Tao Dan Park And Bird Cafe In Ho Chi Minh City

Covers 10 hectares of Saigon, Tao Dan Park is one of the most peaceful spots and popular sites not only for locals but also for visitors in Ho Chi Minh City. Tao Dan Park is an ideal place to escape crowded and bustle Ho Chi Minh city with 1000 lush green trees. If you have a chance to come to Saigon, don’t miss the fresh air and sense of calm the park radiates.

During the French colonial period, Tao Dan area was an area in the garden of Norodom Palace (today the Independence Palace). In 1869, the French government built Miss Clavell street, which cut the area from the garden. The other three streets around the park were Chasseloup-Laubat street (North), rue Verdun (West) and rue Taberd (South). The official name of the garden was Jardin de la Ville. Vietnamese people usually called it “Vườn Ông Thượng” or “Vườn Bờ-rô”.


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After that, the government built some establishments in the garden such as  Société philharmonique (Music Club) in 1896, Franc-maçonnerie in 1897 and Cercle Sportif Saigonnais (Saigon Sport Club) in 1902 which included a football ground, swimming pool and tennis court.10268664156_a5217a8fc1_b

Cercle Sportif Saigonnais (Saigon Sport Club) in Jardin de la Ville garden


Cercle Sportif Saigonnais (Saigon Sport Club) in Jardin de la Ville garden


Cercle Sportif Saigonnais (Saigon Sport Club) in Jardin de la Ville garden

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Cyclo on the street that split Jardin de la Ville garden


Bicycle and motorbike on the street that split Jardin de la Ville garden

In recent days, Tao Dan park is famous for the green space with many old trees. In the park, the annual floral show is organized at the Vietnamese New Year festival.


Annual floral show in Tao Dan park

The park is split down the middle by Truong Dinh street but you may not recognize that it’s a street because it’s shaded by lines of trees and the fresh air. There is a replica of Nha Trang’s famous Cham tower, Hung King Temple, an active Buddhist temple and many statues in the park. Sculpted shrubbery and bench-lined walks are also a highlight of the park.


Small scaled model of Nha Trang’s famous Cham tower in Tao Dan park

People visit the park to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere, walk around or relax on the bench. In the morning, locals come to the park to jog the trails, some engage in stretching exercises and tai chi, practice belly dance, children play on the grass. Visitors can play at one of 11 tennis courts or swim in the swimming pool.

DSC_0728 Young men and women engage tai chi


Street sweepers were doing their work in an early morning


Women were practicing belly dance


Elders enjoyed coffee and read newspapers

The thing you shouldn’t miss when coming to Tao Dan park is a bird cafe where you can enjoy beautiful bird songs. Every morning, Saigon bird lovers with their beloved birds on hands congregate at the cafe. What’s more entertained than sitting in a green space, listening to bird songs and sipping famous Saigon coffee?


Bird cafe in Tao Dan park

Update: the bird cafe has been closed.

It’s great to drive on motorbike to Tao Dan park to see, drink coffee and listen to bird songs. Let’s join our Saigon Sightseeing Tour by Motorbike to enjoy Saigon in a different way.

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