Living in Vietnam First Impressions
I always like to do a ‘dear diary’ type post when I first get to a city that gives my initial impressions on it. Not only for the blog but for my own entertainment as well.
Some places I initially love after a day and a month later I am like wtf was I thinking, and it can work the other way as well. I still remember my ‘wow Thai girls have such sexy stomachs’ feelings from my first days back in Pattaya.
As of now Pattaya ranks very low on my list of cities I have lived in that I would want to live in again, but in the first few days I was considering getting an education visa and staying for a year.
Well so far I have some mixed views on Ho Chi Minh. There are some VERY clear positives, as well as some negatives. Lets start with the good stuff since I usually just bitch and whine on this blog :p.
What I can Already Tell is Awesome About Ho Chi Minh
The girls are hot and probably the hottest of any country I have been in Asia. When I was in Cambodia there were quite a few Vietnamese girls and quite a few were hot. Shout out to shack girl, I really miss motorboating you.
I am a fan of tan skin and always have been, but after years in Asia the lighter skinned Viets are looking quite tasty. Plus tan skin is usually best when it is a white girl that got tan as opposed to tan from the start.
Even on the plane over here I saw an 8 who has very nice white skin and some shorts so short you could see some booty. She was pretty clearly a hooker and had some hot hooker friends.
On my first mall walk I didn’t see many hot girls but it was a small sample size. What I have noticed and it is really clear is the massage girls are very hot here.
In Thailand you have to walk past 50 to find an acceptable girl for a happy ending. Here it seems that every shop has a girl I wouldn’t mind helping me out with that.
I am not quite sure on the prices yet but I am pretty sure you can get in and out with a massage and BJ for under $30. It is generally 150k-200k for the massage and I am guessing 300k-400k should do the trick for a BJ, will report back of course.
There is a lot of traffic and people drive motorbikes on the sidewalk all the time which is annoying but overall the traffic doesn’t appear bad at all compared to other capital cities. Nothing like Jakarta where I just came from, but then again nothing is like Jakarta.
The food also seems to be really good. Tiny sample size of 2 meals, but when everyone talks about the good food and both of your first meals are good I think its safe to make the assumption that I will eat well here.
This last part can’t be put into words really, but it just has the best ‘feel’ or ‘vibe’ of any city I have been in. I love Cebu but it has no character, hell the Philippines as a whole really has no character.
Bangkok has a bit but it just kind of rubs me the wrong way. Saigon just has a special feel about it. I’m not a go out on the town type of person but it still is just fun to roam around here.
What I don’t Really Like So Far
The touts and people selling things are probably the worst I have encountered. Granted I am right in the middle of the tourist area, but that is where I would probably live if I stayed here.
My shoes are in some awful shape at the moment. I bought them months ago for $12 in Cebu, some sick fake Nike’s. Side note, fake Nike’s everywhere else I have been can’t be got for under $25, +1 for Cebu.
Anyways some shoe fixer dude on the street sees my shoes and is like hey glue glue glue. I am like no thanks. I am not putting another dollar into ‘fixing’ these shoes because they need to be replaced not repaired.
He keeps at it as I walk by and I am politely saying no, then putting my head down and ignoring him as I keep walking. He gets up and chases me down with all of his shoe fixing equipment and taps me on the shoulder a minute later.
He starts pointing at the shoes and I am like I want new shoes not to replace. He follows me for 2 minutes. I get random dudes pulling up on motorbikes asking where I am going all the time.
Most of them probably don’t have bad intentions and are just trying to make a buck to drive me around. However after last nights taxi business I wouldn’t be surprised if some have bad thoughts in mind.
The other thing I don’t really like about here is there are A LOT of white people. I am going to be a major hypocrite right now but many of these would fit the stereotypical ‘trashpacker’ label.
Loose tank tops, long hair, wasting their life away with nothing to show for it but a few possessions in their bag. Basically me, but I already said I was being stereotypical.
This sucks because I already know Viet girls are more prude then other countries so getting them into bed isn’t that easy. Then add so many white dudes around and it will be that much tougher. I probably already came across more white people in my first full day then I would in a month in Cebu.
My Prediction For My Thoughts in One Month
I think I will like it I don’t think I will love it. I don’t see handing out numbers working well at all. I don’t see myself even giving ‘dating’ too much of a shot because I don’t want to do 3 dates with a girl and make her think I am looking for something serious just to bang her.
I will still make my attempts because I have no life so what else am I gonna do, but it will mostly be a lost cause. I think I will be at Benny’s hot toc getting blowjobs quite often and have some fun times in the massage shops.
I also think I will get ripped off and/or in arguments with a few massage girls. I just get a feeling that some of these look a bit to good to be true.
One in particular is right near the backpacker district and the girls wear very sexy dresses. It says ‘hot toc’ but isn’t the same type of ‘hot toc’ as Benny’s.
They do massage and extras almost certainly can be got…… but I just get some bait and switch sketchy vibe from the place. Will have to try it to find out I suppose, the girls are quite hot.