Ho Chi Minh City Local Customs

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  • 1. People

    During my stay in Ho Chi Minh City, I noticed that many motorcycles had an extra seat for small children. Actually, it was a wooden chair placed between the driver and the handle bars. I don’t know...

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  • 2. Politics

    Though Vietnam seems like any thriving capitalist city in asia, it is still a communist country by heart. You'll see propaganda pictures and policemen everywhere, even in places like Apocalypse Now (...

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  • 3. COCONUT CANDY

    On one of my tours to the Mekong Delta, we were shown the process of making Coconut Candy and given a "FREE SAMPLE" to try. It was nice, and I did buy a small...

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  • 4. RICE PAPER

    On several tours that I did in Vietnam, I was shown a demonstration of how Rice paper was made.It was quite interesting to watch and looked like hot work! There...

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  • 5. SNAKE WINE - TRY SOME!

    Living in Australia, I had never seen Snake wine before.Everybody on the tour was interested in this alcoholic beverage produced by infusing whole snakes in...

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  • 6. Wedding photos

    In Ho Chi Minh City (and Vietnam in general) it is a tradition to have wedding photos taken at various famous places around town. Therefore, it is very common...

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  • 7. Always be cautious in crossing the streets

    I just want to share what happened to my former officemate, she got hit by a motorbike during her vacation here and the driver didn't even bother to help her....

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  • 8. CHICKENS IN THE STREET

    There are a few chickens in the streets in Hoc Chi Minh. This one was tied up at the Bai Hoi just outside our hotel. It would crow at 6am every morning but on...

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  • 9. MOTORBIKES EVERYWHERE

    I think everyone in Ho Chi Minh has a bike. We saw thousands on the roads, people going to and from work, carrying big boxes and other large goods on the bikes....

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  • 10. Vietnamese Lacquer

    Vietnamese Lacquer Wares are known world wide for their exquisite designs and make. They rival chinese, japanese and other south east asian lacquer ware pieces...

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  • 11. I PHO T-Shirts (pun on the I Phone)

    the vietnamese are really smart people and here in the souvenir stalls at the benh thanh market are some t-shirts that are made as a pun of the now Iconic...

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  • 12. Trung Nguyen Coffee

    Trung Nguyen Coffee is the largest Coffee Shop and Coffee Store in the Country. The company has more than 1,000 stores all around the country and even has...

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  • 13. Highlands Coffee bags

    Vietnam is the third Largest Coffee Producer in the world after Brazil and Indonesia and hence they have good and quality coffee beans produced in the central...

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  • 14. Vietnam Figurines

    You can buy assorted souvenir stuffs in saigon like my favorite fridge magnets and shot glasses but I bought one kind of thing that ticked my fancy, the iconic...

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  • 15. Saigon Shot Glasses

    Collecting Assorted Shot Glasses of the places that I've travelled is again one of my hobbies when going to a place and besides these shot glasses, I also...

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  • 16. Saigon Refrigerator Magnets

    As you would know by now, I'm an avid collector of kitschy refrigerator magnets and shot glasses and while on a Saigon Revisit, I must buy these favorite...

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  • 17. Visiting Pagodas!

    Although Vietnam is officially an atheist country, buddhism is still a major religion here and more than half of the vietnamese people follow the buddhist faith...

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  • 18. Language

    Vietnamese language is tonal. You can say the same word but depending on how you say it, it can have very different meanings. Once I saw a forieger get off an...

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  • 19. whoring

    Dudes ask me about this. Ok, so if you are a single guy here is some info, but try to think about what you are doing and the consequences. Some women do it out...

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  • 20. Li Xi - Tet ( red envelopes)

    During Tet, you can give your friends and family a small red envelope with a new crisp banknote inside. The denonimation isnt important. Should be new and...

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  • 21. AVOID THE BAD POLUTION WEAR A FACEMASK

    HO CHI MIN CITY When in Siagon (Ho Chi Min City) Do what the locals do and wear a particle facemask..The polution is so horrendous due to the millions of...

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  • 22. guest in room

    all the hotels have the same posted rules. Dudes ask me about this a lot- girl in the roomforiegner girlfriend = no problemvietnamese girlfriend = illegal, can...

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  • 23. motioning someone to follow

    instead of a "come here" with a finger or hand like western people do as if pulling you toward them, in VN many people signal you to follow them by making a...

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  • 24. lottery ticket

    people walk around selling them. I usually buy them from the elderly and/or handicapped just to help them. I have won money. When you go to redeem your ticket,...

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  • 25. What's with the wires

    I saw the T Shirts with these wire jumbles on them and wondered what they meant....I only had to LOOK UP to understand.The wires above ...maybe telco or...

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