Top 8 expat towns in Vietnam you should know

Cafes, bars and restaurants serving western dishes are growing more and more in Vietnam, making it an attractive destination for tourists all over the world.  Let’s check out 8 most famous expat towns in Vietnam!

1. Hanoi expat town

Hanoi Western Town

Hanoi Expat Town

When it comes to the phrase “Expat Town“, people in Hanoi as well as many tourists who have visited the capital immediately think of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets. With a large concentration of tourists from many countries around the world, the Ta Hien – Luong Ngoc Quyen crossroads is also favorably called by the name “international crossroads”. This bustling Expat Town area also regularly appears on foreign travel advice sites with lots of positive feedback.

The main axis of this West street area is the small street of Ta Hien. Across Hanoi, even in the old quarter, we can hardly find any street that still retains its ancient features but has spacious and orderly planning as in here.

During the day, these two small streets look just like any other streets within the city. However, every time the city lights are up, Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen put on a completely new, more vibrant and bustling look. With a fairly narrow width, but along the two streets are a series of beer bars crowded with customers. Tourists from all over the world and from all nationalities hang out together, get acquainted while clinking beer excitingly.

Next to the beer pubs are small pubs with bustling music. Visitors can choose between a cozy space in some Hanoi’s old houses or step out the door to immerse themselves in the cosmopolitan, noisy atmosphere of the street.

2. Danang expat town

Danang Western Town

Danang Expat Town

Da Nang Expat Street is located in a beautiful location with two fronts of Bach Dang and Thai Phien streets. This area has become a familiar destination for many tourists, especially foreigners. Here, in addition to Western dishes such as hamburger, pasta, pizza, sandwich, … there are also a series of wine shops originating from many countries such as: USA, Scotland, UK, France, Chile, Austria, Australia … West Street not only has a strong attraction to foreign tourists but also indigenous people and especially young people. On summer days, people often come here to relax and chat with friends.

Not only is it an ordinary culinary area, the West Bach Dang street – Thai Phien also has many hotels. Guests when booking here can enjoy the brilliant night view of Da Nang’s lights or admire the unique scene of Dragon Bridge spitting fire. Although not as bustling and noisy as in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, these small “Expat corners” are also contributing significantly to enriching the cultural life in Da Nang.

3. Hue expat town

Hue Western Town

Hue Expat Town

If the majority of Expat Towns in other places are quite noisy, noisy with all kinds of sounds such as laughter, the sound of crackling, clinking of beer, … West Street in Hue still retains its serene features, despite the fact that it is also filled with traffic during the day.

Located on the southern bank of the Huong River, no one is able to recall the date when this expat town was formed. The street is quite small with old houses mixed with new tube houses. When the night falls, it turns to a different, mostly vibrant look. After a day of exploring the mausoleums, palaces, temples … this Expat Town is a place where groups of tourists wander around souvenir shops to buy things they like or choose gifts for relatives.

4. Nha Trang expat town

Nha Trang Western Town

Nha Trang Expat Town

Located right on the windswept coast of Nha Trang, the Expat street stretches along the streets of Nguyen Thien Thuat, Tran Quang Khai, Biet Thu, Tran Phu, Hung Vuong. This is a famous area with numerous restaurants with typical culinary features of many countries. Visitors can find restaurants serving authentic Asian dishes to typical European restaurants.

Unlike the Expat Town in Hanoi and Saigon, Nha Trang’s is not rushed, nor flourishingly extravagant. Visitors only see the bustling atmosphere in the evening, but also very comfortable and slow. Here, you can calmly walk to discover every corner or visit the shops and eateries scattered around the area without being invited with insistence.

5. Saigon Expat Town

Ho Chi Minh Western Town

Ho Chi Minh Expat Town

Located in the heart of District 1, the three streets Bui Vien- Pham Ngu Lao- De Tham is the most well- known expat town in Saigon. It will definitely be a big pity if you travel to this bustling city without experiencing the urban, unapologetically dynamic atmosphere of this spot once. Although these three streets are small and not too long either, there are hundreds of motels, hotels, cafes, restaurants … for you to choose from.

Just like any other tourist destination in many countries, Saigon Expat Town is always bustling with visitors from all over the world. That is why the services here grow like mushrooms to serve the needs of visitors. From book shops, foot massage, bicycle rental, tours to all kinds of consumer goods … Anything you need can be found or delivered right at your doorstep here.

Not only international tourists but also domestic tourists travel here for their vacation. They come here because hotels with relatively cheap prices are located in the center of the city, which is very convenient to move to surrounding attractions. In particular, going to expats towns and experiencing the feeling of sitting on the sidewalk to enjoy some beer while jamming along the music, and chatting with friends will definitely be a very interesting memory for visitors.


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