Sex in Ho Chi Minh City: Complete Guide

If you are in Vietnam then you will most likely be visiting Ho Chi Minh City but where can you get satisfaction in old Saigon?

Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in Vietnam, has a population of almost 10 million people and is a bustling metropolis of East meeting West. Whilst prostitution is illegal there are many ways to find other forms of adult entertainment in the city, from massage parlors to KTVs to hostess bars.

In this guide, we look at what HCMC has to offer in the way of tourist delights for anyone looking for sexy entertainment in the city.

Prostitution in Vietnam

The sex trade in Vietnam has historically been a dark one with prostitutes known to have been trafficked or coerced into the industry.

During the period of the Vietnam War, prostitution was rife with pockets of illicit trade springing up to service American troops. It is estimated that around 50,000 women fell pregnant from such activities resulting in Amerasian children who were spurned from society and many of whom fell into prostitution later in life.

A conservative culture, the Vietnamese legal framework has been established to deter and punish prostitution and procuring. Considered a serious crime with severe penalties, it is illegal to sell, and pay for, sex in Vietnam. However, there are women who prostitute themselves and current estimates suggest that anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 women work in the country as hookers.

Although, prostitution is illegal, the adult entertainment industry in the country is alive and well and there are places where sex can be purchased quite openly.

Sex in The City

If you know where to look, then you can find sex in Ho Chi Minh City in almost every district and, sometimes, in some unusual places.

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If you know where to look, Ho Chi Minh City has plenty of adult entertainment. Image via Pixabay.

Adult Massage

Whilst you can book an in-call service with a Vietnamese escort (see below) there are many hotels that do not allow local girls into your room.

In which case, if you are after a spot of massage then you will need to visit a parlor in the city.

Fortunately, there are plenty of places you can go to get a body rub with ‘happy ending’ and most will simply give you a rub and tug without your needing to negotiate it. However, be aware that none of the massage parlors will offer full sex or blow jobs except a handful in District 10.

Here, you can expect full service and extras but be aware that you will pay handsomely for it. Quite a few parlors are known to initially quote in VND but expect payment in USD.

District 1, Bui Vien

You can find dozens of massage parlours around the Bui Vien area, most (if not all) of which will provide a handjob. Many are located inside hotels whilst others can be identified by their menu boards and neon signage. The rates outside the hotels are a little cheaper and are often more perfunctory without the spa side of things being added on.


Call girls and escorts have always operated in that grey area just inside the legal line. Selling their services as ‘companions’ or ‘masseuses’, escorts are not (strictly speaking) prostitutes.

You can book time with an escort to join you on a dinner date or to help guide you round the unfamiliar city as well as just to spend time with. Anything that happens during the time you spend with them of a sexual nature is merely perceived as two consenting adults having a mutually fulfilling experience….that you pay for.

Of course, escorts are paid for their ‘services’ but in Vietnam it is worth remembering the pretence. What is also worth bearing in mind is that very often with escort services, your girl will turn out to be nothing like you expected with many online accounts run through directory services being managed by pimps.

You can find escorts working in Ho Chi Minh City from a few different agencies.

We cannot publish details of those agencies for regulatory reasons, but needless to say, they are easy to find online.

Street Prostitutes

As a popular location for tourists, Bui Vien is one of the busier places for working girls.

A lot of the hookers who tout in the street work from the backs of motorbikes (or even bicycles). Not only can they cover a greater area, changing their pitch at will, but they can also disappear into traffic if they think that the police are (uncharacteristically) interested in busting them.

Note that engaging with street prostitutes is illegal and can land you in hot water. Not recommended.


The hostess and karaoke bars in Ho Chi Minh City are not unlike those you would find in other Asian capitals and offer the intimate attentions of ladies who will entertain you in a private room.

Though you might enjoy being serenaded in this way, some girls will agree to extra services to help the time go by more enjoyably.

The bars charge for their facilities and you will be expected to keep the drinks flowing as well as paying for the companionship of one of their hostesses. Anything that happens between you both whilst you are being ‘entertained’ is extra and should be ‘tipped’ directly to your girl so as to stay within the legal parameters.

A common site around both District 1 and 3, assume that all KTVs offer this service as it’s pretty normal for locals as well as westerners.

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Karaoke bars offer discreet sexual services in Ho Chi Minh City. Image via Flickr.

Barber and Beauty Salons

Yes, there are places you can get a short back and sides and a quick blowjob… sort of a two heads in one kind of deal.

Though not all barbers offer this service, those that do (and there are quite a few around District 1) are usually easy to spot by the sexy girls that stand outside.

Easy to navigate, simply enter the salon, ask for a trim and agree to a massage beforehand. You will be taken out to a separate room where you will be seated in a chair and given (often a fairly decent) head and shoulders rub before the chair is reclined and you can get yourself seen to!

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