Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Founded on 23rd March 1864, Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens, also known as Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is the oldest zoo in Vietnam and the 8th oldest zoo in the world. It is one of the funniest and most meaningful destinations in the city for locals, domestic and foreign tourists, especially families with kids. Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens is a perfect place to stay close to nature and learn more about animals and plants. Visitors also learn more about Vietnam’s history at Hung King Temple and Nhan Huong Tea Shop.

Location, operating hours, admission fee

Location: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Da Kao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City;

Opening hours: 7:00 – 18:30;

Entrance fee: 50,000 VND;

Green trees

The zoo and botanical gardens house around 1,830 trees, 260 plant species, including 20 orchid types, 34 types of bonsai, 32 species of cacti. Surprisingly, some of them date back over 100 years. Lakes brimming with lotuses and tropical fishes form part of the zoo and botanical gardens. There is a picnic area with green grass and a huge shadow in the northwest corner.

Green trees at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Green trees and roofs protect visitors from the sun.

Lake and fountain at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

The lake with the fountain in the middle and green trees is a good place to take a rest.

Green trees and flowers at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Visitors take photos of green trees and flowers.

Green trees are everywhere.

Picnic area of Ho Chi Minh zoo and botanical gardens

The picnic areas on green grass under the shadow of green old tree are full of families sitting on mats, relaxing, eating, drinking and talking together.

Animals

The zoo is home to nearly 600 species of animals so that visitors will have a big chance to see lots of nice and friendly animals. You can feed goats, sheep and elephants, interact with them and many more animals.

Camel at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The camel is not aware of people.

Chinese water dragon at Thao Cam Vien Saigon

Chinese water dragon on a bamboo.

Sheeps and goats at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Nice sheep and goats.

Feed goats and sheeps at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Kids love to feed goats and sheep at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Giraffes at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Cute tall giraffes attract lots of people.

See Malayan sun bear at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

See Malayan sun bear at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Peacock at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

A beautiful peacock.

Wild boars at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Wild boars dig for foods.

Hippopotamus at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

The big hippopotamus takes a bath in the large pond in front of his cage.

Sika deer at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Sika deers live under old trees.

A bird and a camel.

Electronic games zone

An electronic games zone with a big sky wheel, electric bumper car, merry-go-round, etc.

Game ticket booth at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Game ticket booth at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Games: 20,000 VND/round/person; Flying mate: 30,000 VND; Sky wheel: 40,000 VND/round/person.

Sky wheel at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

The huge sky wheel.

Playground at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

Playground for kids.

Stage

Stage with roof at Thao Cam Vien Saigon

Stage with roof at Thao Cam Vien Saigon.

Artists are performing on the stage at Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Two artists are performing on the stage.

Hung King Temple

The zoo and botanical gardens are also home to the Hung King Temple, which functioned as the memorial to Vietnamese soldiers who died in the Great War of 1914 – 1918 and today as a place for worshipping Hung Kings. It also contains the Museum of Vietnamese History where you can learn more about the resounding history of Vietnam through watching thousands of significant documents and weapons from the French colonial era.

Quan Nhan Huong

The historical relic Quan Nhan Huong or Nhan Huong Tea Shop which played an important role in resistance to the United States (1963 – 1975).

Nhan Huong Tea Shop

Historical summary at Nhan Huong Tea Shop.

Nhan Huong Tea Shop

Tables, chairs, waitresses and customers at Nhan Huong Tea Shop have been recreated.

Nhan Huong Tea Shop Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens

The recreation of the kitchen of Nhan Huong Tea Shop.

Tips for Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens

  • The zoo and botanical gardens are more crowded on weekends and Vietnam holidays. Local people do not go to work and usually take their families to this place these days. So that you can go there on weekdays if you can arrange;
  • Do not feed the animals;
  • Always keep in your mind that not all of the facilities of the zoo are well-maintained/
  • Collect all of the garbage with you before leaving.

See some photos of the Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Because some animals are behind the grid and glass, the photos are not great.

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  1. Kevin March 17, 2019
    • Tracy Do March 17, 2019

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