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Saigon Mythbusters

The Myth: Is it true that in Vietnamese culture one should avoid soy sauce after surgery because it will make the scars darker?

It’s a prevalent belief that consuming dark soy sauce while recovering from any major surgery or during pregnancy, which involves stretch marks, will result in […]

By |December 10th, 2013|Features, Saigon Mythbusters|0 Comments
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The Myth: Is it true that there are right and wrong ways to use your chopsticks at the dining table?

While this is true, some of the customs are no longer practiced in the city. The following is a list of things you should never do with chopsticks […]

By |November 18th, 2013|Features, Saigon Mythbusters|0 Comments
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The Myth: How does firefighting work here?

Is it true that you have to pay them first before they will put out the fire for you? If so, how much?

There are lots of rumors on firefighting practices in Vietnam and whether or not firefighting is under the ‘money-first-service-later’ procedure that is an all […]

By |October 17th, 2013|Features, Saigon Mythbusters|0 Comments
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The Myth: As all motorbike drivers are required to buy motorbike insurance, does the insurance actually protect you?

According to Regulation No.126/2008/TT-BTC from the Ministry of Finance, all motorbike drivers are required to purchase civil liability insurance for their motorbikes. The mandatory civil liability insurance is priced […]

By |September 13th, 2013|Features, Saigon Mythbusters|0 Comments
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Vietnamese coffee has a slightly odd taste. Is it true that it’s roasted in fish sauce?

This is unfortunately not only true, it’s considered de rigueur within the Vietnamese coffee industry, and it has been for some time.

Back in the old days when locally-based Chinese traders started to realize that this new ‘coffee’ thing that the […]

By |August 4th, 2013|Features, Saigon Mythbusters|0 Comments
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Is it true vendors boil batteries with corn to make them look yellower?

This is harder to answer as there are no concrete evidence or eyewitness accounts to back it up, so for now it’s just a rumor.

In February of this year, Phan Van Lieu, Chairman of Hoi An Farmers, said, “The Farmers […]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Saigon Mythbusters|0 Comments
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Is it true that they bleach coconuts here to make them whiter and more appealing to customers?

The simple answer is yes.

Nguyen Trong Tan, a university student in District 10, personally witnessed the shocking practice. After purchasing an ‘extremely’ white coconut from his school’s cafeteria he forgot about it and left it in his desk overnight. The […]

By |July 22nd, 2013|Saigon Mythbusters|0 Comments
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Stinger: do tire repair places place nails on the road?

THE MYTH:

Do motorbike tire repair places put nails out on the road to get more customers?

The short and simple answer is yes, they do. Tire repair shops along various streets have gained a reputation for their willingness to do […]

By |June 21st, 2013|Features, Saigon Mythbusters|0 Comments
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Why is Turtle Lake roundabout called that?

Did turtles really use to live in the water there?

THERE WERE NEVER live turtles in Turtle Lake. That’s not even its official name, but rather, the folk name for the artificial pond built between 1965 and 1967 at the junction […]

By |May 29th, 2013|Features, Saigon Mythbusters|1 Comment
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This is Half-True

THE MYTH: I’ve lived here for some odd years and have never once seen a helicopter anywhere close to the helicopter pad at Bitexco financial Tower. I was told that helicopters are banned from the skies over downtown HCMC. If this […]

By |May 16th, 2013|Saigon Mythbusters|1 Comment