How to Buy Weed in Ho Chi Minh City (UPDATE 2019)

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Update 2019: It has come to my attention that there are “marijuana cafes” in Ho Chi Minh City. These aren’t Amsterdam style cafes where you can buy weed. Vietnam weed cafes just let you smoke marijuana inside. Read more about it.

Note: I do not encourage anyone to smoke marijuana under any circumstance. If you want to smoke marijuana, then do so at your own legal and personal risk. This post is for informational purposes only.

Vietnam Marijuana Laws

Vietnam has a more lax marijuana policy than its neighbors, which you will notice when you see expats puffing on a fat joint while on the back of a Grab bike. Now, if you’re the second incarnation of Tony Montana and have kilograms of marijuana, then you might have some problems.

Keep in mind, Vietnam still has fairly strict marijuana polices that they choose not to enforce on tourists. However, the police can still legally arrest you for marijuana and sentence you to a lifetime of hard labor in a Vietnamese prison or even death. Just remember that before looking for drugs in any Southeast Asian country. Also, don’t smoke in public. Police in the tourist zones don’t mind (paid off), but outside of that area you might have some problems.

Still probably not since weed falls under the “degenerate stuff white people do” category.

Also, never take illegal drugs across a country border in Southeast Asia. Just don’t. It’s expensive when you get caught.

Now that I’ve explained that, I can explain how to buy marijuana in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for you marijuana addicts.

Marijuana Laws: 4/5 (practically legal)

Purchase at your own risk!

Find the Right Location

The easiest spot to buy marijuana is on the backpacker street, Bui Vien Street. You should see some ladies on Bui Vien Street and De Tham Street walking around selling cigarettes from a little thing around their neck. These ladies will always have marijuana, rolling papers, and filters. They basically have a weed/tobacco shop on their neck.

You just have to ask them.

The Vietnamese word for marijuana is can sa (khan-sah). You don’t need to know that though. These ladies know like 5 words of English and marijuana is one of those words. (Don’t buy cocaine either. It’s actually heroin and you die when you snort it.)

Alternatively, you can go the two circles on the map. One is at the intersection of De Tham and Pham Ngu Lao. The other is at the intersection of De Tham and Bui Vien. Some older guys will approach and start saying, “You want marijuana? Cocaine?” You can buy from these guys too.

Those guys are like 3x more expensive, so don’t buy from them.

You don’t have to worry about this being an undercover sting operation by the police like you would in Thailand or Laos. Nor is this one of the infamous Vietnamese scams. I mean, you still do have to worry about an undercover sting because marijuana is illegal. However, I have never heard of anyone getting stopped by the police after purchasing in this area. Pretty sure the mob pays off the cops [Editor: The cops are the mob.]

Don’t do anything confrontational either. This one American tourist was stabbed to death by a dealer when he complained about getting sold fake weed (probably like $20 worth of weed). So don’t do that. Life is cheap out here and they will kill you over relatively minor stuff.

Ease to Purchase Marijuana: 4/5 (very easy)

Note: Purchase at your own risk. For informational purposes only!

Cost and Quality

The Bui Vien street sellers will have overpriced Cambodian brick weed with seeds and stems. It looks like shit but isn’t that bad. You can expect the women to ask about 150k ($6) for a bag with a few grams in it. They don’t measure it.

The male touts on the motorbike will ask for about 500k ($22) for the same baggie.

Buy from the women touts.

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You can politely decline and haggle them down to a more reasonable 150k ($6) per gram, which is still a foreigner price for the quality you’re getting but that’s probably what you’ll get. Don’t get angry with these people.

Quality is dirt weed in the US (probably the same potency in the 1970s). Definitely not Colorado super THC OG Kush weed or anything. It also looks like shit.

Cost of Marijuana: 1/5 without haggling. 4/5 with right contact.

Quality of Marijuana: 1/5 from random street dealer. 3/5 with right contact.

Meet the Right People

If you want high quality weed, then you need to meet the right person. No, this does not involve anything extremely sketchy. You can normally just hang around Bui Vien drinking and you will eventually bump into an expat (degeneratexpat) if you have any social skills. TNR Saigon Bar is a good spot to meet expats in my limited experience.

Normally the expat will approach you and start complaining about Vietnamese women or why living in Vietnam sucks. You can then shift the conversation to marijuana and ask them where they buy it.

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Most of these expats will smoke marijuana and have a connection. If they don’t smoke marijuana (like me), then they will know someone that smokes marijuana and has a connection. In my experience, the Viet Kieu(usually Vietnamese-Americans) tend to have the best connections for marijuana or other drugs.

Normally, the expats will pay less than what the Bui Vien dealers ask. Expats usually purchase better quality marijuana too.

Weed Bar

There is a weed bar in District 1. Basically, you can bring your weed to the bar and smoke. I’ve never been, so I can’t comment on it.

It’s called Cipherz.

Facebook page:

Address: 379 Hoàng Sa ,Phường Tân Định, Quận 1

Other Drugs in Vietnam

You can buy other drugs in Vietnam too (most expats will have a marijuana and ectasy). Vietnam has strict punishments (death) for possession of other drugs as the country faces a meth crisis and heroin crisis.

NOTE: DO NOT use “cocaine” in Southeast Asia. People don’t import cocaine into poor countries. This is actually heroin that they tell you is cocaine. You will die if you snort what the touts call “cocaine.”

Marijuana in Ho Chi Minh City: Final Verdict

Law Enforcement: 4/5 (very relaxed)

Ease of Purchase: 4/5 (very easy)

Cost of Marijuana: 3/5

Quality of Marijuana: 3/5

Final Score: 14/20 or 70%

While you’re still here you can check out my other FREE ultimate guides to Vietnam by clicking the links below:

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  1. Hi Neo,

    any chance you could hook me up properly? The Bui Vien sellers work, but the quality is poor and its quite expensive too 😀

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  3. Honestly at this stage I’d pay 200 bucks for a gram of actual coke. Most of the stuff on Buí Vien is just ice and baby powder or heroin. Both nasty.

  4. i don’t agree with you say cocaine is actually heroin.
    As an East Asian who loves this city, I came here 30time. that mean i buy drug 30time.
    almost you say is right.
    but my opinion is they say cocaine, that thing is ketamine.
    I do not know what you call them. we call ketamine.
    heroin price is much more expensive. and quality is also not bad.
    There is no benefit change heroin and cocaine.
    But sometimes there are scammers who mix things fuxking like codeine, so we have to meet trust drug seller.
    also you can buy very good quality meth at low price.
    200 is about 5 grams.


  6. Crystal meth is also very rampant. In fact there’s a shady little street vendor stall close to where Bui Vien intersects with Nguyen Trai where you can buy Asian style meth pipes for 50k (tourist price) or 30k (locals). Just put your hand to your fingers to your lips and make a sucking motion. They’ll know what you want. If you’ve graduated to the needle though you can just buy clean syringes from the big pharmacy in that area for 5k each no questions asked. I used to buy my gear from a guy who’s always posted up sitting on a motorbike on the corner of Highlands Coffee. Top quality and standard price.

    I’m not condoning becoming a junkie in Vietnam or anything. Just putting it out there for information purposes. As for me, I’ve left that lifestyle behind.

    Also worth noting, Vietnamese people will eventually know everything about everyone who passes through their little corner of the world for any reasonable length of time. If you’re a tweaker who’s been binging in the same district for months you’ll begin to attract unwanted attention. The locals will begin to mess with you in a collective attempt to induce paranoia and encourage you to get outta dodge. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got money and keep to yourself. They simply won’t want you there anymore after a certain length of time.

  7. Hey there,
    I live in Hanoi, I need good weed for a reasonable price and I do not want to pay for overpriced weed.
    Do you know a place or some person who could sell me some weed?

    Thanks a lot man

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