Reconnect with nature in the eco-adventure Can Gio forest tour to the mangrove forests of the Can Gio UNESCO Biosphere Reserve located 40 kilometers outside of Ho Chi Minh City. Alive with monkeys, gibbons, crocodiles and other tropical forest life, the wetland enchants visitors with its lush leafy palm and fresh air. Glimpse local life along the river at a nearby fishing hamlet. An educational eco-adventure suitable for wildlife lovers and city-dwellers of all ages, this tour will give you a day off the grid to rediscover the simplicities of life.
What we’ll do :
8:00 am: Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to our boat at Saigon’s pier.
8:15 am: You boat will depart Saigon for the lush, green tributaries of the Mekong Delta. A light breakfast of pastries or sandwiches, tropical fruit and Vietnamese coffee (ca phe sua da) is served.
8:45 am: Visit Can Giuoc Market, a bustling local riverside market at the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Great photo opportunities!
9:45 am: At around this time, the surrounding landscape will begin to change from lush riverside water palms to dusky mangrove swamps as you move from the Delta towards Can Gio Forest.
10:00 am: Arrive at the Giant Bat Lagoon and explore gently by rowing boat, before trekking through the mangrove jungle.
12:00 pm: Enjoy a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch at a private riverside location.
01:00 pm: Arrive in Vam Sat Eco Park, where you will visit a crocodile reserve (and feed them if you wish!) and see monkey in their natural habitat, as well as enjoy crab fishing and bird-watching for exotic local and migratory species. You can also enjoy another mangrove jungle walk.
03:00 pm: Depart Can Gio’s mangrove jungles for Saigon.
04:15 pm: Arrive back Saigon’s central pier. Les Rives’ staff will take you back to your hotel by car.
What we’ll provide :
• Your scenic speedboat journey will take you from the heart of Saigon to the dense riverside jungles of idyllic Can Gio.
• During the Can Gio Forest tour, you will explore Giant Bat Lagoon by rowing boat, visit a crocodile reserve, trek through mangrove jungle, meet monkeys and enjoy a spot of bird watching.
• Les Rives chef will serve a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
• Light breakfast, unlimited refreshments and local fruit, English-speaking guide, all entrance fees, pickup and drop off at centrally located hotels (hotel located in district 1, district 2 and district 3)
Where we’ll be :
Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and bring you by car to our boat at Saigon’s pier.
EXPLORE THE LUSH UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE DURING CAN GIO FOREST TOUR
After departing Saigon, the first stop on your speedboat tour will be a bustling riverside market at the gateway to the Mekong Delta. Here you can observe a traditional market scene, take some great photos and sample the local Mekong produce. As you depart the market, the slow-paced agricultural world of the Mekong Delta begins to give way. The tapestry of green paddy fields, tropical fruit trees and coconut palms turn to towering mangrove trees looming over the boat, enveloping you in a dusky twilight world. You have arrived at the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Can Gio, one of Vietnam’s most important ecosystems, providing a habitat for 52 species of flora and 200 species of fauna. Les Rives have excellent relationships with the locals here and you’ll visit traditional fishing hamlets, where fisherman knot their nets by hand by the river. Then you can take a gentle row on the tranquil waters of Giant Bat Lagoon. You can also enjoy a short, guided trek through the mangroves. At Vam Sat Eco Park, you can visit a crocodile reserve and even feed them (via a fishing rod!). Crocodiles were once common in the region but sadly were hunted to near extinction. And be sure to wander around and meet cheeky gibbons and monkeys, who swing from the trees – kids always enjoy this part of the tour! You will have plenty of opportunities to see exotic birdlife – both local and migratory – including painted storks and duck-billed pelicans, so bring your binoculars! Can Gio is the perfect tour for wildlife and nature enthusiasts.
Can Gio is a coastal district located in the southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, about 50 km from the center. Can Gio District access to the South China Sea is a mangrove forest intermingled with a dense river system that contains high biodiversity ecosystems with many endemic species of coastal lands Vietnam, it is the mangrove forest of Can Gio. Can Gio Biosphere Reserve is a complex of terrestrial and aquatic plant and animal, formed on the large delta areas of Dong Nai River estuaries, Sai Gon and Vam Co Dong, Vam Co Tay. UNESCO has recognized this as a biosphere reserve of the world with the unique fauna and flora typical of the mangroves. It is recognized as a national tourist destination in Vietnam. Forest and flora and fauna: Can Gio mangrove forest covers an area of 37,162.53 ha, accounting for more than half of the natural area of the district. After 30 years of recovery and development, the ecosystem of Can Gio mangrove forest has become more diversified, rich in plants as well as animals. The natural resources of mangroves are constantly increasing.
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