Sports in Vietnam

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Updated 2023-11-19 11:18

A wide range of sports and recreational activities are available to locals and expatriates in Vietnam. Gyms, playgrounds, and recreational grounds are plentiful in major cities. Mountain biking, trekking, golf, and yoga are commonplace and cater to a wide range of skill level.

Gym memberships in Vietnam

You will find gyms and sports centers in most Vietnamese cities, including Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. You can practice different types of familiar indoor activities such as cardio exercises, weight-lifting, and squash. Gyms or fitness centers often have group classes available, too. You also won't struggle to find private yoga or pilates classes outside the gym, while the ones included in your membership may not have an English instructor.

Outdoor activities in Vietnam

Vietnamese are an active population but prefer to work out at dawn or dusk when it's not so hot outside. You will see aerobic classes and people playing badminton or walking very frequently. All parks will offer exercise equipment as a neat initiative for people to build more fitness into their daily routines.

Da Cau is a 2-4 person activity widely practiced in Vietnam. It is played using a device that looks very similar to a shuttlecock and is great for building and toning muscle, as well as working on your reflexes!

If you are a swimmer, you will find outdoor swimming pools in the major cities. These are often frequented by foreigners or young families. The Bach Khoa swimming pool in Hanoi or the Van Thanh swimming pool in Ho Chi Minh City are great places to exercise and be social at the same time.

Sports in the Vietnam countryside

You can enjoy trekking and mountain biking in the countryside of Vietnam or in the rocky and mountainous areas and nature parks. This will also allow you to become more familiar with the outdoors-oriented lifestyles of Vietnamese living in the different provinces.

Canoeing or kayaking in the rivers and sea are popular activities everyone enjoys. When in a coastal region, water sports, such as diving, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, and snorkeling, are available too. Several golf courses are also available. Some of the best include Bluffs Ho Tram Strip, Hoiana Shores, and Montgomerie Links Vietnam.

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