It’s always nice to get away from the crowds and the hectic traffic of Hanoi. Nature is never too far away from Hanoi, but luckily even within the city’s boundaries, there are a few green parks to enjoy some peace and quiet. Here are our favorites:
Lenin Park is a tiny park that is also a great intermediate stop on your itinerary. After all that walking around, you’ll want to sit down on some cool grass. The park has a statue of, you guessed it, Lenin, as a goodwill of Vietnam to commemorate his 110th birthday.
Just like other parks, you will find mostly an older crowd trying to stay healthy and fit. Other than that, you will find the curious traveller looking to take a photo standing beside the statue of Lenin. Hanoi Flag Tower, Vietnam Military Museum and the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long are just opposite the park.
Thu Le Park was once known as Bachthao Gardens and now is also referred to by another name — The Hanoi Zoo. The Hanoi Zoo is set within the park and there are over 90 different species and a total of about 800 animals that live within the premises, including big cats, monkeys and reptiles. Don’t let the term zoo put you off — this is one of the best in the country. It is continuously striving to improve facilities to be able to care for the animals as best as they could. They aim to conserve and protect regional animals believed to be under threat.
Kids in particular love the zoo and park, but you will find many adults around, too, as it offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. There is also a lake with peddle boats, making it a fun getaway for a few hours.
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