Shisha or hookah as it is otherwise known, is a new smoking trend which is fast gaining popularity around the World. Shisha uses a single or multi-stemmed instrument for smoking tobacco, of which smoke is cooled and filtered by passing it through water with many fruit flavors. Shisha originated from India and then popularized in Middle East, Europe, North America, and Australia. The setup for a shisha combines a bowl containing the tobacco, one or many hoses for smoke flows, body and gaskets, a water jar to cool and humidify the smoke with fruit flavors, and an ashtray to catch ashes falling off the coals.
As this popular trend continues, more and more young Vietnamese and tourists are looking for bars or clubs providing shisha. Those bars and clubs offering shisha usually try to create a Middle Eastern environment with mysterious yellow lights, lounges, etc. Saigon shisha’s main ingredients are honey, some types of leaves, roots mixed with some fruit, and even coffee flavors. Youngsters love to have shisha as it is commonly believed that shisha would not lead to an addiction with the use of such ingredients.
On average, it costs around VND110, 000 (approx. 5usd) for one shisha which can be smoked for hours. Hence, you can smoke, drink, and have fun with friends for a whole night at a low cost. Below are some establishments which offers shisha.
5 Nguyen Sieu str., Dist. 1, HCMC
+84 933 998 389
You may already think that you are drunk by the time you get here with its illusory decoration style. Besides playing Top40 and Billboard hits, Lavish even has its own DJ and plans to invite many international DJs from around the World to entertain its customers. Shisha in Lavish looks very trendy with its fabulous instruments and gorgeous lounges. You can have a smoke and dance along to the music.
WARDA CAFE LOUNGE
71/7 Mac Thi Buoi str., Dist.1
+848 3823 3822
Warda adopts an Arabian style in decoration and service. Shisha is strictly offered for 12+ year-old customers in Warda. If your group consists of more than 3 people, it is extremely fun to have a shisha in Warda as you will enjoy the most fabulous seats. Drinks and finger food starts from just 20,000vnd.
Alley 59, Nguyen Du str., Dist.1, HCMC
Similarly to Warda in decoration, Casbah brings you a romantic moment when having a shisha. And if that is not good reason enough to be here, you can also have a real Arabian night with shisha and belly dance performance every night. Drinks beside alcohol are offered from VND25,000 to VND60,000.
Habibi Coffee Lounge, 234 De Tham str., Dist.1, HCMC
Located in a bacpackers’ area, Habibi is one of the most popular places for shisha in Saigon. Habibi is quite small but quiet and peaceful with cheap offers. Cocktails and non-alcohol drinks are from VND18,000 while alcohols are offered from VND55,000. Habibi is operated from 2:00PM to 12:00AM on weekdays and to 2:00 at weekends.