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Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Ho Chi Minh City

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Observe Indochinese tigers, leopards, and rare crested argus pheasants, or examine 20 different types of orchids at Zoo and Botanical Gardens, a large park that includes a World War I history museum and an educational conservation center. Established by the French and ranked the eighth oldest zoo in the world, the gardens house over 550 animals and more than 1,830 trees, which grow around numerous fish ponds. You can approach some of the animals to feed them, or admire as many as 260 plant species, with diverse cacti and bonsai zones providing some of the park's highlights. With great variety on offer, the gardens make a good spot for a family visit. Add Zoo and Botanical Gardens to your Ho Chi Minh City travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Ho Chi Minh City travel itinerary planner.
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  • Pretty big park with a botanical garden and a zoo. You can spend here from midday, especially interesting to show the children. There is a bonsai and greenhouse of orchids.
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  • Unthinkable in our time... animals are meagre, in dirty places, without water, without herbs...
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  • nice place. we had a great time. The animals were lifefull and we had a great photo from the garden.  more »
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  • We went with the intention of going to the botanical gardens but unfortunately you can't avoid the zoo as both are in same proximity. The animals are not in good conditions. I'm shocked people are writing reviews that they think this place was good? If you care about animals do not go here. The environments they are kept in are dilapidated grim and completely heart breaking. The otters we limping and looked like they were injured. The elephants were in a tiny enclosure with the elephants themselves looking skin and bone and looked in a bad way. I don't understand how this place is still open. We left after 5 minutes in shock. Please don't contribute to this.
  • The place is amazing with natural trees and wide range of animals. A lot of other reviewers said that the living condition of the animals is mediocre. I agree with this. However, in Vietnam, it's considered as a norm. At this extremely low price, you cannot expect them to take more proper care of the animals. Personally, I enjoy visiting this zoo more than the Singapore Night Safari. It's a more genuine experience here, while the Singapore one is more of a tourist attraction.
  • Two stars because it is in fact a zoo, and there are animals. Those are the only redeeming factors of this concrete prison. Half the reptiles had no water and besides the wildebeests I don't think a single animal had enough room. Sometimes up to 4-5 exhibits of the same animal. Whole place is dangerous and disgusting. Would not recommend even for a short walk because they do not deserve money.
  • One of the best Zoo which I ever seen! I'm not Ok with the animals in captivity, but minimum here they live in a clean habitat and they have enough food and space to move. A place full family with childre. I really enjoy my walk in! Recommended
  • It's a combination of park, zoo, and botanical garden. To me, the bonsai is worth to a visit. The animals seem not have very good condition except for the deers' area. Hope for an improvement!

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