Nightclubs in Nha Trang. There are quite a few of them and the photos in this post are of the entrances to some of the late night places. Most bars in Nha Trang close at 10pm. There are a few that have made some kind of arrangement with the authorities and can remain open until 3am. I have had guests stay with us that spent every night in places like the Sailing club. They would return every night at 4 am. For the life of me, I could not understand why they wanted to stay in my hotel when they could have been in one much closer.
I am not a night life person and prefer quiet places if I am off to have a drink
with friends. There are many though that like the booming of electronica discos and loud classic rock tunes. Many of there places owe their success to the Lonely planet and other publications that have them as the best places to go, even though they are not. (In my opinion) On the weekends, a couple of places may have a live band, or in one instance that I know of, female impersonators.
Almost all of them (I said almost), use people on the sidewalk trying different methods to lure the customer in. Some have girls dressed in provocative clothing oozing sexuality, others offer a free drink or happy hour prices. These kinds of tactics irritate me, but seem to work, otherwise they would not do it. I do not care for a young man running across the street to try to give me a piece of paper offering me a fake 2 for 1 drink. Many of the girls running around the streets trying to lure in customers I know, and I wonder how long before their hearts get broken by some false promises from the very customers they attract.
Anyway….. There are some things that are constant with all of these places. The drink prices are two to ten times the price of places
elsewhere, and they are also places where the tourist has to be wary. There a few things you should be aware of when going to these places. The high number of drunken tourists with money will attract all sorts of opportunistic people like a bee to honey. At 10 pm when the Karaoke bars and Vietnamese bars close. The clubs will then get busy with people. Some of them are there to just dance and have fun, but many have other things on their mind.
There are groups of very attractive girls that will go every night to try and land a temporary boyfriend. They will dance and just try to appeal to him but
if she sees she does not have the magic, she will text another girl and then fades out to let another try. The end game is to catch the fellow as a boyfriend for a couple of months and be his companion for the promise of motorcycles, jewelry, and cash. The man leaves for home thinking he has an overseas girlfriend, but the day he leaves, she is back at the club looking for another.
The late clubs are also where many of the prostitutes go to find a customer if
they had not been successful in the Vietnamese establishments earlier. Of course there are also pick pockets, and other opportunists watching and waiting to get at your wallet. The worst I have heard is that someone buys you a drink that is drugged. As you get sleepy in your chair, the cell phone, camera, and maybe purse or wallet disappears. If a person can see that money belt under the shirt, or a bulging wallet, it is guaranteed that you will asked to do some very close up dancing.
The final hurrah, is when you leave the establishment drunk, 2-4 women will press up against you offering massage and other delights. After they have relieved you of your valuables, they will hop on a motorcycle and be gone before you can react. If for some reason they are discovered or identified as a thief, the gang that controls them will have the person on a bus the same day to another town. These groups of girls move from destination to destination depending where the tourists are.
If you are going to have fun a night club, leave your passport and wallet with the hotel. Only take with you what you think you need to have a good time. I am not saying do not go to these clubs, but be very aware. And walk directly into a taxi to go back to your hotel. A staggering tourist is the ultimate target. This applies to all the late night clubs in Vietnam that tourists go to.
Tomorrow I am off on another Adventure to a coastal city named Tuy Hoa for a couple of days. I will tell you about it when I return.