Photo: Grab some shade.

Parks in Saigon

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Ho Chi Minh City is a sprawling, dense concrete jungle so locals relish in the city’s remaining green spaces and communal areas. If you happen to be in the mood for a shaded sit or a quiet stroll, here are a few parks to find it.





Located just behind Reunification Palace, Tao Dan Park is one of the biggest public green spaces in downtown Saigon. The neatly tended to area is filled with towering trees as well as elaborate plant sculptures of animals such as tigers and dragons. Tao Dan is a place of activity. In the morning city dwellers head here for a round of badminton, meditative tai chi or to show off their prized caged birds. Popular are the public exercise machines in the park’s north corner. In the evening, see people working out or join in an early afternoon aerobics class, which is free and draws dozens of participants.

Take a stroll through Tao Dan Park. Photo taken in or around Parks in Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Take a stroll through Tao Dan Park. Photo: Cindy Fan

The expansive, leafy grounds of Reunification Palace are also worth a wander after you’ve explored the inside of the 1960s era presidential palace. Despite the tanks and other war machines on display, the perfectly manicured park is a peaceful place. Admission to the palace and grounds is 40,000 dong, Mo–Su: 07:30–11:00 & 13:00–16:00. Meanwhile, the pedestrian-friendly, tree-filled land of Park Cong Vien 30-4 stretches from the gates of Reunification Palace on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia for several city blocks to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saigon Central Post Office, making your city walking tour of District 1 sights all the more enjoyable.

23-9 Park is one that most visitors to the city will walk through as it offers a quiet path from the Saigon backpacker area to Ben Thanh market. Named after the anniversary of the day Ho Chi Minh rallied the newly independent Vietnam against the French in 1945, this thin park stretches the length of Pham Ngu Lao St, serving as an escape when the hustle of the backpacker hood ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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