Parks, Ho Chi Minh City

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    ZOO at HO CHI MINH CITY

    by balhannah Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    The Zoo and Botanical Garden began in 1864. It is the biggest zoological garden of the country comprising of two separate sections for plants and animals.
    Hundreds of animals, birds and reptiles are cared for here the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

    The Zoo has more than a hundred species of mammal reptiles and birds.The cages are fairly spacious and include outdoor enclosures for tigers, monkeys, lions, deer, apes, crocodiles, snakes and hippopotami.
    The Zoo is only small and not to the standards of other World Zoos, but I did notice that it is being improved. What I could see, is the animals were well cared for, and that improvements were being made for a better enviroment for them.

    In saying that, I quite enjoying walking around in the pleasant surroundings, the botanical garden and zoo are combined.

    ADMISSION is only 8000dong, so cheap, and great for families.

    For me, it was a quiet place to relax for a while without being hassled by sellers.

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    BOTANIC GARDEN AT HO CHI MINH CITY

    by balhannah Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    The Botanic garden and Zoo are combined together with a concrete bridge across the Thi Nghe Channel connecting the area reserved for growing plants with that for animals.

    Ornamental plants and a collection of exotic rare orchids Cacti, Bonsai and other plants including species from Africa and America can be seen here.

    The Botanic Gardens was a nice area to walk around. Water features and a lovely green shady area, I found it a good place to get away from the heat!

    Also located at the grounds is a Temple.

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    Ho Chi minh Statue (night view)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 13, 2012
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    Uncle Ho (as Ho Chi Minh is most commonly referred to in the west) is most famous for leading the Viet Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu. He led the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War until his death in 1969; six years later, the war ended with a North Vietnamese victory due to the incompetence of the ARVN of South Vietnam and the lack of support of the Americans after they pulled out in 1973, Vietnamese unification followed and in 1976, Saigon, was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in his honor hence his statue at the front of the municipal building.

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    Ho Chi minh Statue (day view)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 13, 2012

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    Uncle Ho (as Ho Chi Minh is most commonly referred to in the west) is most famous for leading the Viet Minh independence movement from 1941 onward, establishing the communist-governed Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and defeating the French Union in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu. He led the North Vietnamese in the Vietnam War until his death in 1969; six years later, the war ended with a North Vietnamese victory due to the incompetence of the ARVN of South Vietnam and the lack of support of the Americans after they pulled out in 1973, Vietnamese unification followed and in 1976, Saigon, was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in his honor hence his statue at the front of the municipal building.

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    Escape from the motorbikes!

    by Ramonq Written Apr 11, 2012

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    Ho Chi Minh City has some really good parks to relax and escape from the constant din of motorbikes that pervade the city. Tall tropical trees cover the greeneries and some interesting sculptures and ponds to help you reflect and ponder.

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    Botanical Gardens

    by Willettsworld Updated May 3, 2010

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    The Botanical Gardens are integrated into the Zoo which was opened by the French in 1864. The gardens contain 1830 trees and plants of 260 valuable species, some of which are over 100 years old, 20 species of orchid, 32 species of cactus, and 34 species of bonsai. The shade under leafy tropical plants and trees blends the botanical gardens into the zoo areas which provides a nice destination for a lazy afternoon walk.

    Open: 7am-8pm. Admission: 12,000 VND.

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    The statues of Tao Dan Park

    by kokoryko Written Nov 17, 2008

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    When you enter Cong Vien Tao Dan Park on Duong Nguyen Thi Minh Khai side, you are “welcomed” by a strange statue which I still do not know what it represents (first picture): a soldier? (What is he doing?) A scout? This certainly tells a story, but I cannot figure out. . . .
    There are apparently marble surpluses in Vietnam, as I have seen lots of white marble statues in other places of Vietnam. . . . . On the East side the park is almost crowded with statues of all sorts of style, shapes, inspiration. . . . . (picture 2); well, you have to slow down your walk and have a look at some of them; some are interesting, like this “maternity” (picture 3), other are funny or really childish in their inspiration like the one on picture 4. I don’t know what Beethoven would think of this (picture 5) bust supposed to represent him; may be it is not him, as the engraved name is BETTHOVEN. . . . . . I would not like this in my garden. . . but sense for beauty is very variable among human. . . . .

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    Tao Dan Park

    by kokoryko Written Nov 17, 2008

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    To the South West of the reunification palace is a big garden where it is agreeable to forget for a while the traffic noise, to walk under huge trees and discover small temples in the green surroundings and some “interesting” modern statues.
    In the middle of the park is this little Hindu style temple: Tháp Chãm trong công viên Tao Ðàn (first picture); this little red brick construction under the lush vegetation reminds me shrines of Bali. . . . . as well as does this Shiva with her high cap on this small altar (picture 2).
    Another temple, Den Tho - Vua Hung (picture 3), Buddhist, this time, may be worth a visit, as it is quiet here, and the manicured garden and the flowered alleys are just inviting to do so!
    When you observe the workers in the garden, it is not a surprise, the gardens look really “manicured”! (picture 4).
    And it is interesting to think how in the wet climate of Vietnam, the gardeners manage to maintain a Mediterranean garden with lots of cactuses (picture 5); Walking there is just relaxing and a feast for the eyes!

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    An Oasis in the busy city

    by Audia Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    HCMC District 1 has many parks, this one is located near my favourite shopping centre: Tax. The park was very green and well kept, extremely contrast with the hustle and bustle (read: motorbikes) in the city centre.

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    Play guitar,mandoline,violon with Mr Hai&Trunghau

    by vietnu19 Written May 25, 2007

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    They r freelance tourguides!
    with open tours by cheap bus tirket! music.....many places verry hot!

    Mr Hai nuhoangghita@yahoo.com, Ms Ngoc Dung 0907838349, Trunghau guitar trunghauvietnam@gmail.com..............

    They verry nice...to help u burn a CD, free internet, free guides, free music......

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    Wanna Breathe in the Fresh Air in Saigon?

    by Aidy_p Written Apr 30, 2007

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    It's quite impossible to find a place where there's no or low pollution. Motorcycles zipping all over the place, and the honking adds to the noise pollution.

    It was great that my hotel was just in front of Tao Dan Park. One of the larger parks in Ho Chi Minh City, walking into the park brings you into another dimension.

    Somehow, the noise seems to stop, and the place was a tinge bit cooler. Nice water fountain and big hanging trees adds to the serenity of the place. The park was teeming with life. Older folks were just sitting around for that morning chat; Adults doing their morning exercise "Qi Gong".

    To the left of the park was a children playground. It was really impressive in terms of the overall quality of the equipment and the effort that the government has placed on giving the young a place to call their own.

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    Feel the burn!!

    by BorneoGrrl Written Jan 27, 2007

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    Aerobics Saigon style

    Ho Chi Minh city has many parks for you to go to. It's no wonder the Vietnamese are slim people, I see them at the parks every morning exercising before they go off to work. You wouldn't see an empty park but full of people doing some form of tai-chi, volleyball, badminton, aerobics or jogging

    Forget the gym, just go out and join the locals for some healthy fun!

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    Botanical Gardens

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    The botanical gardens sit at the end of Le Duan Street. We did not enter these gardens that were established in 1864, we stopped at a vendor outside the gate to buy some whole coconuts. The vendor chopped the top off and handed us the fruit and a straw for a nice cool drink.

    Also in the area is the city zoo and the Museum of Vietnamese History.

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    Me Linh Square

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    Me Linh Square in the distance

    Me Linh Square is in the middle of a major traffic circle (or traffic half-circle may be more accurate as it is a D shape). From this intersection, seven streets fan out to the north, east, and south. To the west is the Saigon River. There is a statue of Tran Hung Dao, a former president of South Vietnam, the center of this square.

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    Parks

    by aussirose Written Jul 6, 2006

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    Ho Chi Minh City Park

    Walking down the road from the Post Office, we came across a lovely park. I was nice to take a bit of time out from the mad traffic for a bit. Mind you, we could still hear the horn honking :o)

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