Karaoke in Vietnam is a terrible problem

January 12, 2022 | 06:03 pm PT
Foreigners shared several ways to deal with blasting karaoke in Vietnam, from throwing back at it with death metal rock to moving away.

"It's a terrible problem in HCMC. I live in An Phu and they do often during the week. Tired to ask them to stop. I m thinking to change to another area more comfy. A small group of 4/5 people can annoy 1,000 inhabitants. It should be forbidden and especially during Covid time, the one in the street."
Silvain Aumon

"You have to become better at penalizing noise disturbance. Especially in late evening and night, loud talking and everything above should be dealt with a harsh fine. Noise is a cause of stress and therefore a serious health hazard affecting masses of people. Costs for treatment in the long run will be high if not taken care of. This is for sure underestimated."

"When the more civic approach did not work, I chose to give my neighbors the same experience. So I simply blasted Death metal rock when they took a break. Things got better in a matter of days."

"When I was volunteering private school classroom English support here, it was a resounding thumbs down for karaoke and dogs barking continually. Some complained that neighbors got drunk all days and into the night, singing and they could not get a full 8 hours sleep. My own neighbor has the speaker so loud it feeds back. They don't even know what feedback is, it's max volume and that's all they know. Other students told of so much dog noise through the day causing them stress because it broke their concentration and dogs kept them awake at night.

People have no idea about noise transfer here, they are still ceramic tiling the walls of their living rooms like bathrooms. So many homes here are echo chambers, that's possibly contributory to the reason they all feel the need to shout here."

"Yes, indeed a big problem in Vietnam. Maybe it might be fun for Vietnamese, but I know not one foreigner who have fun for it, when you live next door. To me it was one of the reasons to leave Vietnam for Thailand after 8 years living in Vietnam and I don't regret a moment that I left."
Murphy Heiniger

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