Are you crazy about the cross trainer, a weights-worshipper, or have a soft spot for spinning?
There are so many gyms to choose from in Saigon that the main challenge is finding the one that’s right for you. Fear not; we have done some of the hard work for you to narrow down your options. Read on to find your new workout place from this list of best gyms in Ho Chi Minh City:
On a budget?
Plenty of gyms offer really affordable membership packages or flexible drop-in rates; here are a couple to consider if your purse strings are a little tighter.
LUNA Gym and Spa
Located in the heart of Saigon’s backpacker district, LUNA is particularly popular with travelers and those passing through on holiday. There is plenty of equipment to choose from as well as a dance studio for classes including their regular Friday Yoga at 6pm (VND 100,000 or $5). Their monthly pass is a steal, making them a great option if you don’t want to spend too much on a membership. As the name suggests they also have a spa for any post-workout pampering (although you may have to pay extra for spa services).
Facebook: LUNA Gym and Spa
Opening hours: Open 07.00-22.00 every day
Location: 117 Bui Vien, District 1, HCMC
Cost: Day pass – VND 75,000 ($3.50) | Week pass – VND 250,000 ($11) | Month pass – VND500,000 ($22)
Just for women
Curves is an international health and fitness provider, established in Australia but now with dozens of clubs all around the world – including 16 in Vietnam alone. Their aim is to not just provide excellent quality workout spaces with all the right equipment, but also to allow members to feel part of a community. Memberships come with access to their fitness programs which you can embark on in your own time in any of their health clubs. They have gyms in 6 districts across Saigon.
Website: Curves Vietnam
Opening hours: Vary between clubs
Location: See their club finder page for all Ho Chi Minh City gyms
Cost: Each club has its own membership costs for the different packages on offer so prices are available on enquiry.
CrossFit Thao Dien
Specializing in the CrossFit exercise programme, this Thao Dien gym has an undeniable community feel on account of the support you receive through your fitness journey here. Whilst they do have all of the standard workout equipment for training independently, CrossFit offers a unique program of classes, all with intriguing names like “Dragon”, “Phoenix” and “Turtle Strength”. If you want to workout in a structured environment then this may be the place for you.
Website: CrossFit Thao Dien
Opening hours: Open 06.00-21.00 Monday-Friday, 07.30-18.00 Saturday and 08.30-14.00 Sunday
Location: 5 Le Van Mien, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC
Cost: Memberships range from VND 2,000,000 ($87) to VND 3,000,000 ($130) a month, with drop-ins costing VND 400,000 ($17) a session
Body Shape Gym
Body Shape offer a variety of services for both independent and supported workouts, including classes, personal training and even fitness tests. This makes it a brilliant “all-rounder” gym, allowing you to mould their facilities to suit your needs. Being in Thao Dien, Body Shape is less popular with locals and more frequented by exercise-loving expats.
Website: Body Shape Gym
Opening hours: Open 06.00-20.30 Monday-Friday, 7.30-18.00 Saturday and 8.30-14.00 Sunday
Location: 49G Quoc Huong, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, HCMC
Cost: There are a range of memberships to choose from, including long-term and temporary. Prices start at VND 200,000 ($8.70) for drop-ins and VND 1,250,000 ($54) for memberships.
Binh Thanh District
Star Fitness Saigon
Star Fitness offers a minimum of 7 different types of exercise classes every single day, morning, afternoon and evenings. Whether you’re into Yoga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Zumba or Core Conditioning, you are sure to find at least 1 class that’s right for you which you should be able to fit around your daily schedule.
Alongside the classes, the fitness center has a large open area featuring Hammer & Cybex strength equipment and LifeFitness cardio machines along with an 18-meter outdoor swimming pool and sauna & steam room facilities.
Website: Star Fitness Saigon
Opening hours: 6:00 ~ 22:00 Monday – Friday and 7:00 – 21.00 Saturday & Sunday
Location: 1st Floor, The Manor, 91 Nguyen Huu Canh, Binh Thanh District, HCMC
Cost: Prices vary between $38 – $46 per month depending on the type of membership purchased. Around VND 1,800,000 ($80) a month, including use of all classes
Saigon Sports Club
Boasting an impressive and modern range of facilities, including a large swimming pool with tanning beds, open training area and VIP Personal Training room, SSC is one of the big names in Ho Chi Minh City gyms. Alongside all of this, it offers an incredible range of classes specializing in Martial Arts. There are also more traditional strength and conditioning classes, like Crossfit and Yoga, and advanced fighting classes for those with previous combat experience. If you are a Vietnamese resident and/or are working here long-term, you can get a free week-long trial if you would rather try before you buy.
Website: Saigon Sports Club
Opening hours: 06.00-22.00 Monday-Friday and 06.00-21.00 Saturday-Sunday
Location: 514B Huynh Tan Phat, Phuong Binh Thuan, District 7, HCMC
Cost: Prices only available on request depending on your requirements
These chains have gyms across Saigon; hopefully, there is one near you…
With two gyms in Saigon, one located in Thao Dien District and the other in bustling Go Vap District, Elite is a popular choice with both locals and expats. They are a modern Western-style gym, both locations having a lobby area, cardio space, free weights, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. There are also a variety of classes available, from Air Yoga to Pole Dancing to Body Combat.
Website: Elite Fitness
Opening hours: Both locations are open 06.00-22.00 Monday-Friday, 07.00-20.00 Saturday-Sunday
Locations: L3 Vincom Mega Mall, 159 Xa Lo Ha Noi, Thao Dien, HCMC and L1 Chung Cu Sunny Plaza, Pham Vang Dong, Go Vap, HCMC
Cost: Prices operate on a package system, but the average cost is around VND 1,450,000 ($63) a month which allows access to everything including classes
One of Vietnam’s gym giants, California Fitness has 12 locations across Ho Chi Minh City. Their District 3 branch offers a pool, a rarity for national chains such as California Fitness. Each location has an excellent amount and quality of equipment and also provides personal training services. Their real selling point, however, is their classes; California Fitness membership gives you access to over 50 classes across their locations with expert trainers leading the way.
Website: California Fitness
Opening hours: They vary between locations, but most tend to be open 6.00-23.00 Monday-Friday and 8.00-22.00 Saturday-Sunday
Location: See here for the full list
Cost: Approximately VND 700,000 ($30) a month
So whatever your exercise style, now it’s up to you to choose your gym and start your Saigon workout journey. Enjoy feeling fitter soon!