Vung Tau is a lot more commercialized compared to the Con Dao Islands and there's a lot more to do in the mainland town. This is partly because this area was used as a rest & recreation destination for American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Later on when Vung Tau became the centre of the oil business in the country, many Russians came to work in the oil fields and started a large resident compound here. Many of them socialised downtown and revitalised the place. If your idea of a good night out is a game of pool and chatting with girls who work as hostesses in some of the more ‘colourful’ cafes and bars, Vung Tau is the place to be. Con Dao is beautiful and very quiet at night. Nightlife activity here is still very limited. It can be quite simple – eating out at one of the local restaurants, followed by drinking Vietnamese coffee or tea or beer probably at the same venue.
Da Lat is famous for its rich colonial atmosphere as well as for having many great natural sites. It might, however, be lacking slightly in its nightlife but if visitors really want to enjoy themselves they can definitely find quite a few interesting establishments at the more up-market venues. Among them are Larry's Bar and Le Rabelais Bar, both are located in the Da Lat Palace Hotel. For a choice of drinks here, there are imported beers, whiskies, cocktails and wine. Many new arrivals in Vietnam are surprised to discover locally produced wine. Thanks to the French, who introduced this beverage to the country, there is a young but growing wine industry in and around Da Lat with Vang Da Lat (aka Wine Da Lat) and Da Lat Beco the two main producers. Customers can find interesting local-made drinks on Dalat’s restaurant menus including Bordeaux-style wines, sparkling white wines, peach coolers and wine coolers. Give them a try!
Hai Phong nightlife might not be as active as Hanoi – only a few hours away by car. But if you explore a bit, especially around the Minh Khai District, you’ll find all sorts of choices. Bars, nightclubs, discos and karaoke joints are to be found while the live music scene here has become more and more common and quite active lately. This comes as something of a surprise considering Hai Phong is not a big party town. Though it’s true that most businesses close their doors early, there are a few places that stay open after midnight. Visitors just need to ask around and the best source is at your hotel tour or receptionist desk. They should be able to lead you to the nearest cool place for a fun night out. Alternatively see the following list for some recommendations.
Nightlife in Hue can hardly be described as scintillating. It's been said that the raciest thing about it is when the police show up and the illegal street vendors disappear like dust into thin air. Still, if your scene is a few quiet drinks hanging out with backpackers and/or locals then there's no reason why nights out in Hue shouldn't be loads of fun. There are plenty of local pubs that offer extensive alcoholic offerings and live entertainment until late, most of which are set along the backpacker streets of Pham Ngu Lao, Le Loi and Nguyen Cong Tru. Affluent travellers can find elegant bars and all-day bistros without stepping foot outside their hotel, where they can unwind after a day of sightseeing in Hue.
When not cruising Halong Bay, it can be a romantic idea to just enjoy the evening by spending time at the waterfront venues. The choice of nightlife in Halong Bay is limited but there are a few interesting places to visit. In such a gorgeous setting it's really not hard to spend a night to remember for a long time.
Mui Ne and Phan Thiet are relatively small coastal towns in Vietnam, so most visitors know they should not expect anything very sophisticated in the way of nightlife. However, there is enough in the way of entertainment to keep boredom at bay throughout your holiday. Hotel bars, late-night restaurants, and hippy lounges are set along Mui Ne Beach, offering relaxed ambience, friendly service, and, of course, lots of booze and food. During the high season, expect vibrant parties, cultural nights, movie screenings, bonfires, dance performances, and guest DJs from all across Vietnam and Europe. For a perfect combination for a fun night out with locals and fellow travellers, read on for our recommendations on what to do at night in Mui Ne and Phan Thiet.
Nha Trang’s nightlife scene is a mixture of old and new, with hippy neighbourhood bars holding their own against glitzy rooftop nightclubs and five-star hotel lounges. Great for mingling with fun-loving locals and fellow tourists until the early hours of morning, these nightlife spots offer ample alcoholic offerings, tantalising bites, live dance performances, and a variety of music genres. Nha Trang’s numerous cultural spaces host nightly traditional puppet shows, light shows, and traditional tunes while Vinpearl Amusement Park offers fun-filled activities for travelling families thanks to unique water slides, a massive aquarium, a wave pool, amphitheatre, shopping mall, and a variety of rides. Read on to discover our compilation of what to do and where to go at night in Nha Trang.
Phu Quoc Island’s relaxed nightlife scene is ideal for those looking to unwind by the beach after a day of exploring the island. Catering to different budgets, you can find plenty of beachfront bars, wine lounges, late-night restaurants, and vibrant nightclubs offering an extensive range of strong cocktails and imported alcohol until late. These establishments are well-frequented by fun-loving locals, expats, and tourists thanks to their charming service, stylish interiors, and live entertainment such as full moon parties, sports events, bonfires, and dance performances. Alternatively, the Dinh Cau Night Market in Duong Dong is great for sampling authentic local dishes and purchasing souvenirs for loved ones back home.
Hoi An’s nightlife scene comprises trendy bistros, cafés, bars, artistic lounges, and live music venues, most of which are set within the bustling Ancient Town and Riverside. When the sun sets, the pedestrian-friendly streets of Hoi An transform into a vibrant display of traditional lanterns, folk dance performances, and lit candles floating down Thu Bon River. While most cities in Vietnam are known for turning their lights off early, these nightlife spots stay open (and busy) until 03:00 – perfect for travellers looking to party the night away with fun-loving locals. Aside from serving arguably the cheapest beer in the world, these lively bars and pubs also offer attractive happy hour promotions while local artists and international DJs play a variety of music genres. Before you embark on an evening of bar-hopping in this historic town, read our comprehensive guide on what to do at night in Hoi An.
Hanoi’s nightlife scene offers a multitude of interesting things to see and places to go well after the sun sets. The city’s lively bars and glitzy nightclubs are conveniently set around Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter, where you can enjoy great tunes and all sorts of booze as well as mix and mingle with fun-loving locals and expats. However, a night out in Hanoi is not complete without sitting back on plastic stools and enjoy bia hoi (Vietnamese draft beer) along the bustling streets. Due to the Hanoi’s rather strict laws, nightclubs and bars usually close at midnight, but you can find some that remain open (and busy) until the local authorities show up. Read on to find out what to do at night in Hanoi.
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