Opened in July 2013, Ho Tram Resort Casino is an integrated casino resort – the only of its kind in Vietnam, with live blackjack, baccarat, roulette and poker games available indoors, along with stunning facilities. It’s also the nearest luxury beach destination from Ho Chi Minh City.
The resort is befitting of its name – within the palatial façade sit nine food and beverage outlets, 541 rooms spanning 22 floors, two large pools, a beach area and multiple facilities and activities for both kids and adults on a site surrounded by protected natural forest.
The surprise comes from how well the place manages to function without any major international gambling company holding the strings – original management company MGM pulled out of the venture some time ago, and Ho Tram has been on its own ever since.
The casino resort is an easy two hour ride from Ho Chi Minh City – a free shuttle bus with onboard Wi-Fi is available for all. The secluded location gives the place a sense of freedom, an ease uncommon to big city dwellings. The level of privacy affords a a vibe of ever-present excitement, even in such a quiet location.
Still, like Vegas and Macau, there’s a secondary family element that coexists with all the thousand-dollar tables, pool parties and gambling.
For a place of indulgence, Ho Tram Resort Casino is surprisingly family friendly.
The children and teens clubs have enough activities for kids of any age group to be occupied most of the day, from cartoons to video games to pool and foosball.
Families get to enjoy varied food and beverage facilities (check out the Wine & Dine section for more information on these), along with the nearby beach area.
Speaking of the beach, there are also a plethora or classes to take and sports to play, including yoga, Tai Chi, jet skiing, volleyball and more.
One of the biggest family draws are the two large infinity pools by the beach, which provide ample splashing area for families looking to cool down in safety.
The Ho Tram Resort Casino invested a good deal into their rooms. Although balconies are virtually nonexistent due to the strong winds, all rooms, from the Grand Room to premium suites and beyond, are modishly decorated, opulent-looking, and come complete with comfy beds and stylish furniture. The rooms are there to make you feel and look wealthy, and they do this quite effectively.
Below is a list of common amenities from the hotel’s factsheet:
24-hour Room Service
Individually controlled air-conditioning
Broadband Internet connection
Touch screen hands free telephone
46-inch LED television
ETRO bath amenities
300 thread-count bed linen, 100% cotton customized for Ho Tram Resort Casino
Goose down feather pillows and duvets
Sealy bed with mattress top/pad
Free standing bathtub
Separate rain shower
Wine & Dine
You’re not going to run out of dining options very soon at The Ho Tram Resort Casino. Nine outlets and 120 chefs cater to whatever mood you happen to be in. If you’re craving Cantonese, there’s Ju Bao Xuan; if you want Vietnamese, there’s Ginger and Nam Nam Express; there are also venues for a coffee and quick bite, Korean fare, French cuisine, steak and more.
We recommend you stop by for the breakfast buffet at Ginger and grab a quick lunch at Nam Nam Express, and later in the evening book a table at Ju Bao Xuan for some fine Cantonese dishes or Brasserie for some steak and a decent glass of pinot.
For cigar lovers, there’s a comfy lounge with premium cigars, as well as a decent wine and whiskey list. You can sink into a sofa or bar stool with an appropriate pairing and enjoy an evening of light jazz and posh clientele.
Fans of wines, whiskies and fine spirits will be giddy to find the wall of Club 9 adorned with some of the most affordable high-end alcohols in Vietnam. You’ll spot bottles of Remy Martin Louis XIII – a cognac valued around two thousand dollars, along with Grand Patron, Johnnie Walker King George V and other fine selections in the same price range.
Lower-end drinks are also affordable – beers start at VND 60,000.
This is the only casino in Vietnam that features live dealers – meaning this is the closest you’re going to get to a Vegas or Macau casino environment unless you fly out of the country.
With free drinks and live roulette, baccarat, blackjack and Texas Hold’em games, along with a spacious interior and live music on weekends, the casino at The Ho Tram Resort Casino is a step above anything currently offered in the country. There are over 500 slot machines and 90 table games. If you’re an experienced gambler/high-roller and hold a foreign passport, you’ll have a lot of fun here.
This is also the only stop in Vietnam on the Asian Poker Tour (APT). For more information on the casino, check out our comprehensive casino guide.
Spa and golf facilities are offered as further indulgences, and neither is a simple tack-on to fatten the casino resort brochure. The Bluffs 18-hole course was designed by golfing legend Greg Norman, and includes a 2,300 m2 clubhouse complete with dining and banquet facilities, a pro shop with the latest golfing equipment, a locker room and more. There is also a driving range open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The spa facilities are, like most things at The Ho Tram Resort Casino, spacious and well-invested. There is a 24-hour fitness center, sauna, steam room, multiple massage rooms, salon, pedicure and manicure station, and more.
Multiple meeting facilities ensure everything from wedding receptions, banquets and galas to large conventions and conferences get the space they deserve – up to a 2,200 m2 convention center complete with beach backdrop is available for rent.
Here are Ho Tram Resort Casino’s meeting and convention amenities:
Grand Ballroom with over 1,250 square meters of pillar-less venues, which can accommodate up to 1,500 guests, and is divisible into sound-proofed sections
Meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology: high resolution data projection systems, sound and lighting systems and wireless internet access
Convenient freight access for large product displays
Full service business center
Expert meeting planners and teams with on-site AV assistance
Exceptional catering, on-site activities and dining