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Ho Chi Minh: Private Can Gio Mangrove Forest Day Tour

1. Ho Chi Minh: Private Can Gio Mangrove Forest Day Tour

Your tour begins at 8:00 AM, at which point you will be collected in a private car from your hotel. After a 40-minute drive, you will reach the Binh Khanh Ferry from where you will depart to Can Gio by boat. Once there, you will drive towards the Can Gio mangrove forest where you can admire the beauty of the green trees along the road. At 10:00 AM, you will have time to explore the mangrove forest, enjoying the fresh air and understanding the locals’ daily lives living along the river banks. You can also learn about the typical flora of mangrove forests and the other types of fauna at the local fishing hamlet. Furthermore, you will go through the forest on a canoe to visit the Reserve Bats Lagoon and the crab pond, before encountering and feeding a herd of deer which is friendly to man. Whilst here, you will also experience a crocodile farm where you can learn the process of hatching crocodiles and witness them in their natural environment. After that, you will venture toward the center of Vam Sat to observe the immensely panoramic views of the Vam Sat mangrove forest from the Tang Bong tower. Whilst there, you can also challenge yourself by crossing a suspension bridge. At 1:00 PM, you will have time for lunch at the Carrot Restaurant, before continuing with your tour in the afternoon. At 2:30 PM, you will go to Monkey Island to see over 1,000 monkeys that are living there. At 3:30 PM, you will return to the Binh Khanh ferry and drive directly to Saigon, where your tour ends at around 5:00 PM.

Vam Sat Mangrove Forest Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

2. Vam Sat Mangrove Forest Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

After pick-up from your hotel go for a 2-hour car ride to Vam Sat, Can Gio. The UNESCO-designated Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, located south of Ho Chi Minh City, is teeming with wildlife and biodiversity in lush mangrove forests. Make several scenic stops on your way to the reserve. Then move into a landscape of mangroves. Your guide explains the features of Can Gio, one of Vietnam’s most important ecosystems, where more than 52 flora species and 200 fauna species live. Visit traditional fishing hamlets, then cruise the tranquil waters of Giant Bat Lagoon in a rowboat. Your guide leads a short trek through the mangroves to a private riverside location where you have a traditional Vietnamese lunch. After lunch, head to Vam Sat Eco Park. There, you might spot gibbons and monkeys, try crab fishing, and go bird watching for local and migratory bird species. See a crocodile reserve (and feed them via a fishing rod if you wish) to learn about the once-plentiful crocs that were hunted to near extinction. Alternatively, take another mangrove jungle walk with your guide.

Mangrove Forest Can Gio: Monkey Island Tour

3. Mangrove Forest Can Gio: Monkey Island Tour

Start your day of adventure bright and early at 7:45 AM - your comfortable, air-conditioned van will take you on a 37-mile cruise outside of Ho Chi Minh city to your first stop, Monkey United.  Once you arrive at Monkey United, your tour guide will take you to the entrance of the preserve where your tour will start. Once inside you will have the opportunity to see and play with a multitude of Long-Tailed monkeys. Get up close and personal to these fun and delightful creatures.  Next, you will head to the Crocodile Farm. Here you will be able to get close to these prehistoric creatures. Marvel at their strength and size and even get a chance to see them eat. As you wander through the Mangrove Forest, you can keep your eye out for all sorts of other wildlife that live in the water and along the banks of the river. Follow your trip to the Crocodile Farm with a trip on a speedboat. Hop on board and go through a pleasant cruise along the river that makes its way through the jungle. Appreciate the untouched scenery of Can Gio National Park. Continue on your tour to a Vietnam War base, here, your expert guide will provide you with many fascinating historical insights. At midday, you will visit a popular lunch destination that is a favorite amongst the locals - Phuong Nam restaurant. Following lunch, feel free to spend some time relaxing or enjoying a swim by the pool before going to Can Gio Market. Here, you can practice your bargaining skills among the craft, food, and textile vendors.  Finally, wind down the day with a convenient ride to the Vietnamese Swiftlet Farming Village. There, you will have a great chance to taste Vietnamese bird's nest soup, one of the world's most expensive foods. Finish the day with a trip back to your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh.

Can Gio: Vam Sat Eco-Park & Nest Soup Tasting

4. Can Gio: Vam Sat Eco-Park & Nest Soup Tasting

Start your day with a convenient pick-up from your District 1 located accommodation. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will start your adventure to Vam Sat Eco-Park with a brief and relaxing drive.  Upon arrival at the Sam Vat Eco-Park, you will commence your tour of the grounds with a trip to the Bat Sanctuary. Your trip to the Bat Sanctuary will take place by boat, you will enjoy a scenic cruise along rivers banked by mangrove forests. Along the river banks, you will see the many different ways the locals catch fish and crab.  After visiting the Bat Sanctuary you will take a trip to the Crocodile Swamp, here you will discover the process of brooding crocodile eggs. Get up and close with tiny baby crocodiles - you can also sit on the yacht as your guide angles the crocodiles, making them leap out of the water for food. Whilst at the swamp you will also have the ability to take a 26-meter ascent to Tang Bong Tower, here you will receive panoramic views of the entire mangrove forest - a great opportunity for some beautiful holiday snaps! Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant where you have many different dishes to choose from. After lunch, you will be transferred to visit the Vietnamese Birds' Nest Exhibition Center. After wandering through the exhibition center you will be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City by a relaxing car ride. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be delivered back to your accommodation to enjoy an evening of rest after a day of excitement. 

From Ho Chi Minh City: Monkey Island Excursion by Boat

5. From Ho Chi Minh City: Monkey Island Excursion by Boat

Your tour will begin with a departure from Dan Xay Bridge where you will take a boat or canoe to first visit the natural bird reserve at Vam Sat. This excursion will also stop at the crocodile swamp and continue on with a trip to the bat lagoon before beginning your venture up to Tang Bong Tower. At the tower take in the panoramic beauty of the biosphere reserve below. After conquering the tower, you will have a delicious lunch at a local restaurant. From lunch, the tour will depart for Monkey Island. Once in Monkey Island you will visit the Can Gio Museum and Mangrove Forest Park Faun Conservation. See thousands of monkeys as well as saltwater crocodiles. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Mangrove Forest Ecosystem and Rung Sac Guerrilla Base before returning to Ho Chi Minh City. Choose from either a group or private tour.

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What people are saying about Can Gio

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 28 reviews

We really enjoyed the trip to the nature reserve. Our very good German speaking guide Vu with two names Max was particularly positive. 2 hours each. For a return trip from Saigon (bus, ferry, speedboat) and approx. 3-4 hours in the nature reserve. 1st station with a long boat through the mangrove forest. 2nd stadium crocodile farm / monkeys, approx. 20 m observation tower with a great view over the mangroves and plenty of lunch. Small tour through the mangrove forest on a stilts path. Very relaxing and lots of animal sounds from the jungle. We could even spot a few large bats.

Bad day that this 1st of the year: traffic jams to no end meant that we had to make our excursion at a run. Beautiful landscapes Our guide spoke approximately French but we understood it and he understood us as a whole We were only 3 on the bus and that's cool

You get a lot. This of course makes it a tight schedule. Our guide was very nice. The bats can only be seen from a distance. It's best to bring binoculars. The food was ok but nothing special. A good tour to take a break from the noise and tourists

Incerdible day out. Our guide Steven was very knowledable and the wildlife was amazing. It was a very relaxed day (mid week) and we were able to spend as long as we wanted at each attraction. Lunch was delicious.

Alex was amazing. He was not only professional but his knowledge of the history of each area that we visited was impressive. Thanks for the adventure and education Alex