

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Elios Hotel
Elios Hotel
3 out of 5
231-233-235 Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
AU$55
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Located in Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is steps away from Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Bui Vien Walking Street. Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square ...

4.1/5Very Good! (898 reviews)

"It was a good clean hotel in an excellent location"…"

Reviewed on 1 Dec. 2019

Elios Hotel
Saigonciti Hotel
Saigonciti Hotel
3 out of 5
264 De Tham, Phuong Pham Ngu Lao, Quan 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Free Cancellation
AU$42
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Located in Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is steps away from Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Bui Vien Walking Street. Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square ...

4.1/5Very Good! (84 reviews)

"The location is central to the entertainment district, but my room was quiet at the back of the hotel. Staff were friendly, helpful English-speaking, and gave a full introduction to room features without me needing to ask. The room was clean, with a view just to other buildings, but good light. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2020

Saigonciti Hotel
Liberty Hotel Saigon Parkview
Liberty Hotel Saigon Parkview
3 out of 5
265 Pham Ngu Lao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Free Cancellation
AU$59
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Located in Downtown Ho Chi Minh City, this hotel is steps away from Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area and Bui Vien Walking Street. Ben Thanh Market and Saigon Square ...

3.9/5Good! (440 reviews)

"You cannot beat polite and pre use service. These guys know how to run a hotel from the doormen to the cleaners. Feels like 5 star service"…"

Reviewed on 28 Dec. 2019

Liberty Hotel Saigon Parkview

Popular activities in Pham Ngu Lao Street

Ben Thanh Market
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Ben Thanh Market

No trip to Ho Chi Minh City is complete without exploring this bustling market where you can enjoy a traditional Vietnamese dish or purchase souvenirs.

Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area
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Pham Ngu Lao Backpacker Area

Backpackers flock here for the hawker food stalls, the affordable cafes and hotels, cheap merchandise and handy bus connections.

War Remnants Museum
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War Remnants Museum

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

Opera House
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Opera House

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.

Independence Palace
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Independence Palace

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

Saigon Central Post Office
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Saigon Central Post Office

Make sure you write your postcards in Ho Chi Minh City, as it’s a great excuse to visit the city’s stunning 19th-century post office.

Top activities in Pham Ngu Lao Street

Ho Chi Minh City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour (24 hours)
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Ho Chi Minh City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour (24 hours)

AU$22

Explore the sights of Ho Chi Minh City at your own pace on a tour bus. Enjoy unlimited rides for 24 hours, hopping on and off at popular sites such as Notre Dame Cathedral, Independence Palace, and the War Remnants Museum.

SAIGON 320Y: CITY TOUR + SAIGON SKYDECK+ INDOCHINA JUNK
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SAIGON 320Y: CITY TOUR + SAIGON SKYDECK+ INDOCHINA JUNK

AU$51

This is a special HoChiMinh City tour Hop On-Hop Off Vietnam combine view panorama high speed elevator on 68 floors sky deck tower and finger foods in Cruise ship on Saigon river. Tour guide pick up you at city center - bus stop 187 Pham Ngu Lao st.

4 Days Ho Chi Minh City + Mekong Delta + CuChi Tunnels Tour
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4 Days Ho Chi Minh City + Mekong Delta + CuChi Tunnels Tour

AU$113

Our combo tour tickets will ensure you get the most of your trip to South of Vietnam by going through various attractions in modern and ancient Ho Chi Minh City and taking a boat cruise along Mekong River, experience the network of CuChi Tunnels.

CU CHI TUNNELS HALF DAY GROUP TOUR
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CU CHI TUNNELS HALF DAY GROUP TOUR

AU$55

Visit Cu Chi Tunnels Tour , will give an introduction about its historic as a part of Vietnamese war. A chance to explore the system of tunnels deep underground being famous after war and can know how it works or how it stands out the destructive power of the bomb attack most of the US military.

CU CHI TUNNELS HALF DAY GROUP TOUR
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CU CHI TUNNELS HALF DAY GROUP TOUR

AU$58

Visit Cu Chi Tunnels Tour , will give an introduction about its historic as a part of Vietnamese war. A chance to explore the system of tunnels deep underground being famous after war and can know how it works or how it stands out the destructive power of the bomb attack most of the US military.

Private 3 Days Trekking: Nam Cat Tien National Park
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Private 3 Days Trekking: Nam Cat Tien National Park

AU$420

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking. Please confirm your hotel to arrange a pick up & drop off service - On the departure day, our guide and driver pick you up from your hotel (if your hotel located in our pick up area) or meeting point to heading to Cat Tien Nation Park (4 hours journey).