The locals like to just come in off the streets and watch you as you play pool (crap pool is an overstatement) and on occasions join in which is really quite warming, this just wouldn’t happen in the likes of England and if it did you would probably get a smack for your efforts! The drinks in this bar were probably the most expensive in the city as we learned at 50000 dong each for 3/4 of a pint (approx $2.50) but I suppose if you include the third one for free then it comes down to about $1.65 or so. Either way the beer tasted great and was the only one they had on draft (It was Tiger beer). I even managed to buy myself two pairs of fake Ray Bans from one of the 20 people who stopped to sell us something. Oh yeah I suppose I should say that if you don’t want to be offered anything from hammocks to mini light sabers then you should sit inside, it’s a true test of your patience and will to live sitting out there for 45 minutes haha.
Well the rest of this particular day was spent familiarising ourselves with the city and pretty much drinking and eating…This seems to be our standard procedure in most cities before we realise that we can’t handle hangovers at all nowadays and I end up competing in one of my fad detox programmes which consists of water by the bucket load and some kind of new wave isotonic drink which is riddled with electrolytes supposedly. Hangovers really do shaft me much more than they used to but I still venture on and somehow manage to come out the other side! We were recommended to go to a club called Apocolypse Now which is a 20000 dong cab ride from the seats pictured above and is wall to wall prostitutes looking for the gullible and paraletic tourist so this was a must see event! So that evening after drinking in a bar just up the street called Crazy Girls, where we ended up playing pool with two prostitutes and losing we took ourselves off to the illusive Apocolypse Now to see what the crack was.
As you walk in you feel like a celebrity with every single person in the entire club looking at you which is kind of cool but I can imagine would be quite unnerving if you were in any way sober…Lucky for us two debauched idiots we were a far cry from sober so jumped on the poor man’s celebrity bandwagon and lapped it up!!! There was maybe 5 westerners in the club and 80 % of the women were likely prostitutes, so what do you do in this situation? Well of course you get another drink (reasonably priced 60000 dong for a bottle of Tiger Crystal) and you party with the prostitutes. The music was Electro and loaded with base and I don’t think either of us stopped dancing for about 3 hours. Scotty will hate me for saying this but when I broke the news to him that the girl he was dancing with was a prostitute he couldn’t believe it…
It was a fantastic night and was everything expected and more. I would heavily recommend anyone to check this club out if you are ever in Ho Chi Minh city. It’s free entry, great music, a cracking atmosphere and open till I think 4am. The music did stop randomly at 2am for about ten minutes and we assumed it was game over but a nice young lady told us this was the norm and to hold fire and the music would kick back in…it did, we carried on and Scotty found his groove again, good times! The rest of that night/morning was a blur but I do remember waking up with a loaf of bread, a tube of squirty cheese (unopened), half eaten pate and a packet of seaweed crisps…I reckon I tried to make the ultimate sandwich but failed :)…I’ve gotta go and get the muppet (Scotty) out of bed now at 1pm to introduce him to the sunshine but I’ll be back with another blog entry on Ho Chi Minh soon talking about food I reckon and museums…why not! In a bit party people 🙂