Dozens of inexpensive guest houses, cheap pubs and local restaurants line the sidewalks of this street that’s popular among younger crowds and the backpacker set. Known for its noise, traffic and pure chaos, Pham Ngu Lao draws travelers looking to experience the energy of Ho Chi Minh without a filter.
Travelers can satisfy their hunger with a traditional bahn mi or even a plate of western-style bacon and eggs at one of the many cafes along this bustling street. Those looking to bunker down and watch the world pass can grab a seat at an outdoor table for cold beers and incredible people watching. And while Pham Ngu Lao offers an in-your-face taste of the city, travelers can still escape the chaos by walking a few blocks to the nearby park that’s filled with plenty of peaceful green space.
Pham Ngu Lao Street is located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. Backpackers looking for cheap accommodations and inexpensive food will have their best luck here.