Nightlife in Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog

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Hello Duvel! You just taste fantastic!
As a Pinay, I grew up to the mystic of the Broadway play "Miss Saigon." The original  production starred our very own Lea Salonga at West End and went on to launch the careers of so many other talented FIlipina stage actresses. Kim (the main character of the play) was a bar girl in a Saigon bar who fell in love with a married GI, Chris. With our first night in saigon, we were excited to try out the bars in Saigon. We wanted to see Miss Saigon.

Well, the quest proved to be a challenge because we did not know where to start. Our friendly hotel staffers advised on Apocalypse and Lush at District 1. Apocalypse Now was teeming with Caucasians and...their Kims in present time. The DJ was playing house music which was just not that good. None were familiar as everything was in Vietnamese but just the same, we took the cue and just nodded to the beat.
Trying out th Tiger Beer
After 30 minutes, we were bored with the comings and goings of the Kims and their Chrises, and some noticeable "transactions".

We left Apocalypse and tried The American Bar at District One. It was on the 3rd floor of a mall which was kinda a first for me. From the reception to the klieg lights and the stage with dancing slender girls, we could see that this was a high end bar. Security people in SWAT-like outfits were all over which kinda amused me. Security people in the dance floor? But I spotted a cute one so no problem. My only regret was that we were not allowed to take pics of the place. Anyway, we were into our second Singapore sling when the waiter motioned me to another table. A guy was offering me a tequila! I thanked him but declined joining their table.
with Karen
There were bar girls in the place and were approaching all guy customers by the minute. THe flesh trade was in high motion. Later I saw Tequila Guy in front of me. He was making signs of me and him going to the 3rd floor. What?!! Panic attacked and I motioned to one of the waiters telling him that I am not for that. Hahha. We wanted to have fun but not that fun!

We exited with profuse apologies and thanks just the same. We still did not want to turn in for the night so we tried Allez Boo near Le Loi. The place was more relaxed and looked more like our Malate here in Manila. We had more of the Tiger Beer and paired that with some cheezy pizza. Yummy in all.

In going to the hotel, we took a walk along Le Loi down to the Trun Hung Dao district. One thing I have noticed is that riding a cab in Saigon is a challenge. The language can be pretty much of a barrier so you have to be creative. A pen and paper has to be ready in tow. And...our hotel people advised that we should mind our bags always!

So much for Kim. We saw her more non-romanticized version. She now sports a bustier bossom, shorter and tighter dresses, more makeup and more ageing Chrises. Just the same it was fascinating watching all these in Saigon. As the play says, "The Heat is on In Saigon!"
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Hello Duvel! You just taste fantas…
Hello Duvel! You just taste fanta…
Trying out th Tiger Beer
Trying out th Tiger Beer
with Karen
with Karen
Hanging out at Allez Boo
Hanging out at Allez Boo
Grrrowwwl!
Grrrowwwl!
great companions
great companions
blocking Tran Hung Dao
blocking Tran Hung Dao
tired of walking...
tired of walking...
Saigon girls
Saigon girls
mimic!
mimic!
retiring for the night
retiring for the night
JD has a thing for beers!
JD has a thing for beers!
the lovely singapore sling. had 5 …
the lovely singapore sling. had 5…
baileys
bailey's
33 km (21 miles) traveled
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