Can Gio Forest Tour
Tour Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Tour Length: Approximately 7-9 hours
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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 and see why the fertile Mekong Delta region has enchanted centuries of travelers with its captivating colors, sound and aromas. 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.
Your scenic speedboat journey will take you from the heart of Saigon to the dense riverside jungles of idyllic Can Gio, via the verdant green canals of the Mekong Delta.
At the gateway to the Mekong Delta, you will stop at a lively local riverside market, where you can absorb all the colors, sounds and aromas of this fertile region.
Once we depart the Delta, the surrounding landscapes of emerald water palms give way to the tall mangrove forests of the Unesco Biosphere Reserve.
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. Your Les Rives chef will serve a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
Under 12 years oldVND 1,799,000*
0-3 years oldFree of charge
* Includes mandatory Government Tax and Service Charge
Includes: Light breakfast, lunch, unlimited refreshments and local fruit, English-speaking guide, all entrance fees, pickup and drop off at centrally located hotels.
Please note we only pickup and drop-off at hotel located in district 1, district 2 and district 3
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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.
Please note that due to the individual nature of the tours, times are approximate and can vary slightly.
WHAT TO EXPECT
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.
As part of the tour, your Les Rives chef will cook you up a delicious traditional Vietnamese lunch including fresh spring rolls, lemongrass chicken and Fried Elephant Ear Fish, a famous Mekong Delta specialty.
What to know in advance of Can Gio Forest Tour…
This tour is always very popular with children and families.
Bring your camera! You’ll take in everything from Mekong Delta landscapes to lush mangroves to monkeys and rare birdlife.
The monkeys are harmless but please be careful, they have been known to cheekily snatch belongings – be extra careful if you’re carrying food!
Please request vegetarian or Halal food options 24 hours in advance of your tour. Please note for Halal food a $10 surcharge will be incurred.
Soft drinks (Coke Zero), matcha green tea, water and fruit provided during the boat journey are included in the overall price and not subject additional charge.
Les Rives will provide insect repellent, waterproof ponchos and umbrellas.
In November to February, we suggest you bring a jacket for the early starts.
We also recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes, light clothing and a hat.
Can Gio is a protected area and we try to leave it the same way as we found it. Please be sure to put all your litter in the bin!
We are happy to say that no tour is exactly the same with Les Rives, and as result scheduled times can vary slightly.
All guides speak excellent English and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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We Only Operate Small Group Tour
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Friendly, Knowledgeable & English Proficiency Tour Guides With International License
Traveling By Speedboat Is Quicker And Way More Fun Than By Bus
All Boats Have Complete International Standard Safety Equipment
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