Review: Thien Huong Dat — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City is the biggest city in Vietnam. By some measures it is quickly becoming one of the largest cities in the entire world. With a population of around nine million that is easy to see. What is not so easy to see however is the massive local adult entertainment industry that stays hidden in plain site. Covered by euphemisms and cloaked in fronts the businesses are all around even if a lot of the people who pass by them every day have no awareness.

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I have reported on many places on this website over the years. Some are very well known while others are not. Or at least they are not well known by the people who might come across this site. I try to represent a balanced view and do my best to report on all sorts of venues around the world with the obvious limitations that time and space impose.

Thien Huong Dat is one of several goi dau style hair wash and massage places located in a fairly concentrated area. These shops are hardly the only enterprises of their type in town but they are plentiful.

While Thien Huong Dat is a little larger than most of the other similar shops nearby it doesn’t necessarily have more women on staff. In fact it has a somewhat small staff that rivals tiny shops in terms of raw numbers. On any given day there might only be four or five women working the shop.

That said the women working Thien Huong Dat are for the most part quite attractive. That fact is only accented by their wardrobe which consists of matching tight revealing dresses. As is usual the ladies lay around playing with phones and chatting in between customers.

Once customers enter the shop they either take whichever service provider is next in line or they select one of the ladies lying about the shop. Then they are led upstairs to more private rooms that are subdivided into smaller booths.

The booths offer ever more privacy despite being made up of walls that do not go all the way up to the ceiling or down to the ground. They are sparsely decorated with nothing more than the bare essentials. That means they have shirt hooks, hair washing sinks and sturdy massage type tables.

The standard services are offered at Thien Huong Dat. That’s true of nearly every shop of the type in the immediate area and in other parts of town though there are of course exceptions or at least exceptional service providers around who sometimes go their own way and offer more than anyone might know or expect.

For the most part though customers are treated with mouth service performed at a relatively high level of skill. Things can change and every single aspect cannot be accounted for but in general that’s the name of the game.

The house fee at Thien Huong Dat is a round 200,000 Dong ($9 USD). Local customers who make up most of the clientele pay this fee and perhaps a little more in the form of a tip. Visitors to the area have long gotten into the habit of handing over 400,000 Dong or more however so that has now become a sort of expectation for some.

Thien Huong Dat. 80 Nguyen Phi Khanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Open seven days a week from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

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