In the blink of an eye and it's almost January (we know, where did the time?). After months of lockdown and perhaps one of the most eventful years in Vietnam's history, it's natural to want to end the year off with a bang. Thankfully, we're here to bring you the best events, deals and happenings taking place in Ho Chi Minh City this week.

With restaurants, bars, salons, public parks and attractions open and the festive season around the corner, it's that time of the year when you find your calendar filled with social activities and free events. Here's a lowdown of the best and most fun things to do in Ho Chi Minh City this week!

Be sure to plan ahead and look forward to awesome events and deals happening this week and weekend.-

Monday - Sweat it out at the new F45!

Sweat it out at the new F45
Sweat it out at the new F45

If you're after a good cardio kick, HIIT might just be what you're looking for. Think long bursts of high-intensity exercises followed by short bursts of rests in-between promised to get you sweating while you work on your core. Perfect for those looking to shed off those festive pounds we reckon! Thankfully, we have just the spot for you to get your sweat on.

F45, the global group fitness brand (present in more than 45 countries) has re-opened in Thao Dien, the popular expat enclave located in District 2. Since its opening less than a year ago, it has already gotten the attention of the fitness community in Saigon and for good reason. F45's proven 45-minute high-intensity, functional interval training burns up to 1,000 calories and rotates on a daily basis targeting different parts of the body - upper, lower and core.

Address: 9A Ngô Quang Huy, Thảo Điền, Ward, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 70000

More information: https://f45training.vn/thaodien/schedule

Tuesday - Watch Movie Night in a Cozy Loft Bar

Watch Movie Night in a Cozy Loft Bar
Watch Movie Night in a Cozy Loft Bar

Calling all Marvel and Spiderman fans! My house, a spacious loft concept in Saigon, is hosting a movie night in its cozy and homey multi-functional event space. The movie night will be screening Spiderman: Homecoming, the 2017 American superhero film co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios starring Tom Holland as Spiderman alongside other iconic actors and actresses including Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Downery Jr. and Michael Keaton.

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man while balancing high school life and facing his nemesis, the evil Vulture who threatens everything that he holds dear. It's free seating and on a first-come-first-serve basis - so be sure to arrive early! Food and beverage can be ordered no-site so sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

Price: Free

Time: 8pm

Address:  14/2 Ton That Dam, District 1, HCMC | 2nd floor, find the Black door

More information: Call 092 863 3206 or visit https://www.facebook.com/myhousehcmc

Wednesday - Enjoy 50% off at the newly-opened Racha Room in Thao Dien!

Enjoy 50% off at the newly-opened Racha Room in Thao Dien!
Enjoy 50% off at the newly-opened Racha Room in Thao Dien!

If you're a fan of the Racha Room in District 1, you'll be pleased to know the good guys behind Tribe Hospitality have opened a second branch in Thao Dien. Offering elevated casual cuisine with an Asian twist, think Soy-glazed pork belly baos with Gochujang sauce, apple slaw and pickled cucumber as well as Wagyu and Foie Gras la Lot served with peanut sauce. On the drinks front, Racha does not disappoint with a well-stocked bar featuring reinterpreted classic cocktails and modern mixology creations that infuse local Vietnamese spices, seasonal fruits and ingredients.

Our personal favourite is the Sriracha Bloody Mary which uses Mezcal instead of vodka and Sriracha in place of Tabasco. Set against rustic chic decor, raw bare-brick balls and an eclectic signature elephant mural paired with laidback beats and let's just say we've found our new watering hole. Best part? You can enjoy 50% off all drinks at the Racha Room every weekday between 5 to 7 pm on wines by the glass, house pour cocktails and selected signature cocktails.

Address: 107 Xuân Thủy, Thảo Điền, Quận 2, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 70000

More information: https://www.facebook.com/theRachaRoom

Thursday - Shop for your New Year outfit!

Shop for your New Year outfit!
Shop for your New Year outfit!

If you have 't heard of Coco Dressing Room (CDR), you're missing out. It's a fashion pop-up that carries selective second-hand fashion products based in Saigon. The business was born out of the intention to create an amazing second-hand shopping experience to encourage conscious clothing purchases.

Today, Coco Dressing Room is the go-to destination for consignment of celebrities, stylists, fashion designers, and influencers in Vietnam which is a testament to its intricate curation process including hand-selecting each and every item received to ensure it meets CDR's quality standards of having zero or very minor defects, almost no-sign of being worn, and of course, being in-style.

In addition to local Vietnamese brands (Lo Boutique, Xeo Xo, Magonn, The Blue T-shirt), Coco Dressing Room also carries international brands (Karen Millen, BCBG, Calvin Klein, Zara, Uniqlo, Armani Exchange) and caters to sizes from US2 to US10. They also have accessories though they cater more to those looking for clothing and prices range from only 115,000 VND (that's 5 USD!)

Time: 10 am to 7 pm

Address: Hẻm, 212/2B Đ. Nguyễn Trãi, Phường Nguyễn Cư Trinh, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh 700000

More information: https://www.facebook.com/cocodressingroom

Friday (New Year's Eve) - Ring in the New Year at this rooftop pool party

Ring in the New Year at this rooftop pool party
Ring in the New Year at this rooftop pool party

Keen on a glittery, sky-high NYE celebration? Celebrate the last golden hour of the year and raise a glass to 2022 with this epic collaboration between Club BamBam and Le Meriden hotel. Situated on the rooftop of the luxurious 5-star hotel overlooking the city and the Saigon River, dress your best and join this adults-only rooftop pool party, complete with celebratory bottle packages and tasty dishes. 

For the DJ line-up on Friday, expect Drew, Xuxi, Bongbongquayquay, TuongHoang, Chimin. Be sure to get your tickets early for a discount. Entry tickets for the countdown party include two drinks and early bird tickets are available. Limited VIP packages for tables and sofas as well as VIP staycation packages are available.

Time: From 7 pm

Price:

  • 𝗘𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝗯𝗶𝗿𝗱: 800,000 VND / per person
  • 𝐀𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐨𝐫: 1,200,000 VND / per person

Address: 3C Đ. Tôn Đức Thắng, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/408674087624257/

Saturday - Happy New Year! Treat yourself to a spa in your own home

Treat yourself to a spa in your own home
Treat yourself to a spa in your own home

Everyone can use a pampering and rejuvenating treatment now and then and especially so after a busy New Year celebration. With energy levels low, sometimes all you need is a massage therapist that comes to you instead of the other way round.

Here, we have YOK Home Spa, a well-loved home-based massage service that gained traction during lockdown with its professional and swift responses so much so it's become their company trademark. Regardless of day or time, their therapists come quickly and on time whether you're in District 1 or District 7. Upon arrival, you're invited to choose from a range of massages including Aromatherapy, Thai, etc. that are tailored to suit your preference.

A testament to their professionalism, YOK Home Spa's experienced therapists even bring their own fresh linens, essential oils and repertoire or relaxing spa music. So if you're looking for a rejuvenating experience to jumpstart your new year or simply looking for someone to release those tightly-wound knots, these well-versed deep tissue specialists are exactly what you're looking for.

To make a booking: https://www.facebook.com/yok.homespa/

Sunday - Pick up a new hobby: hand-made ceramics

Pick up a new hobby: hand-made ceramics
Pick up a new hobby: hand-made ceramics

Tucked away in an unassuming shophouse, Toong Ceramic is a creative space and studio-workshop where place beginners and craft art enthusiasts alike can hone their craft. From petite decorative pieces to flower vases, Toong Ceramic offers structured workshops and crash courses that impart basic to advanced techniques needed to shape both domestic and decorative objects on the wheel. Take Toong Ceramic's 2.5 hour workshop to learn the basics including shaping, editing, sharpening, smoothing and of course, decorating and colouring! Make sure to wear comfortable and clothes and keep your nails trimmed for the artsy occasion.  

Price: 350,000 VND to 500,000 VND depending on the size of the ceramic

Time: 1 pm - 3:30 pm or 3:30 pm to 6 pm on weekdays

Address: Lầu 2 - toà nhà 33/11 Lý Văn Phức, Phường Tân Định, Quận 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 70000

To register: Message Toong Ceramic's Facebook page with your name, contact number and date.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/Toong.Teng.Ceramic/posts/186124049408058

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