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Address: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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backpackers area in ho chi minh

pham ngu lao very famous as backpackers area so you can find easily for hostels, restaurant, mini market, souvenirs shop, travel agent, cafe, bars, etc. nice place but very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

pham ngu lao very famous as backpackers area so you can find easily for hostels, restaurant, mini market, souvenirs shop, travel agent, cafe, bars, etc. nice place but very crowded and strategic coz near to the bus terminal bout 5 mins. and park

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I just don't understand why people would want to go there... It's filthy, there's nothing interesting to see and you'll get sick in most of the restaurants. There are plenty of super cool restaurants and bars around HCM so you really don't need to around Pham Ngu Lao area. The only thing worth going there is getting some nice T-shirt... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

A 24 x 7 road parallel to the walking street of Ho Chi Minh. The road is alive round the clock. Pick up your beer, fags, food etc anytime on this larger than life street. The city doesnt sleep neither does this road !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This street and the surrounding ones are referred to as the backpacker area of HCMC. There are indeed a lot of cheap hostels, restaurants and bars, and the sleeper coaches arrive/depart here to bring you around Vietnam. It is a nice place to spend an evening, there are cheap and good restaurants, lots of bars, the atmosphere is friendly, you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a backpacker area. Yes, they have many stores and food courts and the price is just cheap. Compared to District 1. it is just cheap. That is why they call it the "Back Packer" area. Everyone to his/her own taste. Be sure you know what you are getting into,,,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Being a vietnam-born american, i can tell you that it is a nice, fun, and decent lodging place in the heart of ho chi minh city. It has many services for tourists to access and the locals here speak english well enough to help you. As in any places when you travel, you have to be mindful of petty crimes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

If you are a westerner looking for a taste of familiarity and home, then you'll probably find it here in Pham Ngu Lao. This area is heavily marketed to western tourists and does have some decent food options. Very loud usually, but a good, safe crowd atmosphere.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It is the main hub for tourist. So you get the bad and the con artist all in one area. You also get some very friendly people who are very helpful. Just be very careful in this area. I personally have never had any trouble. I have seen people get their purse stolen.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Tons of options for food, drinks and reasonable hotels. Close to parks, Ben Thanh Market and a lot of other things. A good location to be centered in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This has got "everything" and lots of it - all at 100mph. Beer / food / cheap digs / tour operators / markets etc x100. Enjoy !

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