Casino business has been seen as a sensitive field in Vietnam for a long time; therefore, the number of legal casinos here is extremely small. However, a lot of tourists are caring about casino industry and looking forward to opening day of new casinos to visit and experience.
Nowadays, Vietnam has totally 7 legal casinos which are being put into operation for foreigners only, 3 casinos are being built including Van Don ( Quang Ninh), Phu Quoc and Nam Hoi An.
1. Do Son casino (Vietnam-Hai Phong)
Do Son casino is the first legal casino in Vietnam. It was inaugurated in 1995 and was located inside Van Hoa palace.
Do Son casino is the first legal casino in Vietnam
In 1992, the palace belonged to Hai Phong international joint-stock tourism company. The primary objective of the 34-million-dollar project was not only tourism but also the opening of a casino in Do Son. Do Son casino doesn’t welcome under-18-year-old people and absolutely prohibits bringing cameras, bags or strange things when they come here.
(Do Son casino was moved to the third floor of Do Son hotel)
Do Son casino was moved to the third floor of Do Son hotel after the hotel was put into operation.
2. Royal International Gaming Club (Vietnam-Ha Long)
There is only one legal casino for foreigners in Ha Long (Quang Ninh) named Royal International Gaming Club which was built by Royal International Joint-Stock company. It was activated in May 2003 with 4 floors and the total area was 7.250 m2.
There is only one legal casino for foreigners in Ha Long named Royal International Gaming Club
There are many tables here with 4 types of games and 70 slots machines. Gaming club opens 24/24, the amount of money bet depends on different kinds of games, but it is limited from 1 to 20 dollars and the maximum amount is 20.000 dollars. For slots machines, the amount of money is varied among clients, normally from 0.01 USD to 1 USD.
3. Loi Lai casino (Vietnam- Mong Cai)
Royal International Gaming Club is the unique casino in Ha Long but not unique in Quang Ninh province. Customers often go on tour to get there.
Loi Lai international hotel in Mong Cai attracts almost tourists from Hongkong and China. Loi Lai joint-stock company is the first FDI company in Mong Cai.
4. Aristo International Hotel & Casino (Vietnam-Lao Cai)
Being established in 2002 in Yunnan province’s border (China), Aristo International Hotel was upgraded into a five-star one with 300 rooms. Besides, the project also includes a casino contains 48 tables and 300 gaming machines.
(Donaco international company (Australia) owns 95% of Aristo International Hotel & Casino’s shares)
Donaco international company (Australia) owns 95% of Aristo International Hotel & Casino’s shares. The two bosses Joey Lim and Benjamin Lim are known as the nephews of the founder of the strongest casino corporation in Malaysia – Genting Group.
5. Phoenix International Club (Casino in Bac Ninh near by Hanoi)
Phoenix International Tourism Development CO., LTD cooperated with Silver Heritage Corporation of Hongkong to build Phoenix International Entertainment and Resort on Phao Thu hill, no 6, Dap Cau sub-district, Bac Ninh city, Bac Ninh province.
(Phoenix International Entertainment and Resort)
This project includes a gaming club for foreigners, restaurants, hotels, bars, a mini golf course, a high-standard spa, villas, outside swimming pools,…
In the previous period, we introduced about 5 activated casinos in VietNam, in this time, we would like to introduce about the other 2 working casinos and 3 being-built-casino projects.
Crowne casino (Casino in Da Nang)
Crowne casino in Da Nang is owned by Hui Kong company (China) and is well-known for VIP customers coming from China. During the peak season, it is estimated that there are about 130 flights from China to Da Nang each week.
Crowne casino in Da Nang is well-known for VIP customers coming from China
Crowne casino has 100 gaming machines and 8 video games machines. The casino opens 24/24 and provides free pick up and drop off service for tourists.
The resort including casino is anticipated to double the number of rooms which is in the 600-million-dollar-reinvested-plan including a hotel named JW Marriot, a tax-exempt shopping centre and casino enlargement.
Ho Tram casino (Casino in Ba Ria- Vung Tau nearby Ho Chi Minh city)
Grand Ho Tram Strip is the biggest complex resort that contains casino in Vietnam with 90 tables.
The project is owned by Asia Coast Development (Canada) Ltd. (ACDL) with an invested capital up to 4 billion dollars. Harbinger Capital (USA) fund is the main shareholder of ACDL. As of June 2017, the project’s developers disbursed more than 1.1 billion dollars.
Ho Tram casino is the biggest one in Vietnam
The first phase of the project is now completed and being activated in 2013 with 541 five-star rooms, the complex of international restaurants, conference centers, casino area and international golf courses.
According to the plan, by 2020, 9000 five-star resting rooms, 180 tables, 2000 gaming machines, several golf courses and amusement parks will be put into action.
Nam Hoi An casino (Casino in Hoi An nearby Da Nang)
Being in the largest-scale project recently (4 billion dollars), the plan of resort complex with casinos named Nam Hoi An has been restarted in early 2016 by a investment management company called VinaCapital after finding a new joint-venture partner: Chow Tai Fook Enterprises (Hongkong).
Perspective of Nam Hoi An project
Before that, another joint-venture partner called Genting Berhad Malaysia (GBM) which is a subsidiary company of Genting Group (Malaysia) stepped down in September 2012.
Although Nam Hoi An casino has been licensed, it is still being constructed. In August 2017, Coteccons Construction Joint Stock Company officially began the project and it is anticipated to be opened in the first quarter of 2019.
Van Don casino (Casino in Quang Ninh nearby HaNoi)
In Van Don, the project of a tourism-resort-entertainment complex with casino owned by Sungroup has total floor area of about 2.500ha and 2 billion dollars in total capital including 321.5 million dollars of investors.
Van Don high-standard tourism-resort-entertainment complex is a combination of residential area, convention center, hotels, casinos, golf courses, … and will be built in the island of Cai Bau and Tra Ngo.
Perspective of the complex with casino in Van Don, Quang Ninh
Image: Quang Ninh newspapers
According to issued investment certificates, the project will be implemented in 50 years; however, Sungroup proposed increasing the length to 70 years.
Phu Quoc casino (Casino in Phu Quoc- nearby Ho Chi Minh City)
In Phu Quoc, in the statement on the submission of the establishment of “special economic zone”, the total floor area is 30.000 m2 with 200-400 tables, 2000 gaming machines, reference centers, five-star hotel containing 3000 rooms.
Relating to this project, in early 2015, Ministry of Construction submitted a written opinion to Prime Minister to move the location of casino in Phu Quoc from Bai Da hamlet, Bai Thom village to the adjoining resort named Vinpearl Phu Quoc owned by Sungroup.
Apart from working and being-constructed casinos above, a lot of projects are also prepared to be restarted or waiting for the Government’s permission.
Recently, the People’s Committee of Thua Thien – Hue province has submitted a plan to central government officials to rise the project’s capital to 2 billion dollars and invested for Laguna Lang Co project owned by Lanuga limited liability company to do business on casinos.
The People’s Committee of Thua Thien – Hue also released that the first stage with a total investment of 210 million dollars has been used since 2013. The capital of the second stage is estimated to be 790 million dollars and to be completed by 2020. The third and fourth stage will be invested after 2020.
Operation of casino is anticipated to started from the second stage of the project with the area of 2.64ha and total investment of 249 million dollars.
5 years ago, Hoang Dong village (Lang Son city) was the place to build Hoang Dong golf course and hotel with the capital of 2 billion dollars. This was the first “city of casino” project in Vietnam.
In 2008, Lang Son International Joint Stock company began to construct this project. By 2012, the construction will be completed and put into action; however, it was left unfinished when being conducted.
The huge casino project in Lang Son was reported to be reinvested by the investors coming from Taiwan, China by far.