Best Swimming Pools in Saigon

By: John Mark Harrell

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 spoiled for choice. Thanks to the hot climate, pools are almost a necessity for staying cool in Saigon’s relentlessly tropical climate. As the weather heats up and wearing any sort of clothing feels crazy unbearable, swimming pools are the perfect places to relax in Ho Chi Minh City.

Whether you feel overwhelmed by the abundance of options, or don’t know where to even begin, we’re here to help! These are our top picks for some of Saigon’s best swimming pools.

Keep in mind: all the operating hours are listed for the general public. Many hotels and apartments with nice pools mentioned below are available after-hours for guests and residents.

Victory Hotel

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

Pool Hours: 6am to 10pm

Day Pass: VND 60,000 for pool access, additional VND 60,000 for gym access.

Be Warned: No sauna or steam room here.

What makes it special: Central and priced affordably.

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This quaint 3-star hotel in District 3 has an adorable 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 reasonable VND800,000.

Le Méridien Saigon

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

Hours: 6am to 10pm

Day Pass: VND 490,000—includes access to pool, sauna, gym and steam room.
Kids’ Pass: VND 290,000 for children under 16

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: Beautiful views of the Saigon River winding through the city centre.

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This salt water pool is a true (salty) taste of the finer things in life. When you’re not swimming, you can relax on the futuristic, ultra-chic lounge chairs located both poolside and on a separate deck, high above the crowded streets below.

Intercontinental Asiana Saigon

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

Hours: 10am to 6pm

Day Pass: VND 520,000—includes pool, gym, steam room, and sauna access.
Kids’ Pass: VND 320,000 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: An on-site pool bar and restaurant, and bottles of water offered free of charge.

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Right in the middle of District 1, this pool is a welcome oasis amid the hustle and bustle of the streets at ground level. Surrounded by high walls and featuring a glass pane at one end, this pool feels both luxuriously modern and secluded.

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

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

Hotel guest hours: 9am – 1am

Public hours: 12pm – 8pm

Day Pass: VND 1,790,000—includes 90 min spa treatment, lunch at the Saigon Kitchen restaurant, and a cocktail.

Be warned: The pool is beautiful but compact- not one for extended exercise.

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What Makes it Special: One of the best views you can get from a rooftop pool in Saigon. You may not regret purchasing the afternoon package once you reach the poolside and take in a stunning wide-angle view of the city. Barside stools set in the pool are a lovely added bonus for enjoying a drink and a dip.

Lotte Legend Hotel

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

Hours: 6am to 9pm

Day Pass: VND 462,000 for pool and sauna access; additional VND 116,000 for access to gym and steam room.
Kids’ Pass: VND 255,000 

Be Warned: This pool is not ideal for exercise. This giant, circular pool is designed for lounging and casual swimming.

What Makes it Special: A kids’ pool sits adjacent to the larger pool, making it an ideal option for swimmers of all ages.

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The Lotte Legend Hotel pool the largest pool in the city by area, but it’s not just the pool itself that makes this venue great. The landscaping around the water is evocative of a tropical paradise, including a vine-covered pool cabana.

Renaissance Riverside Hotel

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

Hours: 6am to 6pm

Day Pass: VND 350,000—includes access to pool, gym, sauna, and steam room.
Kids’ Pass: VND 175,000 for children under seven.

Be Warned: The pool is relatively small. 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.

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Situated below a two-storey sky bar, and perched high above Saigon on the 22nd floor, this is a great lounging pool to take in a fantastic view, enjoy a good book, or sip on a cocktail at the pool bar.

New World Saigon

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

Hours: 6am to 10pm

Day Pass: VND 450,000 pool access (includes VND 100,000 food voucher); VND 500,000 for pool, sauna and gym access (does not include food voucher).
Kids’ Pass: 350,000 for children under 12 

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

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What Makes it Special: While this pool may not offer the best views, it’s not without merit. Centrally-located, it’s an escape from the usual chaos on the streets outside. 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

Pool Hours: 6am to 8pm

Day Pass: VND 70,000 Monday–Friday; VND 80,000 Saturday and Sunday.
Kids’ Pass: VND 40,000 Monday–Friday; VND 50,000 Saturday and Sunday.

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

What Makes it Special: Expats and locals of all ages frequent this pool thanks to its accessibility and inclusion of a kids’ pool.

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Van Thanh pool is one of the most popular pools in Saigon thanks to its low prices and relative level of ease and 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

Hours: 6am to 10pm

Day Pass: VND 500,000 for access to pool, gym, steam room and sauna.
Kids’ Pass: VND 300,000 for children under 16

Be Warned: Some of the poolside lounge chairs are worn and outdated.

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

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This massive 24-metre pool is perfect for casual and serious swimmers alike, including a sunken poolside bar. The water is kept pure by special salt imported from Thailand, which they claim may offer additional skin health benefits.

Sheraton Saigon

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

Hours: 5:30am to 10:30pm

Day Pass: VND 370,000 for access to pool and sauna, additional VND 260,000 for gym access.
Kids’ Pass: VND 185,000 for children under 12 (pool access only)

Be Warned: It doesn’t offer a scenic view as it’s located on the hotel’s fifth floor and completely enclosed.

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

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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 pool parties aren’t allowed, it’s well-suited for solo visitors or a small group of friends.

Liberty Central Saigon Riverside Hotel

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

Hours: 6:30am to 9:30pm

Day Pass: VND 330,000

Be Warned: The pool is rather small, but the view makes up for it!

What Makes it Special: Some of the deck chairs are directly in the pool, on raised platforms, for a more immersive feeling.

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With a reasonable day pass price, a stunning view from the 25th floor rooftop and a “vertical sky bar” to quench your thirst, this is one of our personal favourites. The staff are known for being friendly and accommodating, and welcome group events here. Keep this venue in mind if you want a birthday party with a view.

Riverside Serviced Apartments

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

Hours: 8am to 7pm

Day Pass: VND 500,000 per adult; VND 850,000 per family (two adults, two children); VND 120,000 per additional 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 as well.

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One of the best choices in District 2, it’s an especially good deal for families. Located right next to the Saigon River, this refreshing L-shaped oasis is surrounded by palm trees and a beachy resort vibe.

The Myst Dong Khoi

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

Hours: 6am to 8pm

Day Pass: VND 470,000 for access to pool, sauna, steam bath and one complimentary mineral water.
Kids’ Pass: VND 235,000 for children aged 6-12, free for children under 6.

Be Warned: The fitness centre is very small and equipment is limited.

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.

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The entire layout of The Myst Dong Khoi is unique, and their pool is no exception. Flanked by gardenia trees and other tropical plants and ultra-modern teardrop-shaped deck chairs, the aesthetic here is decidedly modern and a standout among the many rooftop pools Saigon has to offer. Complete with a full bar, this pool is primarily for relaxing and lounging.

We’re always looking to improve our recommendations. Have we missed any of your favorite poolside spots in Saigon? Sound off in the comments below and share your favorites with us!

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Golf in Vietnam

By: Simon Stanley


Golf in Vietnam. Great Experience

 


Although Vietnam has only 30 golf courses in operation, they are all very high quality and some outstanding designs by the top golf architects in the world. If you get the opportunity to play, you will not be disappointed and you will be made so very welcome wherever you go. As yet, there are no public golf courses in the country and golf is seen as a sport for the elite. Many of the top-position politicians and businessmen play golf as they see it as a good way to discuss business together.

 


Golf here is not as expensive as you would think. During the week, special offers mean you can play golf for around $60. This will include the green fee and caddie. Please note that caddies are mandatory and more about them later. Although many golf courses are ok for walking, due to the heat and the time taken to play 18 holes, it is wise to take a buggy. Prices vary from course to course, but a shared buggy charge will be around $15 per person.

 


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Photo courtesy of Sea Links Golf Resort

 


When you arrive at the golf club, you will be welcomed by the Valet, who will direct you to Reception where you will book in. If you need rental clubs and shoes, the Receptionist will get them for you. Most golf clubs will offer acceptable rental clubs for about $25 for 18 holes or higher quality sets, such as Titleist or Taylor Made for $40. The price for shoes is usually $15. The Golf Shop will stock tees, gloves and golf balls and some clubs offer used golf balls for sale. They will also have a selection of shirts and caps for you to buy as souvenirs. You must be aware of the dress code. Each club will expect you to wear a proper golf shirt, golf shorts, not swimming trunks or very short shorts, golf shoes and each golfer must have their own set of golf clubs, Sharing is not allowed. All golf clubs have locker rooms and you will be given your own locker and key. Do not lose the key, otherwise they will charge you for a replacement.

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Photo courtesy of Do Son Seaside Golf Resort


The caddie will help you on the golf course. When you book a tee time, insist on a caddie who can speak English. You will be spending 4 or 5 hours with them, so you do want to find out more about their life and you will find they are so interested in you. They will do everything for you except hit a golf ball. They will take care of your clubs, clean your golf balls, fill in divots, rake bunkers and repair pitch marks. They will describe each hole for you, tell you where the hazards are and even give you the line of the putt. As their salary is small, then you should give them a tip at the end of the round. The amount of tip is up to you, but the usual tip is 250,000 to 400,000 Vietnam dong per caddie ($13 to $20).



Make sure you are properly prepared for your round of golf. Drink plenty of water before you play and during the round. All golf courses have rest houses on the golf course and many return to the club house after 9 holes. Bringing your own drinks and food is a no no and should not be done.



After your round of golf, make sure you give yourself time to relax at the clubhouse with a welcoming and refreshing cold drink. Golf clubs are excellent places to eat, very reasonable in price and will offer both local and international menus.



Most of all enjoy yourself and take in the beauty of where you are. You are in a very special place with some friendly, smiling people who want to do their best for you and hope you will come back and see them again.


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Other Golf articles by Simon Tinkler:
Golf in the North of Vietnam
Golf in Nha Trang
Golf in Da Nang
Golf in Phan Thiet and Mui Ne
Sea Links Golf Course - Heaven or Hell
Holes-in-One for BRG Group


Escape Hunt and Ubiquest in HCMC

By: Aleksandr Smechov

City Pass tries out two of Saigon’s most popular live detective games, Escape Hunt and Ubiquest, playing the role of a hard-nosed detective investigating a murder mystery.

Outside of theatre and video games, you don’t see much role play or interactive activities in Ho Chi Minh City. Luckily, we uncovered two detective games that drop you in the middle of a murder mystery, letting you live out those Sherlock Holmes fantasies (minus tobacco pipe and risk of death). Escape Hunt and Ubiquest are difficult (to an extent), immersive and rewarding – read on to find out exactly why they are some of the most fun you will have in Saigon.

Escape Hunt

Located somewhat furtively above The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is the quietly decorated lobby area of Ho Chi Minh City’s Escape Hunt office. Four rooms sit at various angles, blocked off by tall curtains. These are the escape rooms, and you will know nothing about them until you walk in, have the door shut and locked on you, and be given one hour to solve the mystery and find the key to unlock the door.

Escape Hunt HCMC

Escape Hunt is the brainchild of an English Psychologist who, after experiencing health issues and moving to Thailand, developed the idea of a detective game that has 2-5 players pitted against an intricate mystery.

Escape Hunt now has 25 locations, with a slew of others set to open in North America. The Ho Chi Minh City Escape Hunt branch was opened in September and has been popular with teens, universities, companies, tourists and expats.

Escape Hunt Saigon

Three of our staff stopped in for a 60-minute sleuth session. We were ushered into a low-lit room, explained the rules and left to solve the mystery and find the key to the door within an hour timeframe.

We heard the door sadistically lock and some moody music creep up. The game master was available for hints, but each time we asked for help from her we got minutes shaved from our remaining time.

Escape Hunt in Ho Chi Minh City

The puzzles are tricky, teamwork-oriented, and require some outside-the-box approaches. Few if any have solved the mystery and escaped the room without at least a few hints from the game master. Finding the next clue or coming upon an item you were searching for feels highly rewarding, and you get sucked into the role quickly. Time flies as you use a whiteboard to jot down notes and figures, collect pieces of evidence and nervously glance at the large LED clock ticking away.

It’s thrilling, addictive and relies on individual strengths working in unison rather than outsmarting the other person. As a team-building exercise or a rainy-day diversion, Escape Hunt is ace.

To check out available mysteries and booking options, check out the Escape Hunt booking page.

Ubiquest

Ubiquest Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City’s second live detective game takes players outside the claustrophobic confines of a room and throws them in the streets of Saigon.

This doubles as a self-directed walking tour, but you may want to do the tour part after the live game – you’ll be too busy role playing a hard-nosed detective, questioning actors in various roles, finding mafia-tied ancient artifacts or any of the other challenges Ubiquest presents.

For our experience, we chose the Urban Tales game, a murder mystery set in Cho Lon, Ho Chi Minh City’s China town. We were picked up by a cute yellow 1967 Citroen 2CV, a happy-go-lucky young driver creaking away at the ancient dashboard. We arrived at a dilapidated living space, escorted up to the top floor and into one of the rooms, a few curious residents peeking at us through open doorways.

We were briefed, told to search the evidence room and given our gear (map, notebook, water, etc.), including cell phones for further instructions from the head detective.

Urban Tales takes three to four hours to complete. Be sure to go when the wind blows and the sun’s behind the clouds – you can easily get exhausted walking around in the unbearable heat on a cloudless day. Sun block and a decently wide hat are all but mandatory. You’ll be provided water but it’s a good idea to bring a bottle of your own too.

Ubiquest detective game

For entirety of the game, we set out into the streets of Cho Lon with our map and collection of evidence, going from actor to actor, uncovering details of the murder. The characters drop you clues and hints when you press them for information, sometimes refusing you if you don’t put enough pressure or reasoning into your argument. The acting is hilariously campy, and the game would benefit from some natural English speakers with an acting background, but the campiness is tolerable in the grand scheme, and allows you to play out your own amateur detective fantasies without judgment.

Ubiquest Cho Lon

We were pitted against two other teams, and although we were the first to find out the murderer, another team found the sacred artifact before us. Afterwards we all took cyclos to a Chinese restaurant for free lunch.

Urban Tales is an eclectic way to discover Cho Lon – or any other part of Saigon – just be sure to go when the sun isn’t blazing.

For more games, check out the official Ubiquest page.


Best Things to Do with Kids in Saigon

By: Barbara

Many of Ho Chi Minh City's things to do are suitable for families with kids of all ages. If you are living in Vietnam as an expat or just visiting, we list the 10 best things to do with your children in Saigon.

Don’t forget to comment below to let us know what are your recommendations!

City Parks and their Playgrounds

The city's parks are places where childish exuberance, which can be hard to contain in a hotel room, can be unleashed. Van Thanh Park in Binh Thanh District has paths and a field for little people who just need to run, as well as a small playground and a swimming pool. While the kids are busy being energetic, adults can relax in a bamboo hut over a small pond or work up a sweat on the tennis courts.

Saigon Parks

Listening to Songbirds

Tao Dan Park in downtown District 1 also has room to move, making it a popular spot for city dwellers to take their morning and evening exercise. And it's not just people who visit the park. Songbirds are taken to the park's little cafe (fronting Cach Mang Thang Tam Street) every morning, their cages hung from purpose-built frames to encourage them to sing. It's a fascinating experience to visit the bird cafe, especially watching the bird owners take their beloved pets home by motorbike.

Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre

The park, which has large playground and an indoor play centre, is a short walk from the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre. The 55-minute water puppet shows, all in Vietnamese, need to be booked a few days ahead.

You could continue the bird theme with a visit to Pet Me Coffee in Phu Nhuan District. This small drinks-only cafe has a resident mini-owl and several parakeets, which can be petted, as well as some larger more exotic birds who hang out at the front of the coffee shop.

Photo Source: Golden Dragon Theatre

Family-Fun in Suoi Tien Amusement Park

One of the city's wackiest attractions in town is the Buddhist-themed Suoi Tien Amusement Park. Allocate a full day here, especially if you plan to visit the vast water park section. The amusement park can be quite baffling if you're not well versed in Buddhist stories because there is limited signage in English. Still, a stroll through the strange displays, which include a wish tree and The Royal Herbal Wine Palace, can be very entertaining. There is also an aquarium, 4D cinema, a dolphin show and the Snow Castle, the perfect place to escape Ho Chi Minh City's heat ... by plunging into a sub-zero world of ice and snow.

Photo Source: Suoi Tien - Andrea Hale

Pretending to Be Adults in Kizciti

Younger kids will enjoy learning about the world of work at Kizciti in District 4. The staff here usually has enough English to explain how each activity centre works. Each child receives a small amount of kizo, the Kizciti currency, on entry and they must decide how to manage it. Some activities cost kizo, and some earn it. A small open-air cafe serves basic food and coffee to sustain the "kiz" and their parents through a long day of "work", which can entail learning to be a pilot, a paediatrician, a delivery person or a firefighter.

Photo Source: Kizciti

Indoor Kid’s Play Centres and Playgrounds

Ho Chi Minh City has several indoor play centres and amusement arcades. In the city centre, Vincom Center has a play area and a game zone in its basement. In District 2, there's a play area in the garden of Snap Cafe and in District 7 there's an air-conditioned indoor playground inside Bee Bee Premium Kid's Cafe (4th floor, 96-98 Cao Trieu Phat, Phu My Hung).

Older kids can while away a few hours at Paintball Saigon, X-Rock Climbing, in the pool at Lan An Sports Club or at the bowling alley on the fourth floor of Diamond Plaza.

Photo Source: Snap Café

Visit a Witch-Themed Café

Younger kids can be entertained for hours at the witch-themed Ba Cay Choi (Three Broomstick) cafe on the third floor of The Vista Walk in District 2. Activities at the cafe, which can be entered via the stairs or a giant slide, include candle-making, baking, hat-making and painting. Make sure you order something with a suitably disgusting name from the food and drink menu, such as bug mud or ghost pumpkin spaghetti.

There are more cool cafés for you to bring your children to: A long rainy Saigon afternoon can be spent playing board games and snacking on poutine at Monopolatte Au Play Cafe, while a long scary evening can be spent eating ribs. (There's a pool in the outdoor section).

Photo Source: Witch Coffee

Playing Detective in Escape Hunt

Escape Hunt is a game played indoors with a group of two to eight people. You are locked inside a room with a mystery murder to solve. It is one of the best thing to do in Saigon for families with teenagers. You must work together to find clues that will help you find out who is the killer and how to escape.

Learning Arts in Vinspace

In the expat area of District 2, there is a range of activities for older kids. Some of the more interesting include taking a workshop or joining a summer camp at Vinspace art studio.

Photo Source: Vinspace

Saigon Reunification Palace

The Reunification Palace is a prime example of a must-visit family-friendly attraction that has a special appeal for kids. The roomy but slightly run-down public areas could be the backdrop for a princess fantasy, while the basement war rooms will appeal to hero-types. Making the palace even more appealing is its location, a short walk from the Haagen-Dazs ice cream cafe.

Families traveling to Vietnam with kids should not worry about things to do in Saigon. We only listed our top 10 attractions but there are many more great ideas that will make your stay memorable. You may also want to read our article What to Do in 24-hour in Saigon.


Arabian Night in HCMC

By: Quang Mai

Funds raised from the event will be donated to Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for the Blind in District 10 to renovate and buy equipment for a Multi-Sensory Room that supports 305 students here to develope their academic learning. Multi-Sensory Learning happens when more than one sense is used to acquire and retain information – so applicable for children with multi-disabilities.

Date:

Saturday, 15th September 2012

Time:

From 7pm till late

Venue:

InterContinental Asiana Saigon
Corner of Hai Ba Trung & Le Duan St., Dist. 1, HCMC

Ticket cost:

VND3,165,000 per ticket
VND31,650,000 per table of 10

Bookings:

events@auschamvn.org
Tel: (84-8) 3832 9912

Please click here to visit Arabian Night micro website

XO Tours: Much imitated but never replicated!

By: Barbara Dorothy Clarke

We all know that it is near on impossible to copyright an idea and protect intellectual property in Vietnam.

But what does that mean for your day to day business when you have an original idea and an excellent product?

Luckily although people can steal your ideas – in minute detail – and almost totally replicate your offering - it’s the little things that make a brand – and ensure that brand still stands head high above any pale imitations.

Spend 5 minutes with Tung who is the founder of XO Tours and his passion and enthusiasm for what he does is palpable. It is a simple idea – tourists want to see the real Saigon but not on the back of a grubby motorbike and behind an even grubbier driver. Step up XO Tours with female drivers with class, style and excellent English who are also able to provide a female perspective on life in Vietnam.

XO Tours was the first company in Vietnam to offer affordable motorbike tours with attractive female tour guides dressed in traditional Vietnamese Ao Dai. All the XO guides are handpicked and fluent in English but it is Tung’s focus on service that really sets XO Tours apart.

Tung invests heavily in every detail of his brand and his employees imbue the same high brand values. All his employees are trained to the highest standards – whether it is presentation, language skills, driving skills or personability . All employees are full time and their bikes are upgraded at Tung’s expense to ensure maximum comfort and safety for clients.

This is a business where the customer experience is king – people are buying memories and that is what he aims to deliver. Staff retention is key and bonuses and profit sharing make for motivated and loyal employees who are focused on growing the company by providing the best experience they can.

Customers come from all over the world and a high percentage of business comes from word of mouth – simply the best publicity you can get – being number 1 on Trip Advisor for 2 years can’t be bad either.

Bristling with new ideas, Tung started with basic tours – he was the first to do night tours – then first to do foodie tours. Now others are jumping on the bandwagon - some good -some not so good….

In spite of this, XO Tours is expanding and bookings are full – anything between 18-24 guests go out on any one night.

So competitors can steal his ideas, follow the same routes , and visit the same areas, cosy up to the same suppliers…..

Imitate they may – replicate never!

Do you know of any businesses with similar experiences?

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