After reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1975 ballrooms and discos were closed by the government. Since 1990 they have reopened again but they are still monitored by the authorities to ensure no ‘raunchy’ dancing takes place such as salsa or the lambada as these are technically banned!
Outside the country’s big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh the chances of discovering nightclubs becomes a lot slimmer. But if you are in either of those cities you won’t have too many problems finding some after dark hot spots. Pop music is extremely popular in the majority of Asia and this is what the big nightclubs play although in more recent years dance music has made its way into some of the clubs.
As in the whole of Asia, the bar scene in Vietnam is dominated by karaoke bars. Nearly every bar has a karaoke machine. If the thought of listening to middle-aged Vietnamese men singing their versions of “I Will Survive” isn’t your cup of tea, the number of western-style bars is steadily increasing.
A trip backpacking around Vietnam is guaranteed to be an unforgettable one but visit during one of the country’s festivals will make it that little bit more special. The biggest of all festivals is Tet Nguyen Dan (Festival of the First Day) which takes place any time between 19th January and 20th February.