When you tell people you’re moving to Vietnam, they look at you like you’re crazy. Aren’t you afraid of crime and stuff and won’t you miss living in the United States?
Fortunately for me, all of my friends already know I’m off the reservation and no one gave me any static about the move.
People are asking me, “What’s it like living in Vietnam?”
Vietnam is a geographically diverse country. Like California, you can go out to an exotic nightclub, enjoy great dining, or chill at the beach.
I’ve been visiting as many of Vietnam’s great towns and cities as possible, and even took a several hours motobike ride down the coast.
Thus far I’ve been to:
- Phong Nha – a national park with Jurassic park like scenery.
- Nha Trang (entry forthcoming) – a beach town with cool sea breezes and a chill vibe.
- Hoi An (Motorbiking from Hue to Hoi An) – a beach town where you can also get custom suits made.
- Hanoi – full of hippies and backpackers.
- Saigon – I live here!
I’ve set up residence in Ho Chi Minh City (also called Saigon).
Saigon is a major metropolitan area with 8 million people. You can find anything in Saigon, as illustrated in a day in the life of Mike Cernovich.
- Wake up in 3-story mansion in quiet, almost rural area.
- Go to cafe with large tables, great coffee, great breakfast, and excellent wifi.
- Get a massage. (Happy endings are less common than you’d think; those types of massage parlors are in the backpacker district, which I avoid.)
- Hit the gym. (Vietnamese gyms are lacking in the heavy weight department, as dumb bells top off at 80 pounds. But the gyms are spacious and clean)
- Grab a fresh-pressed beet-and-carrot juice for some post-workout recovery.
- Stop by supermarket for food or anything else needed at home.
Nearly half of the 8 million people living in Saigon are under 35, giving the city a youthful vibe. (NY Times, “36 Hours in Ho Chi Minh City.”)
That energy is felt in the cafe scene, which runs deep. (James Clark, “The incredible cafe scene of Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam.”)
This looks like a cozy living room. It’s actually Cucuta Coffee, one of Saigon’s incredible cafes.
An English breakfast in Vietnam.
Meet the chefs.
You can find street food to cook yourself.
Or you can enjoy some sashimi at an elegant Japanese fusion restaurant.
Which Cuban cigar would you like to enjoy after dinner?
Some call me a douchebag. I call myself a man who enjoys life.
I’ll be writing more about Saigon in the coming weeks.
This is a huge city with several different districts, each of which have their own character.
Feel free to post any questions or comments you have in the comments below.
P.S. If you like these travel pics, check out Mike Cernovich’s Instagram.