Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Zoo and Botanical Gardens
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  • Jill
    Melbourne, Australia7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A honest view hopefully fair
    Mix of feelings.i spent a hour watching staff giving turtles vet care it was impressive.so kind so caring.i watched the crocodiles,all seemed content and fat.birds not a problem also other various animals no problems. But I was hart broken to see the elephants oh so sad .Also one small brown bear and a few others that were sad and struggling it was more than I could deal with it up set me.the zoo is to small to give large animals the space needed.i don't know. the zoo had some lovely happy animals all so some hart braking sights too.All in all the gardens are Lovley so are some of the animals (encloses) it's not all sad .I would say much more space is need a much larger zoo it possibly to the keep small animals. But not the larger ones.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 29, 2023
  • JMGeneva
    Geneva, Switzerland1,987 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bad but not terrible
    Having seen the previous reviews I was expecting the worst, but it was not really the case. Obviously several closures are clearly substandard in terms of size or diversity but I’ve (unfortunately) seen much much worse overall, and I’d say it’s bad but not scandalous. The zoo is large, shady and a bit labyrinthine. The animals are in various form if fitness, some obviously in bad shape, others apparently pretty well. Enclosures are mostly clean. The public, mostly families, behaves terribly. In summary, although it makes for a not too unpleasant 2-3 hours, this zoo is certainly dispensable.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Taryn W
    4 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oh boy
    Wow it was quite the experience. The animals looked so sad, there was a lady inside the gate selling kittens for food. then randomly a wild kitten appeared inside the zoo... sleeping in tall grass. animals that needed water didn't have enough animals that needed bigger enclosures didn't have enough space. Don't go here expecting greatness. They try but it isn't the best.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 5, 2024
  • Rhona C
    Leeds, United Kingdom477 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better Than Expected
    Checked the Trip Advisor reviews and wasn’t too sure what to expect. Yes, compared to Western Zoos, many improvements could be made regarding the enclosures for the animals. There is a veterinary hospital on site and one can only hope that the animals are cared for when poorly. As most of the signage is in Vietnamese I was unaware if there was any form of breeding programme taking place. It was certainly very interesting to see the large number of Chinese Water dragons, the cobras and the pythons! The Botanical Gardens, which are part of the zoo environment, are very pleasant to wander around. They are well kept and have a wide range of plants and trees growing. Would suggest a visit and for western tourists to make up their own mind regarding this zoo.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
  • LindaSh
    Dumfries, United Kingdom36 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not great - poor conditions for the animals
    Photo used in marketing is misleading - it is more of a zoo with some gardens dotted around. Buildings which house some of the animals appear to be poorly maintained (reptile area buildings for example) and very dirty and in good need of a wash / lick of paint. Some of the windows are so dirty (where some of the birds are kept) you can barely see which species are housed there. Some of the conditions for the animals looked very poor when you compare to other zoos around the world. The elephants for example just stood shaking their heads from side to side - quite sad to see. The tigers and bears (all the larger animals) didn't really seem to have enough space either or adequate stimulation. Some of the Iguana houses for example looked really over crowded with so many of them in the one area. Its is very cheap to get into the zoo / gardens so maybe they could increase the prices and reinvest some of the money into improving the conditions
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 13, 2024
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Elaine from Maryland
Middletown, MD5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We loved our visit during a hot week in Ho Chi Minh City, where the huge and very old trees, lush plantings, and (mostly) large and interesting animal enclosures made for a wonderful experience. Although located in the heart of town, the temperatures were considerably cooler than in the rest of the city, it was very peaceful, and flowers and butterflies were everywhere. Previous reviews noted that the animals were not well cared for, but we found that the conditions were good overall. Most enclosures were larger than those at the National Zoo in the U.S., and we saw many unique animals (such as hyenas and two-humped camels, including an inquisitive baby). The tigers need more space however, and it was sad to see them continuously pacing. Our friend who lives in the city was impressed by the improvements that had been made since her last visit several years ago and said that she will be coming back much more often now. Highly recommended, and a wonderful place to bring children!
Written March 16, 2020
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Oliver K
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The only well looked after thing in this "Zoo" is the flowers and thats pushing it.

Absolutely shocking how small the so called habits are for each and every animal broke my heart, almost total lack of enrichment which is required for both mental and physical stimulation for the animal without which they will fall into a depressed state.

I would NEVER RECOMMEND this "zoo" to anyone unless you are okay with depressed and stressed animals locked in tiny enclosures with rats and litter cover floors of both the human and animal areas.

I would give this place less stars if I could as the staff present did nothing to stop people openly throwing trash on the ground, banging on the glass and screaming, yes screaming, at the animals to try and get their attention.

Other despessing note to add is this place has some dishevelled amusement park rides which really shows the true intention of the "zoo", money.

To conclude if you have any love in your heart for animals do not support this place and thank you for taking the time to read this.
Written March 18, 2023
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Megan S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
We went to the zoo today and honestly, it was the most depressing place. The cages were small and dirty, the animals were clearly miserable and pacing. There was no stimulation for them. Many of the signposted animals were not there.

Most upsetting for me were the otters who were screaming and trying to escape. I've never seen an otter climbing the fence of their enclosures before or come running towards a visitor. The park itself is run down and we couldn't go in half of it because they'd locked the doors early, e.g. the orchid greenhouse.

Overall, I really regretted this trip and agree with earlier reviews warning against.
Written March 11, 2020
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charlied1987
Welton, UK109 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Like a few others we wanted to see the gardens but stumbled across the zoo first - big mistake. I am not an animal expert but can tell when something is distressed. The elephants in particular looked so poorly treated and were swaying which means extreme stress according to google. The tigers looked very slim and was pacing in their cage. It should be noted that we could see the cages which the animals were clearly sent to when the zoo is closed and this was very upsetting as they are so small I doubt the elephants would even be able to turn around. Some of the watering holes had dried up in parts of the enclosures (it was over 30 degrees). We were so deflated having seen this that we left and didn’t get to the gardens. For reference the visit is 50,000 dong to entrance.
Written February 27, 2020
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Alex B
London, UK387 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
As someone else mentioned, we had to leave as soon as we saw the state of the zoo and the way in which they keep the animals.

The park was really run down, dirty and covered in litter. The cages (if you can call them that) were smaller than most peoples living room and were home to adult tigers and lions.

How they are getting away with this is beyond me.

AVOID
Written March 8, 2020
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ACL3112
UK3,385 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Saigon is proud of their zoo - but for any visitor who is used to the imaginative and creative zoo environments (including those which help endangered species) will be sorely disappointed by this experience.
The enclosures look tired, the reptile house has dirty windows, the aviary looks a mess. The best bit for me were the flower arrangements. If you are visiting with children, they may enjoy the extensive playground with water features. I would give the zoo a wide berth.
the place worth visiting (near the zoo) is the Hung King's Temple
Written February 25, 2020
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Mathias B
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
I know in a zoo animals are in cages... but this was even worse. Annimal enclosures for the most part were too small, only concrete floors with mostly dried up pools of water. Animals who looked injured and in bad conditions. Pretty depressing after walking there for a while. Pictures show a big annimal cage for 2 lions. Lions where in bad condition. Full of scrapes and a rash. If you love annimals you wont leave with a smile on your face. At the reptile part there were 10 enclosures with the same snakes, 6 with the same toirtosses and more of that type of things threuout the zoo. Don't finance untill some big renovations!
Written January 5, 2020
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Michael P
Kiama, Australia227 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We spent the morning walking around the beautiful botanical gardens such an abundance of flowers especially the Vietnamese love of yellow chrysanthemums. we had read some negatives about the zoo and generally I do not like to see animals locked up. But although some animals were older such as the camels, generally they looked well cared for. Luckily it was quiet day when we visited and were able to enjoy the zoo in relative peacefulness.Although some of the animals were in small cages which was sad to see, the enclosures were relatively clean.
Written March 2, 2020
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Lily
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The zoo is appalling, we actually had to leave because we were so upset about how the animals were treated. The elephants stood, shaking their heads which we found out us due to stress and anxiety. There were 3 eagles in a tiny cage, one of which has a swollen eye. The most upsetting part wad hearing the lion or tiger ( we did not go and see what it was ) roaring in pain and was obviously so upset. The reptiles were all kept in the same conditions, with no attention to their specific habitats they would normally inhibit. Honestly I think this whole zoo need to be shut down. Someone needs to go in and get these poor animals out of this horrendous place.
Written March 3, 2020
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LindaSh
Dumfries, UK36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Photo used in marketing is misleading - it is more of a zoo with some gardens dotted around. Buildings which house some of the animals appear to be poorly maintained (reptile area buildings for example) and very dirty and in good need of a wash / lick of paint. Some of the windows are so dirty (where some of the birds are kept) you can barely see which species are housed there. Some of the conditions for the animals looked very poor when you compare to other zoos around the world. The elephants for example just stood shaking their heads from side to side - quite sad to see. The tigers and bears (all the larger animals) didn't really seem to have enough space either or adequate stimulation. Some of the Iguana houses for example looked really over crowded with so many of them in the one area. Its is very cheap to get into the zoo / gardens so maybe they could increase the prices and reinvest some of the money into improving the conditions
Written April 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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