Mattress sucks

All the mattresses I've used here suck and are hard.  I bought an all natural latex queen size Kymdan for 40 mil and it sucks too.  People said it's the best sleeping experience you can get but I find it as hard as a rock but still better than some of the others I've tried.  Back home I had a Sealy with a comfort top I bought at Sit n Sleep and I long for it.

After suffering a dozen mattresses and pads in apts and hotels, I'm resolved to accepting hard beds as part of the Vietnam experience along with the heat, and broken or impassible sidewalks.
But I'm getting popcorn and hoping to hear about soft alternatives.  :whistle:

The older Vietnamese don’t use mattresses as we know them.
We have, over the years, had the most problems with mattresses from the apartment/hotel with the 2/3 cm solid job to a brand new apartment in Masteri 5 via Airbnb, beautifully furnished but no mattresses of any kind. Owner said you don’t need them, Airbnb moved us to a different apartment and removed there listing.
Currently, we have cheap sprung mattresses which came with the apartment, pending finding something more suitable.
Mike

The problem is not only the mattresses but the stiff board underneath.  I know from my home country only slatted frames which together with the mattress give the softness and comfort.

I recommend to buy here a good foam mattress with thick fabric cover for about 5 million (2000x1600x250mm) and for under it a cheap foam mattress (about 5 cm thick) without plastic cover.

Yeah, they don't use spring boards here.

My friend in Hà Nội explained that, the softer the mattress, the more heat is trapped in the body. So, in hot weather, when most Vietnamese don't use A.C.--perhaps having an electric fan--sleeping on boards or extra firm mattresses allows the body to stay as cool as possible.

Well, before we got married, I stayed in 5 star hotels and the mattress's are superb, top quality. Thus, you might want to contact a 5 star hotel (e.g., Intercontinental - Saigon, Da Nang, Nha Trang) and ask where they buy them. 

With respect to mattress's at my inlaws, they do have them, but they are about half the thickness of a normal mattress in the west.  However, the one we sleep on is not hard and I have never had an issue getting a good nights rest.  I actually get better sleep in VN than the USA, go figure.

yamcha :

All the mattresses I've used here suck and are hard.

Yam you are in luck! Tonight went to Vincom mall in Saigon Dong Khoi.
There is a Sealy Posturepedic store.
Really! I thought I was back in the states.
There are two queen size beds on display, has a foam mini-mattress on top of the mattress, very soft.
Asked the prices ... hold on:

First one 109.000.000.
Cheap one only 68.000.000. Looked the same to me.
And then I stopped thinking I was back in the states.  :sosad:

I doubt that you could find statistics, but I suspect that the number of bad backs in much higher among westerners than it is in the Vietnamese population.  I don't ever recall a Vietnamese complaining about a bad back.  Could the mattresses or even sleeping on solid wood have something to do with that?  I am an obligate side sleeper for reasons that I don't understand but for someone who sleeps on their back, a hard surface is probably beneficial.

THIGV :

I doubt that you could find statistics, but I suspect that the number of bad backs in much higher among westerners than it is in the Vietnamese population.  I don't ever recall a Vietnamese complaining about a bad back.  Could the mattresses or even sleeping on solid wood have something to do with that?  I am an obligate side sleeper for reasons that I don't understand but for someone who sleeps on their back, a hard surface is probably beneficial.

It also depends on how you sleep.
I've never had a problem with my back because I permanently turn from one side to the other while I sleep.

Andy Passenger :

I've never had a problem with my back because I permanently turn from one side to the other while I sleep.

That sounds like me but when on a hard surface like the room that we use in my mother-in-law's house, I find that my hip bones become rather sore.  One thing that I am surprised is not popular in Vietnam is the Korean style pillows.  These are small diameter cylinders or rectangles, often filled with buckwheat seed which makes them firm but flexible at the same time.  They fit under the nape of the neck and support the head without bending the neck improperly.  There seems to be Korean bedding sold in Vietnam but I never saw those pillows.

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