A hidden gem Can Gio

the Mangrove Forest in Ho Chi Minh City

A beautiful bird and nature biosphere reserve in the wetlands of Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City.


A day to nature near the city. In the article “Things To Do in Ho Chi Minh City”, Sagomeko has detailed the activities for you to visit in the city center. But, you are nature lover and prefer the places fewer tourists go to. Can Gio Mangrove Forest is where you need to go. It is surprising that there is an island rural-district so near the city, and yet so green and so peaceful. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
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A day in Ho Chi Minh city

Can Gio mangrove forest

a day in Monkey island
Can Gio is an island district southeast of Ho Chi Minh City, about 50 km from the city center, so you could visit in a day. This is a biosphere reserve recognized by UNESCO. The site is an important wildlife sanctuary in Vietnam as it is dramatically by a wetland biosystem dominated by mangrove and many rare species. The forest’s area is 75,740 ha, with over 150 botanical species. If you see on map, Can Gio district looks like an eagle.
the Mangrove Forest in Ho Chi Minh City
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a day in The Manggroves in Can Gio

The major habitat types found at Can Gio are plantation mangrove, of which there is about 20,000 ha, and naturally regenerating mangrove, of which there is about 7,000 ha. Moreover, a total of 18 mollusc, 27 crustacean, 45 fish and three amphibian species have been recorded at the site. Saltwater crocodiles used to live in the wild here and are now living in the protected area. Also, Dugong have been reported to occur seasonally in seagrass beds at the site, although these reports have not been confirmed. The intertidal mudflats and sandbanks at the biosphere reserve are an important habitat for migratory shorebirds.

A day in Can Gio district

How to get to Can Gio

on the ferry to Can Gio District

Only 50 km from the city center, it takes nearly 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Can Gio for a day. You can also soak up the culture by travelling on the Binh Khanh ferries, seeing the life of local people.
Traveling by motorbike: First, we do not recommend this way of travelling in the city, remember to check that your travel insurance covers motorbike accidents when travelling!
Transfer by bus: From Ben Thanh – Ham Nghi bus stop take bus number 75. The bus will move from the center, via Binh Khanh ferry, and on to Can Gio. But you must know the exact stop position when crossing the island.

A path to the Mangroves
The best way to travel by far is an organized trip: It’s so convenient and easy when you choose a day tour to Can Gio – Mangroves. Can Gio is increasingly coming to the attention of more tourists. So, combining car and speedboat is the best way for you to fully explore Can Gio and escape the masses.  
Oyster Farm along Saigon River

A day in mangrove forset

Tips before travelling to Can Gio

The Victory Statue in Can Gio

From Monday to Friday is the best time to come here. Because this is a popular tourist destination for locals, so the weekend is the most crowded time. If you can only visit at a weekend, do not be put off, although it is crowded it is at a moderate level.

A trail in the Mangroves
You can depart from 8am with the means or a day tour you choose, because at this time will not have to wait for the ferry for too long. Can Gio is a district near the sea, so there are always sudden rains. Always pack both raincoats and sun cream for the trip, just in case!  
No plastic uses

Note: Travel with the responsibility to protect the environment and nature, when coming to Monkey Island: do not eat food in the open or drink water, the Monkey’s make snatch it, and please do not disturb wildlife, or leave plastic waste.

things to do in a day, here

Things to do In Can Gio

what do you do ? Learning The Vietnam war
If you want to explore the nature and the history of the Vietnam War, mangrove ecosystems, monkey islands and storks. Can Gio is the all in one destination in a day.
Live seafood in Can Gio
Hang Duong Seafood Market

– Take a walk in Can Gio biosphere reserve.
– Take a speedboat.
– take a rowing boat to Bat swamp.
– See the mangrove crocodile on a floating raft: it sounds dangerous, but it’s actually extremely safe.
– Visiting the heroic war zone: about an hour on foot to the re-enactment of Rung Sat war zone.
– Seafood Market
– Monkey Island: before entering the forest area of Forest Sat, you will have to bravely walk through thousands of long-tailed monkeys. These are the owners of the mangroves. Note: Be extremely serious about protecting the environment and wildlife. If you do not want to be attacked by hundreds of monkeys, do not carry any food or water, bags and hats must be held tightly or kept in the vehicle.

I’m sure you will be very excited to visit Can Gio in a day, right? Contact the travel agents you trust or ones recommended by travel sites such as ours to take you to this remote island district. Can Gio is totally worth it for you to spend 1 or 2 days to visit and explore. Sagomeko hope you have a safe trip and enjoy it.  

some references

A few travel agents you refer

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