Faces You Forget: Nights Out in Saigon – Irregular Film


Pham Ngu Lao Ward, also known as ‘Pho tay, in Ho Chi Minh City is on the western edge of District 1 and is a contrast to the rest of the city. Once, a poor and dangerous area even for locals, the Ward became today a safe place full of Vietnamese and westerners, local and backpackers, surrounded by Hotels, bars, restaurants, shops, tour agencies, etc. A Saigon’s version of Bangkok backpacker Khaosan Road but still the perfect base for exploring the heart of the city.

But Pham Ngu Lao Street is not limited to the only low-budget travelers. It’s unique vibes draws people there from everywhere as there is always something going on. With a plethora of unusual  streets’ scenes as hawkers selling just about everything from cigarettes to massage services, people enjoying local street food or having a cheap draft beer on the roadside, the place offers a unique experience of the Saigon Nightlife.

Although Pham Ngu Lao has been developing fast over the past decade, there are still lots of charming colonial-era buildings where local families live there for generations. For those who wish to have an unic Saigonese experience, come to Pham Ngu Lao. You will may be not enjoy everything you’ll see but it will be still an unforgetable experience.



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