A hidden gem Can Gio
A beautiful bird and nature biosphere reserve in the wetlands of Vietnam near Ho Chi Minh City.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
– 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.