I could not believe my eyes, 8,000đ for entry. With a price that affordable I had very low expectations but I was immediately proved wrong. After passing the gate, I was struck with the flora & fauna. Huge, old trees line the footpath & there are beautiful green grass patches galore. On sitting down, it dawned on me how peaceful it is, there was no hassle & very little noise from the not so distant road. The botanic environment here is truly splendid & a true tribute to doing something the right way in Vietnam.
After absorbing the greenery, it was on to the animals. I have seen zoo’s all over the globe, some shocking & some with very high standards. I found this zoo to be in the midst of those two extremes. The elephant certainly has developed some mental disorder; its repeated movements without walking are testament to this. The giraffes look under-fed, not to the point of hunger but definitely shy of a few pounds. The bears looked hot, the porcupines annoyed. However, the large main ‘monkey house’ is a great environment & in my view it is adequate for its occupants. There is a large selection of animals here; birds to horses; crocodiles to a lone rhino; rats to fish.
I would be much happier with the zoo if the prices were raised & the animals were better cared for. Even raising it by 5 fold would mean it is still a very affordable day out. This is well worth a visit, the truly wonderful gardens & peace are rewarding alone. A perfect spot for a picnic or stroll & its not mandatory to see the animals. 4 stars overall, 2 for the treatment of the animals though.