Sunday, October 17, 2010

de tham backpackers district

tourists from different countries converge in Ho Chi Minh's backpacker's district, De Tham street. overnight air-conditioned rooms with its own clean toilets costs only 21USD for three persons, which is just 7USD per person.you can find a number of small lobby entrance with signs of overnight rates around this area. the cheap accommodations extends to the main streets of Pham Ngu Lao and Le Lai. the closest resemblance in the Philippines would be Malate less the red light scene.
expect all sorts of vendors around this area but what's nice is the place remains safe and relatively clean. a park on one end of the street, food shops and tourists with big backpacks makes the place vibrant.by night, Crazy Buffalo bar and other restaurants lights up the street of De Tham. and did i mention that most of the hotels here closes its lobby by late night. so one needs to knock and wake up the hotel staff to enter. doesn't that make you feel safer?
eskapo recommends: Hoang Linh Hotel for those looking for a cheap accommodation in Ho Chi Minh. free internet is available in the lobby, clean rooms, friendly staff who can understand Enlgish and a good location along De Tham. address: 256 De Tham street, Ho Chi Minh.

location:

island: Greater Asia
district: Ho Chi Minh
country: Vietnam

GPS location
10^ 46' 04.73" N
106^ 41' 37.27" E

30 comments:

docgelo said...

USD 7/pax on a backpackers' hotel room? that's a steal, dom!
having expensive accomodation is pointless when you only need is a place to sleep and on the day you'll be out roaming.,,
sana magawi din ako minsan sa vietnam; ill definitely make your series a reference of course.

journeyingjames said...

agree with docgelo! and i will never forget this place, dito kami na-goyo ng taxi driver, inikot-ikot lang kami for 10mins dito lang pala yung pupuntahan, tapos USD10 yung binayad namin, galit pa sya.

Mokong™ said...

Parang ang sarap tuloy mamasyal o tumira dyan! Dahil sa Lahat pare ng post mo about Vietnam

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

from what i remember, de tham does look similar to malate. i just wished malate had more of that backpacker vibe than the 'red light district' that it seems to be always attached with.

I am Xprosaic said...

Ganda naman... parang napakarich ng culture talaga ng vietnamese...

Pietro said...

Really interesting streets, so different from ours. I like the portraits as well. Beautiful post.

Sidney said...

Looks like backpackers heaven:-)

Malate has lost a lot of its original charm.

gillboard said...

was that a scorpion inside the bottle? wonder what it is for.

alicesg said...

Nice coverage of the street scene. Fantastic you can visit HCM on your own. I have a reply to your comment on my blog.

SandyCarlson said...

Amazing faces. You capture and say so much, and the faces haunt me.

Pinoy Boy Journals said...

i love how you captured moments of Saigon life. They're priceless! From market sellers to cyclo drivers! Saigon is not to be missed, and were you able to drop by Go2 bar? Beers are cheap and dancing is wild! Cheers!

pusang kalye said...

so ito yung Binondo nila less the dirt and the beggars? ala. bad ko. ewan ko ba pero yun una kong napapansin. maganda mag photowalk sa ganyang lugar pag dika threatened. tama ba? attitude na naman.hahaha

agree with docangelo, basta maayus naman , di na kailangan ng magarang accommodation.

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

yay! got it, this is the backpacker's mecca! pede na ako pumunta, makakatipid na ako! hehe salamat Dong! :)

Photo Cache said...

I'll keep this in mind when I go to Vietnam. I stayed in red light district in Singapore and it's safe there. Much safer than say Malate I would think. How about the neighborhood here? Did you feel safe?

Chyng said...

grabe anlaki ng backpack nung babae, ano yun 45liters? hehe

and like you, among the 4 accommodation in my SEA trip, favorite ko yung sa Nguyen Khang, district 1 din, super value for money like the other guesthouse around. =)

princess_dyanie said...

ay oo nga ang mura naman! :) galing mo dom sa paghanap ah! clap clap clap! :)

fufu said...

aw... now i miss vietnamese food >< wanna have a bowl of pho!!! :) i was allocated in a love hotel by my local friend, he said it's safe over there and not expensive but i could enjoy the whole king-size bed with air-con and clean attached bathroom :) US$11 per night *it was second backpack trip*

Lawstude said...

now, i know where to fond myself a room when i go there. such a steal indeed. is that scorpion in the bottle?

The SoleSisters said...

Great photos! Now I'm REALLY looking forward to going to Vietnam next year! Keep 'em coming!

Lois

Rizalenio said...

busy streets - there's ermita feel in some of your photos. beautiful.

how much is the scorpion in the bottle? parang ang laki ng scorpions. first time to see that.

chicafabulosa said...

Hi Dong, its me equilibrium. I change my blogsite already. Btw I have an award for you..

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Raft3r said...

thanks, dong
i will try this hotel next time
yun free internet ang nag-enganyo sakin, eh
hehe

Bengbeng said...

i like this post esp the pics of the local ppl. great portrait shots

Sendo said...

GREAT!!! ^_^ GREAT GREAT

--was checkin ur bantayan posts..and thanks for all those infos! you've got them all na compared sa ibang sites na ang daming ek-ek...^^ God bless ..more trips!!! and more posts!! ^^

Jenn said...

Gosh I haven't done this backpacking thing in a while. I actually miss the camaraderie of the backpackers. Stayed in a lot of these in my "younger" years. :-) But yeah, it makes traveling so much more adventuresome not to mention the money you save to be able to explore more of this world. :-)

Fickle Cattle said...

That first photo is divine.

http://ficklecattle.blogspot.com/

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nuts said...

looks malate nga.. and the trees, parang ang di pa polluted ang hangin.. :)

tagabacolod said...

Dom, nag lurk ako sa blog mo to get some ideas for our Saigon stopover last December. :) Ganda ng pics mo!
Acknowledge kita sa listahan ko sa blog entry ko. More travels to you!

air to air heat exchanger said...

from what i remember, de tham does look similar to malate. i just wished malate had more of that backpacker vibe than the 'red light district' that it seems to be always attached with.

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