Fodor's Expert Review September 23 Park

Around Pham Ngu Lao Park/Playground

This long skinny park at the end of Ho Chi Minh City's backpacker district was built on the site of the city's former train station, which was demolished after the last war. The lush park, with its tall trees, is a pleasant spot to rest awhile after a long day of sightseeing. There's a small children's playground, a duck pond, and walking trails, which are full of locals exercising in the mornings and evenings. After dark, the park is where young couples sneak a bit of privacy, sitting on their motorbikes and cuddling. In the weeks leading up to Tet, the lunar New Year, the park is a blaze of color, with a temporary flower market selling potted flowers and shrubs, including bright yellow chrysanthemums, mai trees (ochna itegerrima) and miniature kumquat trees, as well as depictions of dragons and other animals made from fruit and flowers. The park's proximity to the backpacker area makes it popular with scammers, who try to open a conversation by asking to practice their... READ MORE

This long skinny park at the end of Ho Chi Minh City's backpacker district was built on the site of the city's former train station, which was demolished after the last war. The lush park, with its tall trees, is a pleasant spot to rest awhile after a long day of sightseeing. There's a small children's playground, a duck pond, and walking trails, which are full of locals exercising in the mornings and evenings. After dark, the park is where young couples sneak a bit of privacy, sitting on their motorbikes and cuddling. In the weeks leading up to Tet, the lunar New Year, the park is a blaze of color, with a temporary flower market selling potted flowers and shrubs, including bright yellow chrysanthemums, mai trees (ochna itegerrima) and miniature kumquat trees, as well as depictions of dragons and other animals made from fruit and flowers. The park's proximity to the backpacker area makes it popular with scammers, who try to open a conversation by asking to practice their English or claiming to recognize you. The conversation usually moves on to offers of card games, visiting bars, or going to their home. Never accept any of these offers.

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Between Pham Ngu Lao and Le Loi Sts.
Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam

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