Ho Chi Minh City

Nguyen Hue Walking Street

The one place in Ho Chi Minh City where pedestrians can stroll and shop without fear of the city’s constant traffic.

Ho Chi Minh City’s Favorite Promenade

Ho Chi Minh City is not known for being friendly to pedestrians. Motorbikes zip past each other at perilous speeds, and the traffic lights are mere suggestions. For this reason, Nguyen Hue Walking Street is a very special place. It might be the only street in the city where pedestrians always have the right of way.

An Entertaining Stroll

Crowned at one end by a statue of Ho Chi Minh, and cut off at the other by the Saigon River, Nguyen Hue is an ideal place for visitors to stretch their legs. Buildings line the street filled with shops, cafes, and restaurants. One popular stop is 42 Nguyen Hue, an apartment block converted into a maze of small stores and coffee houses. The Bitexco Financial Tower, Vietnam’s tallest skyscraper, is also nearby.

There’s little shade, so visitors may want to stop by the street at night, when all the buildings light up in different colors. And traffic does still run on either side of the walkway–but in the center, it’s free and clear.