Originally known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city in the whole of Vietnam and was an important port until the 17th century. Starting out as a sleepy fishing village, Ho Chi Minh has experienced many disturbances over the centuries, including being conquered by Spain and France before becoming the capital city of South Vietnam. Now the economic hub of the country, Ho Chi Minh has many thriving industries, including tourism but is still known to many locals by the evocative name of Saigon. If you are wondering when is the best time to travel then we suggest you read Best time to visit Vietnam for golf holiday.
Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh
Although the city is divided into many districts, it’s best to stick to District 1 when booking a hotel. This will ensure you are close to all amenities and won’t waste too much time travelling around a crowded city.
Good tee times in Ho Chi Minh on the top courses can be difficult to get so where possible book in advance of the game being played. Check out our blog post on the Best Golf Courses in Ho Chi MInh.
Golf in Ho Chi Minh doesn’t come much better than at Song Be Golf Club, which originally opened to the public in 1994 and offers championship level greens and fairways. Regarded as one of the top courses in the country, this par 72, 27 hole course will challenge even the most experienced golfers.
Set in former rice paddies, Long Thanh Golf Club is a hidden gem, with locals preferring this over some of the more famous courses nearby such as Vietnam Country Club, which is also a Ho Chi Minh golf spa resort. With 36 holes and spectacular scenery, it’s situated around 40 minutes from the centre of the city.
If you don’t mind travelling a bit further then Dong Nai Golf Resort offers a wonderful escape from the city and Twin Doves Golf Club and the recently opened Jeongsan Country Club are growing in popularity.
Cheap green fees in Ho Chi Minh can be deceiving as they may not include the caddy and service tips so check this when booking.
If you’re looking for golf lessons in Ho Chi Minh, all of the clubs have top professionals who can help you improve your game, but check to see whether they speak English proficiently first.
We can book tee times at all of the golf courses in Ho Chi Minh and our special green fees can save you up to 40% when you book online through Golfsavers.
Ho Chi Minh activities and things to do
If you can manage to take a break from the golf Ho Chi Minh is such a vibrant and successful city, there’s an almost limitless amount of things to see and do.
For a spot of military history, the Cu Chi tunnels to the north west of the city were used by the Viet Cong as a base and provided a vast underground network, allowing the movement of goods, medication and food as well as also acting as living quarters for some.
The Suoi Tien Amusement Park is a slightly surreal but absorbing theme park which offers a variety of themed areas, including a manmade beach and a waterfall. The landscaping is expertly thought out and visitors can also learn about Vietnamese legends of the past which are depicted in the illustrations and attractions in the park.
If you’ve ever have a craving to see giant, colourful dragons nestled next to giant Buddha statues in a tranquil garden setting, the Suoi Tien Amusement Park could be just what you’ve been looking for…
Similar to many other destinations in Asia, Vietnam has two distinct seasons: the dry season and the wet season.
Although Ho Chi Minh will receive far more rain in the wet season, in reality the weather is scorching hot all year round. This means that in Ho Chi Minh golf can be played all year round, with some real bargains available during the low season.
Ho Chi Minh nightlife and entertainment
The nightlife in the city is varied and diverse and you will find a huge range of clubs to suit all tastes, particularly in District 1.
Expect to pay a lot for alcohol, particularly imported drinks but some of the settings are quite simply blissful for an evening’s relaxation.
If you want to spend time out on the greens or stock up in the golf shop, Ho Chi Minh offers top level facilities all around the city, with tourists and locals both mingling in the same clubs.