Ho Chi Minh City - Post Report Question and Answers

What are some typical ways to socialize, either with local people or with other expatriates? Are there groups or clubs that you can recommend?

Simply talking to your neighbors is the easiest way to socialize with other expats. - Sep 2021

Language exchange get together are common and numerous. The Community Liaison Office (CLO) organizes some activities and trips. The locally-engaged staff association also organizes team-building and charitable activities that Americans can join in. - Jul 2019

Restaurants, bars, clubs, biking groups, running groups, art exhibitions, it's pretty varied and full. - Mar 2016

Eating out, bars, clubs, movies, shows, BBQs, game nights, bowling and birthday parties. Our social calendar is always packed with something. - Aug 2015

Bars, restaurants, sports, parties, movies, bowling.... - May 2014

Good. Getting events catered is cheap. Going out is cheap. Seems to be a limited crowd. It's fun though, most of the time. - Jul 2011

Movie theaters, films are in English with Vietnamese sub titles, the audiences love to use their cell phones and talk during the movies, so I gave up and watch DVD at home. The Vietnamese love loud noise, Karaoke and huge blasting speakers, they have social events out in the streets which makes the windows rattle. Be careful where you decide to live, we had to move. to escape the barrage of noise outside our apartment. - Sep 2010

Clubs, bars, restaurants galore. Dinner parties and gatherings, balls, whatever. There is always something happening. - Nov 2009

Lots of stuff to do! HCMC has an entirely different persona at night. People entertain at home, meet up at bars or restaurants. - Dec 2008

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