Saigon’s historic swimming pool – the former Cercle Sportif


In search of a place to swim laps in Saigon, I returned to the former Cercle Sportif. Once the playground of the French colonial elite , and then the South Vietnamese elite and US military and diplomatic officials, it was returned to the people as part of the Labor Culture Palace complex after the communist takeover in 1975. It’s still one of the best places for a dip in Saigon – the history and the surrounding green space are bonuses. Check it out.


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