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Christmas alone in HCMC!

Posted by theoryofhobbes on 18/10/2011 at 09:42

Are there any spots in HCMC/Saigon or surrounding areas where Western folks and ex-pats get together to celebrate Christmas? I'll be in HCMC until December 22, and may stick around through the holiday. Would love to celebrate with others!

-Stephanie

#1 theoryofhobbes has been a member since 18/10/2011. Posts: 2

Posted by MADMAC on 18/10/2011 at 20:01

Saigon has a nice little salsa scene. Might want to check that out for something to do over the holidays.

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Posted by eastwest on 19/10/2011 at 10:34

If you're not into salsa dancing (but who isn't?) you can try out some of the expat bars. There are several popular ones and if you visit those on one of your first nights you can find out quickly enough what's on.

Obviously there will be some parties in the backpacker ghetto Pham Ngu Lao but that wouldn't be my choice if I wanted something nicer. There it will be just a drinking party, like any other night, but with some cheap decorations.
If Vasco still exists (I haven't been there for some time but asume that it's still around) that would be the best place to enquire. Plenty of expats there who will know where things are celebrated.
Otherwise check out places behind the Sunwah tower. That area is popular now with plenty of restaurants and bars.

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Posted by DCM on 28/10/2011 at 14:05

Hi Stephanie,

I will be in Vietnam, likely Saigon on Christmas. Feel free to contact me if you like. It's my first time to Vietnam, backpacking for 30 days..spending xmas and new years, flying out of Bangkok.

Dave

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Posted by MADMAC on 29/10/2011 at 06:40

Or you could download and watch this to get you in the spirit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKNrYb0s3xc

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Posted by peuge on 19/11/2011 at 09:31

Hey,
me and my wife are coming to HCM somewhere around christmas. If there's going to be some kind of meeting, count us in. Would be nice to celebrate with other westerners / english speaking people :)

Pekka
Finland

#6 peuge has been a member since 8/11/2011. Posts: 15

Posted by HGS on 20/11/2011 at 21:32

I'll be around with my girlfriend as well!

Humberto
Brasil

#7 HGS has been a member since 20/11/2011. Posts: 1

Posted by peuge on 21/11/2011 at 07:49

Nice! This might actually lead to something! :)

I've created an email address christmashcm@gmail.com (don't want to make my own email address public here) so everyone who is interested of this event can contact me and we could hook up... maybe through facebook or google+?

- Pekka

#8 peuge has been a member since 8/11/2011. Posts: 15

Posted by speckledjen on 21/11/2011 at 08:28

Posted from within Vietnam.

Hey, I stumbled upon this thread googling Christmas HCMC! I currently work here, but I'm quite new and don't have any idea about what to do for xmas yet! I'd really love to celebrate Christmas with other English speakers too. I know hotels do really nice buffet dinners, but they can be a little pricey (for Vietnam prices... and my budget!) But I'd be happy to do some research/be the man (woman) on the ground.

Anyway, I'll e-mail the address!

#9 speckledjen has been a member since 21/11/2011. Posts: 1

Posted by dsapsfo1 on 21/11/2011 at 09:43

Hi - keep me posted on this, I'm leaving the UK 18th Dec and flying to Bangkok for a couple of days and then heading down to HCMC for Christmas, before then touring around a bit and then flying back out 13th Jan. It'll be good to see what's going on....

#10 dsapsfo1 has been a member since 21/11/2011. Posts: 4

Posted by peuge on 21/11/2011 at 10:31

I'll be watching this post also but to make things easier, go to facebook and ask to join this group I made:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/xmashcmc/

Edit: This group doesn't require to be friends (in facebook) with me or the other members - unless you want to be. :)

#11 peuge has been a member since 8/11/2011. Posts: 15

Posted by peuge on 22/11/2011 at 07:11

Hmm... Can't edit my posts anymore. Please ignore #8 post (email), because it's already full of spam(!) and it's easier to communicate through this forum or facebook. There is already 5 people in the fb-group, but more the merrier - so join in!

There we can discuss the meeting point and - time etc. etc. It's also nice to see the participants beforehand. :)

#12 peuge has been a member since 8/11/2011. Posts: 15

Posted by jonny_lewis7 on 23/11/2011 at 04:46

good chance me and my mate will be there at christmas time too so ill keep this bookmarked, see if anything gets arranged or sorted. would be one less thing to plan at least.

#13 jonny_lewis7 has been a member since 25/1/2011. Posts: 5

Posted by thanhhien on 25/11/2011 at 20:32

hi !!!! i'm vietnamese , my christmast in SG alone too because of my home in mekong delta , i wonder do you mind if i join in group , i just would like to make friends and know more about your culture

#14 thanhhien has been a member since 25/11/2011. Posts: 2

Posted by peuge on 26/11/2011 at 05:27

Hey thanhien!
For my part, of course you can join. This is kinda open event and everyone's invited!
Hmm... If there's some "requirements":
*speak english
*you are an adult
*don't try to sell anything
*come to have fun!

I think there's going to be lots of different cultures.
If you are able to use facebook, please join this group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/xmashcmc/

8 participants already in the group and I think / hope there's gonna be lots of more before christmas! :)

#15 peuge has been a member since 8/11/2011. Posts: 15

Posted by theoryofhobbes on 28/11/2011 at 22:23

Wow!!! Thanks so much for starting the Facebook Group! I'm more excited than nervous now for the holidays :) Excited to get to know you all and spend Christmas together!

#16 theoryofhobbes has been a member since 18/10/2011. Posts: 2

Posted by peuge on 28/11/2011 at 22:54

Well I'm glad to hear that! :) You've been added already. We now have 11 participants and hopefully the group is still growing!

#17 peuge has been a member since 8/11/2011. Posts: 15

Posted by peekel on 11/12/2011 at 07:13

This is great, looks like my previous post was answered. Since there is already a group forming, maybe we should decide to spedn Christmas in HCMC instead of Hanoi , unless we all then want to head over to Hanoi and spend it there? :)

#18 peekel has been a member since 11/12/2011. Posts: 9

Posted by peuge on 11/12/2011 at 07:56

Nah, it's too cold in Hanoi .
We'll be in Hanoi 22. and fly to HCMC next day. Hook up if you decide to go there instead of staying in Hanoi. :)

#19 peuge has been a member since 8/11/2011. Posts: 15

Posted by peekel on 11/12/2011 at 09:40

We'll arrive in HCMC on the 22nd and was thinking 2 days is enough. Are you just staying in HCMC or you planning to head to Cambodia as well?

#20 peekel has been a member since 11/12/2011. Posts: 9

Posted by peuge on 11/12/2011 at 12:29

Everything is open beyond 24. day. Maybe we'll visit Cambodia, Thailand or just Phu quoc. Depends on the mood (and of course the prices). :D

If you have a fb-account, join the group mentioned above. It's easier to chat there.

#21 peuge has been a member since 8/11/2011. Posts: 15

Posted by tbk3355 on 20/12/2011 at 04:43

Posted from within Vietnam.

Just added myself to the FB group - hope to meet more people to spend my first Xmas outside home!

#22 tbk3355 has been a member since 20/12/2011. Posts: 1


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