Best Swimming Pools in Saigon

accommodation - Saigon/HCMC: Jan. 10, 2019

What is the best pool in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam? It might seem like a simple question, but the reality is far from it. For one, residents and travellers in this great city are simply spoiled for choice. Thanks to the hot climate, pools are pretty much a necessity for staying sane down south.

However, with great choice comes great indecision. We’re here to help! Here are our top city picks, all designed to keep you cool in this year-round hot weather.

Keep in mind: all the operating hours are listed for the general public. If you’re staying at the hotel or living at the apartment in question, the pools might be open later for you.

Victory Hotel

14 Vo Van Tan, District 3 | 028 3930 4989 | victoryhotel.com.vn

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Pool Hours: 6am to 10pm

Day Pass: VND60,000, which includes access to the gym

Be Warned: No sauna or steam room here

What makes it special: You’d be hard pressed to find a hotel pool in the centre of the city for this price.

This quaint 3-star hotel in District 3 has an admirable rooftop pool, with a decent view to match. This is a great place to chill under the sun and take a dip. Plus, a monthly pass to both the pool and gym costs a very reasonable VND800,000.

Le Méridien Saigon

3C Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1 | 028 6263 6688 | lemeridiensaigon.com

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Hours: 6am to 10pm

Day Pass: VND566,000 for adults, which includes access to the sauna, gym and steam room. VND335,000 for children.

Be Warned: Although it’s quite long (26 metres), it’s also narrow. Great for swimming laps, bad for a game of Marco Polo.

What Makes it Special: The view! Right on Ton Duc Thang, look over your shoulder and see the Saigon River snaking through Ho Chi Minh City.

This pure salt water pool is a true (salty) taste of the finer things in life. When you’re not swimming, lounge on the futuristic, ultra-chic lounge chairs located both poolside and on the deck below, chuckling as the traffic crawls on the street below.

Intercontinental Asiana Saigon

Corner of Hai Ba Trung & Le Duan, District 1 | 028 3520 9999 | ihg.com

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Hours: 6am to 9pm

Day Pass: VND520,000 for adults and VND312,000 for children under 16

Be Warned: The lounge chairs are sparse here, so if it happens to be a busy day, you might be out of luck.

What Makes it Special: A pool bar and restaurant is on site, in case you’re feeling peckish, and bottles of water are offered free of charge.

Right in the middle of District 1, this pool is a gem amidst the chaos down below.This pool high walls make it a hidden refuge. The clear glass end makes for a particularly special treat when you’re halfway done with your lap.

Social Club Rooftop Bar, Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Collection

23rd Floor, 76-78 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 3 | 028 3989 8888 | hoteldesartssaigon.com

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Hours: 9am – 1am for drinks (pool access for hotel guests only: 6am – 10pm)

Pool Afternoon Pass for public (12pm – 8pm): The pool is open to outside guests who purchase the special Afternoon package:

- VND1,790,000 per person for 90 mins spa treatment, lunch at the Saigon Kitchen restaurant, and a complimentary cocktail while relaxing at the rooftop pool.

Be warned: The pool is beautiful but compact- not one for fitness freaks.

What Makes It Special: That view - WOW. You won’t regret purchasing a package once you reach poolside and check out a simply wonderful wide-angle view of sprawling Saigon. Barside stools set in the pool are a lovely touch for enjoying a drink and a dip.

SILA Urban Living

21 Ngo Thoi Nhiem, District 3 | 028 3930 0800 | silaliving.com

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Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm (not open to outside guests on the weekend)

Day Pass: VND300,000 per adult to use the pool, with one child allowed in free of charge.

VND500,000 will give you full access to the pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna; VND600,000 will give you access to the gym on top of that.

Be Warned: It’s almost absurdly shallow on one of the pool - your arms might scrape the bottom if you’re doing the backstroke.

What Makes it Special: Attentive waiters from Twenty21One Restaurant mere feet away will ensure you get all the quality food and drink you need.

This aparthotel (hotel for short stays, apartment for long stays) in the centre of District 3 caters to business travellers who like things done well, simply and elegantly. This means you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful pool with a difference in depth to suit every level of swimmer.

Lotte Legend Hotel

2A-4A Ton Duc Thang, District 1 | 028 3823 3333 | lottehotel.com

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Hours: 6am to 10pm

Day Pass: VND460,000 for adults, VND253,000 for children. Adults can use the pool, gym, sauna and steam room for VND578,000.

Special offer until 28th February, 2019: VND288,000 for adults, VND230,000 for children.

Be Warned: If you’re looking for a place to swim for exercise, this isn’t it. Shaped as a giant circle, this is a lounging pool through and through.

What Makes it Special: A large kid’s pool sits adjacent to the larger pool, so everyone can have fun in the sun.

It’s the largest pool in the city by area! It’s not just the pool itself that makes this venue great. The landscaping around the water is pure tropical bliss, topped off by a vine-covered pool cabana on one end.

Renaissance Riverside Hotel

8-15 Ton Duc Thang, District 1 | 028 3822 0033 |

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Hours: 6am to 6pm

Day Pass: VND350,000 for adults, and half the price for children under seven. This price will get you full access to the pool, gym, sauna and steam room.

Be Warned: It’s not the biggest pool around. The Renaissance also hosts frequent weekend barbecues and pool parties, so it tends to get crowded.

What Makes it Special: Renovated in 2015, the quality of this swimming pool is incredible.

With a two-storey sky bar situated above it, and perched high above Saigon on the 22nd floor of this grand hotel, this is a great pool to lounge in with a good view to take in between servings of a good book. There’s also a pool bar situated close by—always a good thing!

New World Saigon

76 Le Lai, District 1 | 028 3822 8888 | saigon.newworldhotels.com/en/

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Hours: 6am to 10pm

Day Pass: VND350,000 for the pool, and VND500,000 for the pool, sauna and gym.

Be Warned: The pool’s location is not immediately obvious - you have to take the elevator to level 2 to get there.

What Makes it Special: You won’t get much of a view here, but it doesn’t matter--it’s a great pool anyway. Smack dab in the centre of the city, it’s an oasis among the chaos of traffic. It features a pleasant poolside bar with a TV and music, and the shower areas and locker rooms are top-notch. You can also rent out one of their five poolside cabanas if you really want to make a day of it.

Van Thanh Pool

48/10 Dien Bien Phu, Binh Thanh District | 028 3512 3026 | Van Thanh

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Pool Hours: 6am to 8pm

Day Pass: VND70,000 for adults Monday through Friday, and VND80,000 on Saturday and Sunday; VND40,000 for children Monday through Friday, and VND50,000 on Saturday and Sunday

Be Warned: The deck chairs fill up quickly, and the floor mats aren’t the most hygenic of options.

What Makes it Special: Here you get a great mix of people, expats and locals alike. Plus, the huge kiddie pool makes it ideal for your son’s or daughter’s next birthday party.

One of the most celebrated and visited pools in Saigon thanks to its low prices and relative level of comfort. While there’s no gym, sauna or steam room to compliment your pool routine, you can enjoy the other amenities the Van Thanh compound has to offer, such as tennis courts and lakeside restaurants.

Equatorial

242 Tran Binh Trong, District 5 | 028 3839 7777 | hochiminhcity.equatorial.com

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Hours: 6am to 10pm

Day Pass: Non-guests will shell out VND500,000 for the pool, gym, steam room and sauna. It’s VND300,000 per child.

Be Warned: After some years in Saigon’s hot sun, the red-coloured loungers are certainly a bit faded and worse for wear.

What Makes it Special: The water gets the highest rating possible by the city’s health department.

This 24-metre beast is a pleasure for waders and serious swimmers alike. With a magnificent width along with ample length, it’s a sight to behold, and worth the price of entry. The water has been purified by special salt imported from Thailand, which means you’ll get healthier just by virtue of being in it. If that’s too healthy for you, there’s a sunken poolside bar to let you enjoy a little vice at the same time.

Sheraton Saigon

88 Dong Khoi, D1 | 028 3827 2828 | sheratonsaigon.com

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Hours: 5:30am to 11:00pm

Day Pass: VND370,000 for an adult, half price for children under 15. The ticket includes entry to the dry sauna; Sheraton doesn’t have a steam room. For the gym and the pool, it’ll be VND630,000 per day.

Be Warned: It’s located on the hotel’s fifth floor and completely enclosed, so don’t expect a view.

What Makes it Special: The menu here is expansive. Enjoy a variety of poolside bites, from sushi platters to hamburgers.

It’s not the most grandiose or spectacular choice in Saigon, but it’s a solid pick for a dip and a leisurely nap on a shaded deck chair. The depth is a consistent 1.22 metres (4 feet), and it’s definitely long enough to do some quality laps. While you can’t organise your next pool party here, as the attendants say this isn’t possible, it’s a good choice for your next personal day.

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel

17 Ton Duc Thang, D1 | 028 3827 1717 | odysseahotels.com/riverside-hotel

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Hours: 6am to 10pm

Day Pass: VND335,000 for adults, free for children under 12. Price includes access to the steam room, sauna and gym.

Be Warned: Not the biggest pool in Saigon, but the view makes up for it!

What Makes it Special: Some of the deckchairs are positioned in the pool, on raised platforms, for a chic touch.

With a very reasonable day pass price, a stunning view from the 25th floor rooftop and a “vertical sky bar” to quench your thirst as soon as it arrives, this is one of our personal favourites. The staff are known for being friendly and accommodating, and welcome group events here. If you want a birthday party with a view, give these guys a call.

Riverside Serviced Apartments

53 Vo Truong Toan, D2 | 028 3744 4111 | riverside-apartments.com

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Hours: 7am to 7pm

Day Pass: VND500,000 per adult. VND800,000 per family (two adults, two children), and an extra VND120,000 per extra child.

Be Warned: The Riverside Serviced Apartments’ residents make this pool extremely busy on the weekends.

What Makes it Special: There’s not just a poolside bar here--there’s a poolside restaurant. A meal at the Blu Bar & Grill will make the experience a little more special.

One of the prime choices in District 2, it’s an especially good deal if you’ve got a family. Located right next to the Saigon River, this refreshing oasis is shaped in an L, surrounded by palm trees and has a beachy resort vibe.

The Myst Dong Khoi

6-8 Ho Huan Nghiep, D1 | 028 3520 3040 | themystdongkhoihotel.com

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Hours: 6am to 8pm

Day Pass: VND340,000 or US$15 for the pool, sauna, steam bath and one complimentary soft drink. VND450,000 or US$20 for the same package, including the gym. Children under 6 get in free.

Be Warned: The fitness centre should probably be renamed to “fitness nook”.

Why Makes it Special: The general layout is hip, trendy and largely different from other pools in the city. This is a place that makes all visitors feel just a little bit cooler.

The entire layout of The Myst Dong Khoi is a bit different, so why would the pool be any different? Flanked by gardenia trees and other tropical plants and with a small portion shaded by the underside of the fitness nook, this is a pool that knows who it is and has the confidence to just go for it. The ultra-modern deck chairs, shaped kind of like a huge rattan teardrops, add another unique design element. The vibe here is definitely “rest and play” rather than “exercise”.

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