Vietnam nightlife is getting better all the time. As a top country for gappers there are plenty of pubs, clubs and bars in the main cities and backpacker areas such as Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
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The most popular club in Ho Chi Minh City for backpackers is Apocalypse Now on Thi Sach. The party spreads over two floors and a small terrace area and lasts until morning. Bear in mind that this is always the top club recommendation in Ho Chi Minh City and will be packed every night of the week. Entry can cost around £5 – expensive for Vietnam – but this often includes a drink too.
Just a short ride away you’ll find Lush – one of the more modern clubs in the city playing pop, hiphop and house, loud.
In the backpacker area of Pham Ngu Lao, you have the choice between Crazy Buffalo (open 24 hours a day, crazy) or Go2 – again open until the early hours. The party never stops in Ho Chi Minh City.
If you’re looking for crazy nightlife in Vietnam you should also try the Rex Hotel Rooftop Beer Garden, Q Bar and of course, karaoke nights are huge in Ho Chi Minh City. Don’t leave Saigon without belting out some hits.
As the second largest city Hanoi has strict laws on nightclubs and closing times. All bars must close by midnight. You need to know where to go if you want to party till late, lucky for you, I’m about to reveal all.
Funky Buddha is the most well-known bar in Hanoi and has live DJs every night and corners for shisha smokers. Funky Buddha in Hanoi is a great place to hang out for the day and enjoy a game of darts, TV soccer or just a drink.
For the more discerning Hanoi nightlife customer Minh’s Jazz Club has live music every night, as does the Rock & Roll Tavern located in the Old Quarter. If you want to go somewhere absolutely nuts – try the Seventeen Saloon. The wooden American Indian themed restaurant/bar is considered the craziest nightspot in the city, according to locals.
Other top places include The Spotted Cow for a relaxed pint, Relax Bar to sit around the lake and the Water Puppet Theatre for something a little different.
The Nha Trang nightlife is crazy – whether you’re on your gap year from Australia, New Zealand or the UK you’ll find a strong ex pat community here. Head out at 8ish to hit the happy hours – although the drinks are actually super cheap anyway.
Bar Oz is popular with Aussies, as the name would suggest. It’s a bar with a great atmosphere but you can also get a delicious hearty breakfast any time of the day. Crazy Kim Bar is, crazy. Right in the heart of the main backpacker area of Nha Trang if you come here you’ll be expected to dance all night and crash out on the hammocks round the back. The best thing about Crazy Kim Bar is that all proceeds go to supporting local children – definitely worth having a drink in there then.
The Jolly Leprechaun is another fun bar, and check out the rooftop terrace at Oasis, and The Sailing Club right on the beach is great if you want to stay out all night. They organise a full moon party once a month called Insomnia – fun times.
Other places to check out include Phu Quoc Island, Vung Tau, Dalat, Hoi An, Hue and Mui Ne.