Zoo and Botanical Gardens

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Hoang Vo
Da Nang, Vietnam343 contributions
Keep getting better
Mar 2021 • Solo
It has kept a lot of my memoirs here since I was a child with my families and was a boy with my friends, was a man with my exes.
Today it's getting better than last time, many interesting places. And you can watch animal in very close distance. Only cost 60k for adult, but it's really worthy.
Written March 23, 2021
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Nguyen
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam6 contributions
Not worth it
Feb 2021 • Solo
Not worth the price of 60k for adults. Animals in unhygienic condition and skinny, roads filled with trash.
Written February 28, 2021
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Justin Hewett
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam291 contributions
Trash everywhere.
Feb 2021
An average review score of 4.2 feels amazingly incorrect after my visit today. Being fortunate to visit Zoos in different countries, I know what a zoo that is operating with care is supposed to look like and this is not even close to being it.

The park was "ok" with a few exotic animals and some carnival-styled rides, but there was literally trash everywhere. Everywhere. The park was not very busy, so the condition really felt unacceptable.

Before leaving around 430pm I asked if I (and my Viet gf) could speak with a manager and was directed to walk back to the other-side of the park. When I arrived, there was no one there and was informed that no one had been there that afternoon. I (my GF) asked who was in charge of the Zoo at that time and they said no one. Of course.

Long story short - The Saigon Zoo could be really great, but it's blatantly obvious that the people in upper-level management do NOT care; Don't care about fixing structural things that need to be fixed, don't care about training their staff not to smoke at their respective posts, don't care about having a manager (or some other authority figure) on duty in case some problems arise, and obviously don't care about the simple act of having more staff to help keep the park clean. Actually, in 2.5hrs we didn't see one person cleaning/sweeping, etc anywhere.

It's unfortunate that many of the people attending this zoo will never have the opportunity to experience a real zoo.
Written February 21, 2021
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Michael Ray
2 contributions
A unique zoo.
Jan 2020
Beautiful trees and park. I have been to a lot of zoos and this one has character and is very inexpensive to visit. It was worthwhile to visit as a tourist and I don’t understand the negative reviews. I saw a whole bunch of healthy animals and birds I have never seen before
Written December 29, 2020
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Phan L
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam59 contributions
Good to take a stop and enjoy green space
Aug 2020 • Friends
One of the oldest zoos in the world. The Saigon Zoo and Botanical gardens established in 1864, almost 156 yrs old. This place is a familiar destination for city dwellers. For me and my friends, it becomes a part of childhood memories. The facilities are not modern enough to attract many of us. However, if you spend time to visit the zoo with friends or family, you will have an album photo for your souvenir as well as enjoy the quiet and green oasis. The entrance fee is very cheap, only 50K VND/adult. That price allows us to listen to birds sounds, see wild animals in the cages. Maybe, the wild animals look unhappy in the cage, but they can not live in a real wildlife anymore.
With my friends, we consider this visite was a photo shooting and a short escape from a busy life.
Written August 15, 2020
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Tim S
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Please support this 155 year old botanical garden and zoo
Jul 2020
This is an extraordinarily important 155 year old botanical garden and zoo and a beautiful part of Saigon's heritage. True that it is struggling for funding , but all the more reason to visit and support it. Some of the most ancient, towering and beautiful trees in any city in the world.
Written August 7, 2020
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Jungle J
Vung Tau, Vietnam223 contributions
Cesspool of Filth
Mar 2020 • Solo
An extremely horrible place for animals. Its like something left over from a collapsed government like Russia's former communist regime. Pathetic!
Written July 13, 2020
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Sam Colbourn
Surrey, UK5 contributions
Cruel and dirty the animals display depressed behaviour
Mar 2020 • Couples
If you want to see neglected animals in small enclosures with no or stagnant water than this is the place to go!

The elephants are kept separate and sway there heads all day as a distraction from having no social interaction or space.

Tigers and lions are thin and struggle on their legs

All animals are severely depressed and deprived

Feel very bummed out and sad having visited. Wish there was a way they could be helped, all money made seems to go on the gardens outside the enclosures

Cant see most animals as glass is too dirty
Written March 18, 2020
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Elaine from Maryland
Middletown, MD5 contributions
Peaceful oaisis in the center of the city
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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Tercoltrip
53 contributions
Saigon Botanical gardens. Feb 2020. Good and Bad at the same time.
Feb 2020
We visited the Botanical Gardens in February 2020. It was very quiet with not many people so felt like we almost had the place to ourselves. Very peacefull and easy to walk around, hard to realise you were almost in the centre of a city. Worth spending a few hours to take in everything. HOWEVER, It also include a Zoo, I dont believe in keeping captive animals regardless of the conditions provided, and this was reinforced by the state of the larger animals, they looked derranged. What could have been a great experience turned out to be a depressing view of mans inhumanity to our endangered wildlife. Go to see the Gardens but not to see the captive animals.
Written March 13, 2020
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