The Hai Ba Trung street bars in Ho Chi Minh City offer the easiest access to sexy women in the area, but customers will pay. The bars staff numerous women who are up for spending time with guys for money. But they don’t go cheap.
Hai Ba Trung is a main road that stretches through the middle of Ho Chi Minh City. It is interspersed with a number of bars staffed with six to twenty-four women, most of whom are extremely attractive and well dressed. They are petite as you would expect, but many have amazing racks to go along with their pretty faces. And most of them are pretty sweet and equally good in the sack, which is further complimented by their ages which usually range from nineteen to twenty five.
Hostess bars on Hai Ba Trung
The bars are easy to find, hidden in plain sight as it were. The names match the location. So “91” is located at 91 Hai Ba Trung, “51” is at 51 Hai Ba Trung, etc. Not too difficult, right? You can reach any of these bars by taxi, motortaxi, or on foot. The street numbering in Vietnam is ordered and rational, which can’t always be said for other countries in Asia. Hai Ba Trung is big, open, and relatively safe too.
The bars all work on the same general principle. You walk in, pick a hostess or two to talk to, buy her a drink or two, then either get busy on location or head out for either short time or long time off premises.
These bars are nothing like the bear bars in Thailand, and are only a little like the hostess bars in Cambodia. Here the girls are often more inexperienced and there are fewer customers. At least that it is how it appears in general.
Inside the hostess bars
Some of the more unattractive women and hustlers in the bar have a reputation for milking money out of guys. If they spot a mark they are quick to rush over. They do things like rubbing crotch through pants. This gets blood pumping and guys are soon buying dozens of overpriced lady drinks, paying $10 USD for a bowl of bar peanuts, and maybe even heading to a back room to bang a girl who isn’t even hot, if they bang at all.
But guys who walk in with a level head usually get much better treatment. They know not to spend much time on women they aren’t interest in. Instead they order a drink and ask for a lineup of the available women. Almost every bar will provide this. The lights will usually be turned up and the girls face the bar. You can then pick the one you’d like to sit with. Of course they expect lady drinks for their time.
Your drinks should be about 30,000 Dong ($1.45 USD). A lady drink should be about 50,000. Usually this will all be rounded up into the barfine of around 300,000 dong ($14.50 USD) anyway. Kissing, groping and roaming is all permitted and common inside of these bars. But the women usually take the lead. Because there are women who aren’t interested.
Bowls of snacks can be put out but they can cost upwards of five dollars. Sometimes the ladies will offer to play pool with you too. If they win you give them 10 dollars. If you win, they show you their tits.
Barfines and costs
They women usually say yes when asked to barfine. The Vietnamese are known for their custom of negotiation. Expect girls to start high. The normal short time session price at these bars is $50-100 US not counting the barfine. Long time of course costs more than short time. When prices are given in Vietnamese Dong they usually come out lower than the US Dollar quotes.
After you pick a girl and pay your fee to the bar, your lady will slip a very plain cover over her dress and then head out to a taxi. They know hotels to visit where local women can join foreign guys. These usually run $25-30. Not only is prostitution against the law in Vietnam, it’s also against the law for a Vietnamese national to be in a hotel room with a foreigner unless they are married. This is actually sometimes enforced, and most hotels follow suit. There are exceptions in the form of the a href=”http://www.rockitrecommends.com/guest-friendly-hotels-in-ho-chi-minh-city/a-rundown-of-guest-friendly-hotels-in-ho-chi-minh-city/” target=”_blank”>guest friendly hotels in Ho Chi Minh City.
Bars are located at 91, 51, 49, 37 and 35 Hai Ba Trung. There are also a few more on nearby streets. Saigon NY is at the corner of Dong Du and Hai Ba Trung. Thien Loc is at the corner of Hai Ba Truong and Mac Thi Buoi.
Bar 29 at 29 Dong Khoi street often offers oral action right on premises. Though the women who work there tend to be a little less beautiful. Hot Toc shops like Ben Ny’s charge a lot less and specialize in similar services.
Bar 91 is the biggest of all and is often said to have the best selection of girls. I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Besides they are the worst at service and they like to hustle. I prefer other bars for that reason.
Getting laid in Ho Chi Minh City can be a little bit of a task even for those willing to pay for it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a difficult quest. But it takes a little more doing than in nearby cities like Bangkok and Phnom Penh.
Sure there are hot tocs, massage parlors, and even clubs filled with freelancers who charge more than the bar girls while looking a lot less attractive. But there are obstacles.
Since the Hai Ba Trung bars are so easy and upfront, they can be rather stress free, especially for new visitors. I would guess that most punters who are attentive and able to keep their wits about them would normally have a good time, even if they have to spend a little extra than they might elsewhere.
Note: Most of the bars mentioned here closed. I published an updated report on the Ho Chi Minh City hostess bars in 2014.