Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens: The place for spending time on the weekend

Even if you are a foreigner, you should consider visiting Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden because the zoo is a famous tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh city attracting a large number of tourists to visit every day. This place is one of the oldest amusement parks in Vietnam, and also the largest animal and plant conservation park in the city named after Uncle Ho. 

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens – Source: Internet

Some information

The zoo is located at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, opposite Independence Palace and ranked 8th in the world with a large park, about 2.4km from Nguyen Hue pedestrian street, near the downstream of Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe canal. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a typical cultural symbol, an amusement park with a long history of Ho Chi Minh city with 590 gargoyles of 125 species, while the flora has 1,800 trees of 260 species.

This place is one of the oldest amusement parks in Vietnam, and also the largest animal and plant conservation park in the city named after Uncle Ho. 
This place is one of the oldest amusement parks in Vietnam, and also the largest animal and plant conservation park in the city named after Uncle Ho – Source: Internet

Operation hours: 

5:00 am – 6:30 am: Time for people practicing and exercising in the morning 

7:00-18:30: Time for visitors

Note: you have to buy tickets to get in 

Directions

Motorcycle: you can go to Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Garden by Nguyen Binh Khiem street (main gate) or Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street (side gate).

The parking lot for Zoo and Botanical Gardens: both Nguyen Binh Khiem and Nguyen Thi Minh Khai streets have many parking slots but you have to pay.  

Car: go to Nguyen Binh Khiem street, park your car at the side gate on Nguyen Binh Khiem street.

Bus: if you want to save money, you can use take bus no.05 from Cho Lon bus station – Bien Hoa bus station. Hours of operation: 5:00 am – 5:00 pm. Waiting time for the bus to Zoo and Botanical Garden takes about 25 – 30 minutes/trip or bus no.14 from Eastern – February 3 – Western station, operating hours: 4 am – 8 pm, waiting time can take you about 7 – 12 minutes/trip.

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Things to do

Enjoy the green air

visiting the Zoo and Botanical Garden, you can not only discover unique animals and plants but also enjoy the fresh air and quiet space on the campus here.

Traveling to Saigon, visiting the Zoo and Botanical Garden, you can not only discover unique animals and plants but also enjoy the fresh air and quiet space on the campus here.

Enjoy the atmosphere by electric train

The car will take you slowly through the park, swinging under the shade of cool trees to watch the animals.
The car will take you slowly through the park, swinging under the shade of cool trees to watch the animals – Source: Internet

To visit the park more easily and without getting tired, you should buy electric train tickets sold near the Le Duan street gate. The car will take you slowly through the park, swinging under the shade of cool trees to watch the animals.

Experience the thrilling games

Experience the thrilling games – Source: Internet

In order to meet the entertainment needs of young people, the Ho Chi Minh City Zoo and Botanical Garden tourist area also has more adventurous and thrilling games such as hot air balloons, electric cars, high-speed trains…

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Observe rare animals

This place is one of the oldest amusement parks in Vietnam, and also the largest animal and plant conservation park in the city named after Uncle Ho. 
This place is one of the oldest amusement parks in Vietnam, and also the largest animal and plant conservation park in the city named after Uncle Ho – Source: Internet

Zoo and Botanical Garden is a famous zoo with many rare animals. The zoo here is divided into many different areas such as: carnivores, mammals, reptiles, herbivores, birds, small animals… At 3 pm every day, in the carnivorous area there is also a presentation on wild hunting skills of animals such as: lions, white Bengal tigers and Indochinese tigers… 

Relax with your family at the children’s play area

The children’s play area inside the Zoo and Botanical Garden has many interesting activities such as: a space wheel, continuous ball house, water park, trampoline, fishing … attracting children.

Watch performing arts for free

Coming to the Zoo, visitors can also enjoy unique art performances that are often held on weekends and major holidays. I
Coming to the Zoo, visitors can also enjoy unique art performances that are often held on weekends and major holidays – Source: Internet

Coming to the Zoo, visitors can also enjoy unique art performances that are often held on weekends and major holidays. It can be special magic shows, dance activities, animal circus… are extremely attractive and make visitors excited.

Elephant show at 9 am on Saturday and Sunday. Particularly, the Tet holiday will be held at 2 pm in the elephant breeding area.

Music performance takes place on the main stage at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday. Only Sunday will be performed at 4 pm.

Time to back to childhood with beautiful nature

sky, Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden are a different but extremely worth visiting the place.
sky, Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden are a different but extremely worth visiting the place – Source: Internet

Even if you come just to take a lot of beautiful pictures, or simply to find a little bit of blue in the gray sky, Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden are a different but extremely worth visiting the place.

Notes when visiting Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden not only attracts tourists by the animals but also by the poetic and green scenery. In addition to a spacious and green space, the Botanical Garden has an ancient and wild look. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a place where many photos are taken. 

But, to make your trip more convenient, remember: 

– Choose to wear flat shoes, low sandals or sandals, do not wear high heels because the zoo campus is quite large, you will need to walk a lot.

– Bring a full range of sun protection tools such as a shirt, hat and sunscreen… because many areas of the campus do not have the shade of big trees.

– Bring a camera/phone to take souvenir photos.

– Because mainly outdoor sightseeing, before going, you should carefully check the weather forecast, choose a dry time, cool weather.

– Choose to visit this amusement park on holidays or weekends to both visits and watch interesting art performances and circus animals.

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