If you love a beer then checkout Bui Vien Walking Street. Either day or night, the place is buzzing. I (Kiwi In Saigon) often would come down here for a beer and get to know people. It has a fantastic atmosphere. So if you are into partying this is the place to be. Another favourite of Bui Vien Street is FREE WIRELESS Everywhere there you go. Most restaurants have free internet and then the rest of the street you can connect to the MEGA FREE Wireless connections throughout the street
Bui Vien Street is the main street of the so called ‘backpackers area’ of Ho Chi Minh City. Here you find a wide variety of inexpensive restaurants, bars, souvenir shops and hotels/hostels. While being seated at one of the places you can soak up the local lifestyle and culture. You can shop, dine and party on Bui Vien Street. The restaurants, Pubs and clubs are endless. Not to mention all the therapeutic massage services available.
The total ‘backpackers area’ consist of roughly four streets and some small interconnecting alleys. To have dinner here is very affordable and will cost you around VND 100-200.000 (US$ 6-12), for this amount you will have a decent meal including a drink. Kiwi In Saigon have spent many countless nights till the early hours of the morning quenching my thirst with beer bombs
The options vary from Vietnamese, Indian, Italian to Chinese and Western. On Bui Vien street you also find many bars that offer drinks with a view of the busy city life.
Its great to sit outside one of the many places to eat and people watch. Depending on the location you can have a beer for around VND 45.000 up to 80,000 (US $1.90 – $3.40).
Besides this there are many souvenir shops that sell affordable gifts ranging from paintings, statues to clothing and bags. As this is the heart of the city centre it can easily be reached by foot or taxi and almost all locals in here speak English. It gets busiest from early evening, around 18:00, with the many bars and pubs popular until 02:00 or even later.
You can also buy beers from many of the convenience stores located on the street such as 7 Elevens etc. Beer of course is cheaper and will cost you around 10,000 VND (US $0.43). Of course you pay alot more if you are drinking at the bars but in comparison to the Western world, beers alcohol is incredible cheap. Kiwi In Saigon’s favourite I drink is Saigon Special…. So if you use my Kiwi Tour Services, thats the splash I like to drink LOL
Besides beer there are many souvenir shops that sell affordable gifts ranging from paintings, statues to clothing and bags. As this is the heart of the city centre it can easily be reached by foot or taxi. I prefer using GRAB. Uber NO LONGER OPERATES (Purchased by GRAB) but you can check out other transport options or download the Grab APP HERE on my Transport BLOG. and almost all locals in here speak English.
It gets busiest from early evening, around 18:00, with the many bars and pubs popular until 02:00 or even later. Most day tours end by 18:00 so you will see all the Tourists arriving back into the area with backpacks, suitcases, all looking amusingly lost, hot and bothered. Its a funny site to see.
History Of Bui Vien
Bui Vien grew out of the post-war stagnation by offering accommodations to those new global travelers who could afford plane tickets but not the pleasure of staying in places with names like Majestic, Continental or Caravelle. When Vietnam began encouraging tourism, after it opened its economy in the late eighties, foreigners showed up with more cash in their pockets than a Vietnamese farmer made in an entire year. Families converted the bottom floors of their homes into places catering to tourists. Since then, the business model of Bui Vien hasn’t changed much just brighter signs and different owners.
Picture above is Bùi Viện 1969 – Photo Taken by Ddobyman Đg. Wow the street certainly has changed
So take a trip with Kiwi In Saigon to this well known historic street. It’s when the sun goes down that Bui Vien comes to life, though.
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