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Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden: A thorough guide for your upcoming visit

21/02/2023 118.667

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a perfect spot in Ho Chi Minh city that accommodates thousands of exotic flora and fauna. Stroll through the lush gardens, observe wildlife, and enjoy fun-filled games with your family and friends!

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is a brilliant destination if you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the hectic city life. And to make your visit to the zoo even more exciting, we’ll show you a bunch of exciting things to experience here.

1. Where is Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens?

  • Location

Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh city

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is the biggest zoo in Vietnam and one of the oldest zoos in the world. This botanical garden and zoo was established in 1864.

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden
  • Opening hours

If you plan to visit the Saigon botanical garden, make sure you arrive within Saigon zoo opening hours:

  • 5 AM - 6:30 AM: The time frame for people who come to the zoo for exercising.
  • 7 AM - 6:30 PM: The time frame for visitors.

What is incredible is that the Saigon botanical garden is open all year round, including big holidays.

2. Updated Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens tickets

2.1. Entrance fee

Saigon zoo and botanical garden entrance fee is fixed as shown:

  • Children under 1 meter tall: Free
  • Children from 1m - 1m3 tall: ~ $1.7/ticket
  • Adults: ~$2.5/ticket

2.2. Game tickets

Besides the Saigon zoo animals and plants, you may love to enjoy dozens of fun games at this amusement park.

Here is a list of Saigon zoo and botanical gardens tickets for all the games:


Ticket price



Spring rider


Fish message


Cloud swing




Sandy games


Ball pit


Inflatable bouncy castle


Hydraulic aircraft


Trailer mounted portable ride


Bouncy boat


Queen train


7D movies (For People Under 1m3)


7D movies (For People Over 1m3)


Flying carpet


Bumper car


Space exploration


Ferris wheel


Roller coaster


Music Express




Bumper canoe


Flying car


Extensive ball pit



3. Specific directions to Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens

3.1. By motorcycle 

  • Directions: you can go to Ho Chi Minh Zoo and Botanical Garden by Nguyen Binh Khiem street (main gate and side gate) or Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street (side gate).
  • Parking lot: You can park your motorbike at any of the three gates.
  • Parking ticket: $0.13/manual motorbike; $0.17/automatic motorbike

3.2. By car

  • Directions: if you plan to visit the Saigon zoo Vietnam by car, you must only get there by Nguyen Binh Khiem street.
  • Parking lot: You must park your car at the side gate on Nguyen Binh Khiem Street
  • Parking ticket: $1.3/one four-to-seven-seater vehicle; $1.7/one nine-to-sixteen-seater vehicle

3.3. By bus  

Bus no 5

  • Route: Cho Lon bus station - Ben Thanh bus station
  • Bus schedule: 5 AM – 5:50 PM
  • Frequency: 25 - 30 minutes/trip
  • Ticket price: $0.65/ticket

Bus no 14

  • Route: Mien Dong bus station - 3/2 Street - Mien Tay bus station
  • Bus schedule: 4 AM – 8 PM
  • Frequency: 7 - 12 minutes/trip
  • Ticket price: $0.25/ticket

4. Things to experience at Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens

4.1. Relax in a fresh green space

One of the top things you would love to experience when visiting Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden is its relaxing and calming green space. You can stroll down the paths surrounded by towering trees and marvel at the colorful blooms in the flower gardens.

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

The peaceful atmosphere and the soothing sounds of birds singing create a serene environment for you to unwind. Whether you're taking a picnic on the lush green lawns or simply soaking up the sun, the experience of being surrounded by nature is just rejuvenating.

4.2. Enjoy a short tour on a tramcar

When visiting the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, remember to take a short tour of one of the zoo's tramcars. The trams will take you through the beautiful gardens and allow you to see all the fantastic plants and animals from the comfort of your seat.

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

The tour is easy and relaxing, and it's a great way to experience all the sights and sounds of the zoo without getting physically exhausted.

4.3. Try many fantastic thrilling games

Apart from various rare animal species and indigenous plants, Saigon Zoo is also a perfect hub for thrilling game lovers.

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

From the relaxing experience from the fish message and the spectacular view from the Ferris wheel to the exciting roller coaster for thrill-seekers, you can find them all at Saigon zoo.

4.4. Observe various species of animals

If you plan to visit Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden, clearly observing various animal species should be at the top of your to-do list. The zoo is home to hundreds of species worldwide, including carnivores, mammals, reptiles, herbivores, birds, and many more. 

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

At 3 PM every day, there is also a demonstration of the carnivore animals' hunting skills, such as lions, Bengal tigers, and Indochinese tigers in the carnivore area.

4.5. Enjoy time with kids at the children's playground

Want to take your families on your visit to Saigon zoo? Then you’d definitely love to spend quality time with your children at the children's playground. 

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

To name a few games you may play with your kids: the ball pit, bumper car, bouncy castle, etc.

4.6. Watch art performances for free

And last but not least, if you plan to go to the Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden at the weekends or big holidays, watching free art performances is a unique experience you won't want to miss out on.

Saigon Zoo and Botanical Garden

The amusing performances at the zoo vary from cool magic shows and spectacular animal circuses to Vietnamese traditional dancing and singing.

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