Development is fast and furious in Phnom Penh with big buildings going up all over the city. At the same time, the place is still a dirty disorganized mess. A local newspaper recently described the streets as a dusty moonscape to put things in perspective.
The changes in Ho Chi Minh City are also coming at a fast pace, but they are clearly more put together. It seems someone over there at least has a semblance of foresight because there are clear patterns being followed even if the mass of motorbikes on the streets does look chaotic to the untrained eye.
A part of Ho Chi Minh City that once looked rather shitty has now been turned into a kind of walking street. But this isn’t a red light district to rip off tourists like the walking streets in Pattaya and Angeles City. The walking street in Ho Chi Minh City is a big open park for locals to hang out and lounge around in. It’s surrounded by tons of places to eat and drink as well as high end shopping outlets selling Fendi bags and red bottomed shoes to the local big timers and hookers returning from overseas jaunts in Singapore and Macau.
Sky scrapers are going up, a subway network is being installed, people are wearing helmets on their motorbikes and all kinds of international chains are moving in including Starbucks and McDonald’s.
You might think this development would ruin things for the horny guy but I don’t see that at all. There are now more English speaking chicks than ever before and they all have smartphones full of apps. They also walk around in super sexy short skirts and high heels at walking street and the various parks around town.
Okay, the once glorious hostess bars of Hai Ba Trung have been reduced to a shadow of their former selves. Now there are only a few left, and some like the place at 44 HBT is now a regular drinking place with no take out. The bars in the alley just down the street still have chicks that bang customers for 1,500,000 million but they’re a bunch of old hustlers that I personally wouldn’t fuck for free.
At the same time, a whole new crop of hostess bars has sprouted up in the backpacker district around Bui Vien and Pham Ngu Lao streets in District 1. Sure the hustlers and beggars are out in full effect on that drag but the bars are actually pretty low on the scale of Saigon shakedowns. Most of the chicks are hot, the lady drinks are reasonably priced and chicks will bang customers for between one and two million Dong, or 45 to 90 dollars American.
Is that expensive? It depends how you look at it. A million Dong is around 1500 Baht. Chicks in the beer bars in Thailand usually want at least 1500 Baht for themselves, on top of the drinks and barfine, and they’re normally not nearly as good looking as the babes in the bars of Ho Chi Minh City.
There’s still plenty of cheap action around too, but finding that requires leaving the western ghetto so most guys aren’t up for it. Going where the locals go can lead to solid gold. That includes plenty of blowjob barbershops and brothels where you can get a load off for anywhere from 10 to 60 bucks depending on exactly what you want to do.
Outside of the city center and a few other select parts of town things are still mostly the same. There might be a little less phone and bag snatching, but all the other fun stuff is still around. In some places it’s even increasing. There are now more street walkers in front of Le Van Tam Park on Hai Ba Trung Street in District 3 every night than I have ever seen anywhere in Ho Chi Minh City over the last seven years.
If you have a little game the hookup scene is heating up too. It’s still nowhere as easy as the Philippines but it’s not the hard nut to crack it used to be either. Just the other day I met a decent looking twenty one year old chick for coffee who was wearing a sun dress with no bra. We talked a little, did a short walk around, then ended up in my room where I fucked her bareback on mutual agreement. I don’t like condoms and she didn’t either. So I promised to pull out before unloading and we were off to the races. The pussy was nice and juicy and I had a great time pumping it, but she suddenly became real annoying after I blew my load so I faked a prior engagement and deleted her from my phone.
With a population of 8.5 million people there’s plenty more where she came from, including lots of local cock suckers who will happily gobble a knob for 11 bucks. At least that’s the case for now. Who knows where all the development will end up? If other Asian countries are indication the future isn’t all that bright for incessantly horny wanderers like me, but then again you never know.