Ho Chi Minh City is well known for its crowded and noisy streets and the fast paced lifestyle of its residents. Scratch the surface a bit and you will find a city that is filled with cultural sites, art exhibitions, public spaces, and water parks.

District 1 used to be the heart of the French Quarter in days past and it shows in many of the buildings commissioned by the French in the past 200 years. Chợ Lớn, or D5, was the city’s Chinatown before the anti-Chinese backlash of 1978 and was home to a thriving black market during the American War. Nowadays, much of the buildings are gone but dig a little bit and you can find the odd Chinese temple and traditional herb shop.

After a few weeks of living in HCMC, residents may start to get the feeling that there is not much to do on weekends. In reality, quite a lot of things are happening. The key is to get to know people that do things you’re interested in and where and when said things take place. With such a diverse range of people and backgrounds that live and work in HCMC, there is a plethora of clubs and societies which will ensure that you will never be lonely or bored.

Whether part of Vietnamese origin or brought here by international residents, you can expect to see everyone playing together which makes for a wonderful cultural mix.

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Nutrifort Fitness

Nutrifort Fitness

Nutrifort provides its clientele with the proper tools and teaching methods to gain a fit and healthy mind and body. This gym also teaches clients the importance of nutrition in order to nourish and maintain their health. Its complete health program includes exercise training, healthy food service, therapeutic massages and more – all of which meet international standards and quality. ...

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Swimming Pool at Hotel Equatorial

Swimming Pool at Hotel Equatorial

Hotel Equatorial owns an outdoor swimming pool with a sunken bar and children’s pool. Price: VND300,000/200,000 adult/child; VND1.7M-2.5M/month; Membership: VND14.5M-16.5M for half year, VND22M-24M for one year. 

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Lan Anh International Tennis Courts

Lan Anh International Tennis Courts

Located near the heart of HCMC, Lan Anh International Tennis Courts is home to eight plexicushion tennis courts (three of which are indoor). Private coaching and group lessons are available. Prices: Weekdays: from VND40,000/hour (excluding ball boy); Saturday: VND40,000-220,000/hour; Sunday: VND80,000-240,000/hour 

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Văn Thánh Swimming Pool

Văn Thánh Swimming Pool

Five minutes away from Điện Biên Phủ street, this 100 square meter pool is located inside the same named resort and surrounded by lush tree. The pool is separated into adults’ and children’s areas. You will be in a relaxing atmosphere without traffic noise. It is quiet during the day except from the mid-afternoon when families gather and relax. Price: ...

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Saigon Skatepark

Saigon Skatepark

Along Bình Quới street on Thanh Đa Island in the north-east of Bình Thạnh district, Saigon Skatepark is an oasis for skaters and BMX addicts. The 15-by-50-metre warehouse isn’t huge, but it houses enough ramps and rails to keep skaters happy. The random location and barebones decor of this park has its advantages: prices are low for young skaters who ...

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Pedagogical University Dojo

Pedagogical University Dojo

Price:VND 250,000/ 12 classesVND 300,000/ 24 classes  This centre teaches Nam Huỳnh Đạo, a traditional martial art.There are three specialties: An Dương Vương, Trần Quang Khải and Hoa Phượng.Prices depend on the equipment needed to prepare the students. The founder of Nam Huỳnh Đạo is grand master Huỳnh Tuấn Kiệt, the seventh generation descendant of warrior general Nguyễn Huỳnh Đức ...

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California Fitness & Yoga

California Fitness & Yoga

California Fitness provides rock climbing courses and all the necessary equipment. Popular with travellers and locals alike, personal trainers are available. English is spoken.

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Cộng Hòa Paintball Club

Cộng Hòa Paintball Club

Price: Common guns and protective equipment: VND50,000/person/hour; Rap guns and protective equipment: VND100,000/person (no time limit); Available for group of eight to 10 people or more (split evenly into teams); There is also an incentive program for groups who use more bullets (VND2,000 more per round). Located at the top of a small shopping mall, this club aims to make ...

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Phan Dinh Phung Stadium

Phan Dinh Phung Stadium

This stadium is well known as it holds some of HCMC’s most important tournaments in sports such as badminton, volleyball, basketball, rock climbing and, of course, tennis. Three courts are available. Price: Court: VND50,000-150,000/hour

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SOUL Music & Performing Arts Academy

SOUL Music & Performing Arts Academy

Established by Australian-Vietnamese singer Mr Thanh Bùi in July 2012, Soul Academy offers nine classrooms, and aims to bring a modern and more international approach to Vietnamese music education. Music subjects include piano, guitar, violin, drums and vocals, and range from beginner to advanced skill levels. Materials are in English, but teachers use both English and Vietnamese and are graduates ...

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Lan Anh Country Club

Lan Anh Country Club

Located in the heart of HCMC, the club is home to a magnificent sports complex, including an air-conditioned squash court.. Price: VND150,000/one-hour game 

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Laser Tag

Laser Tag

Take the glass elevator to the top floor of Alta Plaza and you will soon find yourself in a dark playground holding a laser gun. The playing area is small but the equipment works well. There is an amusement arcade in the foyer. Price: VND50,000/30-minute session 

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Rach Mieu Swimming Pool

Rach Mieu Swimming Pool

This pool offers swimming lessons, recreational swimming, lanes, physical therapy and first aid classes. It is home to competitive swimming teams at high school and university level. Amenities: lifeguard, showers, locker rooms.  Price: VND12,000-20,000/day 

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Lam Son Swimming Pool

Lam Son Swimming Pool

This is a 50-metre pool used by both children and adults. There are five lanes, one of which is reserved for females. Each person has an allotted time of one hour. There are trained lifeguards and the pool is busy after school, on weekends and holidays. Price: VND18,000/adult, 15,000/child

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Mach’s Gym (Pham Van Mach’s Gym)

Mach’s Gym (Pham Van Mach’s Gym)

Mách has won many Asian bodybuilding competitions. Mách’s Gym markets solid, muscular bodies for men and slender, voluptuous bodies for women, attracting a diverse mix of both genders. With modern equipment and spacious, neat studio space, its young, dynamic and enthusiastic English- and Vietnamese-speaking team looks forward to guiding you towards the body of your dreams. Price: VND500,000/month (6am-12pm),VND680,000/month (24/7)

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Thanh Đa Paintball Club

Thanh Đa Paintball Club

This club is located next to Bình Quới Village, with an area of over seven acres arranged like a jungle with bunkers for players to move easily. Here, players are divided into two teams, each with five to seven people. The owners prefer you to have some experience. Prices include clothing and 50 bullets. Price: VND 100,000/weekdays; VND 105,000/weekends;

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The Landmark Health Club

The Landmark Health Club

Located in the modern Landmark building along the river, this gym is fully equipped with cardio and training equipment. Trained teachers are available to support you. Apart from a swimming pool, you can also use one of the few squash courts in the city. Price: One day pass: VND240,000; One year membership: VND19M

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The Bodyline International – Professional Healthy Slimming

The Bodyline International – Professional Healthy Slimming

Established in 2011, and previously known as Marie France Bodyline, The Bodyline International aims to help women lose weight smartly with a well-balanced diet and body massages. Customers will first be consulted about their constitutions, diets, etc. to find out why weight loss has been a challenge despite their efforts and what should be done to have an ideal shape. ...

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X-Rock Climbing

X-Rock Climbing

This club offers beginner and advanced mountain climbing routes, safety courses and training on its 26-metre, purpose-built mountain. You will have the opportunity to discover this sport with qualified and experienced staff who will train you in safety with advanced techniques. Climbing equipment is of the highest quality and designed specifically for the sport. English is spoken.

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