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Wednesday, 21/10/2020 | 19:38:13 GMT+7
Finding Zen at Saigon’s unique pay-what-you-want teahouse

There is a teahouse in Ho Chi Minh City destined for customers searching for private space to enjoy a cup of tea and conversation all while paying according to their satisfaction with the service.

27/08/2020 09:47:08

The teahouse, Zentea, is located in a small valley on Dien Bien Phu Street, Binh Thanh District. Zentea does not have a list of prices for the drinks that it offers. Instead, customers can decide how much they are willing to pay after drinking and using the service.

Depending on the level of customer satisfaction, they will put money into a small box placed on the shelf. The paid money will be used to maintain the teahouse’s operations.

"Zentea was launched in May 2018 with a view to creating a peaceful destination for people after days of working hard. Coming here, anyone can feel at home,” said Duong Huu Thuan, one of the young members who run the teahouse.“You can do everything by yourself, choosing a brewing vessel, cups, and some cookies, then you can brew the tea in your favorite way."

Two friends enjoy tea at the Zentea teahouse in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A customer fills a brewing vessel with hot water from an electric kettle to brew tea by herself at the Zentea teahouse in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Koizumi, a Japanese customer, writes calligraphy at the Zentea teahouse in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She has taken the calligraphy class offered at the place for half a year. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Two learners write calligraphy during a calligraphy class held every Thursday at the Zentea teahouse in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Two men train during a self-defense martial arts class held every Friday at the Zentea teahouse in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Finding Zen at Saigon’s unique pay-what-you-want teahouse - 6A sign saying 'Customers' donation is the foundation for our teahouse's operations' at the Zentea teahouse in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre