Want to know how to not look like a tourist in Saigon? We got the inside scoop on the most obvious traveler tells. So take heed and enjoy our hometown stylishly.
Just drink the think!
Drink a Ca Phe Da (iced coffee) and take your time. It will take you a while…
Take a nap
A nap after lunch is common, so take the best and forget the rest!
Cross the street as a Saigonese
You think crossing a street in Saigon is like playing Russian roulette? Hum.. Maybe.. But just walk across steady, stop when you need to even if you are in the middle of the street and the motorist will gently tear their motorcycle around and avoid hitting you.
Forget the kissing and touching in public
In Asia in general, you just verbalize it so keep your hands in your pockets!
Park your motorbike in your lounge!
Haven’t you moved your sofa yet? Well, you should as in Vietnam bikes are extremely easy to steal. So Vietnamese currently park their bike in their home.
Yes means No
In Vietnam to understand and know how to practice the Yes and the No is very useful. Local say often yes when they don’t know what to respond or because they don’t want to unpleased you. Aldo remember that a Vietnamese don’t say ‘I don’t think I can do that,’ he will simply say ‘I cannot do that or will only say yes or smile of embarrassment.
Keep your tan white
Don’t leave your long sleeve shirt in your suitcase and cover yourself totally including hand and feet as Vietnamese do or use an umbrella for the sun. White is beautiful in vietnam!
Carry everything you can on your motorbike
Why pay a taxi?
Forget your intimacy
Do not be surprised by Vietnamese intrusive questions as are you married? How many children do you have? Etc. Showing interest to others is here a prove of courtesy. So better to be ready!
Never lose your temper
That you already knew.
Forget to use shoes in the house
Nah man… nobody will steal them! So let your slippers outside and understand you get inside a private space. Here tables are low and local often sit on the floor to eat, sleep and do all their activities. That’s why it is so important to have clean floors.
Accept to use toothpicks at the end of the meals
You thought that using a toothpick was rude and inappropriate? Think again. In Asia, it’s considered as very polite.
Dress as Bling Bling as you can
Girls, you threw out your sequin dress and your Versace Tee shirt? Shame! You will need it as overdressing at night is here a must.
And if you lost your friends, head to the nightclubs. Because literally when nightlife is coming in Saigon everybody is there!