Saigon has a rich cultural and political history but when you have kids tagging along in your vacation that doesn’t really translate to FUN, right? So how do you keep your kids entertained? Where do you bring ‘em in Saigon?
So here are some places where you can take your kids.
Start teaching your kids early about the value of money and hard work while they have fun trying different “jobs”. Vietopia is an indoor venue where you can take your kids try different hats — like being a doctor, pilot, engineer, construction worker, gas attendant, archaeologist, and more. They also get to try to do fun activities.
Kizciti has the same concept as Vietopia. It has actually been running in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi longer than Vietopia. What sets it apart from Vietopia is that it has both indoor and outdoor activities. Outdoor activities include mini golf and farming.
Suoi Tien is a Buddhist-inspired theme park with indoor and outdoor activities. What I love most about this place is the water park. It just seems a bit crazy with the Buddhist theme going on but these days, there are a lot of things going on in this place and has upped the ante.
Another amusement park in the city is Damsen Park. Your child will pretty much have a whole park of activities to choose from. I am pretty sure the only time your child will cry is when you leave the park.
Dainam Park is quite far from the city center (Binh Duong) around 2 hours away but you can stay here overnight at their hotel. Your family can enjoy the theme park, zoo, and water park and not have to travel back to the city with a cranky toddler.
Paintball Saigon is for the bigger kids. If you and your kids want to blow off some steam or play strategy, suit up and aim.
Water Puppet Show
The Water Puppet Show is an interesting show about Vietnamese culture with puppets performing on the water. I am in awe of the puppeteers! They have a show daily. And although the show is in Vietnamese, foreigners will still get to understand what the stories are all about. Traditional Vietnamese instruments are also used for the show. My son was up from his seat the whole time watching!
The AO Show is an acrobatic cultural show that uses indigenous materials as props. This is a real fun show that my son enjoyed. There never is a dull moment with the AO Show and best of all you get to watch it from the majestic Saigon Opera House.
Cu Chi Tunnels
I know this sound like a sad part in the history of Vietnam. But yes, the Cu Chi Tunnels tour is kid-friendly. If you’re up for it, why not also check out the tunnels yourself?
Saigon Zoo and Botanical Gardens
On our last visit this year to the zoo, both my kids loved it. They were actually asking about when they can see the dinosaurs. <insert roll eyes here> When you go here, spend half a day or more to explore the botanical gardens, see the animals, and spend some time at their mini amusement park.
My sons love riding boats and the Mekong Delta trip gives them that. Best of all, I get to try the different delicacies from Mekong. The floating market is a must see!
Who doesn’t love a food tour, right? Saigon Street Eats is the best in the kiddie food tour. I took my eldest for a food tour in the city and he enjoyed it immensely while also learning about the everyday life of the Saigonese.