Saigon’s Hidden Alleys

Huong Lien NguyenTravel Tips

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Come to Saigon, you would not only be allured by the modern beauty of Saigon, but fascinated strangely by the colorful and hidden alleys also.

Graffiti Alley

  • 15B Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Located in the heart of the city, Graffiti alley has been one of the unique ones with various graffiti paintings since young street artists draw them. Hence, this place has attracted a large number of people.

Graffiti Alley Saigon

Graffiti Alley Saigon

Although this kind of art is well-known for young people from other countries, they have to draw graffiti stealthily. On the contrary, this is a rare place that the young are free of expressing their passion for this kind of art. Until now, catchy and distinctive graffiti drawings along alleys have covered more than 100 meters of walls. In the past, the alley had a gloomy appearance with a very old wall. Since a group of the young came and asked the locals permission for decorating the alley’s walls, the beauty of the view here has been enhanced and more appealing. Every single graffiti painting is considered a typical feature for the alley. Also, it shows the fascination of Saigon. Step by step, this place has been catching visitors’ attention not only domestically but internationally also.

Coffee Alley

  • 15/29 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Meeting many Saigonese and people choosing this place to live and work, you would find out the common point of these residents. That is sitting down windward in small coffee shops located in tree-lined alleys. The alleys’ space is not too big, even narrow – sometimes no more than 5 feet in width, but seems to be around the city. It is this feature that makes it look like a mysterious maze. Due to the alleys’oddity, more interestingly, people can sit back, drink coffee, talk about their life, and enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the convention venue.

coffee alley in saigon

coffee alley in Saigon

Free Alley

  • Phan Dinh Phung Street, Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City

Only a few dozen meters away from Phan Dinh Phung Street to Truong Sa Street, the alley has held many special stories. At first, starting with a free bucket of water for the poor and pedestrians, up to now there have been six totally free services which the poor and the disabled can use without paying any things. Those services are drinking water, pumping and patching tires, motorbikes, medicine boxes, vegetarian meals for 4 days per month, and even funerals without paying any things. It is worth mentioning that the kind people living there are also poor. They are simply people attached to do jobs like those services. Generous hearts of local people are willing to share their love and happiness with other ordinary people in every corner of this Free alley.

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free alley in Saigon

“What a peaceful little corner of Saigon! I love how simple everything here is!” a customer of Saigon Alley Café said. That is true. There are plenty of distinctive alleys that can reveal lots of interesting stories and surprises if you have the opportunity to come there. Why do not you join with our beautiful lady bikers in I Love Saigon Tour to explore the amazing things only Saigonese know.

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