Telling Fortunes in HCMC – Snapshot Story # 10

During our visit to Ho Chi Minh City last year, we did an amazing foodie tour on our first full day. Part of our tour involved a visit to a temple. I can’t recall much of the background on the temple itself, however we saw people stopping to do something with a set of sticks on the ground. Our tour guide told us they were doing their fortunes and asked if we wanted to do ours. With a baby strapped to my chest it was a bit hard to get down and kneel so Simon went ahead and had a go instead.

Fortune Telling sticks in HCMC

He had to shake the container then pour the sticks onto the ground. We have no idea how it worked beyond there, but something to do with the way they fell resulted in a certain stick being chosen.

Ho Chi Minh City Temple

Our guide took us around to a room to the side and there was a wall of symbols with sheets of paper in them. He found the one that corresponded with Simon’s and read it… but not out loud. The fortune stated it would be a bad year ahead.

Being the skeptics we are, we probably laughed. Sadly it was accurate and scrolling past this photo only the other day we were reminded of this prediction. It may be a little more reliable than we gave it credit for… or a huge coincidence!

Are you a believer in ancient fortune telling methods? Have you had a similiar experience?



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  1. Hi Holly,
    Cool idea of linking up a photo and story. I’ll have to read up and link one. In comment to your other fortune telling photo, I don’t believe in this kind of thing. Don’t worry about something like this; just an unlucky coincidence.

    1. Whether it had some authenticity or not we will never know but it has been a horrible year… Our worst ever in our family, with the one exception of our beautiful Violet arriving.

    1. I need to write a post on our foodie tour. It was great. And the bonus is our guides wife happens to be an Aussie expat so he has wonderful English and understands our culture too. There’s a motorbike version too but not an option when we had a toddler with us.

    1. Glad you joined in. It’s a bit of fun and gives a chance to find some good new posts to read each time too. Let me know if you decide to start your own 🙂

  2. I have very mixed feelings about fortune telling: I am hugely skeptical about it but I also fear it. I think that no matter the reading, I would find it difficult to shake it off and it would somehow mess with my head! That said, I would be very curious to try: not sure I dare!
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    1. I think in part that may have been why I was happy for just Simon to have a go. Anything that makes me slightly reluctant is easy to let him do and use the kids as an excuse hahaha he’s more skeptical than me but always happy to have a go.

  3. I am fascinated with fortune tellers and definitely believe there is something to it. The Joker is a skeptic and thinks it is all a load of rubbish. That said, I believe there are a lot of charlatans out there and much of it is a load of hogwash. But there are some who nail it. I am a little uncertain about the random ones in foreign countries where you have no idea what is being said. My mum recently had something similar while visiting Cambodia but even our tour guide couldn’t understand what the monk was saying.
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    1. The language barrier makes it hard. We are both skeptical normally so it was a surprising reminder when Simon mentioned the prediction recently. Here’s hoping for a better 2015 though!

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