recon recon posted June 23rd, 2007 at 1:39 pm to Other. Viewed 875 times. Answered 11 times.

Hello, Everyone.

I'm looking for any weekly or daily full court basketball games around the city. If you know of a sports club or just a public court where games are organized please let me know!


Last answered by Iamdavidssen about 5 months ago.

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alpha wrote on June 23rd, 2007 at 2:43 pm

There used to be weekend games at the American Club, but it wouldn\'t be five on they only have a small half court. There are Vietnamese kids who play at the Van Phuc sports complex. In the summer months, you\'d have to get there 8am (everybody avoids the heat during the day). I can\'t vouch for the quality of the games, but there seemed to be plenty of people around playing full court. They rent the court by the hour, so they\'d have to let you in the game. It\'s not just open run. I\'ve also heard that there are games at the Hanoi Amsterdam High School, but I\'ve never seen these.

I\'m a bit out of the loop on this, so hopefully somebody more current can give you some specifics.

ruoighe wrote on June 26th, 2007 at 8:43 am

It seems to be very difficult to get a basketball court to play here in Hanoi. Moreover, people play at the court do not really respect your game or your ball! I am very disappointed! I am willing to pay to play but no where seems to offer. :( sad

FunboyChow wrote on June 29th, 2007 at 2:37 pm

There are games on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Van Phuc sports complex on Van Bao street (near RMIT, the Japanese embassy, Daewoo Hotel, etc.). People usually get there around 7 p.m. and play for an hour or two. It is supposed to be an \"open\" court, but occasionally a group will claim to have it reserved and will not let you join them. A little patience and friendliness usually takes care of this.

It costs 80,000 VND per hour for the court (to pay for the lights, I guess?) and usually a collection is taken at some point in the evening so one guy doesn\'t have to foot the bill, but if you are a bad person you can easily get away without paying.

Games are typically full-court, 5-on-5, but it depends on how many people are there and who got there first. I would estimate that it\'s about 2/3 Vietnamese players, 1/3 foreigners. There are some pretty good players, but the overall level of play is not intimidating.

It\'s very possible that there are games on other days, or at other times, but it seems Tuesday and Thursday nights are the big ones. I went on a Saturday evening once and there was no one there but little kids.

recon wrote on July 20th, 2007 at 7:08 pm

thanks funboy chow i\'ll try and check it out on Tues and Thurs if I can make it on time after my last class. I really want to play in some regular pick up games. Hope to see you there sometime. Also, if you know of any regular weekend games that would be great cause I often work late in the evening.


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jmott78 wrote on March 25th, 2009 at 1:29 pm

I'd love to play some ball too, so if you want to pick a time to meet up maybe we can get a small group of us to commit to a night.

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VietSam wrote on November 13th, 2010 at 6:08 pm
VietSam (elite user)

We are a womens team looking for more players at the moment!

We are a social easy going group of expat women, that meet once a week to run around with some basketballs and get fit! We usually do a bit of a warm up, some shooting. Then we play!

Sometimes we organise games with Vietnamese Teams on the weekend...

All levels of players are welcome, beginners to advanced.

Some come along to UNIS at 7pm on Thursday evenings and give it a shot!

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barrasa8 wrote on August 21st, 2011 at 11:24 am

Iam moving in hanoi in 2 weeks and plan to live there for a while, would like to find people to play basketball once or twice a week, full court if possible.

I read the answers... but they are really old, would like to know if it is still people meeting at Van Bao street to play... or any other place.


Chim wrote on October 1st, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Hi, I am looking to also get into any kind of basketball game, full-court preferred. My friend personally told me about the Van Phuc games, which I plan on crashing. 01213111100 is my number for anyone looking to team up.

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qriousjor wrote on June 21st, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Just touched down in Hanoi, but going to be here for a year. Are people still meetin up to ball?

bjornsegovia wrote on August 13th, 2012 at 11:45 am

Go to Hanoi Medical University every Sunday from 2-4pm. I've heard they have an on-going registration for basketball enthusiast and maybe you can arrange and form a team (15 members).

According to my friends, the basketball tournament is organize by the Filipino (Philippines) Community. Try to ask the players and maybe you can join.

Tentative starting date: First week of September

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Iamdavidssen wrote on December 19th, 2018 at 7:59 am

Hey guys !
I’m in Hanoï for a week. Anyone from this old post still around and would like to play pick up?
Cheers !

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