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Explore great shaded parks to beat the heat in Ho Chi Minh City

Explore great shaded parks to beat the heat in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 12:09 GMT+7
Explore great shaded parks to beat the heat in Ho Chi Minh City
A bird’s-eye view of the April 30 Park, which is opposite the Reunification Palace and adjacent to the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

For residents of Ho Chi Minh City, who have been enduring baking hot weather in recent months, traveling along tree-lined, shaded streets and spending time in shaded parks offer them temporary relief from the heat.

Shady parks are always among the top public places for families and groups of friends to gather and immerse themselves in nature and enjoy cool, fresh air with a myriad of green trees.

On Tuesday, the southeastern locales, including Ho Chi Minh City, experienced blistering hot weather conditions with temperatures climbing to 36 degrees Celsius, according to the National Center for Hydrometeorological Forecasting.

Since the start of 2024, Vietnam's Mekong Delta and Central Highlands regions have been devastated by droughts, saline intrusion, land erosion, and flooding, the national weather agency said.

Hoang Duc Cuong, deputy head of the Vietnam Meteorological and Hydrological Administration under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, told a conference held on Friday last week that two more heatwaves may affect vast swathes of the northern and central regions till the end of May.

Nguyen Duc Hoa, deputy head of the climate forecasting department under the national weather center, recently said that this year’s heat is forecast to be more extreme than the average over the past several years.

The average temperature in Vietnam this year is 1.5 - 2.5 degrees Celsius higher than in previous years.

Here are some great shadowed parks recommended by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper to help you find a brief respite from the sweltering heat in the southern metropolis:

With its giant shady trees and cool air, the April 30 Park is favored by young people and tourists who gather to take photos, enjoy street coffee, relax and chat under the trees on hot days. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

With its giant shady trees and cool air, the April 30 Park in District 1 is favored by young people and tourists who gather to take photos, enjoy street coffee, relax, and chat under the trees on hot days. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

With its giant shady trees and cool air, the April 30 Park is favored by young people and tourists who gather to take photos, enjoy street coffee, relax and chat under the trees on hot days. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

With its giant shady trees and cool air, the April 30 Park in District 1 is favored by young people and tourists who gather to take photos, enjoy street coffee, relax, and chat under the trees on hot days. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

With its giant shady trees and cool air, the April 30 Park is favored by young people and tourists who gather to take photos, enjoy street coffee, relax and chat under the trees on hot days. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

With its giant shady trees and cool air, the April 30 Park in District 1 is favored by young people and tourists who gather to take photos, enjoy street coffee, relax, and chat under the trees on hot days. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Some 700 meters away from the April 30 Park, the city’s iconic Turtle Lake, located in District 3, is surrounded by green trees and brings a slight relief from the heatwave. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Some 700 meters away from the April 30 Park, the city’s iconic Turtle Lake, located in District 3, is surrounded by green trees and brings a slight relief from the heatwave. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Located on Nguyen Binh Khiem Street in District 1, the 160-year-old Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens spans an area of some 17 hectares. It is dubbed “the green lung” in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals of 135 species, including many rare ones such as pheasants, doucs, yellow-cheeked gibbons, golden deer, Asian golden cats, and clouded leopards. The facility also houses over 2,500 trees with more than 900 species of flora under conservation. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Located on Nguyen Binh Khiem Street in District 1, the 160-year-old Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens spans an area of some 17 hectares. It is dubbed 'the green lungs' in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals of 135 species, including many rare ones such as pheasants, doucs, yellow-cheeked gibbons, golden deer, Asian golden cats, and clouded leopards. The facility also houses over 2,500 trees with more than 900 species of flora under conservation. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Covering an area of over 10 hectares, the Tao Dan Park sits along Truong Dinh Street in Ben Thanh Ward, District 1. The park is home to more than 1,000 trees, including lots of ancient trees. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Covering an area of over 10 hectares, the Tao Dan Park sits along Truong Dinh Street in Ben Thanh Ward, District 1. The park is home to more than 1,000 trees, including lots of ancient trees. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The September 23 Park is bounded on both sides by Le Lai Street and Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1. The spacious and shaded park is an ideal place for sports enthusiasts. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

The September 23 Park is bounded on both sides by Le Lai Street and Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1. The spacious and shaded park is an ideal place for sports enthusiasts. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Another shady park that people looking for a way to escape the heat wave should not miss out on is the Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District. Also dubbed “the green lung” of the southern city, the park offers huge green spaces and remains among the top destinations for those who find shady spots for relaxing and taking part in sports activities. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Another umbrous park that people looking for a way to escape the heatwave should not miss out on is the Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District. Also dubbed 'the green lungs' of the southern city, the park offers huge green spaces and remains among the top destinations for those who find shady spots for relaxing and taking part in sports activities. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Another shady park that people looking for a way to escape the heat wave should not miss out on is the Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District. Also dubbed “the green lung” of the southern city, the park offers huge green spaces and remains among the top destinations for those who find shady spots for relaxing and taking part in sports activities. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Another shadowed park that people looking for a way to escape the heatwave should not miss out on is the Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District. Also dubbed 'the green lungs' of the southern city, the park offers huge green spaces and remains among the top destinations for those who find shady spots for relaxing and taking part in sports activities. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Another shady park that people looking for a way to escape the heat wave should not miss out on is the Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District. Also dubbed “the green lung” of the southern city, the park offers huge green spaces and remains among the top destinations for those who find shady spots for relaxing and taking part in sports activities. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Another shady park that people looking for a way to escape the heatwave should not miss out on is the Gia Dinh Park in Go Vap District. Also dubbed 'the green lungs' of the southern city, the park offers huge green spaces and remains among the top destinations for those who find shady spots for relaxing and taking part in sports activities. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Founded in 1999, the Dam Sen Theme Park spans an area of around three hectares in District 11. The theme park boasts a huge green space and a large number of endangered animals, as well as entertainment services for local people and visitors. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Founded in 1999, the Dam Sen Theme Park spans an area of around three hectares in District 11. The theme park boasts a huge green space and a large number of endangered animals, as well as entertainment services for local people and visitors. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Aside from sizable shaded parks, the city boasts many major tree-lined, shady streets like An Duong Vuong, February 3. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

Aside from sizable shaded parks, the city boasts many major tree-lined, shady streets like An Duong Vuong and February 3. Photo: Phuong Quyen / Tuoi Tre

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