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How to meet new friends and become popular in Vietnam

The whole point of cultural travel is to meet local people and become involved in their culture. So how do I meet people? Can I really become popular when I don’t even know the language? 

Be open to invitations

My apartment building, the Pegasus Plaza, has both apartments and offices housed in its two towers which are attached at the pool.  One day when crossing from my condo tower to the office tower, I meet my first local friend, a Malaysian man named Mahasnoor, who invited me to join he and his Vietnamese wife for a glass of wine.  If you want to become popular, take a lesson from Hasno’s wife, Thuc. She brings a pack of Vietnam’s Tiger, Larue or Huda Beer to the pool nightly and holds court, entertaining everyone with her off-beat personality and inviting every passerby to join in the merriment.. She is also tri-lingual, which helps a lot when you are entertaining groups with varying languages. As Hasno’s Vietnamese language is limited, he’s been actively searching for English-speaking friends to join in the fun. It doesn’t take long until I introduce my co-workers to the group, so now there is fun to be had at the pool by all. By simply saying yes, I have a whole group of friends and get invited to a party every night!

Travel tip: Be open to invitations. If a local person invites you to join them in an activity, say yes!

How do you meet local people when you are traveling?

10 Replies to “How to meet new friends and become popular in Vietnam”

  • Thuc sounds like she’s pretty good at making friends! I’m sure her personality is sparkling, but I’ll bet that the beer helps a little too. Great tips on being open to invitations, that can sometimes be the most difficult part.

  • I try to be open to invitations, but am always nervous. I know people are good- but there could be one person that ruins my trust! Also the language barrier!

  • Meeting friends when your travelling can be difficult, good on you for embracing it. I totally agree that being open to opportunities is the best way.

    • This is absolutely true. The only reason I have any local friends, other than my fellow teachers, is because they approached me.

  • Vietnam was definitely a fun place to meet locals! They are very welcoming there and definitely know how to have fun and be social.

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