Who’s your Uncle?

This barber shop is nothing like that weird uncle of yours

words & photos: MATTHEW COWAN


Uncle Barber Shop is tucked away in a neighbourhood down a narrow alley in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 5 — not too far from the city’s famous Chinatown district, Cholon.

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Owner Marsu started his first barber shop in 2015 in his uncle’s home, hence the name Uncle, and recently took over the location where Hurricane Barber Shop used to be.

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Despite numerous requests for Google to update the address, it hasn’t been done, so don’t be surprised if your search turns up as Hurricane still at this address. Never fear, Uncle is here.

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Uncle’s has a small crew of three or four barbers, it’s clean, the staff are super-friendly and enthusiastic with good English speaking skills and they offer a range of different cut styles — specifically ‘hip-hop’ style — not just the Chicano-style of short back and sides and quiff at the top that Liem Barber Shop and others tend to specialise in.

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Expect to pay VND100,000 for a haircut, which includes a hairwash and styling; get the beard trimmed for an extra VND30,000.   

Uncle Barber Shop is at 84/37 Nguyen Bieu, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City and is open from 10am to 8pm daily. For more info, go to facebook.com/theuncle2015  

Matthew Cowan

Matt has been living in Vietnam since 2010. Previously the Managing Editor of Word Vietnam — an English language online and print magazine covering just about everything in Vietnam — he's now digging up stories that men living in Southeast Asia might find remotely interesting.

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