Saigon Backpacker’s Area Pham Ngu Lao street is located in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. The intersection of Pham Ngu Lao and DeTham streets are referred to as the backpacker district of Saigon. This area is frequented by Ho Chi Minh city locals and tourist who flock to the area markets to buy cheap clothes, DVDs, souvenirs, and war memorabilia. The many bars and cafes in this district are conveniently located near Saigon’s city centre. In the Vietnamese language, this area is called “khu Tay ba lo”.