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?