Situated in the southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Can Gio Mangrove Forest is a lush and protected national park with UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. Can Gio Mangrove Forest is a wonderful escape from the bustle and pollution of Ho Chi Minh City, ideal for reconnecting with nature, relaxed exploration and wildlife-spotting. Although the region is an up-and-coming eco-tourism, its development has been slow. So we recommend it as a day trip from Ho Chi Minh City, rather than staying there.
Can Gio Mangrove forest’s biodiversity plays a role as one of the most important ecosystems in Vietnam. Its vibrant jungle attracts visitors, and nature and wildlife enthusiasts will love this beautiful corner of southern Vietnam.
You should go in the morning when the weather is a bit cooler and no traffic jam. You can get there by motorbike, car or bus.
This place is very quiet even on the weekend. Therefore, you have the ability be a nice break from the city life without any tourists around.
Can Gio is also known as Monkey Island after the cheeky monkeys that inhabit it. You can feed and see the monkeys everywhere. There are gangster monkeys who come and fleece people and you have to be careful of your glasses and mobile phones or cameras as they will pinch them. It’s really fun as playing with them. Monkey Island may be baking hot when you get there so we recommend covering up and taking plenty of water with you.
There is also an area where you could see crocodiles and feed them a fish if you wanted to buy one for them.
Moreover, tourists can climb up the Tang Bong tower to have the attractive views of the mangroves.
It’s more interesting when you take a boat ride through the mangroves on Vam Sat Island and learn a bit about the Viet Cong and agent orange, which affected the people and nature in the area in the 60s. Futhermore, Can Gio is also well-known as clear beaches. It would be great to have a picnic with a group.
Coming here, you can stay with the locals, they are very cute and hospitable. During your trip, don’t forget to enjoy fresh and various seafoods at Hang Duong and Can Thanh market.
Visting Can Gio, it’s a good combination of nature and history. Why not coming to Can Gio and to enjoy your trip within 1 day?
Highly recommended if you want to get out of the madness of the city and like being in a totally natural environment!
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