The tiny S-shaped country of Vietnam in Southeast Asia borders the People’s Republic of China to the north, Laos to the northwest and Cambodia to the southwest. To the country’s east lies the South China Sea. The country’s population of 85 million makes it one of the most densely populated nations in Southeast Asia. Though Capital of Vietnam is Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon) is its financial heart. Located in the Mekong Delta this bustling city is home to more than 7 million people. It effortlessly adopts two roles- that of a financial hub and the other as a centre of art and culture. Ho Chi Minh City’s stunning displays of colonial architecture and exquisitely carved and paneled traditional pagodas is what it is known for.
Ho Chi Minh City is better known for its impressive historical and war museums and its numerous pagodas. The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens though mentioned in a lot of guide books is often bypassed by tourists. Our advice: Don’t miss out! The Zoo and Botanical Garden houses a fascinating collection of rare orchids and ornamental plants, and more than a hundred species of mammal reptiles and birds.
The Zoo and Botanical Garden began in 1864 under the supervision of celebrated tropical botanist J.B. Louis Pierre and was completed in 1865. Initially, many rare species of plants were brought from India, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. Later rare animals were also raised. The Zoo and Botanical Gardens comprises two separate sections for plants and animals. Ornamental plants and a collection of exotic rare orchids can be seen in the area reserved for plants. The Zoo showcases hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles and birds. The cages are fairly spacious and include outdoor enclosures for tigers, monkeys, lions, deer, apes, crocodiles, snakes and hippopotami. A concrete bridge across the Thi Nghe Channel connects the area reserved for growing plants with that for animals.
Currently thousands of plants are grown in the Botanical Garden, including species from Africa and America. The Botanical Garden has over 1,830 trees of 260 rare and valuable species, many of which are over 100 years old. Millions of local and foreign visitors can also enjoy 20 species of orchids, 32 of cacti and 34 of bonsai which are very well preserved.
The Botanical Garden is located at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem, Ben Nghe Quarter, District 1. There are two gates to the Zoo. The main entrance is on Nguyen Binh Khiem Road at the corner of Le Duan Road. The other gate is on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Road near the bridge over the Thi Nghe Channel.
The Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Zoos.
As hundreds of animals, birds and reptiles are cared for here the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is the biggest zoological garden of the country and one of the largest places for recreation in the city. For a leisurely walk around the well maintained garden or to spend a day watching adorable Vietnamese children play in the sun, do drop by!
6 Reviews of Zoo and Botanical Garden
Thao Cam Vien
Location: Ho Chi Minh City Zoo and Botanical Garden is located on No.2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.Characteristic: Ho Chi Minh City Zoo and Gardens was founded by JB Louis Pierre,…
Oh, those poor Elephants !!!
Went to the Zoo/Botanical Gardens on Sunday — note to travellers, not a good move either — Sunday Family Day, very, very crowded, STAY AWAY !!!After being pushed off the Tour Train by local woman to get a seat…
The zoo is fantastic – its a must if you have kids
Before going on our latest trip to Vietnam I had read some reviews that the Ho Chi Minh City wasn’t very good and that the animals were kept in appalling conditions. The same reviews said you could view the…
The oldest cultural and historical park in Vietnam
The Saigon Zoological and Botanical Garden in Ho Chi Minh City is the oldest cultural and historical park in Vietnam and has the country’s largest collection of plants and animals.It was established in 1865 on an…
Great place to come!
Thao Cam Vien (Zoo and Botanical Gardens) is a great place to come to when you visit Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. There are many animal and plant species here in this place. Photographers can take great pictures of…
Saigon Zoo was constructed in the 1860s by a French botanist. It has many beautiful plants, flowers and trees and more than 100 species of animals. There is also a temple and a museum. The zoo is at the corner of…
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