Clustered together in the same park, is both the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Instead of having to pay for both attractions, you just pay a single entrance fee and you can then walk around both.
The zoo, that is the animals part of the zoo, is not so great – the animals don’t look too happy, and the cages aren’t set up very well – it could definitely use a major renovation. However, the Saigon Zoo does host a range of animals from tigers (that really looked like they wanted to escape) to elephants.
The Saigon Botanical Gardens
Sort of the entire zoo is a botanical garden, full of lush greenery and natural vegetation. But if you keep walking around, you’ll eventually come to the specific botanical garden section.
The gardens throughout the zoo and the wide paths surrounding by natural lush vegetation was a beautiful.
When I went, it looked like many Vietnamese had come to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens just to hang out, relax and socialize with friends. It looked like many spent the day at the zoo, to use it more just like a peaceful garden park, like an escape from the noisy motorbike roads of Saigon.
As with me, you probably won’t be impressed with the animals or the conditions of the zoo, but the gardens are beautiful, and it’s a good place to walk around for some peace and nature within Saigon.
I think visiting the Saigon Zoo and the Botanical Gardens is one of the many great things to do in Ho Chi Minh city with kids, as it’s quiet, peaceful, with nice grassy areas, and you don’t have to worry about motorbikes!