Tao Dan Park
Probably the most popular park in Ho Chi Minh City, Tao Dan Park is also one of the biggest public green spaces. It is neatly tended to, with towering century-old African mahogany trees, intricate plant sculptures of animals such as tigers and dragons, exercise machines, clean sidewalks and benches everywhere to sit down and enjoy some peace and quiet within the hustle and bustle of the city. There is even a miniature recreation of a Cham temple in the center of the park, and a shrine to the Hung Kings of Vietnam—the legendary founding royal dynasty of the nation.
This park has a lot of activities going on: in the morning, people play badminton, jog, meditate, dance, do tai chi and aerobics in groups, and it’s even a place for bird owners to gather and bring their birds to sing together in harmony. Unlike the rest of Vietnam, the average age here in the mornings is upwards of 50 years old. I mean, when was the last time you woke up around 4:00 a.m. to head to the park?