The zoo happened to be much different than I expected, as is everything in Vietnam. First off, the landscape was gorgeous. Apparently this park/zoo was created when the French arrived here and the French brought in trees from all over the world, including many from South America.
Probably the best part of the zoo was extremely high number of incorrect spellings found in the English translations of the animals. See below. This also occurs frequently on menus. My favorite is the classic "crap" instead of "crab".
Although the landscape was wonderful, many of the animals did seem very unhappy.
Deer in a zoo--so strange to see. Being as they pretty much live in every state in the US, I have seen my fair share in my lifetime. Still to see them living like this with no foliage was a bit depressing.
For my sister, babbersocean:
...although I think healthy flamingos are supposed to be pink.
|hornbill batting her eyelashes at me. yes, birds can have eyelashes|
|this was a fun word to have my vietnamese friends learn|
Another admirable feature of the zoo was the botanical gardens and green houses. They also had an enormous butterfly garden that I desperately wanted to go in, but it was only open on weekends :(
After the zoo, we stopped for .... PIZZA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so so so so happy. I was incredibly tired of noodle soup and rice alllll the darn time so I was more than happy to go here. Surprisingly, it was delicious..much better than expected. (Please excuse the massive sunburn I brought back with me from the mangroves).
And this is Long!
Ta da! (Sorry they are backwards--I took them with Photobooth).