Sports in Vietnam. It ain’t all football and tiddlywinks, you know. Here are a few of the other multitude of sporting activities you can do in this country.
In a Spin
Well, not quite. You’ve got to have a strong neck for that one and a head made of iron. But if you do like the B-Boy or B-Girl tip, it’s goin’ on throughout the whole country. To become part of a crew, then get the moves in first. DanceSpace in Saigon (dancespacevn.com) offer up weekly classes as does Inspirato (inspirato.edu.vn). In Hanoi head to California Fitness (cfyc.com.vn) or, if you’re there on the right night, Lenin Park. Although don’t expect classes.
Off Roadin’ It
Hanoi is a place of large lakes, small alleyways and oversized bikes. The perfect combination, right? Apparently not, which is why a motocross racing track opened last year in An Duong. There’s also a private track in Soc Son and motocross Facebook groups like SMC Hanoi MX talking shop on Facebook (they do actually do some riding). Some avid riders (and buffalo cart racers) even take to the beach on the Au Co end of the Red River for a touch of off-road fun.
Where can boys and girls kill each other with guns without actually doing any killing? No, we’re not talking about nerf guns in the swimming pool. We’re talking about on the paintballing field of course. What first entered this country thanks to some enterprising Russians living in Mui Ne has since spread to both Hanoi (galaxyhunter.com.vn) and Saigon (paintball.asia) with even a course conveniently out at Cu Chi Tunnels.
Life’s a Rock
Or so says VietClimb (vietclimb.vn), the Hanoi-based rockclimbing outfit. With a bouldering gym close to West Lake, a pro shop and regular rockclimbing trips out to the likes of Hung Luu, here’s a place to get your teeth into all those carabiners, slings and harnesses you’ve been dreaming about. Saigonites, don’t worry. We promise you haven’t been left out. There’s an X-Rock climbing wall at Phan Dinh Phung Sports Centre in District 3, and local legends Push Climbing (pushclimbing.com) are scoping out a return. Apparently they’re soon to be scaling the walls of Saigon Outcast.