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