Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Karaoke in Saigon


For our final night together after traveling through Vietnam for nearly a month, we decided to do something special: finally go to karaoke in Saigon!

Karaoke is a big deal in Vietnam — as it is all over Southeast Asia. You can find karaoke rooms and studios all over the city, including our neighborhood of Phu Ngu Lao.

What I didn’t expect is that it would be so cheap!  With eight of us, the total cost was in the neighborhood of $4 per person!

And when we sat down, we were immediately brought the following:

Apparently it came with the room!  That’s great for lowering the inhibitions.

After starting with one of the official anthems of backpacking, Wonderwall, we took a few videos:

Mike and Dave doing a hilariously demented version of “Great Balls of Fire” (Dave is a fan of doing the “harmonies”):

I did “It’s Not Unusual” (and yes, back in the day my voicemail greeting was me singing, “It’s not unusual to ever — CALL someone…”):

And then Sander and Dave performed “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”  I can’t decide if this is the most horrifying rendition of this song ever or the single greatest karaoke performance of all time.

You decide:


A private karaoke room in Saigon — just like massages, beauty treatments and eating out, it’s an activity for which you’d cough up a lot of cash at home, but costs so little in Southeast Asia!


11 Responses to “Karaoke in Saigon”
  1. Amanda says:

    Haha, it looks like a blast!

  2. Karen says:

    You’re right, karaoke is big deal in Southeast Asia! Here in the Philippines, almost every family has a karaoke at home.

  3. Tracy Burns says:

    Yet again Kate you’ve proved that you are a lot more adventurous than me! Putting up a video of yourself doing drunken karaoke in Asia – that’s brave! Years ago I worked as a teacher in South Korea and it’s amazing how many drunken nights out ended up at a karaoke bar. Pretty much all of them!

  4. Dave says:

    Awesome. And … horrific.

    Well, not you so much – you can actually sing – but Sander and Dave? Wow. They have a unique and special talent. It’s like a train wreck, you just can’t look away… 🙂

  5. Oh my gosh, this looks like so much fun. And you’re a good singer too!

  6. George says:

    Hi, I’m in Saigon – which karaoke bar was this? It looks like fun!

  7. Carolina says:

    Haha brilliant! Hanoi will be my last stop of my journey through Asia, and I actually said I will do a karaoke before going!

  8. Maike says:

    I intend to go to Saigon this year and I love karaoke so the fun is already guaranteed!


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