Prostitution in Vietnam - Does it Exist?
Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:30 AM
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 07:22 AM
In Hanoi for instance, I've seen it years ago in the form of what I classify as hostess/karaoke bars in several high end hotels. Fortuna Hotel being the best example of this that I saw. In the basement of the hotel is (or was) a hostess bar with 20-30 lovely girls all dressed in shapely ao dais. The place was mostly frequented by Asian businessmen from I could tell, many staying in the hotel and many stepping out of taxis at the hotel entrance (and leaving with a girl later). There were several mama sans running the place and directly traffic in the bar. If I remember right, you had to pay $21 (why 21 and not just 20 I've always wondered?) just to have a girl sit and talk with you. If you liked her, it was $60 for short time with her and $80-100 for longtime with her, but most of the girls preferred short time in the hotel. Many of the guys staying in the hotel could be seen picking a girl and together they would jump on the basement elevator to head up to his room. Most of the girls only spoke nominal English so there wasn't alot of conversation if you didn't speak tieng viet. Like most cities anywhere, almost every taxi driver in Hanoi knows Fortuna and similar places in town. As for where I stay in Hanoi which is usually a mid-range to budget hotel, I can't remember ever being asked by anyone if I "wanted lady".
In Saigon, being asked at any hotel I stay at if I "want lady" is almost a guarantee. I can't remember ever being not asked, usually by VN guys who seem to hover around hotel entrances in Saigon. And that includes by hotel staff at hotels that have signs in the room clearly stating that no prostitutes are allowed in the room. In Saigon, it's almost a guarantee that 2 girls (usually actually ladyboys nowadays) are going to drive up to you along the street on a motorbike and solicit you. Or a VN guy will approach you on foot and ask if you want lady to come to your room. This is most prevalent in the Pham Ngu Lao area where there are also girls available in bars. Also in Saigon are freelancers who frequent discos such as the infamous Apocalypse Now. Oh, and there is also in Saigon the masseuse for your room who will also provide you with "extra services" after your massage but beware if you say "no" because it can upset them (I guess they take it personal and aren't used to being declined).
In other places I've been (e.g., Can Tho, Dalat, Mui Ne, Danang, Hue, Hoi An, Sapa, Halong), I can't remember ever being asked by anyone if I "want lady" and I don't remember seeing anything that resembled it in bars or drinking holes. Having said that, I am sure it exists there in some form but you need a local to find it for you if that's what you looking for...and I'm sure that speaking tieng viet would help a lot. But again, I imagine that most taxi drivers can solve the puzzle for you if you're interested.
Vung Tau is one place outside of Hanoi and Saigon where I've been where it was obvious that it was available at some bars in town. And almost all of those massage parlors in Nha Trang expect a guy to want a "happy ending" and will also get upset if you say "no".
Bottomline is that I personally think that prostitution is probably widespread in Vietnam but it is quite discrete in most places and under most circumstances. Problems such as not knowing tieng viet and especially finding a hotel (outside of Saigon) that will allow a girl to come to your room also make "it" difficult. If you're looking for it, Vietnam is probably not the country for you but Vietnam is still probably the most interesting and beautiful country I personally have ever been to so there are definitely other reasons for going there.
Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:04 AM
It is available everywhere but it does not exist anywhere.
Posted 22 July 2013 - 08:05 AM
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 11:13 PM
That reminds me of any evening in Vung Tau about 12 years ago, when my then-girlfriend (now wife) and I stopped in at a disco (not too far from the Petro House hotel, IIRC). It was kind of early in the evening and apart from us, the only other people in there were one - two dozen pretty young women in evening dresses. After we sat down at a table, she told me the only reason they weren't all over me is because she was with me. I hadn't even noticed they were prostitutes, but she's a very shrewd judge of people and I've never seen her misjudge anybody, so I take her word for it :-)
Another story happened also in VT, where a British acquaintance was riding his scooter along side us and two girls pulled up alongside and said to him, "You! Yum yum! $5!" LOL
Posted 23 July 2013 - 12:10 AM
Posted 31 December 2013 - 04:47 AM
Just ask the hotel doormen. They will direct or supply what you want.
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