Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is known as the largest zoo in the city. In recent years, this zoo has become a popular tourist destination that is both cheap and beautiful. Let’s find out what’s interesting inside the Botanical Garden!
Photo: hongvannn1. Where is the Botanical Garden located?Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh CityOpening hours: 7:00 am – 6:00 pmIn the heart of crowded and noisy Saigon, the Zoo and Botanical Garden is considered a green lung of the city. This place is located right on Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, the center of District 1, so it is frequently visited by a large number of people. Previously, this park seemed to have been forgotten. However, people didn’t expect that since the Zoo and Botanical Garden reopened, it has quickly become an attractive tourist destination, especially for young people.
Photo: @yuu.yenn2. Instructions on how to move to the Zoo and Botanical GardenThere are many ways to get to this park. The simplest way is to use personal vehicles, such as motorbikes and cars. With personal vehicles, you can park your car at the side gate (100m from the main gate). The parking fee ranges from 5k to 20k depending on the type of vehicle.
Photo: @yuu.yennIn addition, to avoid sun and rain damage to your vehicle, you can also choose to park your car in the basement of the apartment buildings near the Botanical Garden. Or you can also hire a taxi or Grab. If you want to use public transport to protect the environment, you can refer to the following bus routes:Bus route No.05: Cho Lon bus station – Bien Hoa bus stationBus route No.06: Cho Lon bus station – Nong Lam UniversityBus route No.14: Mien Dong Bus Station – Mien Tay Bus StationBus route No.19: Ben Thanh – Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh CityBus route No.42: Cau Muoi Market – Thu Duc Farmers MarketBus route No.D1: 23/9 Park – Saigon Zoo and Botanical GardenBus route No.52: Ben Thanh – VNU
Photo: Ngan bellaAll of the above bus routes go through the Zoo and Botanical Garden, the fare is only 7-10k/person. It should be noted that bus routes run until 9:00 p.m.3. Ticket prices and opening hoursThe following are the updated ticket prices for the Zoo and Botanical Garden in 2021:• Adults and children over 1m3 tall: VND 50,000• Children from 1m to 1m3 tall: VND 30,000• Children under 1m tall: Free
Photo: @hanavyFurthermore, the park also has many special offers for students. If you come here with a group of more than 20 people, the price of hiring a local guide to explain more about the park is very “cheap”, only about 100k – 150k/time. You can directly contact the hotline: (028) 3910 0885 for support and more details!About opening hours, the Zoo and Botanical Garden will currently be open from 5:00 am to 6:30 pm every day of the week from Monday to Sunday and will not close on holidays and New Year’s Day.
Photo: phamthanhhang_4. What’s interesting in the Zoo and Botanical Gardens?Visit the only zoo in SaigonCurrently, the Zoo and Botanical Garden is not only a zoo but also the largest plant and animal conservation park in Saigon. Here, 1,300 animals are raised in a large campus. It is noteworthy that there are many rare species such as yellow-cheeked gibbons, clouded leopards, crested arguses, etc.
Photo: Hoang Hieu VanIn addition to animals, the flora at the park is also very rich with more than 900 different species of plants. Up to now, the park has more than 2500 trees. The Zoo also has an area for wild animals, such as Indochinese Tigers, Bengal White Tigers and Lions. At 3:00 pm every day, visitors can see the park’s staff feeding these wild animals. The scene will be extremely special with the image of the animals instinctively grabbing food.
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Photo: Ngan bellaAt the Zoo and Botanical Garden, there are 2 special and free shows that you should not miss. These are:Music performance: It usually takes place at the main stage on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am. Only on Sundays, there is also a performance at 4:00 pm at the main stage.Elephant show: It begins at 9:00 am every Saturday and Sunday. On New Year’s Days, the organizers will have an extra show at 2:00 pm in the elephant sanctuary.
Photo: Ngan bellaAdmire adorable small animalsIn the Zoo and Botanical Garden, there is a garden dedicated to super cute animals, such as baby lambs, baby goats, and so on. Young people are enamored with this location. In particular, every Saturday and Sunday, this garden will be open for free from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is an opportunity for the children to interact with the animals by petting, feeding, and playing with them. It can be said that this is an extremely useful and impressive activity.
See the rich floraAs mentioned above, the Zoo and Botanical Garden is home to over 2500 trees, including a massive system of hundreds of year-old trees. As a result, on hot summer days, these trees provide shade. This is also a great place to avoid the sun and admire the lush vegetation.
Photo: @bnttienAnother fascinating fact is that the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a plant and animal conservation facility with the world’s eighth longest lifespan. The plants here are useful not only for sightseeing and shade, but also for botanists’ research and tree reproduction.
Photo: @hhhngocCountless magical virtual-living cornersAs a shady place with green trees, the park has countless virtual-living corners. You will definitely have thousand-like photos on social media. Because the campus is green, we advise you to choose contrasting colors such as red and yellow with many patterns to be outstanding on photos. Or if you want a classic photo, you can choose a white, beige or brown outfit. Check out the awesome photos below:
Photo: @ totori_nguyen5. Notes when tourists visit to the Zoo and Botanical GardenWhen traveling here, you should keep a few things in mind:
Photo: hongvannnBring drinking water and insect repellent creamBring hats, umbrellas, especially for families with young childrenDo not throw garbage indiscriminately, damaging the environmentDo not tease, throw stones or garbage at animals, especially wild animalsFollow the regulations of the park management board.
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Photo: Hoang Hieu VanWith some information above, we wish you an exciting visit to the Zoo and Botanical Garden with family and friends!