Remote Can Gio District, Vietnam Published on: 22-02-2016
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Why Can Gio is special ?
Can Gio is a low, palm-fringed island sitting at the mouth of the Saigon River. It was formed from silt washing downstream from the river. Recognized as biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2000, Can Gio in Vietnam is estimated that 25,000 hectare of land has not been used. With a huge area of 75,740 hectares, the forest boasts diversified variety of fauna and flora, which makes it an ideal place for those who are ardent lovers of nature (Binh Minh Water and Environment Co. Ltd., 2012). The Can Gio District has a totally natural area of 70,421 hectares, which is about one third of the city area. There are over 5,000 hectares of rice, fruit trees, plants and salt-producing areas. Features of the soil in Can Gio are affected by acidity and salinity and accounted for 56.7% of the district. Altogether, this creates a unique mangrove ecosystem.
What to explore at Can Gio?
The destination has publicly available guidelines concerning visitor behavior, which are clarified before the start of any visitor tour. These guidelines can also be found in the “Green Guide”, made by the Can Gio Mangro Biosphere Reserve Management Board. In addition, the destination has policies to protect natural area on basis of the UNESCO standards. What is more, the Can Gio Biosphere Reserve Management Board is working on a system to monitor the impact of tourism on sensitive environments and protect habitats and species.
A nature reserve full of restored mangrove forests and eco tourists, Can Gio National Park is a great place to see the wild outdoors and its inhabitants. Check out a pack of monkeys hollering from their wooden perch, slink by a swamp full of crocodiles or just post up in a hammock and take it all in. An ideal place to escape the urban rush of HCMC, Can Gio is worth a visit for anyone craving nature.
Can Gio is recognized as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Over half the area of Can Gio National Park is comprised of saltwater forest. Once, the area was a remote fishermen's hangout. Today it is a UNESCO site that attracts many people from Ho Chi Minh City and across the world.
How to get to Can Gio?
From Saigon to go to Can Gio, there are 2 options for you: by motobike or by bus.
Firstly, remembering that you will passing Binh Chanh ferry on your way to Can Gio.
This is some basic information to guide you.
By motobike: You could drive a motobike with speed limit of 40km/h (you must pay attention to avoid local police’ s purnishments). It is about a 1.5 hour drive and is nice to be able to stop wherever we want along the way.
How to drive: From the central of Ho Chi Minh City, finding the way to Tân Thuận Bridge and then turning on Nguyễn Văn Linh Street to Huỳnh Tấn Phát Street and then going ahead toward Bình Khánh ferry. After crossing Bình Khánh Bridge, going straight ahead toward Vàm Sát natural conversation of Cần Giờ. You will reach Cần Giờ here
By bus: Catching bus number 20 (fee: 6000 VND for one turn / one local person or one foreigner and 2000VND/ one student if you bring with your student card
After that, you will pass Binh Khanh ferry, continue to catch the bus number 90 to reach Can Gio
Please note that if you want to explore Can Gio Forest, it is a fascinating chance for you to take a small motorboat through the swamp and see where Vietnam solders were stationed during the war.
by Tour: There are a number of Saigon tour companies offering excursions to the area.
- Fun day trip from Ho Chi Minh City. Huge Crocodiles
- Had a good tour guide and a fun day
- A nice day out in Can gio
- Cheap seafood, near Saigon
- Wonderful short trip
Can Gio District, Vietnam
Tips for you
Monkeys there could annoy you in some aspects. Seeing the monkeys is the same as if you do it in other similar places. Trying to feed them and trying to have one on your shoulders, or you should ask the security guys to help you. In some case, you will give them your own food and they retreat it for you.Things nearby
It's only 1 hour away from the city so if you rent a bike you can go there, the roads are good and you see a lot. You take a ferry over the river and that only cost around the 2 dollar. As soon as you enter the main road to the entrance you see monkeys, in the trees, on the road and right in front of your feet. The monkeys are adorable but also really dangerous, do not wear sunglasses or hats.I had a little plastic bag with a bottle of water and the ripped it out of my hands. You can take a boat trip and see where the war was, it's nice to take the boat trip but ask other people to join, the boat has a standard price but share it with other people to make it cheaper. Also nice to see the crocodile's and feed them! really cool to feel the strength of the crocodile when they got the food. Really good to see this and make a nice road trip.