02 Nguyen Binh Khiem, D1
To go or not to go? That is the question. Since we have arrived in Saigon, we have been discussing whether we should go to the Zoo or not because of it’s reputation. We went and indeed, it’s not exactly a modern zoo. The big cats are pretty caged up and the bears could use a new home as well. Let’s hope there will be some upgrading soon. But it’s not all bad and there were some highlights. Next to that, it’s great to see all the Vietnamese families having a relaxed picnic in the middle of the zoo, some even bring their own hammock. That’s something you won’t see every day in the Sydney Zoo.
03 Hoa Binh, D11
Dam Sen Waterpark will guarantee some great splashing around. With numerous slides, pools and other water attractions, there’s water fun everywhere and we loved it. Just make sure you are wearing proper bathing suits instead of skimpy bikini’s and check each slide before you go off, some are fast as lightning. There are changing rooms and lockers, but better leave your valuables at home.
Not very suitable for kids under 6 years old, unless you stay in the small pool.
D2 + D7
Foam Pit, Super Slam, Leap of Fate; yep, you’re in Jump Arena! 650 square meters of interconnected trampolines welcomes all adults and children from 6 years old. And there are special sessions for younger tots too. Such a hit in District 2 that they just opened in District 7 as well. Great to take your kids to on a hot afternoon or when they need to let of some steam.
Don’t forget to put on your Jump socks – unfortunately regular socks won’t do, but you can buy them there.
99 Nguyen Van Huong, D2
More and more places are opening up in Saigon that focus on entertaining the little ones… How great is that? Let’s Move is certainly a popular new addition. You can easily have a few fun filled hours here. And this is coming from a mum that would do just about anything to delegate the indoor playground shift. The go-karting is awesome and so is the biking and indoor playground. Good for birthday parties as well.
Where can you escape to when the Saigon temperatures are rising? Try one of the many city’s many lovely air-conditioned cinema’s!
There are several cinema chains in Saigon, such as CGV and Lotte. We normally go to the CGV in Saigon Pearl, but man, they are everywhere. Most cinemas here are great value for money: comfortable chairs, your choice of popcorn and the latest movies (did we mention the aircon?). Just make sure it’s not dubbed in Vietnamese! (check on the website)