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Ho Chi Minh Ci City Info

Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, is Vietnam’s biggest and most populated city. It is situated in the country’s south-eastern region, lying along the Saigon River. It has a land area of 2,096 km² and a population of more than 8.4 million people. 

The city has bustling markets, a lively nightlife, and famous cultural sights. The city offers a mix of ancient and modern feel, with high-rise buildings, pagodas, and food markets. Famous tourist spots in the city include Củ Chi tunnels, Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, Suối Tiên Amusement Park, and War Remnants Museum.

Ho Chi Minh Ci Red Light District

There are no actual red light districts in Ho Chi Min City, but there are plenty of places to find adult entertainment. Some of the places boast a number of bars, clubs, and massage parlours. Here are two of the most notable adult areas in the city: 

  • Hoa Binh Park – this is between the border of districts 5 and 10, in the corner of Nhuyen Chi Thanh Street and Hung Vuong. Some of the prostitutes here ride bicycles and approach potential clients. 
  • Bui Vien – this is a touristy street with plenty of bars and massage parlours. The erotic massage spas in the area are common places to get a pleasurable night, but not all of the establishments or girls offer a full sex massage. Along the street is the Pham Ngu Lao district area, a place popular for backpackers. 

How to find the RLD

Hoa Binh Park is a 19-minute car ride from Dam Sen Water Park via Nguyễn Chí Thanh and a 15-minute walk from Pham Ngoc Thach Hospital via Đường Hùng Vương. Bui Vien is near Hoa Binh Park, which is just a 30-minute walk via Đường Hùng Vương.

Stay safe in the RLD 

Ho Chi Minh City is relatively safe, as violent crimes against travellers are rare. When navigating red light areas, it is best to practice safety precautions. Some street hookers take advantage of their clients like taking money and phones, while customers get ready in the toilet.

Ho Chi Minh Ci Adult Entertainment

While prostitution is illegal in Vietnam, adult entertainment venues and services still exist in cities like Ho Chi Minh. Bui Vien and Hoa Binh Park are two of the best places to hang-out and find women open for business. Tourist can also find a lot of massage parlours in the area, offering extra adult services. Some of the establishments disguise as karaoke bars. Street prostitution exists in the city, with some of the street girls offering their services while riding bicycles or motorcycles. Female escorts are also available, ideal for those who want to avoid going to adult venues. The price depends on the type of service and quality, ranging from $100 to $300.

Street Prostitution

Locals call street prostitutes as “the butterflies of the night”, which offer their services along with some streets in the city. Some girls ride bicycles or motorbikes, while others stand on pavements or under the tree shades and wait for potential clients. Girls are usually spotted in Hoa Binh Park, situated on the corner of two streets: Nguyen Chi Thanh and Hung Vuong. Other places with a few street hookers include: 

  • Cong Hoa (Tan Bin District)
  • Hong Bang (District 5)
  • Kinh Duong Vuong (District 6)
  • An Suong T-Road (District 12)
  • Lin Xuan Bypass (Thu Duc District)

Ho Chi Minh Ci Nightlife

As the largest city in the country, Ho Chi Minh offers plenty of nightlife options for everyone. District 3 or Pham Ngu Lao is ideal for those who want cheap eats and street bars. Downtown in District 1, however, is for those who prefer casinos, rooftop bars, and music venues. 

Here are some of the most notable nightlife venues in the city: 

  • Lush – this premier nightclub attracts clubbers who love to dress, dance and party. It has a spacious dance floor and plays hip hop, house, and mainstream tunes; located in 2 Ly Tu Trong, District 1. 
  • Apocalypse Bar – a bar with a nightclub that attracts locals, expats, and backpackers. It offers cheap drinks as well as a good combination of pop and trance music with plenty of space for dancing; located in 2B-C-F Thi Sach, District 1. 
  • Sax n’ Art Jazz Club – this live jazz venue boasts the best jazz bands in the country in an intimate space. Many touring artists also come to play in the club; located in 28 Le Loi, District 1. 
  • Cobalt Restaurant and Bar – attracts sophisticated locals and affluent travellers. It has a big open bar that offers creative beverages like oxygen foam cocktails; located in Pullman Saigon Centre (30th and 31st floor), 148 Tran Hung Dao. 
  • MGM Club –plays a mix of house and techno tunes, with a lounge bar on the second floor and a café on the ground floor; located in 172C Nguyen Dinh Chieu, District 3.

Ho Chi Minh Ci LGBT

The gay and lesbian scene in the city is a little bit modest. There is no specific gay area, as venues and establishments can be found around the city. Travellers can experience an exciting gay nightlife with Bitch Party. This is the best party night for gay visitors, which is held monthly at various venues. 

Gay cruising also exists in the city, with different venues like Diamond Plaza and Vincom Shopping Centre Mall. Tourists can also find gay swimming pools, which are a popular hang-out place for younger gays and those who cannot afford to go to high-end bars and venues. Nguyen Tri Phuong swimming pool is said to be the gayest pool in Ho Chi Minh. 

General Attitude Towards Gays

The Vietnamese tradition considers homosexuality as a taboo subject. Surveys suggest that there are still those who consider being gay as an illness or due to lack of parental guidance. Despite this, activists note that many people in the country are becoming more open and Vietnam is evolving with regards to LGBT issues. 

Gay and Transsexual Prostitution in Ho Chi Minh City

Some salons and spa employ gay employees to offer services to homosexuals. Customers looking for this kind of services can look for online advertisements or try their luck at gay saunas and massage parlours, which are mostly foreigner-friendly.

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