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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.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Monkey Island Excursion by Boat

3. 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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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