If you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, then visit one of Ho Chi Minh's parks and gardens. The city has several pockets of greenery for locals and tourists to enjoy.
In the mornings, drop by Le Van Tam Park to exercise with the locals. Alternatively, visit Van Thanh Park to see a recreation of a Vietnamese village. In the evening, stop by Hoang Van Thu Park for a breather after visiting nearby tourist attractions.
The following Ho Chi Minh parks and gardens are some of the best in the city.
Take a walk through the Botanic Gardens of Ho Chi Minh to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. This is the home of more than 250 species of plants, including orchids, cacti, lotuses, and bonsai. The gardens are also home to a zoo where you can interact with animals. If you come in the late afternoon, you can feed them for a small fee.
Come to Tao Dan Park one morning to see the locals practising tai chi, hula-hooping, or dancing. You can join in their exercises or simply enjoy a stroll. You'll find lots of picturesque spots, such as a sculpture garden and miniature recreations of buildings, so don’t forget to bring your camera! If you're feeling the heat, grab an iced Vietnamese coffee from a vendor along the way.
Just a stone's throw away from Saigon River, Me Linh Square is a good place to stop and rest if you're in that part of Ho Chi Minh. Since 1875, this green space has seen the rise and fall of many statues. Today, its place of honour is home to Tran Hung Dao, a national hero of Vietnam.