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Can Gio: Discovery Vam Sat EcoPark - Can Gio Island Day Trip

1. Can Gio: Discovery Vam Sat EcoPark - Can Gio Island Day Trip

Start your day with a convenient pick-up from your District 1 located accommodation. After a short meet and greet with your driver you will start your adventure to Vam Sat Eco-Park with a brief and relaxing drive.  Upon arrival at the Sam Vat Eco-Park, you will commence your tour of the grounds with a trip to the Bat Sanctuary. Your trip to the Bat Sanctuary will take place by boat, you will enjoy a scenic cruise along rivers banked by mangrove forests. Along the river banks, you will see the many different ways the locals catch fish and crab.  After visiting the Bat Sanctuary you will take a trip to the Crocodile Swamp, here you will discover the process of brooding crocodile eggs. Get up and close with tiny baby crocodiles - you can also sit on the yacht as your guide angles the crocodiles, making them leap out of the water for food. Whilst at the swamp you will also have the ability to take a 26-meter ascent to Tang Bong Tower, here you will receive panoramic views of the entire mangrove forest - a great opportunity for some beautiful holiday snaps! Take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant where you have many different dishes to choose from. After lunch, you will be transferred to visit the Vietnamese Birds' Nest Exhibition Center. After wandering through the exhibition center you will be transferred back to Ho Chi Minh City by a relaxing car ride. Upon arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, you will be delivered back to your accommodation to enjoy an evening of rest after a day of excitement. 

Vam Sat Mangrove Forest Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

2. Vam Sat Mangrove Forest Private Tour from Ho Chi Minh City

After pick-up from your hotel go for a 2-hour car ride to Vam Sat, Can Gio. The UNESCO-designated Can Gio Biosphere Reserve, located south of Ho Chi Minh City, is teeming with wildlife and biodiversity in lush mangrove forests. Make several scenic stops on your way to the reserve. Then move into a landscape of mangroves. Your guide explains the features of Can Gio, one of Vietnam’s most important ecosystems, where more than 52 flora species and 200 fauna species live. Visit traditional fishing hamlets, then cruise the tranquil waters of Giant Bat Lagoon in a rowboat. Your guide leads a short trek through the mangroves to a private riverside location where you have a traditional Vietnamese lunch. After lunch, head to Vam Sat Eco Park. There, you might spot gibbons and monkeys, try crab fishing, and go bird watching for local and migratory bird species. See a crocodile reserve (and feed them via a fishing rod if you wish) to learn about the once-plentiful crocs that were hunted to near extinction. Alternatively, take another mangrove jungle walk with your guide.

Ho Chi Minh: Private Can Gio Mangrove Forest Day Tour

3. Ho Chi Minh: Private Can Gio Mangrove Forest Day Tour

Your tour begins at 8:00 AM, at which point you will be collected in a private car from your hotel. After a 40-minute drive, you will reach the Binh Khanh Ferry from where you will depart to Can Gio by boat. Once there, you will drive towards the Can Gio mangrove forest where you can admire the beauty of the green trees along the road. At 10:00 AM, you will have time to explore the mangrove forest, enjoying the fresh air and understanding the locals’ daily lives living along the river banks. You can also learn about the typical flora of mangrove forests and the other types of fauna at the local fishing hamlet. Furthermore, you will go through the forest on a canoe to visit the Reserve Bats Lagoon and the crab pond, before encountering and feeding a herd of deer which is friendly to man. Whilst here, you will also experience a crocodile farm where you can learn the process of hatching crocodiles and witness them in their natural environment. After that, you will venture toward the center of Vam Sat to observe the immensely panoramic views of the Vam Sat mangrove forest from the Tang Bong tower. Whilst there, you can also challenge yourself by crossing a suspension bridge. At 1:00 PM, you will have time for lunch at the Carrot Restaurant, before continuing with your tour in the afternoon. At 2:30 PM, you will go to Monkey Island to see over 1,000 monkeys that are living there. At 3:30 PM, you will return to the Binh Khanh ferry and drive directly to Saigon, where your tour ends at around 5:00 PM.

Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour by Jeep

4. Ho Chi Minh City Private Tour by Jeep

Choose from a morning or afternoon departure to explore Ho Chi Minh City from the comfort of a Jeep. Visit the main monuments of the city once known as Saigon to get a better understanding of its history at sites such as the symbolic Reunification Palace. Hear stories about the Vietnam War and the Fall of Saigon, where a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through the gates of what was at the time the residence of the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Continue to the War Remnants Museum, where weapons, photos, documents and other relics tell the story of Vietnam’s wars. Admire the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Old Post Office to get a feel for the typical architecture of Saigon. Venture down local streets such as Dong Khoi and Nguyen Hue before making your way to Ben Thanh Market, where your guide can help you barter for goods.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio Mangrove Guided Forest Tour

5. From Ho Chi Minh City: Can Gio Mangrove Guided Forest Tour

Start your day of adventure bright and early at 7:45 AM - your comfortable, air-conditioned van will take you on a 37-mile cruise outside of Ho Chi Minh city to your first stop, Monkey United.  Once you arrive at Monkey United, your tour guide will take you to the entrance of the preserve where your tour will start. Once inside you will have the opportunity to see and play with a multitude of Long-Tailed monkeys. Get up close and personal to these fun and delightful creatures.  Next, you will head to the Crocodile Farm. Here you will be able to get close to these prehistoric creatures. Marvel at their strength and size and even get a chance to see them eat. As you wander through the Mangrove Forest, you can keep your eye out for all sorts of other wildlife that live in the water and along the banks of the river. Follow your trip to the Crocodile Farm with a trip on a speedboat. Hop on board and go through a pleasant cruise along the river that makes its way through the jungle. Appreciate the untouched scenery of Can Gio National Park. Continue on your tour to a Vietnam War base, here, your expert guide will provide you with many fascinating historical insights. At midday, you will visit a popular lunch destination that is a favorite amongst the locals - Phuong Nam restaurant. Following lunch, feel free to spend some time relaxing or enjoying a swim by the pool before going to Can Gio Market. Here, you can practice your bargaining skills among the craft, food, and textile vendors.  Finally, wind down the day with a convenient ride to the Vietnamese Swiftlet Farming Village. There, you will have a great chance to taste Vietnamese bird's nest soup, one of the world's most expensive foods. Finish the day with a trip back to your accommodation in Ho Chi Minh.

Saigon by Night: Private City Tour by Jeep and Skybar Drink

6. Saigon by Night: Private City Tour by Jeep and Skybar Drink

Enjoy a 3-hour after-dinner tour of Saigon by jeep, starting with a pickup at your hotel. See magnificent French colonial monuments, including the Opera House, City Hall, Notre Dame, and Post Office. Take in the local night market, where you can stop to shop if you like. Visit streets that come alive after dark in a busy and exciting area of the city. Ride to the city’s suburbs and see another side of Saigon, with a chance to take in some fresh air. End the night at a rooftop bar, admiring views of the city while you enjoy a free drink. The timing of the tour is flexible. If you’d like to customize the tour be sure to let the local operator know in advance.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Cruise w/ Cooking Class

7. From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong Delta Cruise w/ Cooking Class

The tour starts at 7:45 AM from Ho Chi Minh city and ends in Ho Chi Minh at around 6:00 to 6:30 PM. Depart Ho Chi Minh City and relax on the 2-hour journey to Cai Be, where you will explore the local culture of the Mekong Delta.   Take a boat cruise along the Mekong River and pass a floating market. Disembark to visit the craft village and see how local products are made. Visit orchards of local fruit, such as durian, rambutan and longan, and refresh yourself with a hot tea and taste the fruits as you are entertained by a live music presentation. Next, take part in a cooking class and prepare your own lunch. Then, explore the delta by kayak and bike before the return trip to Ho Chi Minh City.

From Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Mekong Speedboat & Bike Tour

8. From Ho Chi Minh City: Half-Day Mekong Speedboat & Bike Tour

After pick-up from your centrally located hotel you will be driven to Central Pier. Board the speedboat and start your journey towards the Mekong Delta. Enjoy fresh tropical fruits and mineral water on board, and a light breakfast will be served on the morning tour. On the way, you will enjoy the fresh air and observe the pure beautiful landscape. Your guide will explain to you the daily life of local people who live along the riverbanks.  Disembark the speedboat to visit a shrimp farm where you will learn how the locals raise shrimps. Afterwards, cycle along peaceful paths between villages to discover the lifestyle in the rural Mekong area. You will pass by an ancient house, and visit a Vietnamese family who make traditional rice wine. Go to a local morning market and visit a beautiful pagoda built in the middle of the 19th century. Then visit Cao Dai Temple and learn more about this religion. Afterwards, get back on your bike to cycle along small paths through the vast paddy fields. Finally, visit a local family to see how they make tofu and enjoy a light home-cooked meal. Return to Ho Chi Minh City, where you will be dropped off at your hotel, or at the pier. 

Saigon: Private Food Tour Discovery & City Tour by Jeep

9. Saigon: Private Food Tour Discovery & City Tour by Jeep

At 18:00, your tour guide and Jeep driver will pick you up from your hotel to start your Saigon tour by night. Arrive at a local restaurant to enjoy a Banh Xeo, a crispy, crepe-like specialty of South Vietnam. Continue your night city tour to admire the most magnificent French colonial monuments of the city such as the Opera House, City Hall, Notre Dame and the Post Office.  Then, you will be taken to explore the favorite places where the locals inhabitants like to go at night for a dinner with friends or relatives. In this place, you will be able to taste real cuisine like a local Vietnamese for a unique experience. After the dinner, it will be about time to enjoy the fresh air by night. Your Jeep tour will take you around Saigon to admire the panoramic views of the city. Last stop of the tour will be at a sky bar to enjoy a last drink of the day. This rooftop bar will be a perfect place for you to chill out with a nice breathtaking view of Saigon - a city of craziness, happiness and fun. At 22:30, head back to your hotel by Jeep to finish the tour.

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This tour was a great experience for us. We were picked up at our hotel in a new, well-kept car. The group consisted of 4 people. It takes about 2 hours to reach the park. Compared to other tours, there is little tourism there, so you can mainly explore the mangrove forest with your small group. Afterwards, crocodiles could be fed and monkeys observed up close. The meal that followed consisted of about 3 courses and was more than adequate. With a good knowledge of English, the tour guide was able to tell a lot about Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese culture and the park. In addition to the actual tour, one of my personal highlights is the high level of motivation and the outstanding leadership of the guide, which I benevolently and without any request rewarded with a tip at the end of the tour. For the time being, I will not be able to forget the grateful, extremely happy face for the appreciation of his work. thanks

Fantastic guide (Tuan from Vietnam Adventure Tour) who is a veteran of the Vietnam War and really brought the trip to life. We stopped on the way to see artwork produced to raise money for those affected by Agent Orange (beautiful but expensive) and then a full 2 hours at Cu Chi navigating the myriad of tunnels that thankfully have been slightly enlarged for Western visitors. Definitely not for those with bad backs, knees or claustrophobia but a must for visitors visiting South Vietnam.

Tour was amazing! It was very informative & fun. Our tour guide Beo was very friendly, he added to the experience and made it better!

interesting tour, especially due to the insights of our guide Tuan, can recommend

Nice experience. Our guide Nhu speaks good English and informed us very well.