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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.
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!