X-Rock Climbing – Provided by vietnam720.com
40/27 Bui Vien, Q1
Tel: 0903 643446
On offer are automatic bikes for US$75/month and standard bikes for US$50/month. Bikes are well-maintenanced and staff helps with any difficulties bike may encounter.
Natalie’s Bike Rentals
Tel: 0979 992983
Good selection of standard and automatic bikes. Bike delivery available for drop-off and pick-up.
Saigon Scooter Centre
25/7 Cuu Long, Tan Binh
Tel: (08) 3848 7816
Saigon Scooters stocks a selection of high-end and classic bikes. Vietnam’s only 100% foreign-owned scooter business also offers drop-off services for their bikes and include helmets.
Billiards, Pool & Bowling
34 Le Duan, Q1
Tel: (08) 3825 7778
The city’s newest and most central bowling centre, located on the fourth floor of the Diamond Plaza. Games cost VND35,000 (US$1.50) in the daytime and VND60, 000 (US$3) in the evenings and weekends. The Bowling alleys open at 10am-1am Mon-Sat; 9am-1am Sun. There is also a range of arcade games and pool/snooker tables.
35-45 Le Thanh Ton, Q1
Tel: (08) 3829 5388
Located on the top floor of Parkson Plaza, this bowling alley neighbours both an arcade and a nightclub. Here, games are VND20,000 on the weekdays but double that on weekends.
A43 Truong Son, Tan Binh
Opens 10am until midnight daily
This bright and modern bowling alley is an ideal spot to have fun. Friendly and lively atmosphere makes it a great place to spend a few hours. It can get crowded, especially at the weekend during the afternoons. On Friday and Saturday nights, prepare yourself for “Disco Bowling”, complete with tunes and shiny pins! Also has a separate section with imported pool tables.
102 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Q1
Tel: (08) 3822 3014
One of the city’s best known pool halls, this long-running establishment offers dozens of regulation tables, french tables and snooker tables. Waitresses are available to take your drink order as well as shoot some pool if you would like some friendly competition.
Vibe Billiards & Lounge
102 Suong Nguyen Anh, Q1
Tel: (08) 3925 2599
For a relaxing game of stick, Vibe Billiards and Lounge offers six 8-ball tables, a snooker table, and a French table. The lounge has 4 separate sofa sections and an outside terrace upstairs. There are 8-ball tournaments held near the end of every month so contact them or visit www.vibe.com.vn for more information.
Tel: (08) 3910 05560
Cruise the Saigon River in style and see Ho Chi Minh City lit up at night with the Bonsai Dinner Cruise. The two-hour journey on a traditional junk built locally entirely of wood comes hand in hand with a mixed Vietnamese and western buffet as well as on-board entertainment and live music. Visit their website for booking and pricing information.
Golf & Driving Ranges
Bochang Dong Nai Golf Resort
Tran Bom Town, Thong Nhat District
Tel: (08) 061 866 288
This 300-hectare golf resort is about 50km away from the city in Dong Nai Province. It incorporates a 27-hole course, a villa complex, bar, bbq area, sauna, Jacuzzis and pool tables. Visit www.vietnamgolfclub.com for more information.
Him Lam Driving Range
Nguyen Duc Canh, Next to Thu Thiem Bridge, Binh Thanh
If you only have little time but still want to hit some balls while looking over the Saigon River, Him Lam driving range is a perfect option for golfers to relax and practice. The ball fee is US$5 (100 balls) and US$40 (1000 balls). Certified Golf pro’s are available.
Saigon South Golf
Nguyen Van Linh, Q7
Tel: (08)5411 2001
Visitor green fees are US$18.76 for a round of golf on this mini nine-hole course behind FV Hospital. Fees discounted by 40% on Wednesdays. Equipment hire and a driving range are also available.
Vietnam Golf and Country Club
Long Thanh My Village, Q9
Tel: (08) 6280 0124
Also known as the Thu Duc Golf Course, this facility just off of Highway 1 has two courses, one following a more Asian style and one with distinct modern touches. Both 18-hole courses are complemented by other attractions such as tennis, boating and an on-site eatery. Visit www.vietnamgolfcc.com for more information.
Fitness and Gyms
28-30-32 Le Lai, Q1
Tel: (08) 6222 0355
One of the largest fitness and yoga facilities in Vietnam takes up over 7 floors. Machines, free weights, cardio equipment and dozens of different yoga and fitness classes are available.
46/2 Nguyen Cuu Van, Binh Thanh
Tel: (08) 3840 6974
Jazz, ballet, hip hop, funk, belly dancing, salsa and stretching classes for adults and children of all levels taught at this modern dance studio. Visit www.dancentervn.com for more information.
H3 Hoang Dieu, Q4
Tel: (08) 3826 4629
Large fitness facility that is five minutes from the city centre. Dozens of cardio machines and world-class free weights and workout machines. Fitness and yoga classes throughout the day.
K1 Fitness Factory
346 Ben Van Don, Q4
Tel: (08) 0918 337 111
Private one-on-one training in a custom built studio tailored to the needs of students. Options include body conditioning, weight loss, muscle mass improvement, kickboxing and MMA training.
141 Nguyen Hue, Q1
Tel: (08) 3825 1812
Located in the Rex Hotel, this is a large colonial themed gym with spacious open areas, all necessary equipment, a swimming pool, and Jacuzzi and tennis court.
10F Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Q1
Tel: (08) 3910 5181
Two to three classes of yoga and pilates a day, seven days a week. All levels catered for.
91 Nguyen Huu Canh, Binh Thanh
Tel: (08) 3514 0255
The second largest gym in Vietnam has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, personal training and fitness classes including kickboxing. Located in the Manor Apartment buildings, there is also an outdoor pool and spa on the same level.
X Rock Climbing
503A Nguyen Duy Trinh, Binh Trung Dong Ward, Q2.
(08) 2210 9192
Artificial rock face with a variety of routes designed for beginners to advanced climbers. Day pass costs VND180, 000 (US$10) although discounts are available for long term members. Courses are also available starting from VND430, 000 (US$25) for 2hr’s private introduction. X Rock welcomes kid’s parties of age 4+. For more information go to www.xrockclimbing.com.
All the major five-star hotels in Ho Chi Minh City have swimming pools with day rates ranging from US$5 to US$25. See our Travel section for more information.
Lan Anh Swimming and Tennis Club
291 Cach Mang Thang Tam, Q10
Tel: (08) 3822 7144
Lam Son Swimming Pool
242 Tran Binh Trong, Q5
Tel: (08) 3862 7144
2A – 4A Ton Duc Thang, Q1
Tel: (08) 3823 3333
Renaissance Riverside Hotel
8 – 15 Ton Duc Thang, Q1
Tel: (08) 3822 0033
Rex Hotel, 141 Nguyen Hue, Q1
Tel: (08) 3825 1812
Van Thanh Park
48/10 Dien Bien Phu, Binh Thanh
Tel: (08) 3899 7144
Ky Hoa II
796 Su Van Hanh, Q10
Tel: (08) 3863 3706
Hourly hire for courts starts from VND20, 000. Private coaching is available, and a small shop stocks all the equipment. Also has an excellent gym and swimming pool.
Lan Anh International Tennis Court
291 Cach Mang Thang Tam, Q10
Tel: (08) 3862 7144
Private coaching sessions and group lessons are available at this popular club. You can rent one of several courts from VND20, 000 per hour, and all gear (including a ball boy) is available for rent.
55D Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Q1
A simple place where good courts can be hired from VND30, 000 an hour. Extra services are a little thin on the ground, although ball boys are available, and the price of a court never rises above VND60, 000.
5B Ton Duc Thang, Q1
Tel: (08) 3822 2098
Membership is open to non-Landmark residents for these squash courts. For new players or those without a partner, there is a squash instructor who gives private lessons. Racquets and balls can be rented. Book in advance. Day rate is US$12 for use of all facilities.
Theatres and Cinemas
Municipal Theatre or Saigon Opera House
Lam Son Square, Q5
Tel: (08) 3825 1563
A Saigon landmark, the Saigon Opera House is a smaller counterpart of the Hanoi Opera House. The theatre dates back to the French colonial era built in 1897, by French architect Ferret Eugene. The design of all the inscriptions, décor, and furnishings were drawn by a French artist and sent here from France. This beautiful building is home of the Saigon Symphony Orchestra but also hosts performances by various other national and international orchestras. It also hosts pop concerts, for more information and schedules please contact the box office.
Diamond Plaza Cinema
34 Le Duan, Q1
Tel: (08) 3825 7751
Regularly screens films in English with Vietnamese subtitles. Small Air Conditioned rooms with Comfortable seating. Drinks and snacks available. Entrance fee of VND50, 000 (US$3) per person, for more information and schedules contact there box office.
116 Nguyen Du, Q1
Tel: (08) 3822 5451
A good selection of foreign films are shown with Vietnamese subtitles at this cinema which also houses a small arcade area for the kids. Admission is VND60 000 and movie schedules can be found at www.galaxycine.vn.
126 Huong Vuong, Q5
Tel: (08) 6222 0388
Located on the 7th floor of Vietnam’s largest shopping mall, Huong Vuong Plaza, this cinema shows a mixture of English and Vietnamese movies 5 to 6 times daily. Tickets prices are VND60, 000 during the week but go up to VND80, 000 on weekends. The Megastar website is constantly updated and good resource for movie times. Visit www.megastarmedia.net for more information.
Saigon Water Puppet Theatre
Rong Vang- Golden Dragon Water Puppetry Theatre- 55 B Nguyen Thi Minh Khai St, Q1.
Nightly performances of this traditional Vietnamese entertainment. There are 2 shows every evening at 18:30 and 20:00. Each show lasts about 50 minutes. Good fun.
Private Vietnamese Classes
Tel: 0908 604753
Contact outgoing and experienced instructor Mr Hoang who takes individuals or groups from beginner level up to fluency.
Saigon Vietnamese Language School
45 Dinh Tien Hoang, Q1
Tel: (08) 3910 3175
This professional school has built a good reputation over 12 years. Offers set and tailor-made courses for all abilities in both northern & southern Vietnamese within high quality facilities.