As opposed to the glistening urban scene with concrete buildings, Ho Chi Minh city, in fact, contains a lot of destinations for both locals and tourists to find some green spaces and peaceful atmosphere. Five places mentioned below dot all over the city where you can effortlessly find to avoid vehicle's fumes and noisy streets.
Located on Thanh Da peninsula, Binh Quoi tourist village is where people can go fishing, enjoy Vietnamese cuisines, paddle in a lake, or simply have a walk in the green grasslands. International visitors can come here to explore Vietnam culture in general and southern Vietnam in particular. Not as bustling as other amusement parks, Binh Quoi tourist village is famous for folk culture space and vast green areas with coconut groves and lotus flowers lakes… which is a perfect nature village for families and friends on the weekends.
An overall view of Binh Quoi tourist village
Binh Quoi tourist has a lot of riverside village
Binh Quoi tourist village has a total of three areas: Binh Quoi 1, 2 and 3. If Binh Quoi 1 is known for its spacious space and outdoor activities such as attractive folk games for everyone as well as the spectacular view, Binh Quoi 2 is more suitable for people who love sports with a tennis court and a swimming pool, … At Binh Quoi 3, you can enjoy a meal and a delicate drink by the river. This is a good stop-off for gathering your friends or even hosting a birthday party. All of these three areas will bring for you a peaceful, airy, and fresh atmosphere from the wind of Saigon River.
Folk culture space at Binh Quoi tourist village
They sometimes perform traditional music on the river
About the food, Binh Quoi tourist village has a lot of signature dishes from Southern Vietnam and other cuisines. There is no entrance fee, apart from the buffet fee if you want to try some delicious food at Binh Quoi tourist village. Weekends are the best time to visit because you will have a chance to taste about 80 rustic foods that are displayed like an outdoor buffet for you to choose. These dishes are prepared in the traditional style with careful food safety requirements, so you don’t have to worry about food safety and quality.
Binh Quoi tourist village is the best place to hang out
This location is also famous for the diversion of cuisines
Address: 1147 Binh Quoi Street, Ward 28, Binh Thanh District.
Buffet fee and times:
Binh Quoi 1: Adult - VND 270,000. Children - VND 150,000
Every Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 8 PM.
Sunday and holidays: 11 AM to 2 PM, 5 PM to 8 PM.
Binh Quoi 2: Adult - VND 270,000. Children - VND 140,000
Weekends and holidays from 5 PM to 8 PM.
Ho Chi Minh City has a lot of green spaces for local people and tourists to take a small break from the crowded streets. Tao Dan Park is one of the most famous public parks in the center of Ho Chi Minh City as it provides massive shade to relax and a leafy path for a small jogging exercise.
Tao Dan Park is among ideal nature hideouts in Ho Chi Minh for both locals and tourists
People usually come to this park to exercise
You can enjoy the fresh air at Tao Dan Park
There are some areas you can take a good photo
When festivals come, Tao Dan park becomes more beautiful
Address: 55C Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street, District 1.
Besides Tao Dan Park, 23rd September Park (or 23-9 Park) is also a famous public park which attracts lots of people to come here. 23-9 park is the most convenient location for you to explore Ho Chi Minh City as there are a host of the city's attractions in the neighborhood. And thanks to the ideal location, this place usually hosts a lot of outdoor events such as weekend markets, cultural events, and festivals.
The view of 23-9 Park from above
This is also a good place for exercise
When the night comes, 23-9 Park becomes a fun place to visit and blend in with the locals. From late afternoon, local people will gather in groups near the park to enjoy some street foods or just hang out. Moreover, these days, many Vietnamese students come here to look for foreigners to practice their English, so this is a nice spot to get to mingle with the Vietnamese people and their culture.
Marvelous view of 23-9 Park
Green trees create a fresh space
Address: Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1.
Ho Chi Minh City Zoo and Botanical Garden is one of the oldest zoos in the world and currently boasts approximately 550 animals in the zoo section and more than 1,830 trees and lots of plants in the botanical garden section. There are many different areas for tourists to explore, such as animal conservation areas, orchid garden, plant conservation center, and a children's amusement area. Exotic animals and rich fauna will bring nature closer to you.
One of the oldest zoos in the world
There is a map for guidance
The Botanical Garden has a diversity of flora and fauna with many species of trees, plants, and ferns. Some of them maybe are as old as the garden, some of which is just a new one.
Nothing better than a fresh nature environment
The zoo exhibits a range of animals including monkeys, elephants, lions, tigers, snakes… There are also some rare species such as white tiger that are displayed in this section. The zoo aims to conserve endangered animals as well as keep them safe from the hunter. Besides, you can directly feed the animal and get closer to them.
Observe animals with a closer look
Feeding animal service always attracts tourists
Visiting Ho Chi Minh City Zoo and Botanical Garden, you will see the active wildlife conservation effort of Vietnam through the diversion of species here. Besides exploring animals and plants, other services in Ho Chi Minh City Zoo and Botanical Garden such as an amusement park, children zoo, zoo circus...
Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
Entrance fee: VND 50,000.
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If you are bored with some typical attractions and want to visit someplace to relax and chill out, these nature hideouts place will be the best place for you to avoid the heat and chaotic streets of Ho Chi Minh City.
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